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July 31, 2007


Marc, I have posted a picture of my cages on my blog. I kind of like the looks of them, rusty or not. I noticed today that the chipping sparrows have a nest full of babies in one of the cages. I will have to stay away from that one for awhile!

I take a different approach. I use metal pipe.

I weave the plants in and out of the pipes. I wish it was taller but it does pretty good. Except this year I waited a little too late to put them in and start weaving. It is hard to explain how they look.

Any other tomatoes I have that can't be done this way(because I don't have enough). I cage them.

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Your post is very informative.
I am writing about my tomato support as my next post:)

A few years ago I bought Texas Tomato Cages--http://www.tomatocage.com/

LOVE them. They are strong, durable and can stand up to the heartiest indeterminate tomatoes. At the end of the season, I just fold them down and store them until the next year.

You can see them in action with my Brandywine tomatoes--a photo posted on my blog yesterday.

--Robin (Bumblebee)

We are called the "Plumbers" in our community garden because we used steel water pipe to create a seven foot high trellis. We had this great old guy at our local hardware store cut the pipes to 10 feet and cut in the threads to assemble the structure. It unscrews at the end of the season for easy storaage. It resembles the tomato trellis ideamentioned in the article. We use twine strung from top to bottom and twist each tomato stem up to create one central vine, pinching off the suckers as you go. This means you will have less fruit but the fruit you do have will be larger and easy to access for harvest. This is for indeterminate tomatoes.

Very informative and well done Post

Glad I found it on a Google Search.

After a few years of Truck Farming Lifestyle, we are back in it on a smaller scale.

Trying to share with many the Health and Wealth aspects of small plot Gardening.

You and you readers might enjoy the Video series I am doing weekly this year, on You Tube.

Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth, 2008

Thanks again for your passion about Gardening

Hi Marc,

I have been enjoying your blog.

I have been using florists wire frames to support my tomatoes this year. It's a good way to recycle.

This will explain.

I decided to start my first real garden in 25 years in an effort to give solice for my father. He loves a garden and will sit for hours just looking. I started with 3 tomato plants and by the time I was done, I had 18 in the ground. Victorville weather goes in streaks between really hot and just plain hot. I drip water on a schedule and the plants really took off. But before I knew it I was watering too much. I think I over watered and it may be too late to fix. I use tomato cages for the plants and they are holding up well. I like the idea of the topless table and will give that a try next year.


I have a retaining wall at the back of my yard that is 3 to 6 feet tall. I grow yellow pear tomatoes all the edge and hang the vines down the wall. I keep them trimmed so only the stems over the wall have fruit, and so they don't overlap each other. I get a lot of tomatoes, and they are easy to harvest. I wonder if you could build a tower from old tires and hang the vines down from the top if you do not have a convenient wall. :)


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