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Old 04-23-2016, 02:00 PM   #11
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No it is not gavinazed. You can make them any diameter you want. If I get around to it I'll snap a pic of mine.
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Old 04-23-2016, 04:16 PM   #12
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I found some great triangular ones. I put 2 together so the cage is 6 feet high. I then put steel fence posts at each corner to hold them.
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:30 PM   #13
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Here's one of my home made ones. They are 22" in diameter.
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:32 PM   #14
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dang, the pic didn't come through. I don't know what I did wrong. Figured it out...
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:11 PM   #15
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Here is mine

Picked the first tomato today!
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:34 PM   #16
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Nice, Sous! I started mine from tiny seedlings, so they're not quite as far along as yours are. Yours look great! I was curious so just went out and counted the 'maters on my three patio tomato plants. 23 so far ranging in size from itty bitty, to marble sized, to a few nearly golf ball sized. Since they don't get very tall, I just use the steel cored stakes from Home Depot, and anchor them to the stakes with the stretchy green gardening tape.

Liz, what a beautiful and green area you live in!
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:48 PM   #17
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Cheryl,
I got tired of raising them from seedlings. so I go to Home Depot and get 1 Gallon plants. Just picked our first tomato My plants grow to 6 or 7 feet tall, so I need those high cages.
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:42 AM   #18
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Why do you think it would be a problem? You won't be eating the rust, right?
My concerns are the roughness that the rust would produce.
Run your hand on a piece of rusted metal and see why I prefer galvanized.
I could see the branches that will lay on these rough rusted wire made of steel and getting bruised and possible cut if wind is present.
There is a remarkable difference between a galvanized structure vs a steel structure.
Evidently my friend does not have this issue and my thinking is just that. Thinking.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:40 PM   #19
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Oh, I see. We have collected supports made from all kinds of materials over the years. I haven't seen that as a problem. From what I've seen, the stems are more likely to get damaged from the wind bending them down over the cage (or fence) wires, crushing them.

I prefer to use short lengths of wire fence reinforced with stakes at the ends, rather than cages or stakes for tomatoes. The cages do work well for peppers, though, as you said.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:21 PM   #20
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Here is my set up. Cattle panels hung on T-posts, about a foot apart.

I generally have about 40 plants.[IMG][/IMG]
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