Make affordable supports for your garden flowers with this easy tutorial and tomato cage hack.
Happy Wednesday! I have an easy DIY for my gardener friends. . . Flower Supports from a Tomato Cage!
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The inspiration for this DIY came from Jardin Half-Round Plant Supports I spied at Gardener’s Supply Company to prop up drooping flowers and to keep your flower beds and borders tidy.
I loved the look as well as the functionality, but not the price tag, at $20+ for a set of two.
I had a bee in my bonnet after seeing them and wondered if I could repurpose a $4 tomato cage as a plant support. . . ?
I started with a heavy-duty 54-inch galvanized steel tomato cage. Tomato cages also come powdered coated in colors which you could use as a bright accent and colorful plant support if you prefer.
I purchased a 14-inch bolt cutter for less than $20 at Lowe’s. No hand strength required with the bolt cutters, which made cutting through the steel rings super easy!
Start by cutting your tomato cage in half lengthwise. Then use your bolt cutters and cut where the rings are joined to the vertical supports on the tomato cage (where the arrows are). I kept the second set of rings in tact (note the diagram, from the bottom of the tomato cage) as I decided I needed a pair of taller supports.
I ended up with 3 sizes and 6 supports total from one tomato cage. Not exactly like the Jardin half-round supports, but easier on the wallet, even after purchasing the bolt cutters.
I cut the middle pieces off the tallest supports (see ‘x’ on diagram above) but you could leave them if you prefer.
They’re handy for supporting leaning zinnias. . .
And supporting the cleome that has gotten a leggy by mid-summer.
The cleome is still abuzz with bees and butterflies. . .
This little bird was watching my every move as I was placing my supports and photographing the cleome.
I highly recommend planting zinnias by seed!
These ‘Cut and Come Again’ Zinnias came up with no effort on my part other than daily watering. I had no idea growing zinnias from seed would be *sow* easy! They bloom all summer until our first frost in November and are butterfly and bee magnets.
And if you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub for your garden that will provide you with beautiful cut and dried flowers too, see my Public Service Annoucement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea…or Five
It’s sweltering here this week, I hope you’re staying cool and finding a way to beat the heat! ♥