On Sunday afternoon, I stopped at a local Ace Hardware to pick up some additional staking supplies. I had visions of buying raw materials to create some sort of frame up which the two squash plants and cantaloupe plant and (ahem) cucumber plant could climb. A veritable backyard architect: that’s how I saw myself.
But once in the store, the stacks of ready-made frames and the wide variety of stake products sang their siren’s song. With luck, I could stake all the peppers and take care of getting the four newest plants up off the ground in just an hour or so, if only I bought into the road-more-traveled philosophy.
Along with frames for the various viney fruits and vegetables, I needed additional stakes for the peppers. We had a few more bamboo stakes at home, but they are much taller than the peppers really require. I looked at what Ace had to offer, and settled on four Sturdy Stakes, priced at $.99 apiece.
Sturdy Stakes. Of course.
Because, really, who wants Weakling Stakes? Or Maybe-We’ll-Last-The-Season Stakes? Or We-Will-Bend-Like-Willows Stakes?
It’s all about marketing, really.