Than maybe I shouldn't have bought all that wood. Oh well I have a basic plan. They will be used for something, last year I just used an unfolded tomato cage. It had to be supported on the ends with stakes that broke under the weight, than I broke out some copper pipe for supports.applestar wrote:They seem to do better with something skinny to hold onto, like string or wire.
If you don't mind how about some meaurements. I was wondering how high it is the top bar where the uprights intersect and how wide do you have the bottom.tedln wrote:Yes Dono, I put 8', two by fours top and bottom on both sides and hung the fencing between them. I also took some wire cutters and cut some good sized holes in the fencing so I can reach through to harvest the cukes.
I've used them for cucumber trellis, but a single cage is normally not tall enough. I would stick one into the soil normally, then invert another on top of the first. When you wire the rings together, it doubles the height of the cage/trellis. Since they are so tall, you need to either tie them to something or drive some stakes into the ground and tie them to the stakes. If you don't, the wind will blow them over.GardenJester wrote:I don't know if anyone tried this. I read that you can turn one of those conical tomato cages upside down, staple the ring to the ground with weed fabric staple, and tie the legs together with or without a stabilizing stake thru the center. It would function as trellis for vine plants like cucumbers and squashes. Have anyone used this method? how did it work out for you?
It has been a few years since I used them, but I don't think they were that tall when the legs were stuck in the ground. I think they make them in a couple of sizes and I probably was using the smaller size. I typically used them in 15 gallon containers growing tomatoes inside the cages with cucumbers growing up the cages on the outside. I typically would wire the second or third ring to the edge of the containers in four positions around the containers. With fifteen gallons of moist soil in the containers, the wind couldn't blow them over.GardenJester wrote:how high are the cages you use? I have a lot of them 4ft(after stuck in the ground) tall ones, were those the kind you used?
elementfiftyfour wrote:I use reeds from near the lake to create a fence.
Dono,gixxerific wrote:Ummmmm Cajun.
Oh and did somenon say hot sauce. I can take whatever you got and might not be abel to take what i got. I'm talking the SMALL little dot is too much kind of HOT sauce.
That picture was taken about a month ago but my peas are climbing up there already and the green beans in the front row are about 8" tall now. As for the rest of the garden it has been SO DAMN cold down here compared to a regular year. I'm not complaining and all because i know it has been cold everywhere but jeesh, if I wanted cold weather I would have stayed in NE Ohio. Anyhow, I just planted my tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and zucchini yesterday afternoon. The peppers got put in the ground a couple weeks ago because I'm doing them in pots this year. The past couple years I had tried them in the garden boxes but they got blocked out by the larger plants and barely produced any goodness.tedln wrote:elementfiftyfour wrote:I use reeds from near the lake to create a fence.
That isn't fair! You can grow anything in Metairie. Why isn't your garden growing? I usually planted mine in February in order to get a head start on the early heat. When I lived near Metairie, I always had an early spring garden, watched it die from the heat in July; and replanted in mid to late August for a fall garden. I did all that while watching the television to see if I should run from a hurricane.
You need to eat some boudin, soft shell crab, cajun gumbo, and hot boiled crawfish for me. Then you can come back and tell me how good it was.
I almost forgot to mention eating some red beans and rice with Louisiana hot sauce in it. YUM