We were in the market, commenting about the great tomatoes and how hard it was for us to grow them. The man at the counter told us his secret for perfect tomatoes. He takes a ripe tomato that he likes such as Heirloom and chooses a full sun area, then drops it into a hole in the ground just as nature would. He works the ground with chicken manure and cuts out the bottom of a gallon milk or water plastic container and positions that over the planted tomato. This protects it through the winter from frost. In the spring when the vines grow, he digs the plant out and makes a deeper hole. He puts up to half of the plant underground, including the leaves. This creates a strong stalk and then he waters and feeds it, and has the best tomatoes ever as a result. No cage, not pots, no seeds. Just your favorite tomato plopped in the soil. We live in California, so for some of you in the harsher climates, this might not work, but aside from racoons who tend to ruin the whole plan, the opportunity for great tomatoes is worth the effort!