Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A new use for tomato cages ~

I love tomato cages, you know those inexpensive ones you see at the discount stores. They come in several sizes. I never use them for supporting tomatoes because they just aren't big enough. But I have found them useful in other ways. 

 First I paint them with a rust color spray paint so they will blend better into the garden - Camouflage is the name of the color I use. Then I dress them up with finials. For a person like me who thrives on details both in the garden and in decorating, some sort of finial makes an important difference.

 To make the finials this time, I took some old bathroom cabinet door knobs, glued them on the top of pots and  spray painted them in my signature red color.

Very simple

Then set them on top of the over-turned tomato cages. The tension of the wires keeps them in place.

Voila! What I call a Poor Man's Tutor.

In the first picture below I used one as an ornamental way to keep this small and newly planted rose safe from being stepped on. 


here in the vegetable garden I am using one to support climbing string beans. I will plant the bean seeds around the the bottom.

These are 4 foot tall tomato cages with a bottom diameter of 18 inches, but I also use the smaller ones depending on what I plan on using them for. The smaller sizes work well in pots for topiary.

In a casual cottage garden like mine these fit in perfectly, add architectural interest. a pop of color, and are useful. You might want to give one a try.

Thank you for visiting.I hope you have a wonderful day.


  1. Bonjour chère amie,

    Excellente idée !... Votre jardin est superbe.
    Merci pour ce joli billet.

    Gros bisous

  2. Your attention to detail always has my admiration. I'm not an outside person since leaving California in the 90's. I got spoiled with the mild weather and good growing conditions of my hometown Sonoma. It's like the Goldilocks climate of the US. I guess that's why reading your garden posts is one of my favorite things to do.

  3. What a great idea. i have quite a few sitting around, so i am going to make some. Since I can't keep tomatoes from the possums will use them another way.

    They looks great and thank you so much for the DIY.

    Have a great week, if only the wind would keep blowing.


  4. Great idea Adrienne!
    I love repurposing things in the garden...nature has a way of making everything look so beautiful.

  5. Beautiful....your garden is awesome!!
    Your tomato cages make really cute Christmas trees in the landscape too. I don't even spray paint them....I fasten a star to the top with a wire tie, wrap a string of green mini-lights one way around them and a string of clear lights around the other way...stand them here and there around the property and enjoy them all the rest of the winter :^)


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