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. 

Mac
6/19/2018 9:14:27 PM

@ Marilyn: I use the concrete reinforcement wire myself but have found that with the wind we have here (River Valley in Arkansas) even they need extra support. Being the scavenger that I am I have plenty of lengths of pipe and other metal pieces to use. Some of my cages are staked individually but most are staked at the end of the row and depending on the length of the row in the middle then the tops of the cages are connected together with other longer lengths of pipe or some large Bamboo I have run across and collected up.


Mac
6/19/2018 9:07:55 PM

First let me say I did not double post my reply to Marilyn the site doubled it when I made a second post about something else. @ Janet, My cages have the bottom ring removed and they get pressed into the ground but I still have to provide extra support for them. If I don't provide the support the first summer thunderstorm to come through will lay half of them on their side (learned the hard way).


Mac
6/19/2018 9:07:54 PM

@ Marilyn: I use the concrete reinforcement wire myself but have found that with the wind we have here (River Valley in Arkansas) even they need extra support. Being the scavenger that I am I have plenty of lengths of pipe and other metal pieces to use. Some of my cages are staked individually but most are staked at the end of the row and depending on the length of the row in the middle then the tops of the cages are connected together with other longer lengths of pipe or some large Bamboo I have run across and collected up.








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