Garden pests! Such small critters can wreak so much havoc on the garden you work so hard to tend and coax to produce. How disheartening to find that bugs or cute little mammals treated themselves to our hard-won vegetables and plants.
They come together within about 15 minutes and the hardest part, really, is cutting the hardware cloth because it’s so pokey!
What you need:
- 1/2″ hardware cloth, 2′ width is perfect for protecting seedlings for a few months
- a pair of tin snips
- wire clip pliers
- wire cage clips
- tape measure
How to Build It:
Step 1: Roll out your hardware cloth to the length you want it. Cut a straight line with your tin snips.
If you want it a specific size so you can fit it into a container, you’ll need to measure the opening of the container, then roll your cloth into that particular size. Basically, you are just taking the cut end and making a cylinder shape with the cloth, then measuring the opening. When you have the right size opening, mark your hardware cloth by clipping where you will cut it. Then cut!
It’s okay if it’s almost exactly the size you need, because you will be fastening the ends together pretty closely. Also, get your wire clip pliers and cage clips ready.
Step 2: Fasten the cloth edges together at both ends so the cloth holds a cylinder shape.
Step 3: Finish fastening the ends together the full length of the cylinder. If you have trouble doing that (because it’s kind of a pain), you can weave some of the wire that the hardware cloth came with along the length of the cylinder, “sewing” it together.
Step 4: on one end of the cylinder, press the hardware cloth as flat as you can, lining up the holes. Fasten together with the cage clips along that pressed edge.
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How to Use Them:
If you have animals/critters that will knock these over, you can use garden staples to hold them down. Otherwise, you can install them with a twisting motion, then wet the soil and allow it to dry around the bottom of the cage.