InstructionsTo make your own tomato cages:
Tools & Materials:
You will need concrete reinforcement mesh (available at any home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes). You will also need wire cutters.
* Note: The cut ends of the mesh can be super sharp! You may want to wear a pair of work gloves to avoid some bloodshed.
1. Cut the concrete mesh into 54 in ( 137cm ) ...
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Category: Home & Garden
Type of item: Functional
Style: Eco-Friendly, Outdoorsy
Concrete mesh, wire cutters
What was your inspiration?
We grow several varieties of heirloom tomatoes in our urban garden every year. We've found that the standard tomato cages available at the hardware stores just aren't tall enough and often collapse under the weight of our larger heirloom tomato plants (which can reach 6-7 ft tall). I wanted cages that would be able to handle these larger non-hybrid varieties that wouldn't cost a fortune.
What are you most proud of?
We've been using these cages for 3 years now and they are still in great shape. They are so much taller than standard tomato cages that they can also double as vertical supports for pole beans, cucumbers or peas. They are also great supports to reign in wandering tomatillo plants.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Wear gloves and watch out for sharp edges! This is a super easy project - have fun and enjoy your tomato crop!