Tired of flimsy wire tomato cages? Check out these 10 easy DIY tomato cage ideas for a sturdier option that won't break the bank!
Nothing says summer like juicy, sun-kissed tomatoes that turn our salads into feasts and our sandwiches into masterpieces. If you've ever tried growing them, you know they're eager to sprawl, spread, and eventually flop over without the right support.
But those flimsy wire cages you can pick up at the store for a few bucks are no match for a healthy indeterminate tomato plant! Most of my vines grow six to eight feet long, and need much stronger support.
Luckily, there are plenty of DIY versions that can provide structure for even your most vigorous plants. I'll highlight 10 DIY tomato cage ideas that will add character to your garden space without breaking the bank.
I've never had much luck with those cheap premade wire tomato cages. But you can make your own sturdier cages using concrete reinforcing wire. The rolls are 5 feet tall and strong enough to hold the weight of your plants along with their fruit.
You can purchase it from your local home improvement store in a roll and cut it into lengths for your garden.
This tomato trellis might be just the thing you're looking for to keep your tomato plants in line! Your plants will sit in between the two panels made with hog wire and wood stakes. The vines will climb up the wire and make it easy to get to all the tomatoes as they ripen.
Garden obelisks are easy to make and are perfect to use for tomato cages. You can make them using 1x2s and 2x2s to create a triangular design. They will contain your tomato plants and help them grow straight and strong.
This idea is pretty genius. 2x2 posts with magnets make adjusting and moving the outer strips super easy as your plants grow. It's also easy to disassemble and take down when the growing season is over.
Which one of these DIY tomato cage ideas are you making for your garden this year? I'd love to hear from you down in the comments below!