Re: [gardeners] Breeze protectors

Allen and Judy Merten (
Tue, 11 Jan 2000 11:19:14 -0600

    You could store your cans inside your cages.

margaret lauterbach wrote:

> At 09:36 AM 1/10/2000 -0600, you wrote:
> >Penny,
> >
> >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.
> >
> >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