Re: [gardeners] Breeze protectors

Martha Brown (
Mon, 10 Jan 2000 10:39:55 -0600


I had a piece of lightweight chain across the inside top of the
garden shed hooked on a couple of nails.  I unhooked one end
threaded the clean cans on the chain and hooked the end back on
the nails.  It was up out of the way over the area DH always put
the push mower etc.

M Brown
NW Oklahoma, USA
USDA Zone 6b,  Sunset Zone 35

----- Original Message -----
From: margaret lauterbach <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Breeze protectors

| At 09:36 AM 1/10/2000 -0600, you wrote:
| >Penny,
| >
| >My grandmother used them around her tomatoes  from the time I
| >just a toddler until she passed away at age 97 in 1983.  My
| >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
| >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
| >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.
| >
| >Martha
| >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