Introducing a small but effective solution to safeguard your seedlings from pesky small animals. We all know how irresistible those tender leaves are to chickens, rabbits, squirrels, and other pests. Don’t let your hard work go to waste! With a small plant cage, you can protect your seedlings until they grow strong enough to withstand these curious creatures.
Why Choose Individual Cages?
You might be wondering if it’s worth investing in individual cages rather than a larger garden cage. Let’s explore a few reasons why the former is a better choice:
- Seedlings grow at varying rates based on their variety and species.
- Individual cages offer quicker access compared to large garden cages.
- They are easy to build and handle.
- Suitable for use in raised beds, containers, and in-ground gardens.
- Plant cages can be customized in size to suit your needs.
- They can also protect your vegetables until harvest time.
Building Your Small Plant Cage
Building these plant cages is quick and straightforward. While working with hardware cloth may not be the easiest, it provides better protection than chicken wire.
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2″ hardware cloth (2′ width is ideal for protecting seedlings for a few months)
- A pair of tin snips
- Wire clip pliers
- Wire cage clips
- Tape measure
How to Build It:
- Roll out the hardware cloth to your desired length and cut a straight line using tin snips.
- If you want a specific size for your plant cage, roll the cloth into that size, mark it, and cut accordingly.
- Fasten the cloth edges together at both ends to form a cylinder shape.
- Complete the fastening along the length of the cylinder using cage clips or by weaving the wire that came with the hardware cloth.
- Press one end of the cylinder as flat as possible, lining up the holes, and fasten it with cage clips.
- Your plant cage is now ready to use!
Ames Farm Center offers a variety of gardening supplies to help you create the perfect plant protector cage. Visit amesfarmcenter.com to explore their range.
Using the Plant Cage
To ensure the stability of your plant cage, use garden staples to hold it down if you have curious animals or critters that might knock them over. Alternatively, you can install the cages by twisting them into the ground and allowing the soil to dry around the bottom of the cage. This will provide additional support and stability.
If you’re ready to protect your seedlings from unwanted visitors, consider building these small, customizable plant cages. Your seedlings will thrive, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your hard work is safe and secure.
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