Saturday, July 4, 2009

One 4th of July Tip...

My tomatos were going nuts. I had purchased those spherical upside down funnel wire mesh holder-upper, but realized quickly, these things are not going to do the job. So, off I motor to Navlets a local nursery and begin looking over the wares as it relates to tomato supports. The choices were...

Super expensive, powder coated funnel wire meshes - $27/ea and come in a variety of colors.

1" x 1" redwood stakes in a pack of 6 - $6.99 per pack.

Bamboo articulating fencing, which is really cool, but again is $16.99/ea.

I settled on 1 x 6 bamboo posts - loose, which were $1.49/ea. I bought six of them and used some wire at home to knit them together. I personally think this is the least expensive way to go and the coolest. In order to drive them in deep, I actually used a steel foundation stake and drove it into the ground, then came in a drove the bamboo. It worked perfectly and I got out of there for under $10.00. It supports 4 tomato plants - currently, but is now infinitely expandable and can travel in any direction.

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2 comments:

  1. Thats what I use in my garden! I found packages of 6 Bamboo sticks at the Dollar store! So i bought 4 packages. I used them for my Peas, Green Beans and to stake peppers. They work great! I will use them again next year and still have 2 packages left over for next year as well! Happy Gardening!

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  2. Thanks for the comments... and... the coolest thing about this method, is it is inexpensively expandable and can take any direction you like.

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