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    Made vs buying and they are so much better. I didn't shop for price but a roll of mesh was 90$, got about 40 for labor for my helper to fabricate them. A pair of small bolt cutters and a little jig I made from a pipe nipple to bend the hooks, I have under 2$ in each one.
    Last edited by Sberry; 07-12-2010, 11:38 AM.
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    I am surprised you bought the wire.
    Large tapered cages around here are $1.99 ea. and small ones are .99 ea.and they are galvanized. Too bad you did not find any partial unused rolls thrown out.
    They look like they will do the job. That hog wire is some tough stuff.
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    • #3
      Sberry,
      I like your idea, as a matter of fact I like it so much that I've been making and using the same tomato cages for about five years now. We had a partial roll of that mesh left over from our house construction in 2004. I use the full width for tomato cages but cut it in half like your pics show, for pepper plants and shorter things, eggplants,etc.
      I got the idea from my late FIL, who used to grow the best tasting tomatos in the state of GA!
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      • #4
        Tomatoe Cages

        I have been using them for about 15 yrs - I was glad I used the full length because after a while the spikes break off at the bottom. I just cut them again at the ring and they are good to go. One tip that I got was to use them on cucumbers. They just climb up the cage and you can pluck them off.
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        • #5
          'always knew you were pretty cagey, S"berry!
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          • #6
            I'm going to try making some tomato cages with left overs,my plants this year grew so high that they grew right out of the store bought cages and fell over the top breaking the branches,some grew so high & heavy that cages & all fell over,thanks for the idea

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            • #7
              great use of material. But we don't cage out tomatos, they run freely
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Blazey10 View Post
                great use of material. But we don't cage out tomatos, they run freely
                free range tomatoes LMFAO!
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                • #9
                  Why cages?

                  Why not just stake the tomatoes? I have never seen commercially grown tomatoes staked at least not in the central valley of California. I think Some stakes and twine would cost less than the cages. Is there some advantage to the cages?
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                  • #10
                    Tomatoe Cages

                    For me the big advantage is just putting the cage on and thats it. No going back and tying them up. Helps a little with keeping critters off them. Also I heard but do not know for sure if it is true, that the metal in the cages helps growth? We are only dealing with a dozen plants. If it were as many as your photo shows that is a whole different story!
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                    • #11
                      Good idea if ya got some material left over.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by midnightbrwr View Post
                        Is there some advantage to the cages?
                        Yep, there sure is. With cages, I get to eat the tomatoes after they ripen, instead of the Mockingbirds. I had no cages and saw big chunks missing from my ripe tomatoes. I put cages on, and still had a problem. Had to add bird stop mesh to the cage to keep the Mockingbirds off. Caught one pecking away through the cage before I got the mesh. Grrrr.
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                        • #13
                          Pellet gun!

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