I’m pretty sure if I was growing in in-ground beds, I’d do the same thing. I have found my own type of cage. So, having some good heavy duty tomato cages will definitely increase your tomato production, plus it’ll make harvesting them much, much easier! That certainly addresses the storage issue. Admittedly, this was a major investment for these raised beds. Comes in a large roll in Lowes or Home Depot. That way, the entire panel gets used with no waste. Super strong and durable, they last much longer than the welded wire fencing I used to use. When we lived in IL, my cages lasted 15 years. Plant Supports. That’s all there is to it. They don’t seem like the galvanized texture. I agree with the price – I need about 10 cages each year and couldn’t afford to make these with cattle panels. The cattle panels are a great idea, too. I am already totally satisfied with the way I am doing toms. This spring I took the panels back off and now they are doing garden duty. Tomato cages are one way of supporting the long growing vines of indeterminate tomatoes, but there are serious limitations to store-bought tomato cages including their small size, flimsy construction, and the price. Can you give more details, specs and may be a photo of how your trellis looks? This large tomato cage design is sturdy, easy and cheap! Sounds like a durable, attractive cage! We sell heavy duty tomato supports, durable, long lasting tomato cages. Yes, it is made out of galvanized metal for durability, and certainly the 4-sided design allows great stability and lets the tomatoes to grow healthy and strong. How to Build a Strong Tomato Stake: A Step By Step Guide. If you don't have a wooden stake, use a length of rebar, a PVC pipe or a metal pipe. That’s free fertilizer, folks! Perhaps a little judgmental on my part, but they are not tall enough, and I’m still a stickler for sturdiness. Jan 26, 2019 - Explore Tiffany Gallagher-Duppstadt's board "Tomato cage angel" on Pinterest. They’re thick enough to be good and sturdy but not so think that they’re too hard to bend. And yes, the plants are tiny inside the cages for now. Instead of cutting the section nine squares high I cut them to eight squares high so that I wind up getting three sections out of a 16′ cattle panel with no waste in the long end. 13. The four-sided cage consists of two two-sided panels, bent at a 90 degree angle. I like my tomato cages like my wo…scratch that. Since we’re retired and on a limited income, I figured out a way to make it just a bit more economical. While I have had a few foldable flat cages around here, I’ve never used them. I don’t have a preference on specific wire gauge. Place one full livestock panel on a flat surface. Sure seems like a lot less work and less livestock panels too! While we have done it this way, it may be a bit excessive or too large for your garden space and intended plant spacing. For now I only use them as a guide to planting and them lift them from the bed. I have no photos but I think you get the jest. I find that wire tends to hurt the plant when and if the plant gets over barren from the weight of the fruit. I just make a circle with it and connect with hog staples. My husband makes these with three sides so that they can lay flat for storage in the winter. As they near ripeness, all I have to do is wiggle the vine where it attaches to the melon, and when it comes free easily – perfect ripeness. Mo, I like your comment. I will try the red Christmas balls this upcoming Spring 2017. Gardener’s Vertex Lifetime Tomato Cage $32.95. However, I too have cats that like to use those beds. Have you thought about growing mushrooms? What is the size of your cutters? Can you advise as to what you used? Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas! They’re sturdy — made of steel that’s heavier than the cages you typically see in garden centers. How to make your own easy to store cage. A note for discouraging tomato predators: Hang red Xmas balls on your tomato plants early on. What you’re looking for in a tomato cage is the tallest possible cage you can find, which isn’t an easy task. Talk about production in a small area. When I hosted Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network, we used the round cages made from concrete reinforcement wire. ~ Homestead and Chill. Looks like rectangles instead of squares.) In all my research, the only “some what” effective solutions are 1. pulling the mulch away from the base of the plant to expose the vole to predators, 2. enclosing the rootball or growing area in hardware cloth (but who does this really??? Nice work though.. ive been wanting to order some cattle panels for trellises and now i may add a couple more to my list. So I figured out to just roll up a piece, like a giant tube, and secure the ends together. They worked great for my cucumbers and pole beans too. For all they offer compared to the alternatives, in my book it’s money well spent. Learn how … That’s