Cylindrical Tomato Cage

Give your tomatoes some support with this wire-and-wood cage


| December 2017


The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projectstomato cage by the Editors of Storey Publishing (Storey Publishing, 2010) is a collection of DIY projects for your garden. From how to make a compost bin to building a lawn chair, you’ll find instructions on how to make your garden more productive and enjoyable. These instructions for a tomato cage will give your tomatoes the support that they need.

Of the many methods of holding and supporting tomatoes, the classic cylinder is a top choice. It’s easy to train the vines with this support. And you’ll find that picking your ripened tomatoes is a breeze, particularly if you’ve had to cope with sprawling, earthbound vines before.

Materials

Lumber
• Two tomato stakes (4 foot long)

Supplies
• 70 inch × 42 inch piece of wire fencing (with 2 inch ×3 inch mesh)
• Light-gauge wire or twine

Tools
• Wire cutters
• Pliers
• Tape measure
• Hammer
• Wood saw

Constructing the Cage

1. Shape the wire fencing into a circular cage, overlapping the edges and binding them together with wire or twine.

2. Use wire cutters to cut a number of 6-inch square openings in the grid that will allow you to gain access to the plant as it grows. 





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