What does raising tomatoes have in common with raising kids? Every time you turn around, they've grown another inch. And they need lots of support, especially as they near their prime.
While love and understanding go a long way with kids, tomatoes need something a bit more concrete, like this cage. This one's easy to build and it's adjustable, so it can adapt to the plant as it gets bigger.
*4 1-inch x 2-inch pieces of wood, at least 48 inches long
*4 (or more) 3/8-inch or ½-inch wooden dowels
*Drill with ½-inch or 5/8-inch bit
1. Cut 1x2s into 48-inch to 54-inch lengths. Cut points at one end of each length.
2. Cut dowels in half.