Comments On - Tomato Cages: How to Make Them Last Longer

Me and my dad made 4 foot tall cages with wood 2by2s in the corners and slats on the outside. I stake them into the ground and zip tie the 2by2s to the stakes. They are several years old and this year I simply cut 1 of the zip ties moved the cage out of the way planted the plant and moved it back and re-zip tied it.
Jim, Alton, IL
Posted: 5/19/2015 2:28:44 PM
The method advocated here is one I have been using for three years after trying many others, and this is definitely the best I've tried. Think I'll get a 'mater right now...!
paul, International
Posted: 4/11/2014 8:57:13 AM
Gee, I like the BBQ spray paint suggested below. Thanks, Bruce.

I, too, is a fan of concrete mesh. Bought a galvanized, heavy gauge (I believe 14 gauge), 50' by 7' high roll with a 4 X 6 opening 30 years ago for $25.00. Made 8 cages with a diameter of 22" and a trellis 8' wide (about the spread of a 2 x 8 stock lumber). Used it for over 15 years.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/19/2013 2:20:42 PM
I tried this this year, and it is really helping my tomatoes!
Ellen, Madison, WI
Posted: 7/27/2013 5:46:00 AM
After years of storing cumbersome round tomato cages that still get squashed or the welds break, and using the square cages that are made of the same flimsy stuff, I opted to buy a roll of concrete mesh. 100' long, 5 feet wide with 6" x6" holes. I've made dozens and dozens of cages and have yet to lose one through storage problems or the like. They last forever, are tough enough to handle squash plants and vining plants. I even train my watermelons to grow in these. Nothing I've tried has been too much for them to handle.

I'll never go back to the traditional store-bought cages for any reason.

And about the rust? I use BBQ spray paint on them when I make them. No rust problem.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 7/26/2013 7:59:47 AM
l, l, LA
Posted: 6/4/2013 11:55:14 PM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 6/3/2013 6:49:57 AM
Interesting! About 30 years ago I also bought a roll of concrete wire mesh but it was 8' X 100' with a 4" X 6" opening. Cost me $30. Used some as tomato cages but with a 24" diameter & made it only 4' high. I let three stems grow out & tie each stem to the side in a triangular corner. Since, I live in a cold climate area & had always planted indeterminate type, I pinch the top growth around the end of August to let the plant focus its energy in ripening its fruit rather than keep on growing.

I also used the wire as trellis for my peas & cucumber. Nailed a ten foot span between two post of landscape timber keeping the wire's height of 8'. To keep the span taut, I nailed a 10' length of 2X4 across the top.

Used both gadgets for many years. To this day still have half a roll. One of the best gardening investments I had made.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/24/2013 5:47:03 PM
I can imagine that wire would work but it's hard to find in most places anymore as many builders have switched over to solely using rebar. I like to use hog panels for my tomatoes and I grow them in rows along it. It also doesn't rust like concrete wire.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/19/2013 11:17:06 PM
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