A few weeks ago I got an email from a man who imports some American gardening products – Tomato Rings and Veggie Cages – into Australia. He had emailed me to ask if I would like some samples. I have to say I was both flattered – that he had chosen to email me (he probably emailed many others but ignorance is bliss so to speak), and a bit conflicted. If I said yes (which given they were free and an exciting gardening product was my preferred option), would that mean I was ‘selling out’, giving in to a commercial imperative and compromising the integrity of the blog. I sat on the email while I thought about it (actually this makes me sound more considered than I actually am – the truth is I kept forgetting to ask the couple of friends I thought I’d sound out on the issue.). In the end I decided that really it was all too pompous to worry about the blogs integrity and that I really wanted some Tomato Rings to see if they worked.
I duly emailed him and he must have dispatched the rings the next day as in no time at all I found these on my doorstep.
I have yet to do anything with the Veggie Cage as I need to get some more tomato stakes first (a job for tomorrow perhaps…) but I have used both tomato rings. I have to say they do look very promising. The idea is that they eliminate the need for plant ties. You attach them to a stake and then use them to support the plants (kind of give the plants a cuddle so to speak), moving the ring up the plant as it grows.
I do like the simplicity of the design but I would have preferred they didn’t have plastic parts. Having said that my hose fittings are plastic as are many of my pots so perhaps this me being a bit ‘ideal’ rather than ‘real’ world. Otherwise I think they look good and so far they are effectively supporting the plants. Only time will tell if they continue to perform their function for the rest of the season. I will give an update later on, as well as a report on how the veggie cages work when I use them. In the meantime if you are interested in acquiring some you can order them via www.cleverproductsonline.com.au.