Forget flimsy, store-bought products. Build your own sturdy, low-cost tomato cages with these four terrific designs!
One of the simplest tomato cages is a rigid metal livestock panel used as a trellis. Another option: Build these simple wooden “tomato ladders.” They’re easy to construct from scrap wood and can be folded up for easy storage.
ILLUSTRATION: JOEL POPADICS
Building with plastic pipe creates a super-durable tomato cage. This isn’t the cheapest tomato cage option, but it may well be the sturdiest.
Wire mesh tomato cages are cheap and easy to make. Be sure to stake them to the ground with steel T-posts to prevent them from blowing over.