[Market-farming] Tomato Cages

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Fri Mar 4 22:36:30 EST 2011


We use #10 concrete wire by cutting the 5' wide strip every 4'. We then roll each into a cylinder and use wire stub ends turned in to hook them together. We set them over plants early, set a tomato stake solidly in the ground between each pair of cages, then tie both cages to the stake with a twist tie. If we don't stake them, they will get blown over once the plants fill them up. The stakes are usually sufficient to keep them upright through the season.

Bill

---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 19:33:59 -0500
>From: "Mac" <gofish54 at centurytel.net>  
>Subject: [Market-farming] Tomato Cages  
>To: "market-farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
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>I am going to make some new cages for indeterminate tomatoes out of concrete wire.  If you use cages, what diameter are you using?
>Mac
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William H Shoemaker, UI-Crop Sciences
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
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