free fertilizer, folks! Plantapillar ships super heavy duty Tomato Cages, Tomato supports, Cucumber Trellis, tall Vine Trellises and Vegetable Supports Great unique gifts for the gardener! Yes, I’ve tried just about everything, but nothing worked well enough and at the same time, looked good enough in the garden for my taste…until now. At such a time, it is easy to support, and any type of cage will do the work. They look fantastic and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when my tomatoes are filling these cages. This is the ultimate guide to build tomato cages that are the perfect size, shape, and inexpensive design for growing big, healthy tomato … For some plants she stacks square cages as double-deckers with a pole driven deep into the soil in one corner. We use a file to smooth them off, as we have both been cut handling the cut pieces. Always wear gloves and leather shoes or boots. The total height of each panel is 72″, with 16″ of that below ground as the spikes (just two squares worth of height are below ground).That leaves 56″ above ground for the cage. I have seen a big bird of prey .. a hawk I think hunting in my garden and I have placed several black snakes in the garden over the years. Those panels left on or near the soil surface would surely cramp their style! Updated in January, 2016, just for you: You may be tempted to do it, but don’t even think about it.. Don’t buy those flimsy wire cages marketed in big box stores or farm stores as “tomato cages.” Well, not unless you’re planning to use them as supports for something polite and well-behaved, such a pepper plant or maybe a leggy perennial. Although I’m sure I didn’t invent this method for supporting tomatoes, I’ve never seen it in use, so my design is just what evolved through trial and error and settling on the ideal size for me. At the end of the season, just cut the wire of cable tie, and they go completely flat for storage. Every year the L.A. at Home crew is amazed by the passion with which readers try to perfect the art of growing tomatoes. Here is a link about pruning tomatoes that I wrote. I’ve been using the same tomatoe cages for about 18 years – pretty inexpensive on year to year basis. I can see that you are very excited about your find. Would be outstanding to just walk into the hoop and start picking, and be in the shade too! It’s not my idea, found in SFG book. I use concrete reinforcing wire in my garden all the time. Here’s Burpee’s illustration of what the cages look like. Plant three or four tomato plants around the base of each cage. Note: One package of three cages is $34.50. It’s exciting to see what other innovative and savvy gardeners do like you. Ha! Although my stacks have two “humps”. 5665 Atlanta Hwy, Ste 103-342 c/o The Joe Gardener Company It is five feet tall. It’s polyester, (I think) so I can use it many years but it’s diamond shaped instead of square which makes the weaving easier. I congratulate you on your find. But as I’ve said before, it’s a one-time spend and built to last a lifetime. Depending on your plant spacing and cage size, your tomato cages may be able to touch and share a stake in between. In windy locations, we recommend anchoring with our Extra-Tall Earth Staples, sold separately. I am getting ready to do this project. Follow Joe on Twitter, Hi Joe, Great post. My pair cost about $22 at Home Depot and well worth it. Strong tomato cages made from 3 / 8 inch welded steel rods. A tomato cage can help protect these tomatoes from pests and diseases. Tomato Cage Centerpiece. Longtime customer favorites, our heavy-duty, powder-coated steel tomato cages are taller, wider and stronger than old-fashioned cone-shaped supports. Joe, At first, the plant is frail and can fall under the slightest of touches. This assures that the cage will be extremely stable despite the shorter ground tines – and I can get three cages out of two cattle panels rather than two, saving a bunch off the biggest cost of the project. One of my favorite uses of these versatile panels is for my planting templates. Cut away the horizontal pieces, between the vertical pieces. I personally love this set up and the walls of green. Do keep me posted on how this works for you. This is probably one of the simplest tomato cage DIY you can find on the web. These cages are the same as Gardener's Supply Company Pepper and Eggplant Cages, Set of 3 except that these Lifetime Tomato cages are larger overall, (taller and wider openings). You just need two things to make these cages. I lay them on the ground and put two stakes in each one to make them structurally sound. Best tomato cage EVER. They rust really bad and look like shit Have been using them for over 20 years, however I do not bend them, I keep them flat for ease of storage, then join the flat panels together with cable ties, also they work great for verticle trellises for Cucumbers, Beans, and Peas, with a couple lengths of Rebar on either side pounded in the ground for support, these I use as half sheets, that being 4 foot wide by 8 feet tall, if the trellises are in a more permanent position, then I use adjustable hose clamps to secure the Cattle Panel to the Rebar posts. I just finished making these tomato cages over the weekend. 