Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tomato cages and Texas Toast Tomato Sandwiches

Cory Tenboom said, "A broom will not stand by itself, but will fall, unless it is leaned up against a wall."
In the same way, the fruit of the Tomato plant will rot if not supported and then lays on the ground.
It is the Holy Spirit who supports us and enables us to stand.  I think we become more fruitful when we let Him support us . . . Don't you?
Tomato Cages

Folding Wooden Tomato Cages

These tall, wooden tomato cages add a beautiful vertical accent to your garden and are strong enough to support a bumper tomato crop. They also work well with other vining crops. To construct a cage, build two tomato “ladders,” with three rungs and a brace to stabilize the sides against strong winds. Connect the two ladders at the top with a piece of scrap wood, which you can easily remove to fold the ladders for storage at the end of the season.
Supplies: Six 1-by-3-inch wooden pieces measuring about 8 feet long One 8-inch 2-by-4 Two 3-inch deck screws About 30 1 1⁄2-inch galvanized deck screws 
Estimated cost: about $20 per cage (less if you use recycled materials , or maybe saplings)

Just about everything needs a little support now and then. Even me. :)
You’ll enjoy a bigger tomato harvest if you use stakes or tomato cages to help your plants grow vertically, saving space in the garden while keeping fruits off the ground, preventing rot.

Texas Toast Tomato Sandwiches


    1 (9.5-oz.) package five-cheese Texas toast
    2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes
    1/4 cup bottled blue cheese vinaigrette
    6 tablespoons torn fresh basil
    Salt and pepper
    Garnishes: crumbled blue cheese, fresh basil leaves


1. Prepare Texas toast according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, halve larger tomatoes and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices; halve or quarter smaller tomatoes. Gently toss tomatoes with vinaigrette, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately over hot Texas toast. Garnish, if desired.
Note: We tested with Pepperidge Farm Five Cheese Texas Toast.

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