Those tiny little plants are growing every day and maybe I didn't
plant them far enough apart. I wonder which plants, other than
tomatoes, would benefit from the tomato conical cages? Going or
growing up would three demensionally give me more space. What about
peppers? I staked them but should I also put cages round them? I
think zuchinni and eggplant might be to heavy to grow vertically. I
planted the cucumbers near the fence, so they should climb and be
somewhat out of the way.
Do you put stakes in for Rosemary plants?
I use the square foot gardening method which means many of the plants
grow vertically via staking. I stake tomato plants and DH built a
support ladder for them. I find the cages to be too unsturdy. I don't
stake peppers. I don't stake zucchini but could. I like cutting
zucchini when they are about 6" - 8" long. Squashes can be staked with
the squash itself being supported by a sling. Other veggies I staked:
cucumber, beans, and peas. I don't stake rosemary or any other herbs
that I grow.
You can grow squash, cucumber, melons.. vine plants in general as long
as you provide some means of support. One recommended support (? from
Bob Thompson of The New Victory Garden?) is used pantyhose; the fruit
is cradled in the toe/foot area. Strong and lightweight, etc.
My tomato cages are industrial strength, i.e. concrete reinforcing
wire. Tomatoes are up to my shoulder as of today (zone 5 Iowa).
Tromboncino zucchini is a vining type. It will do fine on any reasonably
strong trellis. No need to support the fruit, it hangs on strong stems.
The fruit get up to three feet long but I usually harvest it at about
half that. It is long and slender with a bulbous area on the blossom end
that some times turns up, giving it it's trombone resemblance. All the
seeds are in the bulbous end leaving the long main section solid flesh.
Picture and ordering info:
Lorenzo L. Love
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 07:36:01 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I put the small tomato cages around my peppers, the $.98 ones I
can get at the local Big Box store. I'm not so worried about the
plants needing support as I am in protecting from that dreaded
garden pest, _Canis lumbercus_ var. Labrodorus mixus, also known
as Matilda The Large-Footed And Whomp-Assed.
I did put larger tomato cages around my Corno Di Toro peppers.
All hurricanes that hit Florida might have been mere tropical
storms by the time they got to South Carolina last year; but
every time one blew through, it would snap off a pepper-laden
branch of one of the Corni Di Toros. This year I'm prepared!
No, I put rosemary on my steaks, though.
"Maybe you'd like to ask the Wizard for a heart."
"ElissaAnn" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
I stake my pepper plants cuase they will fall over when heavy with
fruit. A cage seems uneccessary.
Cages worked great for spaghetti squash, cucumber, green beans, and
all tomatoes. I did cage(3' high) zucchini and it grew upward, but the
leaves are just so big that it still spreads out far beyond the cage.
This year I have them by the back hedge so they can sprawl about at
the edge of the garden some.
The conical cage should work very well for green beans or cukes.
DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, <1 mile off L.I.Sound
3rd year gardener
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