Piecemeal Staking Contraption

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I took this photo a few years ago at the community garden before this plot was officially mine. A fellow plot member had moved away, weeds were taking over the plot and it was already June. I couldn’t stand to see the space sit empty and so set out to get something in the ground before it was too late.

To make a long story short I needed to make a staking system for the tomatoes but didn’t have much on hand in the way of materials: some old thick stakes a friend got for me years prior at a farm supply store, a bunch of useless wire tomato cages, and old jute twine that was on the verge of breaking. This was the contraption I came up with. I didn’t have any tools with which to bend the wire so I did that little twisty thing on the top as best I could with my hands. Come to think of it, I could have gone home to get more supplies or a tool kit but I suppose I was either being lazy or enjoyed playing McGuyver with what was available. Most likely a combination of both.

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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2 thoughts on “Piecemeal Staking Contraption

  1. Well, how did it work out? Great that you were able to just use what was available to make something functional! I’ve made a few teepees and sometimes it seems like the bean vines run out of stake once they get to the top and have nowhere to go. This solves the problem with that wire top.

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