Wait until you see the clever way I made this cottage-style garden tower to use in my cutting garden this year. I put this together using a few common gardening supplies.
DIY Cottage Garden Tower
It’s May which is my busiest month in the garden for me here; I’m on the zone 5b/6a line. I went a little nuts at a local plant sale….can you relate…and have so many plants to find homes for!! One of the flower varieties I grabbed was a black-eyed Susan vine in the prettiest tangerine color. They are the most delightful and easy-to-grow vining flower.
Now I needed to find a place for it to grow. I’m hoping to create a sweet cottage garden this season so I wanted something that looked like I found it in an English garden…and did not cost a fortune! So, I decided to create something on the cheap.
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Cottage Garden Tower Supplies
1. Start with a tomato cage
The base for my cottage garden tower is a 4-foot tomato support cage. For this project, a super cheap and kinda flimsy tomato cage is exactly what you want.
2. Bamboo supports & spray paint
To make this tower I also used five 4-foot bamboo garden supports and Rust-Oleum copper-colored spray paint.
3. Spray paint the tomato cage and bamboo
Next, I gave the tomato cage and the bamboo supports a quick spray of the copper metallic spray paint; I love the Hammered spray paints from Rust-Oleum!
4. Seagrass Rush
If you are using the seagrass rush I highly suggest you soak it for about an hour to make it more malleable and easier to work with.
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5. Putting the tower together
After the spray paint dried it was time to put it together. I gathered the bamboo at the top and secured the pieces together with a big elastic. Then I took the bottoms of the bamboo and popped them inside the top metal ring of the tomato cage; I also spread them as evenly around the tomato cage as I could…don’t stress if they don’t want to stay even.
6. Time to wrap the tower!
Starting at the top, I wrapped a generous amount of the rush around and did a simple knot to secure it (it also covers the elastic).
Then I moved to the bottom, I tied a simple knot around the base of the cage and started wrapping the rush around the outside of the rings. You can wrap as much around depending on how thick you want your band to be.
To finish each section I tied a knot and then cut off the extra rush.
I wrapped the rush around the tomato cage where the 3 metal rings were and I also wrapped it one more time near the top of the cage.
After I had wrapped the circumference of the tower I went back and wrapped the rush around the bands vertically as well (see the above picture).
Don’t worry about the loose ends now…wait until the end and then give them all a trim once you are done!
Finished cottage garden tower
Isn’t it super cute??!! I’m making a few more too! For my next one, I’m going to cut off the largest ring and make a shorter version ( that’s another reason a more flimsy tomato cage is good!)
You can check out some of my other DIY plant supports HERE.
7. Time to plant!
First I popped the garden tower into a large pot. I’m going to secure it in place with garden staples after I take pictures.
Isn’t that the happiest little flower??!!! I planted 2 of these Proven Winner Tangerine Slice A-Peel Black-Eyed Susan Vines in the pot.
Don’t worry, the rest of that garden will be planted…check back to see my progress in the upcoming weeks (I have so much to do!!!
That’s going to be the space where my cutting garden is going to go…more raised beds are to be built this weekend. Here’s a closer look at my garden expansion.
this is how the tower looks now!
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