If you are using green garden stakes in the beds, you NEED to check out this safety tip that will protect you from harm and looks amazing in the borders.
And be sure to see the end of the post where I’ll give you a neat tip to keep earwigs from munching on garden plants.
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Staking Garden Plants
For most of my gardening career, I’ve worked with low-maintenance plants and flowers that did not need much from me in terms of time and energy.
They’ve been relatively pest and disease-free.
And haven’t required a lot of staking.
In the last few years, I’ve paid more attention to the garden and adding THESE as stake supports for my peonies.
Many of the flowers I’m growing this year require staking.
Using Green Garden Stakes in My Cottage Garden
Since I hadn’t worked with many of the flowers I started from seed before and my garden is new, I wasn’t sure how best to stake my plants.
When I layed out the new garden with stepping stone paths, I created small rectangular pockets for the seedlings to grow.
The grow-through hoops that I love using were a little limiting for this space, so I opted to use 4-foot green garden stakes that I loosely tie my plants to keep them upright.
This method has worked well with some plants, and not well for others.
With using 4-foot garden stakes in the beds, the supports are at eye level.
Since the garden stakes are green, there is potential to poke your eye out while working in the beds.
To help the eye see the green garden stakes, add a topper like these small terracotta pots.
They look totally adorable but more importantly, help the eye see the green garden stakes so you don’t poke an eye out!
It’s a great safety tip and should be used when working with THESE types of garden stakes that do not have any bright coloring or safety device attached.
I’ve found this method very useful.
It looks a little strange at first while the plants are still growing.
But once garden plants and flowers are fully grown, the green garden stakes with clay pots look adorable!
And they add some cottage charm to the garden, don’t you agree?
And Since You Are Using Clay Pots on Green Garden Stakes, Try This Gardening Hack
I love a garden idea that does double duty, don’t you.
Here’s a great way to control pests in the garden.
Do you have earwig damage in your garden too?
Ugh they are all over my plants.
Found a few on my lettuce too when we were harvesting.
Did you know a simple modification of this clay pot trick can also work to collect them for disposal?
Supplies Needed to Make an Earwig Hotel
How to Make an Earwig Hotel
- Use 3 or 4″ terra cotta pot like THESE.
- Turn the pot upside down and stuff it with straw or newspaper. (This mimics a plant environment for the earwig).
- Hang the pot upside down on each stake.
- Earwigs will find the pots and hide, so empty it every day or so.
Isn’t that a neat tip?
It really does work too!
Collect the earwigs then get rid of them.
I’m totally doing this in my vegetable garden because they were all over my lettuce!
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