Psst…hey Buddy…you wanna buy a tomato cage? I’ve got some for you…cheap!
Yeah, you can buy tomato cages cheap. They just aren’t worth it. I’ve tried every single type of cage available at the store. Big wire cages, small wire cages…plastic cages that come apart….all of them. And they are all garbage! (The plastic ones are the best of the garbage.)
I decided I had seen something better in my father in law’s garden. So I did what I could to copy it. Here is what I came up with-
That’s me, proudly standing next to my new tomato cage. The cage is made from a ‘sheet’ of concrete reinforcing mesh. Each of these cost about $6.50. I simply rolled the mesh, overlapped one square, and used zip-ties to tie it together.
Okay, not really easy. I did one by myself, it was a total pain. My oldest critter helped me with the rest- much easier. Have a helper help you to help yourself.
These new cages feel like they are built to last. The old cages had crummy welds, thin gauge wire, and were just generally lilliputian. I like my tomato cages like my wo…scratch that. But I do like them big and strong enough to support some thick and juicy Yolo County tomatoes. Baby got back…yard tomatoes! (Hey Becky, I think the other cages are built for New York tomatoes)
No children were harmed, but the neighbors stopped talking to me. Again. And why won’t they let their kids trick-or-treat at my house? I don’t care if it is April, I have a bag of candy waiting for them…
The new cage is big enough to catch some critters! And the large spaces between the wires mean you can pass a sandwich without the risking the rest of your body to attack! (This helps during the transport to the circus.)
Really, the big holes will be good enough to pull out one of those poorly-shaped heirloom monstrosities.
This is a closer picture of the zip-ties. Not exciting, but you’ll get an idea of how it goes. I trimmed the zip-ties after I was done, so it would look a little neater. Each of these cages took about 5 minutes to make.
In other news, the cupcake plants did great this year! Today was a pretty good harvest. I had enough to feed an entire party of pregnant, and not-pregnant, women.
Next year I’m going to make room for an ice cream tree...it’s getting so expensive at the store!