[Market-farming] Tomato Cages

Todd Lister toddlister1 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 22:52:29 EST 2011


Bill,
Is your wire made with 6"squares?  If so,48"makes 8 squares. Sounds like a
small cage.
Todd

On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 10:36 PM, Bill Shoemaker <wshoemak at illinois.edu>wrote:

> 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>
> >
> >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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