Support tomato plants with tomato cages.
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Robust tomato plants need some kind of support as they grow into large, healthy plants over a growing season. There are many different options for supporting tomato plants. One of the most simple and inexpensive options is the tomato cage. Tomato cages are readily available at gardening and home stores and a gardener needs only to push the metal legs down into the soil surrounding a tomato plant to put up the cage.
Work the tomato planting area with the garden fork to loosen approximately the top 12 inches of soil.
Plant each tomato plant approximately three feet apart to allow ample room for the tomato cages. Plant tomato plants four feet apart if you want to be able to walk between the plants to pick tomatoes.
Hold a tomato cage and make sure the legs are extending straight down from the cage. Position the tomato cage around the tomato plant so that the legs go straight down and gently push one leg down into the soil several inches. Push the other two legs down several inches also. Check to make sure the tomato cage is in the desired position.
Grasp the tomato cage by the vertical wires and push its legs all the way down into the soil to the point of the first horizontal wire on the cage.