The post this week will be about my tomato cages. Now, I didn’t come up with this method for tomato cages but it has worked well for me over the years. The cages are very sturdy and allow harvesting of your ripe tomatoes easier than ever.
The purpose of a tomato cage is to simply keep the tomato plants from sprawling all over the place. The more leaves in close contact with the ground encourages disease or fruit rot. There are many methods out there on the internet for staking up tomato plants but the cost for some of these options is just too much in my experience. I have tried many methods of staking tomato plants. I have used bamboo poles (expensive to buy if you don’t have a bamboo patch), wood teepees (also expensive for the pressure treated wood…plus the pressure treatment is not something I want to ingest), string (rots before the season is over which causes the plants to fall over)…etc…etc…etc….
I found this method on the internet years ago and have been using it ever since. It is very simple and cost effective. All you need are the following:
- Roll of 4′ x whatever length you need welded wire fencing.
- wire cutters
The wire can be purchased at your local big box garden retailer or your local farm supply store. It is important to get at least the 14 gauge welded wire fencing (you will see the mesh design in the pictures below but make sure you get the 2″ mesh). This type of wire fencing will last for years if you take good care of it each season.
Instructions for building the tomato cages:
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