Preparing for Tomato Season With Double Cages!

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Well it’s that time of the year where the heat hits and the tomatoes start to take off to the sky!

Let’s talk tomatoes and enjoy a big glass of iced tea while doing so.  A post garden refreshing iced tea is pretty much the best treat. 


To make sure our tomatoes grow big and get the support they need we always add cages on almost as soon as they are planted.  It’s always easier to put on cages when the tomato plants are small rather then later when they are already bushy.  If you’ve ever attempted to put a tomato cage on a bushy tomato plant then you can probably understand the frustration that could be involved with this.  Not only do we put 1 tomato cage on the tomatoes, but we double them up.   In the past our tomato plants often grow over 6 feet tall so to make sure they stay supported with the heavy wind and encourage their growth we stack a tomato cage on top of the other.  This is done by using zip ties to attach them and then tying the tomato cages to our structure with twine.  Wind is a big deal on the roof so we always double make sure everything is locked down.

So recently we headed to the roof to get all the tomato cages added.    Besides the tomatoes, we always add cages to the peppers and tomatillos as well.  Since the peppers don’t grow as tall as the tomatoes, they only need one cage to support them.

First up, organizing the cages. 
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We zip tie together all the legs on the cages for the top ones.  Then we put tape over it.  Bringing the legs together makes it less dangerous so there’s no sharp ends sticking out.
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Here you can see some tomato cages that are doubled and then some pepper plants that only have single cages.  We use both 54 inch and 42 inch size cages.
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And here you’ll spot a Matthew jumping into the picture with some beautiful tomato plants.
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Since this photo was taken, the green peppers have really exploded. 
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We now have a bunch of baby peppers growing too! Super exciting!  
Spotted the first peppers!  This year we upped our pepper game to 4x more plants than last year.  Looking forward to pepper insanity! #peppers #greenpeppers #baby #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urba

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Zip ties are one of things we use most in the garden, along with Velcro and twine. You can never have too much.
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So now all the tomatoes are caged and ready to start growing tall.
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And it pretty much makes my day to start spotting tomatoes! Isn’t it amazing to see all the stages of cherry tomatoes on the vine, from small tomato on left to flower on right? Nature, it’s always awesome. 
Spotted a bunch of tomatoes! Pretty amazing to see cherry tomatoes grow on the vine all at various stages. #tomato #tomatoes #flower #cherrytomatoes #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urba

We’re about to gear up for a bit of a heat wave here in NYC and with that comes lots of sweating and thirst in the garden.  Lately I’ve been craving a big glass of iced tea while in the garden or as soon as I come down from it, so I have to share you with you my new Summertime drink, Lipton Tea K-Cups!  Can you think of a better time of the year to enjoy a big cold, refreshing glass of iced tea? I can’t!    With Lipton K-Cups you get a treat to enjoy in just a few minutes.  


Lipton® Iced Tea K-Cup® packs come in three varieties:
Tea Lemonade Iced Tea
Classic Unsweetened Iced Tea
Refresh Sweet Tea

I’m totally in love with the Refresh Sweet Tea right now as it tastes like homemade iced tea made with love.   The tea is sweetened with cane sugar and stevia and I’ve been loving it for a garden drink or at dinner time.  


When I got my Lipton Brew Over Ice K-Cups I wasn’t exactly sure how to use them with my Keurig machine so here are some instructions if you were curious too:
FILL: Place a 16-oz. (non-glass) cup under your brewer filled with ice
BREW: Insert Lipton® Brew Over Ice K-Cup® packs and brew on 6-oz. or 8-oz. setting
ENJOY: Stir it up and sip away

Lipton Iced Tea

If you are craving a glass of iced tea right now then you can find the Lipton Tea K-Cups at in stores and online at nationwide retailers. 

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Have you started adding cages on your tomatoes yet?
Do you love a big glass of Iced Tea in the Summertime? Tell me in the comments!  


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  • Wow, I can’t wait to see your tomatoes again this year! I know they’re going to look gorgeous! I spent all morning outside and a big glass of iced tea is just what I need to cool down with – looks so refreshing 🙂

  • Ha! I’m loving Matthew’s ‘cool as a cucumber’ (or tomato?) poses in this post. So awesome. As for the rest of the post, yayyyyyy!!! I always get so inspired when I see your rooftop garden posts. Still hanging out to pick edamame with you one day! x

  • I’ve been staking my tomatoes, but I think I may try cages next year. I’m always out there re-velcroing them and making sure they have support in all the right places!

  • First, I like the look of your new blog! Pretty cool !!! 🙂
    Your tomato cages & plants look so healthy & are growing bigger each day! Well done you! 🙂

    That ice-tea looks so refreshing !! Yum!

  • I have no idea why, but this just showed up in my feed tonight, ironically right after I came inside from caging my tomatoes! I’ve used those cages in the past and they are never strong enough to hold my tomatoes up – they are usually both too short AND too flimsy. This year, I bought a HUGE roll of heavy duty concrete wire fencing – the stuff they lay under concrete. For about $50, I got enough to cage all 15 tomatoes, with some to spare to cage in my raspberry bushes. MOst of my tomatoes are small enough that they weren’t annoying, but I have waited too long in the past and you are not kidding – it sucks!

    One was caged in an older, smaller cage and I removed it to add the bigger and better cage and I’m kicking myself. I broke off several of the branches in the process, all to save myself from having to buy another $3 cage. Silly Katie.

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