On Saturday, I selected four of the branches:
|Four Branches to Use as Poles|
Three might have been enough, too, to make a sort of tripod, but I thought a box-shaped one would be better, sturdier.
I also selected some shorter lengths to add as cross pieces.
The examples I saw, and the instructions I read, all used twine. Well, I didn't have twine and I didn't want to go out and buy any, either (what? and spend money! OK, so now everyone knows that, sometimes, I go beyond frugal into "cheap" territory! LOL!). Instead, I chose something I had plenty of on hand - fabric from the stash, cut into strips (actually, I just made the initial cut and then, tore the fabric into strips).
The first step probably should have been to make the holes for the poles and set them in place. Instead, I chose to tie the first two cross pieces to the poles, using strips of fabric:
|The first cross pieces tied in place|
Then, I set the poles in place and tied the other two cross pieces to make the first rung. So far, so good.
|The first rung is complete.|
I took these pictures this morning:
|Completed Tomato Cage|
It's the leaning tower of Bless! Oh, dear! I really should have sunk the poles in deeper as the whole structure seems a bit lop-sided! Bricks and stones to the rescue! I am telling myself it is good enough. It doesn't look too bad from this angle, but here's another look from a different angle:
I have a feeling it is too big! I can hear the little tomato plant saying, "Lady, just how big do you think I'll grow?!" LOL! Dream big, little tomato plant, and grow! I've high expectations of you!
My gardener friend is taking the Memorial Day weekend off, but when he next visits, I might ask him to help dig deeper holes and set the structure in a little more. If necessary, I can cut the strips of fabric and retie the whole thing. Or, add additional cross pieces.
I have more poles and smaller branches, if I feel like making another trellis type thing.
But, for what it's worth, I have a tomato cage that didn't cost me a penny! That is frugal, organic, environmentally friendly, reusing and recycling material I have, plus, it was a fun crafts project to do! What more can one ask?
What do you think? Have you made a tomato cage? Did you use wire? Would you make a twig cage using branches you've pruned off a tree in your garden?