Build a Better Tomato Cage
Master Gardener Bob Woods hs been growing tomatoes for 75 years. Bob had advice for helping your tomatoes grow strong and free of disease and pests.
SUPPORT YOUR TOMATOES
WOODEN STAKES PROVIDE SUPPORT
- If single or double stem, can use simple wooden stake (1”x2”or 2”x2”), tie plant to it. Use soft cloth strips, string works too.
- For multiple stem plants, use metal or wooden cage. Can buy from stores, but can be flimsy, expensive or too small.
BUILDING YOUR CAGE
1. Unroll a length of 20-30 ft. of mesh from the roll. Secure both ends, as is very springy, and edges are sharp. Safety glasses and gloves are strongly recommended.
Steel wire will rust and after several years, and wire “legs” into ground will break off. Solution is to just cut off the wire ring above, giving new legs, with cage 6” shorter.
- Cages can be stored by opening them and nesting one inside another.
- Get jump on neighbors, earlier ripe tomatoes. – plant early by protecting plants.
- Use wrapped cage with plastic (With milk jug), or small plastic tepee filled with water. Traps heat in day, gives back at night.
- For more information on growing tomatoes, click here. The guide is also available in Spanish click here.
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Bob also learned a lot about growing tomatoes in Oregon, volunteering with a Portland nonprofit, “Growing-Gardens”.