Saturday, June 22, 2013

Putting in tomato cages without loosing your mind

Putting in tomato cages has to be one of the most frustrating things I do in the garden. I don't know what makes it worse....the flimsiness of the wire legs or the rocks underneath the soil. Either way every year I feel like I'm going to loose my mind when it's time for this chore! Half the time they didn't get in deep enough and when the plants became too big, they start to knock the cages over. At that point I end up putting wooden stakes in to try to keep the plant from falling over. What an ordeal! I mean...this should be fairly simple right? Place the cage over the tomato plant. Press the legs firmly into the soil several inches. That's it. Except if you press too hard, the legs bend. If you hit a rock, the legs bend. If you don't get all 3 in the same amount...the legs bend. Sheesh! This year I decided to try something different. I used a fence stake and a mallet to simplify the process.

using tomato cages in the garden


First I placed the tomato cage over the plant and pressed down gently to mark where each leg would go. I removed the cage and replaced a leg with a plastic fence stake. I pounded the fence stake in with a mallet then removed it. I did the same thing for all 3 legs. I put the tomato cage back over the plant making sure each leg went into a hole and guided the legs to the bottom. Then I filled them in with dirt and watered them to make the dirt mold around the legs. 

tomato cages, garden stakes


That was it! You have no idea how much easier this was! No bending at all. I did this for the old metal cages and the new plastic coated cages. It worked well for all of them. 

As  you can see we got a few of those colorful new cages that have been in all the stores this year. Youngest son talked me into them. He has been helping an awful lot lately though, so when he asked if he could have some "minion colored" cages, I gave in. They cost twice as much as the regular ones, but I had an issue with some rusting on the old ones so I figured it won't hurt to try. I'll be sure to keep you updated on their performance!

~L

2 comments:

  1. Oh these are a great invention/ I wonder if I can find such cages near me. And I am all for the Minion coloured ones too!

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    1. We got these at Lowes. They had red and green also. Happy shopping!

      ~L

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