0 waste. Sara what a great idea! The cost of each 16′ timber was about $90. We zip tie … This serves as a good guide and support as you bend up the panel from the outside edge towards you until you get a 90-degree angle. I have very similar cages made from cattle panels, but I attach one corner with hog rings. When we receive a new photo showing Lyons' design, we will add it. Joe, So, Joe, let me review, so I’m sure I understand your instructions. If you’re able, this is the biggest reason we post all our new episodes online on our website so people can watch them as soon as they are available. I’m not sure how well this will work, but if I have success, I’ll try to remember to let you know and post a link to my wife’s blog on how it worked. The middle piece is now a nice sized panel with many versatile uses in and around the garden. I also block the base with plastic when the plants are small. Large bolt cutters and a flat surface make for quick work. : Every year my wife and I plant a variety of tomatoes - and every year we encounter the same problem: finding or making cages big enough and strong enough to contain and support the monsters we tend to grow. thanks for the video. I even use a piece at an angle to support cantalopes. Do you recommend a specific wire gauge? Rainbow Spiral Supports, Set of 5 $49.95. Best tomato trellis and strong tomato cages. With straight spikes as the anchors, both panels should match up nearly perfectly. I’m anxious to hear how that goes–especially with containing and managing the plants as they grow outward. Gosh, I didn’t think about the fact that round panels would try to straighten themselves out once you unhooked them. I got this idea off of TSC’s website from some guy from Texas. Once you cut across this piece, you now have 3 remaining pieces. I use old plumbing pipe to support the upper sections of bean fence since the T-posts only go about 5′ up. This is a tip regarding the picture of your ultimate tomato cages. I think I’m ready for TV Joe! Place one of the sections under a piece of “strait” lumber at, also just curious… what was your average lumber cost to build each bed – I’m looking at doing something similar – from a previous episode, I think you mentioned they are 4×12 and 18 inches deep using 6×6 cedar. It worked great having tomatoes hanging on the inside and outside. Extra-strong tomato cages keep tomato plants upright for a bigger, cleaner harvest; Big, 8" square openings make harvesting easy ; Hinged panels fold flat for compact storage; Watch: Tomato Cage & Tower . Each “square” is really 8″ high by 6″ wide. You will love them! Its durable steel construction ensures it is reusable season after season and is great for the organic gardener. Strong and healthy tomatoes have never been easier to maintain! http://simplyresourceful.blogspot.com/search?q=cattle&x=0&y=0, This year is my first attempt at using them for tomatoes. Thanks for your post here. I secure them to the bed with an electrical conduit pipe which is relatively inexpensive. The Burpee Pro Series Cage tops this list not because it is a superior tomato cage, but because it is versatile, stable and durable all incorporated into a great design. Think of it-just two elements : visuals and voice explaining steps and no jokes, bad banjo ,card tricks-just info. Big plants + strong winds…necessitate a sturdier foundation…I drive a small (4′) fence post or piece of rebar into the ground and tie one corner of the cage to it with a wire bundle tie. Lastly, instead of lashing the cage together after it is placed in the ground, I made one side a row longer and trimmed off fencing except for the three to four places where I left a couple of inches of metal sticking out. Otherwise, they are great for around the yard-den! This particular need is taken care of by using cheap and easy DIY tomato cages to give the plant the vertical support it needs to grow properly. I don’t follow the other aspect of the Mittleider Method, which is growing in sawdust and using chemical ferts.