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.
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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.
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.