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Supporting Tall Plants

By Maridell
March 31, 2012

For sporadic planting of taller plants, (which makes them more susceptible to windy weather than grouped plants), use tomato cages to keep them upright. A cage will also keep plants protected from the occasional animal that wants to lie on them!

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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Mar 30, 2012 6:07 PM CST
Not that my cats would ever think of lying on my plants... Angel
Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Mar 30, 2012 6:36 PM CST
KyWoods, That is exactly where I was going with that...how did you know!! Rolling on the floor laughing Your cats are apparently better behaved than ours. Green Grin! Last year I planted catnip and the girls could not get enough...they wanted to lay in it too. The cage helped alot!

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ge1836
Mar 31, 2012 3:10 AM CST
Dont cats realize ,if they eat the plant to the ground there wont be any more plant? Jeeeeesh. I cage my Walkers low until it gets a good head start.
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KyWoods
Mar 31, 2012 6:34 AM CST
Cute kitties! I want to plant catnip for them, but I never have luck with seeds. I bought a 4" pot of it at Petsmart, not realizing until after the cashier rang it up that it was SIX DOLLARS! Grumbling But I hadn't seen it anywhere else, so I bought it.
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canadanna
Mar 31, 2012 6:38 AM CST
I wonder if that is the reason my inside cat meows at the door. Just dying to get his paws on the Walkers Low!
Good idea. I had a beautiful gomphrena last year that could have used staking
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Mar 31, 2012 7:11 AM CST
ge1836...I think the kitties believe if they eat it to the ground that their parents will make it grow back Green Grin!

Ouch on the $6 dollar catnip! Got a short story about my catnip...planted it last year and then late Fall I harvested it to dry as a winter snack for the cats. I left the stock part, which was fairly heavy, and the plant was protected enough through our mild winter that I was able to find small green growth all winter long for a "special" little treat for the cats. Crazy winter!

We have Walkers Low too...the girls still munch on it but prefer the catnip. Sometimes I grab a few snips and bring it indoors to the cats. Our kitties are indoor cats but we have them trained to come outside with us and stay in the yard (most of the time Hilarious! ).

The cages do help...I used to worry about some of my plants during storms and stakes did not always do a good job...and when the plant is full the cage pretty much disappears.
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Marilyn
Mar 31, 2012 2:00 PM CST
I'm not going to ever plant catmint here, as much as I like the way it looks when it's blooming, because I've enough problems with neighborhood cats (and there's a lease law in this county!) coming into my yard stalking the birds I feed, 'digging' in my flowerbeds, hanging around etc.... Grumbling Thumbs down

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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Mar 31, 2012 3:15 PM CST
Bummer Marilyn. I totally understand your frustration. We see a few stray cats around here but they don't seem to stop in our yard thank goodness.
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Marilyn
Mar 31, 2012 5:42 PM CST
Maridell said:Bummer Marilyn. I totally understand your frustration. We see a few stray cats around here but they don't seem to stop in our yard thank goodness.


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virginiarose
Dec 16, 2012 6:24 PM CST
I use these too for taller plants, but I did not think of the cats. Should have used it on my Black Eyed Susan because I went out one morning and it was flat as a pancake. I could not figure it out but I suppose somebody else's cat wondered into my yard and found a soft place to sleep. Whistling
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Dec 17, 2012 9:10 PM CST
Hi Susan, cats love to lie on stuff. One of our cats will lie on just about anything we set down!
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virginiarose
Dec 18, 2012 4:17 AM CST
Good to know! I went crazy last year trying to figure out why my plants are flat. I will buy a lot more tomato cages this year. It did not happen out front and I think that was because of the milorganite. They and the rabbit did not like the smell. Green Grin!
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Maridell
Dec 19, 2012 3:16 PM CST
Oh yeah, the wonderful smell of milorganite...that will keep just about anything away lol
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virginiarose
Dec 19, 2012 6:05 PM CST
Yeah, it almost keeps me away. Hilarious! ...I hate the smell too, but I am making myself put it down. Yuck. Plus I know what it is and that does not help either. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Dec 24, 2012 11:57 AM CST
My husband loves it cuz it makes his yard darker green than the neighbors...they think he has a green thumb Whistling
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Dec 24, 2012 12:49 PM CST
I hope your husband gets, 'Yard of the Month'!!, I know a nice lawn means so much. nodding
Milorganite is a good fertilizer for lawns and it's cheap too. I may stock up a bit for next year just to keep those cats away plus the rabbit, that is the reason I started buying it. Next year I will use it every where!!
Susan

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