–I’m all organic. Get lots of cats. I started using a these cattle panels last year. To anchor the cage into the ground, weave a wooden stake through the wires (Image 1) and hammer it into the ground (Image 2). Brief Summary. interested in making these tomato cages…how many cages do you get from one 50″x16′ panel? Hi Joe, I use cattle panels too. A strong, study tomato cage that will last you for years. my all time favorite power tool is my angle grinder. Above ground, the cage stands 56″ tall, 18″ wide and 16″ below ground with those “spikes” to anchor the cages. I hope that you don’t get offended. Excellent tip Jessie! While I never stated it in my post, these “holes” are 8″ tall and 6″ wide. Available in 56″ tall (set of 10) and 40″ tall models. With the width of the long panel now reduced to 6 squares, I count down from one end 9 squares, and cut all the way across, just above the horizontal piece at the bottom of this 9th square. They’re sturdier than the cable ties that I use on the other corner. I cut them in 40 inch lengths and cut off the bottom cross pieces leaving 6 inch tines to push into the ground. I already like them so much even with my tomatoes about 6″ tall. Wrap a rope light over the cage, turn on the lights and enjoy your homemade new centerpiece. This leaves long spikes to anchor each panel in the soil. I prefer the bottom of this panel to have long vertical pieces that can be driven extra deep into the soil to serve as the anchoring stakes. Brandywine or San Marzano? I have for the past 6 years been doing this with all of my vegetable gardens with the exception that I raise the panel about a to five inches off the ground. Then simply repeat this process for the other panel. And, it’s easy for branches to break off with the limited support. How to Make a DIY Tomato Cage: Sturdy, Easy & Cheap! I’m ready for the first tomato sandwich! I learned to rototille every thing. Happy to share that info and was excited to do so, once I was convinced they were as good as I had hoped. These dimensions work very well in my raised beds. Linda, congrats on 6 seasons – the episodes are educational and entertaining –, 4. In my case, I get one complete cage at the height and width I like, with some pieces left over that I can use elsewhere in the garden. The stacked tower accommodates the plants' height and helps to give a new look to a common form. Watch: Vertex Lifetime Tall Tomato Cage . But to give it the extra stability I felt they needed, we drove galvanized piping along side the cages at each end of the bed and one long run that ran through the top of the cages all in a row. Tomato Cage Diy. 97. The old Victory Garden Show used to show you how to do things, but now they mostly just show things. Our heavy-duty, steel Tomato Cages are much taller and stronger than the old-fashioned, cone-shaped supports and are strong enough to support your biggest plants. I have used multiple types of wire fencing for home made tomato cages. $19.97 $ 19. It lives in the soil, and rusty metal when in the soil gives tetanus a vehicle into your bloodstream. Thanks Joe for spreading the word on Cattle Panels, I. No discoloration, no deformities, and no bugs. Corrected: An earlier version of this post included a photo with the description of John Lyons' metal tuteurs. Now, you could secure the cage flush end-to-end, but keep in mind that will create a fairly wide tomato cage (approximately 27 inches in diameter from a 7-foot panel). He is suppose to use them to keep our daughter’s goats from going onto the neighboring golf course as our black wire dog fence has been ripped to shreds by the Nigerian dwarf goats. Use them for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and any other plants that produce large fruit and need support. The tomato plants adapt beautifully while growing into their new homes. While not quite as high as I’d like, they seem super sturdy and I could probably simply cut a 2′ section and attach it to the top with wire if extra height is needed. Zinnia Flowers. But they were still rusty by the end of the season, and awkward to store at the end of the season. The feedback was invaluable as well. I too thought about the exposed edges. I would be tempted to leave some partial cross pieces to give more strength to the anchor. I have tried kids plastic windmills, silver bird-ways streamer tape….etc,etc, & the birds still seem to peck away at the tomatoes when ripe. That said, I do have a question about your raised beds. This keeps them rock solid, and I don’t lose any height below ground. Those cylindrical store bought cages have become worthless. Each fall I dissemble the parts, store them until spring and start again! Dia and is well-suited for indoor or outdoor plants. Baby got back…yard tomatoes! To grow my cantaloupes I also take a flat piece of cattle panel upright, but inclined about 30 degrees and supported with posts. to 14 in. So let the tomato cage debate begin: Send us your homespun tomato-support solution to home@latimes.com. She did show just a small snippet of our setup towards the bottom of this post: http://simplyresourceful.blogspot.com/2015/05/baker-creek-spring-planting-festival.html. Love this idea! How to Build tomato cages using cattle panel fencing and great tomato trellis ideas. After sinking your stake, tie the plant stem to it as it grows using nylon stocking or cotton cloth. 