Staking tomato cages might have been a good idea in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, (as you can see from the picture.) By staking, I mean to drive a thick wooden stake into the ground inside and right next to the metal of the tomato cage to give the cage support. I have done this in the past when the tomato plant gets too big and heavy and starts making the tomato cage lean over.
It Might Not Have Helped At All
Of course, the winds might have been too much for the stake also. And the cages would have blown over. The plants were quite large and heavy and already slightly leaning. My hope is that the cages did not bend at the bottom. These cages actually fold up for storage, so as they leaned over they also folded. So hopefully, they are not damaged because they are great tomato cages. Fortunately our growing season is almost over. There are still tomatoes in the garden but I see next week the temperature is going down to 36 degrees so our first freeze is not too far behind.
We send our prayers and best wishes to everyone who has suffered in this huge storm. Tomato cages are really the least of anyone’s worries. We are donating money to help people who have lost everything and I found this link very helpful: Ten Tips for Donating Smart.