|Metal tomato cage|
Over the years, I have tried different sizes and weights of this type of tomato cage.
All have bowed under the weight of my full grown tomato plants.
I always found myself staking my tomato cages and trying to add additional support to hold up the plants. It was a constant battle through the summer.
During a visit to a family friend's cabin a few summers ago, I noticed they had the most durable looking tomato cages I've ever seen. Of course I had to ask about them and was told that this is a design that has been passed down a few generations.
My friend's father vowed they are the best tomato cages on the planet. He happily wrote down the dimensions for me drew up a plan so we could make our own.
|Plans for sturdy tomato cages|
|Sturdy tomato cage|
Boy was my friend's father right, these are the most durable tomato cages I've ever seen or used!
They look overpowering (and a little ridiculous) in the garden until the tomato plants get bigger.
|Sturdy tomato cage in use|
Come wind, come rain, come hail, my tomato plants aren't going anywhere.
I haven't had a tomato plant yet that's been too large for my tomato cages to support.
How do you support your tomatoes? I would love to hear about your trials and tribulations.