Handy Garden Tip: Hair Bobble Tomato Tie

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A friend gave me a pack of these “I Double Heart Jesus” hair bobbles years back and I’ve been trying to find an excuse to keep them ever since.

I lived the bulk of my life with long hair until I cut it all off around age 30. Chances are good that I’m well over the long hair phase. Say in the future I did fancy long hair again, would I really tie it back with “I Double Heart Jesus” flower-shaped hair bobbles? While pushing 40? And not attending raves or under the influence of any drugs whatsoever?

Never say never, I suppose.

I’m on a Get Rid of it All bender lately, which is oddly corresponding with a Must Preserve Everything bender. So basically I’m casting things aside and hoarding simultaneously. There’s a paradox. When I’m not spending my free time canning, I’m digging through drawers and closets searching for items to purge.

And then I came upon the “I Double Heart Jesus” hair bobbles. Stay or go? They can stay, but only with the provision that they serve a purpose.

And that is when it occurred to me that a hair bobble would make a simple to add and remove tie (just pop it on and off) for my growing tomatoes.

Some would be horrified. Some would say I am cluttering my garden with junk (too many pieces of flare!) and should stick to tasteful ties such as carefully knotted lengths of jute or quietly camouflaged pieces of green wire. I like those too, but right now, I’m enjoying the giggle I get whenever I spot an “I Double Heart Jesus” flower-shaped hair bobble while watering or tending to my plants.

One can’t always practice good taste. It can get a bit dull.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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19 thoughts on “Handy Garden Tip: Hair Bobble Tomato Tie

  1. I too would laugh every time I saw them. I would much rather have something that brings a smile and reminds me of someone I love then a boring old jute string any day!

    I say bring on the garden bling!

  2. Wow, those really do look more convenient than the twisty-ties, string, and wire that I use. I wish I had some laying around my house!

  3. If it makes you smile, then why not. I like your attitude. Who knows maybe Jesus will bless your garden with more of a bounty since you double heart him. And maybe you are on to a million dollar idea. Clippies with little sayings to hold our tomato plants up. I would buy one. Fun post to read. Thanks

  4. What a great idea! My little girls now have short hair by their choice – I have hundreds to choose from! My husband hated the Jerry Baker idea of tying them with old pantihose – was just too embarassing for him. Thanks!

  5. Perfect solution for tying off your tomatoes, I definitely wouldn’t use wire the plants would not like that they bruise too easily.

  6. I am catching up on long overdue blog reading, and this was hilarious. Thanks for sharing! Tomatoes can never have too much flare.

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