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Post  Bella232 on 2/8/2012, 7:24 am

I am building my first sfg beds, and am trying to figure out how to protect my plants against every hungry animal in the neighborhood, while simultaneously building a trellis for supporting heavy/vine plants.

I was going to build a cage to set atop the beds, but then how would the trellis work, unless the plants grew through the cage (which I'm thinking would not be good).

Do I have to resort to a big fence around the whole thing? $$$

All ideas are welcomed!
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Re: Pest Control and Trellis dilemma

Post  Mikesgardn on 2/8/2012, 1:18 pm

It's difficult to protect a vertical garden easily, or cheaply. I've tried draping plastic mesh over the trellis, but that makes it difficult to access the plants. But it's doable. I've resorted to using large pvc hoops covered with plastic chicken wire.



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Post  Bella232 on 2/9/2012, 7:09 am

That looks awesome, and expensive! So the chicken wire acts as the trellis? How do you then access the other plants? Is there a door?
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Post  Mikesgardn on 2/9/2012, 8:20 am

I don't use the chicken wire as the trellis. I use the conduit and nylon netting like the books shows. The trellis wasn't installed when the picture was taken.
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Re: Pest Control and Trellis dilemma

Post  gwennifer on 2/9/2012, 11:27 am

I love it Mikesgardn. I hope upon hope you'll be able to show us a new picture when you've got the trellis installed and your garden planted this spring. I want to see that setup in action! And do tell how you access the garden?

And Bella, this was a great question, I'm surprised there haven't been more responses. There's another active thread right now that this exact subject was broached in - you can read llama mommas solution and see a pic on page 2:

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9706p15-new-garden-construction-planning

Hope that helps! Welcome to the SFG method and I wish you much success! Hope you post pictures of your progress!
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Re: Pest Control and Trellis dilemma

Post  llama momma on 2/9/2012, 11:45 am

Oops I missed that one.
Bella if I can help at all please let me know. Very Happy
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Post  Bella232 on 2/9/2012, 4:04 pm

Thanks, Mama! Your trellis idea is good: I will just use it for one of the boxes. The other idea I've heard is build your "wagon cover" very tall -- that would work too! I only have tomatoes and peas to worry about, so one should be fine.

I built my compost bin today using some posts lying around the yard, plastic netting, zip ties and caribiners for the door. It looks sad, but it already has leaves and frozen chicken poop from the old barn in it. I covered it with an old moving blanket, and look forward to "stocking" it from the kitchen tomorrow.

I also had the girls paint the boxes: must be pretty!
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Re: Pest Control and Trellis dilemma

Post  llama momma on 2/9/2012, 4:21 pm

Sounds like you are all having fun Very Happy Take pictures if possible. You hear that a lot on this forum.. it is really nice to have a photo journey of your experience. And especially nice to look at your garden again during the winter through pictures.
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Post  Bella232 on 2/9/2012, 5:15 pm

cannot figure out how to post pictures!
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Re: Pest Control and Trellis dilemma

Post  camprn on 2/9/2012, 10:04 pm

@Bella232 wrote:cannot figure out how to post pictures!
There are instructions and tips about posting photos Here scroll down to find the thread. What a Face Let us know if you still have trouble after reading the thread. What a Face

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