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The Best Homemade Tomato Cages

Forget flimsy, store-bought products. Build your own sturdy, low-cost tomato cages with these four terrific designs!

By Jennifer Kongs 

Planting Tomatoes

Summer is really, nearly here! And we’re planting tomatoes in the greenhouse today.

I often daydream about having one of those huge polytunnels that you see at garden nurseries and growing rows and rows tomatoes inside. Maybe one day, who knows! But for now, we are sticking to the smaller space version and growing them in a grow bag.

So off to the garden centre we go. I am cheating a bit by…

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The Best Homemade Tomato Cages

Forget flimsy, store-bought products. Build your own sturdy, low-cost tomato cages with these four terrific designs!

By Jennifer Kongs 

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Thanks, Bill.

So the remnants of hurricane Bill finally made it to Ohio. While my plants were overjoyed and at one point flooded with sitting water this weekend… I was not super happy.

Our grounds were SUPER saturated, and we are high above the flood plain for Columbus, but somehow our basement gained some puddles while we were gone. It could have been MUCH worse, and thankfully the rain stopped when it did. Our ground was so saturated that our cracks in the slab of our basement were leaking. My realtor a street over was not very fortunate an had over 6inches of standing water in hers.So, I’ll take the puddles.

The humidity is unbearable and high here, so I imagine most of the plants are loving it. 

Mulched some dead pine needles around the garden to help put a damper on the weeds a little. So far it is proving beneficial.

Starting to think the wonky looking peppers are not from lack of pollination, but more from me not knowing what kind of pepper I picked up from the store. Oh well… I’ll take it!

Do you like organic gardening? Then you’ll appreciate this colorful and super helpful chart. It’s all about companion planting, an easy and effective permaculture technique that will help your vegetable garden flourish. The idea is that certain plants grow especially well together (and repel pests). Try it! You’ll probably become a convert to companion planting, like me.

Grow Great-tasting Tomatoes

Find out how expert growers cultivate terrific tomato flavor.

By Barbara Pleasant