...around the base of a dying tree and used it to stake them up. Unfortunately I soon had to use a ladder to get them higher. I was even wrapping them around the tree as they went up for added support. After my 16' ladder wouldn't reach I borrowed my neighbor's 30' ladder at times to keep them going up higher. I didn't even have tomatoes yet since I kept pruning the blooms off, looking instead for a large late harvest. Anyway, after they got over 40' up the tree I no longer had to stake them,the stalks had become so thick. I quit pruning the blooms and waited to see how many I could harvest all at once to make canning easier. Before long those stalks were covered with blooms, then small green tomatoes, finally some red ones that kept growing to about the size you described. The morning I was going to harvest them I walked out that morning, got my neighbor's ladder, walked around back, only to discover to my horror they were all gone. There was a note tacked to the tree beside this huge footprint and when I opened it, I read, "Thanks for the tomatoes, we were getting tired of just beans." signed "Jack".