Cylindrical Tomato Cage

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

| December 2017

  • Construct this cage to keep your tomato plants upright.
    Photography by John Gruen
  • Use this illustration to help your design your tomato cage.
    Illustrations by Michael Gellatly
  • "The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects" by the Editors of Storey Publishing collects projects that will make your garden more productive and enjoyable.
    Cover courtest Storey Publishing

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.


• Two tomato stakes (4 foot long)

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

• 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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