Speaking of Tomatoes…

Speaking of Tomatoes…

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I am not a fan of plastic tomato supports, and this proves the point.  I was sent this to try out a few years ago, and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the company that makes it.  Anyway, I think I did give it a try the year it arrives, but given how tomatoes tend to fail in my climate, it didn’t get much of a workout.  So I got it out in hopes of using it to support this year’s tomatoes–and look what happened.  One firm shove into the soil (not into rock, just into firm soil) and it broke.

So much for that.  What are you people using for tomato supports?

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Amy Stewart
on July 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm, in the category Eat This, Taking Your Gardening Dollar.

9 Comments
    • admin
    • 11th October 2016

    I use the cheapo wire cages from discount stores. I generally don’t get enough sun for my tomato plants to get out of control. The few times that they have, I just stuck a wooden stake in the ground and used velcro ties to affix the cage to it for better support.

    • Regina
    • 14th October 2016

    Galvanized fence panels are the best. Used to just run a fence of them and tie the tomatoes to them. Now that we’re in the city I brought one panel and hung it against the brick wall my containers are against, with the bottom row bent inward, so there’s enough space to tuck the plants in, and weave ’em through. Wooden trellises with a stake at the bottoe are nice too.

    • Anne At Large
    • 24th October 2016

    I finally bought some overpriced metal cages, not the little wimpy ones that bend and fall over, but the brightly colored heavy duty ones. So far they are lasting and not falling over, this is my second summer using them and they look like new. I brought them to our new house when we moved and I am pretty sure it was totally worth the annoyance to keep them around.

    • Genevieve
    • 13th November 2016

    I got some of those irritating galvanized tomato cages, because my favorite nursery was out of the sturdier colored cages, but I picked up some violet spray paint, so I think I’m going to disentangle my tomatoes and spraypaint the cages this weekend so they’re cuter. I hate touching galvanized anything. Makes my fingers smell funny, and the texture is like touching a chalkboard. Abhorrent.

    • Patti Race
    • 13th November 2016

    Tired of the cheap and worthless store-bought cages, this year my husband went out and bought panels of cement reinforcer (there’s probably a technical term I’m not remembering) that comes in 4’x8′ panels. He cut each down into 3 pieces and formed circles. Best tomato cages ever. Our neighbor saw them and copies his technique.

    • admin
    • 15th November 2016

    Foldable galvanized metal cages from Gardeners’ Supply. In our short growing season, even the stroppiest tomato varieties never get big enough to knock them over. I add a stake and tie the bigger branches. I have bought a few each year but still don’t have enough for all my plants. This year I’m thinking concrete reinforcing wire for tomato cages, pole beans and chicken containment. A friend has made a 8 ft fence out of this stuff to keep the *&^^%$$ bambis out of her beautiful front yard perennial garden, which works beautifully for that purpose, while allowing the garden to be seen. The wire rusts and virtually disappears against the background foliage.

    • cellbioprof
    • 15th November 2016

    6′ – 7′ long branches of white pine. I use a handsaw to cut the thicker end at an angle to make it easy to drive into the soil of my raised beds. Each tomato gets its own upright branch, and the uprights are joined together by crosspieces so that I create two rows of 3 tomatoes each in my 4′ x 6′ raised beds. All connections are with baling twine (the “string” used for hay bales). To make it even more sturdy I tied the 4 corner branches to the 4 corner uprights of my raised beds (I have 4′ tall 2x4s at the corners to which I’ve attached 1″ chicken wire to keep out deer and my almost-tame wild rabbits).

    • Laura
    • 15th November 2016

    I make teepees out of 1 x 2’s and then run a central string of twine to encircle the main stem (training it around this center) and then keep stray branches in by twining horizontally around the outside of the teepee. I usually squeeze 3- 4 plants under 1 teepee of 3 -,4 1 x 2’s. Works for me.

    • Sandra Knauf
    • 15th November 2016

    I use the cheap, crapola, bent and pulled-apart-from-the-solder-in-places tomato cages. The concrete reinforcement sounds great, but my favorite suggestion is using the pine branches. I have used branches, too, but have never had a “system.” Rustic is cool!

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