Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

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By Stephanie Paige Ogburn

I’ve always found store-bought tomato cages to be utterly unsatisfactory. First of all, there’s the aspect of price. How a garden store can reasonably charge $6.99 for a piece of cheaply soldered metal that barely holds together is beyond me. (And of course one needs six to ten of them, since a gardener’s job is to have tomato aspirations well beyond the three or four plants that would suit most of us just fine.)...(more)

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Comment by John Odom on June 10, 2009 at 1:07pm
I gardened with my Grandfather as a kid, but only dabbled in gardening as an adult due to time limitations. This year I decided to try my hand at it again with a small space of 10'x6', I planted 4 tomato plants, several onions, 4 cucumbers, several hot banana peppers and 2 zuccinni. I originall purchased 4 wire tomato cages but decided to tie my own bamboo cages instead, I also built a bamboo trellace for the cucumbers. My cages were originall 4 feet high but after a lot of rain here in SE Tennessee, I had to extend them to 6 feet. I now have tomato plants over 6 feet high with blooms over eye level!

here are some pics from last Month, this was before I extended the cages.



Comment by Cornelia on June 11, 2009 at 12:10am

Cool beans! I added the photos to the comments by clicking the camera icon - thanks for sharing!
Comment by John Odom on June 11, 2009 at 2:56am
Thanks Cornelia! I'll try to get some up to date pics tomorrow.
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Comment by Lelo in Nopo on June 11, 2009 at 11:37am
I didn't know tomatoes could get that tall. Wow!


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