[Market-farming] Tomato Cages

Todd Lister toddlister1 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 09:26:02 EST 2011


We all do things differently. I do remove suckers early and with more
staking  support could probably use smaller cages. I have had my 13 squares
quite a while and they do get rather large. I have about 60 cages and don't
really like the hassle. I have been using  the string support method more
and more. Even outside I tend to go with strings. Tee posts or galv. posts
every 8' or so and a really tight cable or wire between the tops. Then drop
strings for each plant. Less fight. I also will use old drip like belts from
post to post as belts on a few levels. Truth is most of my toms are in hoops
with strings for support and no cages. Too many issues outside here in
Georgia.
Thanks to all for input.
Todd Lister
Veribest Farm
Vesta, Ga

On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 7:54 AM, Bill Shoemaker <wshoemak at illinois.edu>wrote:

> 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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