Plant Props - H. Ross

How To Make This Curly Garden Stake

Why settle for pedestrian plant supports when these fanciful ones are super easy to make.

Plant Props - H. Ross

 

CREATIVE SOLUTION | This curlicue cousin of the commercially available metal plant stake is made with 12-gauge T-bar ceiling hanger wire, which comes in a bundle of precut lengths that are perfect for supporting garden smaller plants.

To make this metal stake, hold the top of the wire tightly against the handle of any garden tool to create the form, leaving an excess of about 15 centimetres at one end. Twist the wire around the tool handle until the coiled section is 50 to 75 centimetres in length. Leave the rest of the wire straight at the bottom so that you can push it into the ground.

Finally, grip the tip of the 15-centimetre top with needle-nose pliers and coil the wire down. This gives a otherwise utilitarian object a suitably organic “twist.” As the plant grows, simply work it into the coils—that way there’s no need for ties. —Brendan Power

We found heavy-duty hanger wire at Home Depot, nine pieces for $4.27. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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