Introduction: Chicken Wire Hinged Cage/Greenhouse for Garden - New Pics 10-04-13

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Between the rabbits and the groundhogs my entire spring crop of lettuce, chard and spinach was eaten.  I built this cage to fit on top of the raised bed that these crops grow in.  The cage is made of 2X4 scraps I found in the garbage at a construction site.  First I ripped them in half.  Then I built two squares using butt joints.  The squares are the same size as the underlying boards for the raised bed.  Then I joined both squares with a length of ripped 2X4 the length of the chicken wire (1 foot).  You can easily double the height.  The chicken wire is stapled on using a staple gun.  I also "sewed" the chicken wire segments together with baling wire and zipties.

To make it easier to access the crops I put hinges on the end.  I might attach a rope to limit travel to 95 degrees.  I'm planning on making a much taller pentagon with five 1 foot wide segments for beans and peas.  The tomatoes are going to need a huge cage.

It's been about three weeks and you can see the seedlings popping up unmolested.  In the winter I plan to cover it with plastic and convert it to a greenhouse.

UPDATE 04 OCT 2013 - I added another picture and you can see that the chard has grown well and I finally have spinach and lettuce.  With the weather getting cooler, these are growing better.


WeaponX (author)2013-09-28

I just started square foot gardening and I needed a cage as well. My box is 4'x8'. I use to have 2x4's up and then staple chicken wire to those with one end of the wire hooked over screws. This was OK, I also needed a trellis for my beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins. I took 1/2" galvanized conduit piping and made "U" shapes out of it. I needed 3 of them and I also made 2 extra for the ends. Mine are in three pieces, top piece has the ends bent with a pipe bender and after the bend only about two inches, then straight pieces on each side. I made mine to be a total of a 6 foot height. I didn't use chicken wire, but I used plastic deer netting, Zip tied it at the tops, then along the bottom on the boards, I put in wood screws ever foot or so. I then hook the bottom of the netting on the screw heads. When I need to harvest, I just unhook the netting and fold it up over the top. You could maybe do this with chicken wire as well. A furring strip at the bottom to stiffen it up then raise it up and prop it up on a pole? I might try it that way next year as I had two birds caught in the netting this year. They were fine as I got them out right away, just don't want that to happen to often. And you can still make the plastic tent over over the galvanized posts. The galvanized posts show no wear or rusting as they shouldn't for a very long time. I like your idea and toyed with it with mine also, but it seemed just to be to big and bulky for my taste. Great idea though.

Grunambulax (author)WeaponX2013-09-28

Sounds awesome. Do you have pictures?

WeaponX (author)Grunambulax2013-09-29

I do. I don't have them with the netting up though. I hadn't taken any and I was just cleaning it out this weekend. So I took some new pics. Actually I just found one that you might be able to see the netting. I found one with one of my bean plants getting over 8 feet tall.

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