As with all gardens, protecting your seedlings and plants from evil predators is a top priority. Evil predators like this:
So, I came up with a simple and inexpensive DIY solution-garden row protector design to keep 'em out.
Here's what you'll need to make your own:
- Cordless drill/driver and 1-2" exterior wood screws
- Chicken wire
- 10" long 2x4"s (and table saw) or 1x2" lumber
- Exterior plywood scraps
- Staple gun & staples
- Wire snips or cutters
- Paint, paintbrushes, rollers (if using white wood)
1. Measure how long the row protectors will need to be. I wanted to make three row protectors total that would stack for easier storing. Vertically slice the 2x4s, or, if you don't have a table saw, just buy 1x2" lumber at the home center. You will need three lengths per row protector.
I decided to make my three row protectors to be 5'3", 5' and 4'9" so that they would be easy to stack for storage. Cut three pieces to each length, or ask the nice folks at the home center to do it for you.
6. Lastly, attach the sides of the chicken wire to both sides of the triangle. Finish attaching the chicken wire around the perimeter.