Re: [gardeners] Breeze protectors

margaret lauterbach (
Mon, 10 Jan 2000 08:57:46 -0700

At 09:36 AM 1/10/2000 -0600, you wrote:
>My grandmother used them around her tomatoes  from the time I was
>just a toddler until she passed away at age 97 in 1983.  My Dad
>always used them and I have used them.  Too much heat was never a
>problem.  Grandma always wanted rusted cans so they wouldn't
>reflect the heat away from the plant.
>They not only protect from wind (a breeze in Oklahoma in the
>spring is anything less than 25mph)  but from critters like
>cutworms as long as they aren't inside the can area when you
>place it around the plant.  A few times I was busy on the farm
>and didn't get the cans off before the tomatoes got pretty big so
>just left them.  That didn't seem to hurt the plant or the
>production.  It actually lets you plant tender things earlier.
>Some people leave the end partially attached just pull it out so
>it sticks up.  Then you can close it down when a frost is
>predicted.  I never did it that way because I didn't want the
>sharp edge sticking up.
>M Brown
>NW Oklahoma, USA
>USDA Zone 6b,  Sunset Zone 35
But if you pulled that mostly cut lid out flat, perpendicular to the can,
you could put a brick or rock on it to prevent the can's blowing away. My
main problem, though, is storage. I don't want to store stuff like that. I
have enough of a problem with my tomato cages that have to be stored in the
round. Margaret L