Garden Cages

One of the very best tips I ever got out of “Square Foot Gardening” was for making plant protection cages. Several years ago I bought a roll of 1-foot wide powder-coated wire garden fencing, and cut it up to make cages.

I cut it into strips that were 3 feet long, plus the width of one extra mesh square on each side. By staggering the cuts of the wire at each end, you get prongs at each side that are used to insert the ends into the ground.

Garden Cage

Then you just fold the wire so that you have a cage with three 1-foot sides (plus the prongs to go into the ground).

Garden Cage

If you want mesh on all sides, just stack one crosswise over the other – helpful if you want to keep birds or other critters away from the plants.

You can cover them with cheesecloth or shade cloth to protect new transplants from the sun,

Garden cages

or cover them with plastic to protect tender plants from cold or frost, or to help newly-sown seeds germinate. You can even cover them with fine screening to keep out birds or insects.

And they make good grow-through plant supports. Hey, look – I have peas coming up!

Garden Cage

At the end of the season, just bend them flat again for storage.

Of course, you could also use chicken wire or other types of mesh fencing material. I liked this kind because it blends in well in the garden.

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10 Responses to Garden Cages

  1. Chris says:

    Peas growing already – wow!

  2. Cookie says:

    I really like those. Great idea!

    I made tomato cages out of turkey wire one year. o.O

  3. Carrie says:

    Nice! DH got some chicken wire to make a large garden-sized cage for our little garden to keep the birds out. I might be shading the little guys if it gets much hotter, too.

  4. Carrie K says:

    Oooh, that looks like a fabulous idea! Both to keep my bell peppers from getting scorched from the sun and maybe keeping the cats out.

  5. Norma says:

    Excellent! I should adapt this for my zucchini and summer squash that always get borers. I have not found a good way to keep the garden fabric up and supported — this is perfect!

  6. Lauren says:

    Okay this is a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  7. Stacey says:

    Great tip! Thanks!

  8. margene says:

    Ingenious! If only I had a garden…

  9. Katheirne says:

    That is a totally great idea. Thanks!

  10. Laurie says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the pix and for sharing. I had no idea.

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