Last year I waited too late to use tomato cages, so I supported them with the Florida Weave technique. This may have worked well for me, but I was in a hurry to get it done and used materials I had on hand. My string wasn’t heavy enough and the stakes weren’t strong enough, resulting in failed supports as soon as the plants and tomatoes put on a little weight. Maybe I’ll try it again this year.
I’ve already made the decision to avoid tomato cages. I don’t think they’re alway tall enough, and sometimes start coming out of the ground as the plants grow. They are also expensive.
I have some leftover wire farm fencing, and this may be the route I take this season. I will probably need some additional fencing, but this looks like a sturdy system that can be used year after year.
The cherry tomatoes will be my biggest challenge. I have previously tried to support them on a PVC frame with garden netting, but it wasn’t even close to strong enough. Those plants would have been tall with the proper support, but instead they bent over and rambled all over the garden. I’m considering this folding wooden tomato cage. It’s tall and appears to be very sturdy.
When I get this figured out I’ll post an update. Meanwhile, what do you do to support your tomatoes? Have you discovered the perfect system? Or do you stick with traditional wire tomato cages?