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Old 21-04-2003, 12:21 AM
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Hi. Is there a good source in the Raleigh area for fencing, to make tomato
cages ? The openings in the rolls of fencing wire at Home Depot and Lowes
are too small. Lowes did have one with larger openings, but it was a $75 roll
with about 350 feet of fencing on it - too much for me. The stuff I'm
interested in is 4 to 5 feet tall, with openings about 4" square. The
concrete reinforcement wire has a larger wire gauge than I'd prefer.

Thanx.....don

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Old 21-04-2003, 01:44 AM
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Have you thought about just buying tomato rings? Most of the home
improvement stores have them for next to nothing, and they last several
seasons.

MAC

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Old 21-04-2003, 08:20 PM
 
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In article , Don S. wrote:
Hi. Is there a good source in the Raleigh area for fencing, to make tomato
cages ? The openings in the rolls of fencing wire at Home Depot and Lowes
are too small. Lowes did have one with larger openings, but it was a $75 roll
with about 350 feet of fencing on it - too much for me. The stuff I'm
interested in is 4 to 5 feet tall, with openings about 4" square. The
concrete reinforcement wire has a larger wire gauge than I'd prefer.

Thanx.....don


In my opinion the concrete reinforcing wire is the only way to go, but I
have use 2inch by 4inch welded wire and cut larger holes. It is ridgid
enough to standup under heavy vines. The concrete wire does take more
energy to cut. I acquired a bolt cutter for other reasons and I now use
it to cut the wire but bending is still a chore.

My kids gave me a 50 foot roll which should be good for 6 or 7 to
replace those which have rusted out. I expect to get at least 5 years
from them.

I have thought about making some forsale but never got around to finding
time or a price.

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Old 21-04-2003, 08:32 PM
 
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In article , MAC wrote:
Have you thought about just buying tomato rings? Most of the home
improvement stores have them for next to nothing, and they last several
seasons.


For some patio tomatoes I suppose. Never saw a one of those piddling
cone shaped things that could hold up Beefsteak or Roma tomatoes for the
whole season.

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Old 21-04-2003, 10:20 PM
Tom Gauldin
 
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In Fort Wayne, I built a "fence" over my row of tomatoes, using 6X6 wwm
(concrete reinforcing wire). I used those semi round landscape timbers, and
scabbed 2 X 4's on the sides, making the posts about 9-10" wide. The
"fence" was on both sides of the post, so that the tomatoes grew up between
the wire. It was an easy matter to occasionally pull the new tops upward,
and there was enough support for the tomatoes both inside and outside the
walls of the fence.

BTW, this also worked with cucumbers and even cantaloupe. The cantaloupes
were stuck into the toes of old panty hose, tied to the wire.

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In article , Don S.

wrote:
Hi. Is there a good source in the Raleigh area for fencing, to make

tomato
cages ? The openings in the rolls of fencing wire at Home Depot and

Lowes
are too small. Lowes did have one with larger openings, but it was a

$75 roll
with about 350 feet of fencing on it - too much for me. The stuff I'm
interested in is 4 to 5 feet tall, with openings about 4" square. The
concrete reinforcement wire has a larger wire gauge than I'd prefer.

Thanx.....don


In my opinion the concrete reinforcing wire is the only way to go, but I
have use 2inch by 4inch welded wire and cut larger holes. It is ridgid
enough to standup under heavy vines. The concrete wire does take more
energy to cut. I acquired a bolt cutter for other reasons and I now use
it to cut the wire but bending is still a chore.

My kids gave me a 50 foot roll which should be good for 6 or 7 to
replace those which have rusted out. I expect to get at least 5 years
from them.

I have thought about making some forsale but never got around to finding
time or a price.

--
Wes Dukes (wdukesNOatSPAMpoboxdotcom)





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Old 22-04-2003, 07:08 PM
 
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Lisa C. wrote:
finally found them at the hardware store tha'ts near the fairgrounds
on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. I think it's called Burke Brothers or
something like that. You may want to call ahead of time, as YMMV.


Burke Brothers, 851-1211, 5227 Hillsborough Street. I *love*
this place. They've got a ton of stuff in what looks like
a small store, from the street, and the folks there are
above-and-beyond when it comes to being helpful. The kind
of hardware store we all used to shop at, before the huge
ones started taking over.

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MAC wrote:
Have you thought about just buying tomato rings? Most of the home
improvement stores have them for next to nothing, and they last several
seasons.


MAC


You usually need to tie 3 or 4 of those rings together to hold up a
good size plant.
tom g


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