Tyler and I completed our vegetable backyard cages this weekend. Hooray! There was lots of trial and error, however I suppose that is the enjoyable/worry of a DIY, proper? 🙂 Let’s soar proper in…
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We moved into our home within the winter of 2012. That following summer season, we began to revamp our yard in preparation for our rehearsal dinner which was going to be at our home. It is a tremendous small house, however we thought it had simply sufficient room for a backyard and out of doors eating house. We began by tearing out the entire grass – and by grass I imply poison ivy. Tremendous lengthy story, however I ended up with it from head to toe. MISERABLE is an understatement… so let’s not discuss that. The following summer season, we determined some privateness screens can be a very nice addition. Under are some earlier than and after photographs of the house…
A lot better, do not you assume? The backyard beds had been primed and prepared for a phenomenal backyard. Sadly, the neighborhood squirrels agreed. The loopy issues ate EVERY SINGLE tomato. On high of that, the bunny’s determined to eat all of my lettuce and beets. We did not get something however herbs out of these planter beds all summer season. I used to be livid.
So this yr, we determined to struggle again with some cages! We constructed full-surround cages to guard each final veggie – not less than that is the purpose. *Fingers crossed!* This is what we did…
*Provides for (1) 4′ x 5′ cage.
- (1/cage) 1″ x 10′ PVC – $2.97 every
- (3/cage) 3/4″ x 10′ PVC – $2.13 every
- (4/cage) 3/4″ diameter 90-degree elbows – $0.30 every
- (2/cage) 3/4″ diameter tee – $0.49 every
- 4″ & 8″ zip ties – $7.44
- Black plastic/polyresin deer fencing – $55.00
- (2 cans) Spray Paint – $6.88
- (4) 1″ screws
- Measuring Tape
TOTAL COST: $87.74 + tax
**Please word, the zip ties and fencing would solely should be bought as soon as for those who made a number of cages. We’ve TONS of every leftover after making 3 cages, so your complete price does not enhance a lot after buying this stuff.
We began out with the 1″ PVC pipes. Every was lower all the way down to a 2′ size and buried inside the prevailing raised beds. This may permit us to create a cage up high that would simply be lifted away from bed if/when needed. The 1″ diameter permits the three/4″ pipe to suit proper inside.
Subsequent up, Tyler measured every 3/4″ pipe and lower along with his jigsaw. Our cage is ~5′ tall (7′ complete).
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We then assembled the entire items through the use of elbow joints on the corners and tee’s within the center for help. We thought of gluing the entire joints collectively, however the construction appears fairly sturdy as-is. We might accomplish that down the road, however thus far so good.
After every part was assembled, we lifted them out of their slots and over to the grass for just a little spray paint.
After every part was dry, it was carried again over and slid into place. Wanting good!
At this level, we needed to determine what we needed to make use of as our “cage”. We initially opted for a metallic Backyard Fence, and that is proper about the identical time that our DIY took a horrible flip….
To start with, it ended up trying horrible. Second of all, it tore the crap out of our spray portray job. Oh, and worst of all, the cage was SO HEAVY. We thought we might have the ability to simply carry the cage up and off for watering, pruning, and selecting, however that was positively not the case. It was a two particular person job to get this factor off, and our vegetation weren’t even very large but!
So, again to the drafting board…. We wanted one thing robust however light-weight. After a number of looking, we ended up discovering Deer Barrier at our native Lowe’s. Whereas it was dearer than we hoped, it was extraordinarily light-weight and SUPER powerful. We each tried to tear these things and received nowhere. Plus, it got here in a 7′ x 100′ roll, so we would wish to make minimal cuts – excellent. With a number of zip ties, we should always have the ability to simply safe the fencing to our PVC.
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We additionally determined to make one other slight tweak to our design…. as a substitute of counting on us to carry the cage every time we needed to entry the veggies, we determined to construct in a “door”. A single steady piece was secured across the again, high and sides whereas the entrance remained open. We then secured a second separate piece to the entrance. A large “storage door” type of factor.
So how can we safe the entrance in order that it’s simply accessible however does not permit varmints inside? Oh, and it must be low cost. What about screws?? Yep, we busted out some helpful dandy screws that had been mendacity round the home and easily hooked up them to the facet of our entrance two PVC pipes.
We are able to slide the netting across the screw on both sides to shut. Straightforward-peasy!
For the tall cages, we added a second set of screws about 1/2 of the way in which up so as to add a bit of additional stability. It’s then zip tied on the high and ~1/3 of the way in which down, so it is good and comfortable.
I am really type of shocked how properly this labored out. The cages look nice! We’re fairly positive the neighborhood hooligans will not be consuming our veggies, however time will inform!
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