Gardeners have a tendency for ingenuity and a desire to solve problems, as is evidenced by the many homemade tools gardeners make and use. Household and construction leftovers are ideal beginnings to new garden storage items and products that help plants grow. So, why buy tomato cages from a store when you can make your own?
While tomatoes don’t need to be caged or staked, when they are left to their own will, they become bushy and sprawl over the ground. This results in unequal sun exposure for the leaves and fruit, and when fruit is too close to the ground, it often gets wet and rots.
Caging is easier than staking because you don’t need to worry so much about pruning the tomato plants. While a stake is meant to support a single strong stem, a cage goes over the whole plant and can support it no matter its shape.
Store-bought cages are funnel-shaped and taper down at the bottom. When you make your own, they can be completely cylindrical, giving the plant more access to sunlight and oxygen.
You can recycle any wire fencing you happen to have on hand into a tomato cage, but concrete reinforcement wire is a good, strong choice. The fence should be about 4 feet tall, and you can cut it to a length of about 4 feet. From there, just roll it into a cage shape and you have your first tomato cage–much cheaper than buying individual cages in stores!
How to make a DIY Tomato Cage: