[Market-farming] Tomato Cages

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Sat Mar 5 07:54:22 EST 2011


Yes, its 6". We prune the lower suckers to keep the vegetation from filling to cage too much. We actually have a few that are wider but I like the narrower ones. If you don't prune suckers,the widers ones might be better.

Bill

---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 22:52:29 -0500
>From: Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com>  
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Tomato Cages  
>To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>
>   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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