Planning a new garden for the upcoming season can be exciting, there’s such a variety of flowers, veggies, and berries to consider! While plotting out where each plant will go, it’s best to consider what you may need to support them, as well.
This goes beyond choosing soil or fertilizer – it’s understanding what you’ll need to support those plants as they grow, and they can surprise you with how fast this seems to happen! That little cucumber sprout? Before you know it, it’s a 6-foot vine snaking all through your garden and oftentimes right over the other plant!
This shouldn’t make you shy away from planting delicious veggies like cucumbers, peas, and tomatoes, or delicious fruits like blackberries and raspberries. To help you along this season, here are 5 helpful tips to ensure you’re supporting your plants correctly this season:
Make it easy on yourself: This is especially true if you’re planning on using a cage or trellis for any of your vegetables. Make sure it’s not to high for you to easily reach the ripe produce, too bulky to easily set up in the space you have, and that the openings in the trellis or cage are large enough for you to reach through to pick the matured fruit.
Make it easy on the plant: When you tie a plant to a stake or the side of a grow cage, the tie can rub or cut the stem as it moves with wind and rain or grows. Try to use soft materials like jute twine, strips of cloth, or even old tights or pantyhose.
Set it up early: You’ve just cleared out the yard, amended the soil, and started the seeds – now is the best time to make sure you have your stakes and trellis’ in place. When your plants start growing, it’s going to severely limit the amount of open space available to navigate your yard, and you don’t want to inadvertently trample sprouts or find yourself trying to position a clunky cage around new growth.
The sturdier, the better: It can be hard to recall how heavy a squash can get, or a fully laden tomato plant, but they can get hefty. For t his reason, it’s best to make sure the plants, trellis or cages you’re using will be able to withstand the weight – even if you feel like it’s a bit much when you see the sprout next to it.
Make sure it’s the right support: Make sure you have the right support for the plant – each species grows differently. Some climb, and will cling and pull themselves up, while others will need to be tied. Some can find their way around a large post while others need something thinner to wrap around. Cages may be great for tomatoes, but a trellis would work better for cucumbers…you get the idea!
Speaking of being gentle on your plants – while trussing them up to a stake of the side of a cage may sound brutal, there are tools out there that can make this one of the easier parts of this undertaking. Soft Twist Tie Garden Wire is a great example; Soft Twist Tie Garden Wire is a soft, pliable wire that will handle extreme temperatures, and is great for fastening shrubs, plants, flowers, and vines without damaging them or being difficult to use.
Hate using bothersome, bulky cages for your tomatoes? Use Soft Twist Tie Garden Wire in conjunction with garden stakes as an alternative to caging tomatoes and other plants – it will save you time, hassle, and money in the long run. Oh, and it will leave more space in your garden to be able to move through freely as you take care of the day-to-day like watering and weeding – score!
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