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

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.
<p>This is so cool! :) Yeahhh!</p>
<p>What an exquisite recycled fence! It is great to know the waste can create an amazing new world.I do agree with all the concepts that you have posted here.This is really incredible.Keep it up with those ideas.</p>
Nice reuse! I can't stand most commercial tomato stakes/cages, so this is looking quite good.
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.
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.
Thanks for the tip! My cuts were smooth, but it would be better to not have plastic bits flying about!! Thanks!

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