By Katie


I don’t call him Mr. Wonderful for nuttin!

Yesterday I asked him if he could come up with a way to stake my tomatoes without using cages.  These (not so little) guys were getting big enough that their weight was causing them to flop over.


I really hate fighting with the wire cages and all their bulkiness, and well, they make your yard look kind of ugly.

When I came home last night from work, this is what I found outside.


My husband is one of those people who has a way of solving problems that is always very practical.  He can look at a situation, and within minutes have the fix.

Then I say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” to myself and hug him.

Simple PVC pipe, at 85 cents for a 10 foot section from our local hardware store was cut into pieces.  Here’s the cool thing – he drilled 3 holes at different heights so that the twine we use to tie them to the stakes could be threaded through the holes.  This solves the “slippage” problem I’ve had in the past with stakes, where the twine slides down the stake. He also cut the bottoms to a point by shaving off about 2 inches on one side so they’d easily go into the ground

Cool huh?

Right now we have twine through the first 2 holes, but this one up top will be used as well, when the plants grow that tall.


I love the way my man thinks…Honey, if you’re reading this, thanks babe! You’re the best!


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