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Old 01-01-20, 06:56 PM
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Tomato cage

I'm looking for an easy way to cage my tomatoes next year. We used the cheap cages and it didn't work at all. My mom never caged hers or anything but I want to try it. I was thinking of just running a cattle panel on each side of the row. The vines would hole to the fence, the holes are big enough to pick through.
 
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Old 01-01-20, 08:03 PM
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How about using better cages instead of cheaper ones.
Mine are many years old and still going strong.
 
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Old 01-01-20, 08:35 PM
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Been using 6" mesh concrete re-wire for many years.
Cut the bottom wire off and have the vertical wires for spikes to stick in ground. If you are in a windy place. drive a T-post beside the cage and tie them together.
I usually use the 5' tall material.


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Old 01-02-20, 03:23 AM
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Grandpa taught me to do the same thing as RR, but he made them into cages... He cut pieces about 5 ft long then bent them into a cylinder and tied the wire so it would be round... About 24" in diameter. They lasted over 50 years because they are older than I am... His tomatoes were always about 6 feet tall.
 
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They spread wide enough they pulled cages out of the ground
 
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Like RR said, you need a stake next to them or high winds will blow them over.
 
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I might have to do that. I can get 4x8 sheets of it at Menards
 
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Old 01-02-20, 03:51 AM
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If you tie an 8ft long piece into a cylinder, they will be about 30" in diameter... A little large. But 4x7 would make a nice hoop... 4' is kind of short though... They will grow out the top.
 
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I'm active in local politics. I get to recycle all those road-side-campaign-signs (steel U frame and black plastic).
The black plastic makes great garden-weed-block-fabric, and metal frames bend easily into frame hoops or tomato cages.

if you use 6" concrete mesh, bend it in half, like a pup-tent.
Then trim the tomato plants so they don't grow too far above the support.
That ALSO re-directs their energy into the fruit, rather than the stems.
 
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