14 inch or larger? Now you can make an educated decision and see if staking is a good choice for your garden or not. Sorry to hear about your challenges Barry. The sections can also link together, if needed, and can be used for vegetables, fruit plants and flowers. Now that your tomatoes plants are in the ground and you’re looking forward to large, healthy plants with tons of ripe, juicy tomatoes, you’ve got to have strong support for them. Thanks. Thanks again! (Sorry, felinophiles, but yes, you are second. His arrangement of basic, cone-shaped cages was born out of his method for planting tomatoes: Seedlings go in a deep layer of compost — so deep that “they develop roots along the stem that would normally be above ground. Stand the panels so the lose spike ends are facing up. I cut a dadoe in the ends of the 2×2 just deep enough to capture the wire and secured it with a zip tie. While you have not had much success with mousetraps, I have heard other gardeners say this is their go-to method, using apples and peanut butter I think. With the width of the original panel reduced to the desired size, now it’s time to cut for the desired height. Thanks for writing. It holds up tomatoes well in normal and not sandy soil even if the plants are large and bushy. Once you get past the questions of what kind of tomatoes to plant, you quickly reach question No. I use 6 foot t … I ended up using the whole 16′ section along the row of my tomatoes with fence post stakes securing the panel on both sides. Tried the concrete wire before switching to cattle panels. I love my cages, and don’t find them hard to make. They meet all 7 of my criteria for what it takes to be considered the ultimate tomato cage: sturdy, tall enough, wide enough, rust resistant, attractive, storable, and long lasting. My ah-ha moment came as I was looking for more uses for those incredibly versatile livestock panels. I never take them down. We build strong tomato cages. (Photo credit: Yvonne Savio) John Lyons: The garden consultant and instructor behind www.thewovengarden.com said he couldn't find a tomato cage that he liked in stores, so he is designing and fabricating metal tuteurs for his clients. There you have it. The cages now come in all kinds of colors, as pictured here, but Staddon said he goes with the basic unfinished gray. Joe, the only improve I could offer would be to replace plastic ties with hog rings fasteners. Reduced amount of protective foliage can cause sunscald. Also, regarding the discussion of weaving the plant through the grid, I purchased fishing net very inexpensively that I love. you better make sure your tetanus shot is up to date. If you haven’t planted your tomatoes yet, you may want to read Our Tomato Planting Tips. Both methods seemed to conflict with the natural growth pattern of tomato plants, and, therefore, both methods proved inadequate. Hi Janet. Although not sure where to get the materials up here on Long Island. Seems quite expensive if you have a lot of tomatoes to cage. Build the Best Tomato Cages Ever! ( Photo credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times) Ivette Soler: “I make my own from rebar and concrete reinforcing mesh, but I do recommend these tomato ladders from Gardener's Supply all the time.” said Soler, the L.A. garden blogger behind thegerminatrix.com . I just found out about cattle panels about two years ago when I decided to erect a cattle panel greenhouse for starting seedlings which I find works well until temperatures get below 28°F. Thinking about borrowing your idea ans making more of an actual bed though. I’ve tried many methods including… letting them just lie on the ground, staking, those small cone-shaped cages (worthless!) V/r, Brad. My husband just bought (40) 8′ long cattle panels for 9.99 each. I don’t cut “legs” into the bottom, but instead just set them on top of the soil and pound a fence post next to each tomato plant, and wire the cage to the fence post. Hi Joe, Stumbled across your page and idea on making tomato cages. Each is 4′ wide by 8′ tall. I use concrete reinforcing wire, cut to the width I like , rolled into a circle, fastened with the cut ends folded back upon itself. At the end of the season just just unfasten the ends and the pieces try to straighten out, then they can all just nest together for easy storage. Just lost my first red ripe tomatoes to predators. long. Mighty Cages are great, and for indeterminate tomatoes, trellises are better! It holds a lot of threw the lawnmower leaves. But instead of making caging with them, it is MUCH more efficient to just use posts and just make a “line” down the middle of the row. 2) Make sure that whatever you’re growing will actually fit thru the cage holes. Easily done if you “prebend” the metal before insertion into the ground. The grow cage will fit containers ranging from 10 in. It isn't just for tomatoes.This multi-purpose, versatile plant support converts into a variety of different shapes, such as a trellis, cage and fence. Use a hula hoop cut and cover with old sheet which already I am sure the handles are longer than 14″, likely more like 24″. So I expect they’re costing me about $1.30 or less per