How to Build Tomato Cages to Support Tomato Plants
You can build tomato cages and use them year after year in your home garden. Tomato cages are an excellent way to provide support to plants.
Why build tomato cages? Advantages
Availability. Strong tomato cages are difficult to find. Making your own meets that need.
Durability. Tomato cages made from concrete wire remesh are long-lasting. You can re-use them for at least 10 years.
Sturdiness. Concrete wire tomato cages are sturdy.
Height. Cages are stackable. You can provide support as high as needed for plants as they grow throughout the season.
Volume. Building your own tomato cages from concrete wire remesh is especially practical if you grow 30 or more plants, if you partner with another gardener to purchase a roll of the wire, or if you’re part of a community garden.
Long-term savings. If you plan to grow tomatoes year after year, tomato cages are an excellent investment. Build them now and use them for years to come.
Why build tomato cages? Drawbacks
Labor. Building cages takes effort during the first season. (Thereafter, it’s a simple question of setting them up again.)
Equipment. You need to have necessary tools (see below).
Quantity. Concrete wire remesh is available only in large amounts. A 150-foot roll makes about 30 cages.
Cost. Cages cost about $4 each to make (but will last a long time - at least 10 years.)
Rust. Concrete remesh wire rusts. You can spray cages with rust-resistant paint to prevent rusting, but keep in mind that paint will add to costs.
(If you'd rather not build your own, check out different tomato cages to find the right ones for you and your garden: stackable garden cages