If you have just a handful or two of tomato plants, then using tomato cages to support them as they grow is a no-brainer. But there are serious limitations to store-bought tomato cages including their small size, flimsy construction, and the price. At 10-50 per tomato cage, it can get really expensive to buy enough cages for your garden.
I know, theoretically, you could use them every year, but the reality of that is not quite so simple. Tomato cages are often damaged from inserting and removing them from the ground. The welding on the wire will come apart after a couple of years of use. And their bulky size and shape make them inconvenient to store from year to year.
But you can make your own tomato cages pretty simply. In fact, there are many ways to create tomato cages for your garden that are fairly simple, inexpensive, and attractive. Take a look at these 10 different ways to DIY tomato cages that I found.
1. Make tomato cages from cattle panels
If you have someone to help you, then using cattle panels (16 foot long pieces of sturdy welded wire) make great tomato cages. Here’s a straightforward tutorial at Rodales Organic Life.
2. Make a cage/stake hybrid
The stake-a-cage a combination of a stake with wire panels is easier to access than a traditional cage. Learn how to make your own at Old World Garden Farms.
3. Wood frame tomato cages
Small wooden tomato cages like these are great for determinate plants. They’re simple to make, sturdy, and inexpensive. Find the tutorial at Ella Claire Inspired.
4. A DIY obelisk would be great for supporting tomato plants.
For indeterminate tomatoes, you need to build something pretty tall. This 6-foot wooden tomato tower is very attractive. Learn to make your own at Flower Patch Farmhouse.
5. Use PVC to make an easy tomato cage
PVC is lightweight and easy to work with. I Dream Of Eden has a great tutorial to make your tomato cages from PVC.
6. A folding tomato ladder
This homemade tomato cage is attractive and folds away for easy storage in the winter. Find this tomato ladder DIY tutorial at Mother Earth News.
7. A tomato teepee
The teepee tomato cage is super simple and look how cute it is! Learn how to make a tomato teepee at The Elliot Homestead.
8. Simple stake and twine tomato cage
Simple tie some twine around a few stakes to make your own tomato cage. See how to make this stake and twine cage at My Home Ideas.
9. Beautiful bamboo tomato cage
These bamboo tomato towers look great in the garden. Bamboo tomato cage DIY at The Painted Hinge
10. One cage for all your tomatoes
Making one tomato cage for all your tomatoes sounds like a great idea! This one is simple but effective. Learn how to make it at Mosaic Gardens.
You can see that supporting your tomato plants with a cage doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.
Tomato plants are healthier and produce more fruit when you can keep them lifted off the ground.
If you simply don’t have time to make your own, you can certainly buy them at your garden supply center. Here are a couple of designs that I recommend:
Have you ever made your own tomato cage?
I’d love to hear your ideas. Leave me a comment below.