No more Mr. Cheapy, I need STURDY tomato cages that will last
I've been struggling with cheap wire tomato cages every year, and this year will be the last. I tried out Abe Lincoln heirlooms for the first time this year, and they grew beautifully in our soil. Every plant was shoulder-high or better, bursting over the tops of the cages. Then, a very strong storm hit 3 weeks ago with straight-line winds over 50 mph and a tornado touch-down 3 miles away! The tomatoes were all blown over: the stems didn't break but rather the wire cages just bent under the combined weight and wind. Staking them up with bamboo rods didn't work since the cages were so weak and each one contained at least 30 lb of tomato plant.
Can anyone recommend brands and sources of solid steel tomato cages or supports, or have plans to build your own out of rebar or other heavy metals? I want something that will last decades, even if it costs $10 or more per cage. Thanks!