Vines heavy with tomatoes.
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Tomatoes are easy to grow and usually produce a prolific crop. Unfortunately, the plants themselves can't easily support the weight of their fruit. Finding the best way to support them is necessary for successful tomato growing. Stakes often don't provide enough support and require vigilance to get the stems tied to them before the stems begin to break. Cages are the best answer, but store-bought varieties tend to be too short, too narrow or too weak to support the plants well. Creating your own cage takes minimal effort but is much more effective.
Unroll the concrete wire and place heavy rocks on either end to hold it flat, so the wire won't roll back on itself. Concrete wire is heavy-duty, and the design creates squares of space between the individual wires.
Measure 5 feet from the end of the wire and cut off the measured portion with wire cutters. Cut through the middle of each square so there is a length of wire jutting out from the ends.
Place the length of wire on end and allow it to curl back up. Arrange it so the ends overlap by one square and the wire forms a cylinder.
Twist the cut ends of wire around the wire on the opposite end to hold the cylinder together. Alternately, attach the two ends using heavy-duty zip ties.
Place the cage over the tomato seedlings, so that the plant is in the center of the cylinder. Hammer garden stakes around the bottom of the cage to secure it in the soil so it doesn't blow over.