Sunday, March 07, 2010

Caged

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Remember that bamboo we got from neighbor-gardeners? Well, Robb and I used it to build the World's Most Gigantic Tomato Cages.

First we built bamboo "ladders," which were admittedly a bit catty-whompus.



Then we added long horizontal cross-bracing.

Notice the humongous crocosmia over Robb's shoulder. I've seriously never seen one as large as ours. Too bad it's strangling our lemon verbena. Well, maybe the problem with the lemon verbena is that it froze this winter, and maybe it is still recovering. Notice, too, Jo and Mandy's banana plant. I wonder if it ever bears fruit?




I know how over-constructed these are. My tomato seedlings are utterly puny. I can't imagine that the plants will ever grow into these structures.

Grow, little plants, grow!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Superb! I can also imagine them supporting snow peas and climbing green beans.

Grinch

Anonymous said...

Those tomato cages are fabulous! You will be happy you made them so big- trust me- tomatoes love fresh dirt- and I made some in Michigan with really big tree branches- the bamboo should be strong enough to support the monster tomatoes you will be getting this year! Plant lettuce and radishes in between your little tomato plants- the toms will eventually shade the lettuce and keep it from wilting, and your radishes will be ready to pull when the toms get bigger as well. Great Garden!

Beth said...

I must make these! They are fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration :)

beth said...

OH MY GOSH, I just noticed the orange tree in the back- what a treasure!

Judybec said...

Hey, GREAT job-- I LOVE these cages -- I'm sure they'll work wonderfully!

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