Picture of Tomato Stakes from repurposed fence
I needed a lot of tomato cages this year as I expanded my veggie garden. When I researched the prices of cages, I stumbled upon information regarding professional growers. They don't generally use cages, they use stakes. I thought, "Stakes have to be cheaper than cages". And they are... but I needed 48!!! So, I went shopping in my shed, in my garage, and anywhere else I thought I might find something to repurpose into tomato stakes and/or cages.

Last year, I was given vinyl fencing material. At the time, I had big plans for that fence.... but then I changed my mind. So instead of sending the fence to the landfill, I tucked it into a corner of my yard until I found someone who could use it or I found a new purpose for it. That fence material has become my new tomato stakes and cages.

It's a very simple process.

Step 1: Materials Needed

Picture of Materials Needed
Get your hands on some vinyl fencing. I found mine through a bartering/free website, but I have seen fencing at garage sales and flea markets. Vinyl fencing is very durable and will last a long time. This pic is the fencing that I have remaining after my projects are completed. These slats are 1' by 2' and 6 feet long.

Step 2: More Materials

Picture of More Materials
You will also need the following.

For tomato stakes:
Large Drill Bit (I'm not sure what size I used, but the 1/4 inch bolts fit loosely in the holes)
14 gauge wire (not shown)
Measuring tape
Safety googles

For tomato cages you will need the above supplies PLUS:
saw (I used a compound mitre saw)
1/4 inch by 2 1/2 bolts
1/4 inch washers
1/4 inch nuts
Cable ties

Step 3: Measuring the stakes

Picture of Measuring the stakes
Use the sharpie to measure one foot increments on the stake.
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
canida5 years ago
Nice reuse! I can't stand most commercial tomato stakes/cages, so this is looking quite good.
daisybird (author)  canida5 years ago
I am very happy with my results. I agree with you about the commercial cages... they cost too much and very often, they don't deliver.
modern man5 years ago
Great job of re-purposing. I found that when cutting various plastics with a saw like this, it is best to use a blade with the smallest teeth, or the greatest number of teeth possible (ie. 40 or 60 TPI - teeth per inch). Cut slowly and that usually gives the smoothest cut with fewer small pieces breaking off & flying about.
daisybird (author)  modern man5 years ago
Thanks for the tip! My cuts were smooth, but it would be better to not have plastic bits flying about!! Thanks!