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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Off-season uses for tomato cages

With a nod to Dr. Seuss ... 

"Where will we hang the stockings?" the kids asked me this year.
Christmas is coming, it's practically here.

For a fireplace we've got,
but a mantle -- with crannies and nooks for placing hangers and hooks --
a mantle, we have not.

Then the gardener got an idea. A silly idea.
The gardener got a wonderful, crazy idea.

"I know just what to do!" the gardener cried
and she threw on her boots and went outside.
She tromped through the snow past summer's veggie bed
and claimed metal tomato cages resting in the shed.

Why, upside down these garden structures are just the trick
to hang up our stockings for good Ol' St. Nick.
They stand on their own in the shape of the tree:
An efficient use of space, as you can see.

With clothespins in hand the gardener thought of other reasons
Tomato cages could be useful beyond standard growing seasons.
Greeting card displays! Hat stands! Mitten racks!
Boot shapers and homes for scarves drying in stacks!

Just think -- if you place a cage above a heat vent
You can make your own compact snow-gear-drying tent. 

As she brought a little of her garden inside for the day
the gardener began to look at things in an entirely new way.
To some it's absurd, but the possibilities are endless
When the wish is to create something practically spend-less.

Happy Holidays from Backyard Farming!


David said...

Jennifer, hey, hey, hey, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful. Let it snow; let it snow; let it snow. Yes, the first real snow of the season is falling and making the scene out the front window a Currier and Ives picture. Looks like we will indeed have a white Christmas for Nebraska. It truly marks the beginning of Winter. I like all the different seasons.

The Winter idea for tomatoes cages is awesome. Some people are so creative. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them unless it involves a power tool.

Have a great Christmas from While Christmas Nebraska.

Nora Mair said...

Love these ideas! My card is on top--feeling so honored! Merry Christmasdear friend!