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04/06/2014 at 12:58

What do you all use on the top of canes to stop you poking out your eyes?

04/06/2014 at 13:14

Sometimes I dab a bit of white paint on the top; you could try ping-pong balls

04/06/2014 at 13:17

I stick a small pot on the end of the cane but a small coke bottle also does the trick, I dispensed with canes for the Tomato's and use strings from the green house roof, much safer where there are youngsters and better for support as you wrap the plant around the string as it grows.


04/06/2014 at 13:22
04/06/2014 at 14:11

I wear glasses.

04/06/2014 at 14:53
I have the terracotta ones in the shape of owls - i treat myself to a couple more every time i go to Hampton Court Show as he does them at a special price (50p each i think )

This is our first year of using string from GH ceiling for toms and cucumbers - Beechgrove has a lot to answer for!!
04/06/2014 at 14:54

I use old wine corks - cava ( or champagne ) ones are better as they are fatter and easier to drill into to make the hole for the cane. 

04/06/2014 at 15:00

Actimel pots!

04/06/2014 at 15:28

LuLu - I think you have posted this thread twice by accident

04/06/2014 at 15:46

I may save a couple of dozen champagne corks, I think.

04/06/2014 at 21:17

I use very small terracotta pots on mine, you can get coloured plastic cane caps from your garden centre.

I string my tomatoes in the greenhouse also, don't forget when planting your toms plant them sitting on the string as this weighs the string down and keeps it in place. This method has not failed me in 15 years of doing it this way.

04/06/2014 at 22:14

I use dead snail shells. I like to think those still alive might take it as a warning!

04/06/2014 at 22:17

05/06/2014 at 00:31

If I've bought any plug plants in polystyrene trays, I break them up and stick  bits of the polystyrene on the end of the canes. But mostly I end up with a scratched face!

05/06/2014 at 12:59

lilamber; what a brilliant idea; like the gamekeepers used to hang dead weasels etc on a fence as a warning to other animals.

Can anyone tell me how do you fasten the string to the greenhouse roof? I have a Halls Silverline lean-to g/h and as far as I can see it has nothing to which I can fasten string.

05/06/2014 at 14:15

Art, you could put a tall cane either end and tie a string accross the two, then bring your strings down to under the plants,

05/06/2014 at 16:22

I got ten toppers for a quid today at a local store B&M but I'm sure other places have them just as cheap.  

05/06/2014 at 16:27

Not sure the cane-at-each-end idea will work, Lyn (unless you know better of course) as the downward force on the string will pull the their tops inwards.  What if you built a little framework so you have a horizontal cane high up, and tie the strings to that?

Or find somewhere at the ends of the greenhouse to drill a hole in the structure?

05/06/2014 at 16:31

I use old Vit bottles, medicine bottles and bought plastic tops.

This is a serious issue and not to top your canes is foolish.

05/06/2014 at 20:05

I use the childrens empty fruit drink bottles and also the little  yogurt drink bottles

Pam LL x

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