How to Make Your Own Tomato Cage

Warning: Illegal string offset 'wordbooker_like_button_post' in /home/yourhou1/public_html/houstongardening/wp-content/plugins/wordbooker/wordbooker.php on line 2198

Warning: Illegal string offset 'wordbooker_like_button_page' in /home/yourhou1/public_html/houstongardening/wp-content/plugins/wordbooker/wordbooker.php on line 2199

Warning: Illegal string offset 'wordbooker_like_button_post' in /home/yourhou1/public_html/houstongardening/wp-content/plugins/wordbooker/wordbooker.php on line 2125

Warning: Illegal string offset 'wordbooker_like_button_page' in /home/yourhou1/public_html/houstongardening/wp-content/plugins/wordbooker/wordbooker.php on line 2126

Tomato plants are going in the ground, and we all know that they need staking. A wire tomato cage is a frequent solution, but how about making your own.

I have not gone big on having tomato plants in my garden. I guess because it is so easy to get good quality ones at the store; however, heirloom varieties may not be so easy to find. This year sees me planting many of these seedlings, so I needed to find a way to stake them. Having pruned, I obtained several bamboo canes and thin, long tree branches, so I decide to make a rather large cage feature in the bed being used by the tomatoes.
tomato cage

    You probably heard the story of the $400 tomato, or something along those lines. Gardeners going after the perfect tomato crop spending quite a bit of money and effort, calculating how much they spent to produce each tomato. As for me, I am cutting back on the expensive stuff. I want my soil to be healthy with a good amount of nutrients from my compost. I want a mulch made from broken down twigs. That leaves me with the stakes or cages. They are not expensive really, but if I am buying one for each plant, they do add up. I hit upon a simple wall idea, which will create the support system for these vines.
    I took thicker branches or bamboo canes as a main support for the plant. Then I wove branches together (the branches were from an ash tree), much like you would when creating a wattle wall. Those are the old style walls that use branches in something that looks like a basket weave. In my case, I left large openings, so there is no tight fitting weave of branches. I did weave the branches in and out from the upright canes. Where the weaving branch met a cane, I used a small length of wire to tie the two branches together. I created three rows in this way. The plants were placed by canes of the inner row, with a few going on the outer row. Basil was planted along the edge.
    I like this project because: I saved money; I did not throw out branches onto the curb; and the set up looks nice. If you only have one or tow plants, you can create the cylinder style cage around the tomato. Place a cane at each corner, and weave the branches around these poles. Bind each contact point with a wire to twist tie, or you could use the plastic cable binder for electrical wires. I have found that crepe myrtle branches bend quite well for this project.
    I did not go heavy on fertilizers last year. From a few plants, I obtained a decent harvest. One problem was birds. I built a super-structure over these walls (a larger frame made from scrap wood). I will be placing the bird netting over this frame. I feed the birds enough; they do not need to go after my vegetables and fruits. You know those upside down tomato plants? Of the five people that I know who tried that out, one produced good, bountiful results. I think you have to obtain the right tomato variety, and you need to treat it right. Considering that you can find tomato plants in the stores for around $1, spending fifteen dollars on plants and making your own cages is not a bad way to go. The compost came from my own pile, so I am good. As I was told recently, plants are simple; we make gardening hard.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


This site came out of my desire to write about my love of gardening, but also to connect it to my knowledge derived from home inspections. That is why I tied it to the home inspection site.If you have questions, you can email them to me (frank at For home inspections, call 713.781.6090.
Happy gardening, Frank


Canonical URL by SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin