While we call them tomato cages, you can grow a variety of vegetables in tomato cages.
Tomato cages seem to be a garden staple, and most gardeners have a cage or two on hand when the planting season begins. Tomato cages are a wonderful way to lend your tomato plants some support, and in turn can result in big and beautiful produce results. But did you know you can use tomato cages to grow other vegetables too? Take a look below at 5 vegetables you can grow using tomato cages that will also help you result in bigger and better produce. Take a look!
5 Vegetables You Can Grow Using Tomato Cages
Peas are quite delicate, and so keeping them out of the soil and adequately supported is important. A tomato cage is the perfect solution. Place your tomato cage in the ground and secure it with a stake if you wish. Plant your seeds around the base of the cage. As the seeds sprout, you can gently train them to wrap around the supports of the cage and grow upward.
Keep your cucumbers supported when you plant them alongside a tomato cage. Plant your seeds or your seedlings at the base of the tomato cage and as they grow, train them to wrap around the support by using your fingers to wrap and guide them. As the vine becomes heavier with produce, the cage will provide the tender vine support and keep the cucumbers out of the mud.
3. Squash and Zucchini
Like cucumbers, squash and zucchini can become heavy and add stress to the vine they grow on. Plant your squash and zucchini at the base of a tomato cage so they have support as they continue to grow in size and weight.
4. Miniature Pepper Varieties
There are many varieties of miniature peppers that will benefit from the support of a tomato cage. Plant your pepper plant in the very center of the cage and as it grows, the branches will have some support to rest on. The cage will also protect the plant from wind and even critters.
5. Strawberries and Raspberries
Don’t be afraid to use tomato cages to give your strawberry plants some support. Strawberry bushes can become rather large and a cage will help them really climb and flourish. Raspberry plants are another fruit that will enjoy the support of a cage, as their branches can become long and spindle like.
So grab a tomato cage or two and see how you can give your garden plants a little more support!