year. This way I plant four plants to each cattle panel. Jeff, you’re doing what I’ve been doing for several years. Yvonne Savio: The manager of the UC Cooperative Extension’s Common Ground Garden Program said her favorite design is a square cage that is connected at all corners but is still able to fold flat. It is collapsible and can be stored in a very small place. If you choose this extra deep option, then cut away the horizontal pieces one level up at the 8th square also (the equivalent of two squares deep) as shown below. And even though cages provide a better solution for tying up branches, they can be extremely difficult to harvest through. Thanks for the posting. Thanks for your comment. Trellis Method. They are a great investment. Seriously, voles are a definite challenge. Use them for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and any other plants that produce large fruit and need support. Some of the seed catalogs offer cages that seem to fold flat for storage and are very similar to what you built. Shop tomato cages and a variety of lawn & garden products online at Lowes.com. Keep up the good work of informing us garden folks we do appreciate all that good information, E O’Connor. Hello Joe As the name suggests, it is a tomato cage made entirely of wood. ... which the fruit uses to grow strong … If the holes are too small, as they were in some extra fencing I used, clip out a cross with 4 cuts in the fencing for access in several areas in the center of the cage so the structural integrity is not compromised but you have full access. I love hearing success stories on all the different methods. The best way to prevent this is to anchor your tomato cages securely (more on this later). And at $120 for a 150 ft roll, I can get plant support for 6, 24ft rows. The rust on them adds character to the garden. Find tomato cages at Lowe's today. I know with farms that grow tomatoes, it’s a common practice to just use one long support, such as your idea or the Florida Weave method. Absolutely indestructible. I hope it will answer your questions. Soon as they detect the trap they fill in that hole so no others will use it . Great for rotational gardening! I think the wire is about $50 and the metal post about $7, but I was able to get 5 tomatoe cages and 3 smaller pepper cages with the leftover wire. Good luck and send pictures of your happy tomatoes in their new home! The whole bunch of cwire cost me $10. I’ve used the round cages that you’ve described but for reasons I’ve listed, prefer my version. The best material we’ve found to make durable, reusable, and attractive DIY tomato cages is I’ve had indeterminate tomato plants that have grown as high as 15 feet. Hubby is not as excited hence my research for cages. So Savio makes do in various ways. Tickled to see your use of cattle panels. I can buy a panel of the concrete wire for $8.00 at Lows, works great and is very strong.I like the rust because it blends in with the plants.Will virtually last forever. I love it Bill! I love everything about them, and the wood has held up incredibly well. This not so looking good structure is functional as it contains a raised bed and overhead support, which you can use to… Only thing I do differently is to make round cages instead of box-like. I cut each panel in half, which gives me two pieces 8′ long. I also block the base with plastic when the plants are small. They’re over three feet tall, and are as sturdy as it gets. The key is finding what works for you and stick with it. Eventually they rust. For extra stability, she secures another pole horizontally between cages with recycled-plastic ties. Based on welded-wire panels with 6″ spacing in each direction, the end result is a four-sided cage 3-1/2 ft tall (this dimension can be increased or decreased in 6″ increments, to suit the plant’s height), with each side 18″ wide. You get livestock panels at the farm and tractor supply stores. I have used trellis before and find it a useful method for growing tomato plants into … And I can say with certainty, the longer handles make for much greater leverage and easier cutting! The reason is my cat as well as the neighbor cats were always trying to use my raised beds as a litter box. If you want to keep them contained, use a large tomato cage. How would you improve upon this? Keep your plants growing strong and tall with the support of the Tomato Tower Plus. 4. I also tried some Butternut squash but that wasn’t so good. My mom did the same, creating 6′ cylinders. You should be able to do that with vining plants too. I have tried supporting the plants with stakes and with a well-planned string trellis. By cutting away horizontal pieces (between the 3-1/2 ft and 4-1/2 ft marks), you leave seven foot-long vertical stakes for each two-sided panel. Day Lilies. Are those simply 4×4 posts stacked, are they cedar/pine/cca lumber? Cattle panels are expensive. 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