The Best Homemade Tomato Cages

Building your own homemade tomato cages is easy. Take a look at these four terrific plans — at least one will work perfectly for you and your garden!

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Building your own homemade tomato cages is easy. Take a look at these four terrific plans — at least one will work perfectly for you and your garden!

You’ll enjoy a bigger tomato harvest if you use stakes or tomato cages to help your plants grow vertically, saving space in the garden while keeping fruits off the ground, preventing rot. Store-bought tomato cages tend to be flimsy and too small. For a sturdier option, consider building your own. We think these four plans are especially good choices for creating durable, low-cost tomato cages. Find the best fit for your garden and start building! (The cost estimates for each design are based on 2011 prices from Lowe’s and Tractor Supply Co.)

Homemade Tomato Cages

Livestock Panel Trellis

Rigid metal livestock panels (sold at farm stores) make a strong, durable trellis. Simply stand up the panels and attach them to steel T-posts, and you’re on your way to your own wall of tomatoes. Livestock panels typically come in 16-foot lengths, but with a pair of bolt cutters or a hacksaw, you can cut them to whatever length you want.

  • Updated on Jul 25, 2022
  • Originally Published on Feb 28, 2011
Tagged with: tomato cage, tomatoes, trellis
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