Genie from The Inadvertent Gardener wrote a story about a broken tomato branch, How to Become a Fried Green Tomato. Her story gave me the idea to write about our tomato cages.
Marc at Garden Desk asked the question in his post How Do You Support Your Tomato Plants?
Here is my answer Marc:
When my husband and I started raising tomatoes, we purchased the small cone shaped tomato cages from our local hardware store. These we found only worked for raised tomatoes in containers and even then, often weren’t adequate.
The tomato plants we planted soon outgrew these little cages. We had to also stake them and fool with them.
I hate staking and tying up tomato branches because I inevitably break some and all those promising tomatoes come a tumblin’ down.
So my husband decided to construct his own.
Here’s how he did it.
Hardware store (Home Depot) 6-inch, welded-wire concrete-reinforcement roll
24-inch bolt cutters
Short piece of 1-inch metal pipe or conduit for bending over cut wire.
1. Cut roll length to make 24-inch diameter cages, making sure to cut close to vertical wire, leaving 6-inch horizontal wires you can bend over to hold cage together.
2 Form the cut length into a cage, and use the metal pipe to bend over the 6-inch wires around and inside the vertical wires, so they don’t hook you when you walk by.
3. Stand them on end around your tomato plants.