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How to make a modular vegetable protection cage.

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Have you ever had pigeons in your garden eating your home grown vegetables? And have you ever tried to scare them away? Then you have probably noticed that they aren't scared of anything.
CUBE is the solution to that problem. It is a modular netting system adaptable to every plant and usable for several years. The modularity enables the nets to grow with your plant and it makes it possible to construct any shape you want.

 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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FOR ONE CUBE:

Materials

- 10m (33 ft) pvc tube, diameter 20mm (0,80 inch)
- at least 2,5 m² (27 ft²) net
- 20, 90 degree fittings
10 double pvc clips
- 1 pair of sliding clips

Tools
- scissors
- tape
- saw (small serrations)
- miter box (optional)
- tape measure
- pen

Step 2: Saw the tubes

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1. Measure and indicate your desired dimensions, make sure that the 4 tubes
    have the same length.
    Here we make squares of 60 cm (24 inch), therefore we saw the tubes every
    47 cm (18,5 inch).
2. Saw the tubes using the saw and miter box 
    (hint: you can saw 3 tubes at once)

Step 3: Weave the tubes

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1. Spread the net over a table
    (hint: tape the net to the table at 2 corners)
2. Weave one tube in the net. Make sure that the mesh is diagonal towards the
     tubes.
3. Insert a corner piece, and weave it in the net.
4. Repeat step 2 and 3 to make a square.

    Make sure that there is enough tension on the net, this way the bird won't get
    caught in it.

Step 4: Cut the excess net

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Cut off the excess net as close to the tubes as possible.

Step 5: Repeat step 2 - 4

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Make more squares until the desired amount.
To make one CUBE, you need 5 squares
RoBear6133 months ago

If you fill a tube with sand, it helps prevent kinking when bending. So, you could use a heat gun (well ventilated!!!!) to soften the pvc and bend the pipe. Or if you are using galvanized metal pipe (no heat gun required).

Clausie3 months ago

Thanks for useful tips!

pfred24 months ago

I made mine out of steel tubing and used chicken wire on them too. I used mine as mulch cubes.

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