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Re: Square Tomato Cages

Post  rabbithutch on 5/10/2014, 11:53 am

Howdy BC54!

Those tomato boxes look GREAT!

Here's a suggestion you might want to consider.   Instead of screwing the 2x4s together both horizontally and vertically, why not drill from top to bottom (a drill press would assure alignment) on the corners and drop a dowel or large spike to lock them together? 

Please show us pics as the plants grow.
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Post  blackcat54 on 5/10/2014, 3:11 pm

I will post photos as the plants (my babies!) grow bigger.

Large spikes in the corners are a good idea! However I like that the internal screws pull everything together tight and rigid.
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Post  lyndeeloo on 5/17/2014, 11:25 am

Looks really, really nice blackcat! Mine are in the works. Can't wait.  Thanks for the inspiration.
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Post  Kelejan on 5/17/2014, 11:28 am

Beautiful.  They are now on my wish list/to do list. So much better than those cheap wire cages that always look so clumsy and never stay vertical etc.

I will be interested to see the final result with loaded tomato plants and I bet they will still look nice and neat.

I will not get round to them this year, but certainly for next.  Probably a winter job.
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Post  sanderson on 5/17/2014, 1:25 pm

Very professional looking!  Very Happy 
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/17/2014, 7:34 pm

Wow, blackcat!  +1 on Sanderson's comment!  Very nice!

Did you use cattle panels for that?  Please give details!  (Or did I just miss them...?)
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Post  blackcat54 on 5/17/2014, 8:17 pm

Just garden variety 2x4's.
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Post  Kelejan on 5/17/2014, 10:40 pm

I called in to Canadian Tire today to price what I thought would be the square wire supports, only to find what I thought I saw were only the usual conical ones but much heavier quality and  in primary colours. So I will continue searching.

On the way out I saw that Canadian Tire still sell Roundup. There was a huge pallet of gallon containers with a sprayer, must have held 16 x 4 layers = 64 total plus shelves full of smaller containers.   Just think hpw many bee that could kill.  Sad
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Post  yolos on 5/17/2014, 10:51 pm

Those tomato cages from Henry Fields are only 48" tall.  Your cages look taller.  How tall are your cages.????
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Post  blackcat54 on 5/17/2014, 11:16 pm

I have the Henry Fields cages which are approx 48" tall.
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Post  Kelejan on 5/18/2014, 12:52 pm

@blackcat54 wrote:I have the Henry Fields cages which are approx 48" tall.

Thank you, blackcat. Very Happy
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Post  rabbithutch on 6/4/2014, 11:38 am

Those plants all look great!!!!

What varietal are they?
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Post  blackcat54 on 6/4/2014, 12:07 pm

Costoluto, Core di Blue, Black Krim, Martian Giant, Jumbo Red, Soldaki.
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Post  Kelejan on 6/4/2014, 12:41 pm

You are doing a great job there.  They look so good.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/4/2014, 5:05 pm

Wow that looks absolutely wonderful, and so sturdy. I've found those square cages come apart easily when stuck in the soil, but the way you've stuck their prongs in the wood itself looks to solve that quite nicely. Cleverly done!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/4/2014, 5:39 pm

Looks awesome, Blackcat!
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Post  sanderson on 6/5/2014, 2:09 am

BC,  It still looks classy.   
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