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Damien tying staking
Many vegetables and perennials that grow above 2 feet will benefit from being tied to a stake in the ground to protect them from wind and heavy rain. Here we look at what plants could use this support, and how.
  • Keeping your plants healthy for longer and allowing them to grow more
  • Giving you the sense you are taking care of your plants
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills and coordination
  • Involve your kids by inviting them to help you choose which plants they would like to grow
  • Children can check on the plants to make sure they are growing well with the stakes firmly in place, to give a sense that they are taking care of nature
  • You can work cooperatively, with one person holding the plant and stake whilst the other ties the string around them
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  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Perennials
  • Stakes (e.g. bamboo, rebar)
  • Mallet
  • Garden string/twine (plastic ties are a useful alternative for those with impaired fine motor skills)
  • Plant
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  1. Plan ahead. Consider how tall the plants will become, as you will need to ensure your stakes are about 2/3 the height of your plants when they are fully grown. It's good to tie your plants in early in their development, as doing it later is more difficult and time-consuming.
  2. Use your mallet to strike the stake(s) into the ground approximately 2-3 inches away from the stem of the plant you wish to support. Make sure you don't strike the stake into the root of the plant.
  3. Use your string (or string alternative) to secure the plant to the stake. There's an important balancing act here, as if it's too tight it may damage the plant, but if it's too loose it won't give ample support to the plant. A figure 8 loop works well because it allows the plant to move freely and safely without scratching the stem.
  4. As the plant grows, attach additional string. There should be approximately 6-8 inches between each string on the stake.
  5. Take care of your plants as normal, providing them the sunlight and water they need.

Depending on weather conditions, you may need multiple stakes per plant.

Some alternatives to this method of staking are:

  • Tomato cages
  • Nylon netting
  • Metal spiral rod

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