[Market-farming] Tomato Cages

grizzdover at gmail.com grizzdover at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 23:32:09 EST 2011


I make cages the same way Bill described, but I cut the 5' wide strip every
5 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet (haven't made a cage in a few years).  I use the extra
1/2 foot to make the hooks like Bill describes.  When I make some more, I
think I may cut them a foot shorter for each cage as some varieties don't
really fill in the larger diameter cage.

Ben
Turtle Farm
Granger, Iowa
www.turtle-farm.com
On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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