Sunday, July 11, 2010


We had seen this article in This Old House magazine where they used posts and twine to hold up their tomato plants. Being the thrifty gardeners that we are, we tried it. As soon as the plants hit about 4 feet tall, they started to droop terribly. The twine was not strong enough to hold up the gigantic Roma plants. So we gave in and bought cages. Now the plants are growing straight up the cage and not drooping. Oh well, we tried. How do you hold up your tomato plants? Do you have a DIY solution?


  1. I've only ever seen those cages on American and Canadian blogs. They look SO much better than canes and string, which is what we all use over here.

  2. Those cages are great - if they were sold here they could be used for herbaceous plants aswell as tomatoes - just garden canes and string - but I have seen a pyramid thing in our local garden centre with a centre metal cane and wires coming out from the top that you place into the ground.

  3. Try looking at this post in Granny's garden, she puts a cage in a buck then ties a cage upside down on top of the cage with a stake as well.

  4. I bought a ton of 33" tomato cages (I have 92 tomato plants!) this year, but I also have some of my tomatoes against a trellis.

    Both the cages and trellis are working well for me!

  5. I have cages, stakes and then a jerry rigged trellis off of my privacy fence. I am using twine but my plants are only about 3 feet tall at this point. So far so good.

    @Toni, I have 74 tomato plants and I thought I was overloaded. Holy cow!

  6. We've done it both ways. I like the cages, case it seems like you have to tie and re-tie everyday if you use posts.

  7. We use cattle panels for almost all of of our trellising needs. Here's a link to our blog about it:


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