Geriatric (Garden) Support: Homemade Tomato Cages

This creative vegetable garden design uses surprising objects for homemade tomato cages and bean poles.
By Terrie Shunkwiler
December 2013/January 2014
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Crutches and walkers offer reinforcement in this garden.
Photo By Terrie Shunkwiler


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My husband and I recently retired and decided to have a “geriatric vegetable garden.” Instead of buying expensive tomato cages, we purchased walkers and crutches from a local thrift store.

I placed a tomato plant at each leg of the walkers, and we used the crutches as bean poles. The best part is that the crutches and walkers are made of aluminum, so they will last forever. The other tomato plants are held up with unused puppy pens.

Terrie Shunkwiler
Virginia Beach, Virginia








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