There is nothing more upsetting than when you have successfully started your own seeds, transplanted the seedlings to their first pot, put them out there in the garden or greenhouse, and WHAM, some critter comes along & eats them all in one nite!
Well, I got fed up & now make these simple cages to protect them from mice, rats, birds, squirrels, rabbits & anyone else looking for a free lunch.
Using more of the cedar scrap I got on my dumpster dive at my neighbors, I came up with easy DIY cages.
What you will need:
- 2 scrap pieces of 1″ X 8″ or 10″ boards, cut to whatever width for your flats or table.
- hardware cloth (available at any hardware store)
- extra heavy gauge wire or handles of some kind
- staple gun & staples (at least 3/8″)
- tin snips or wire cutters
- heavy gloves
- Cut pieces to length.
- Measure 2 sides and top of board edge for length to cut hardware cloth.
- Add another inch for allowance for bending.
- Cut hardware cloth to that length at width cloth comes in, 1 cut.
- Don’t worry about sharp nibs left behind, all the more to deter the lil’ buggers.
- Hardware cloth is stiff enough to hold it’s shape so bend the cloth at points where it will wrap down the sides of the boards. You can use the edge of the boards to help make a good 90 deg. bend.
- Staple the cloth every couple inches along the edge of the board to secure.
- The cloth comes with extra wire to hold the roll together, of which you can construct a handle as I did here for easy lifting.
- Attach handle to cage top. Or attach a cabinet handle with wire.
Can also be used to protect seedlings from cold or heat by covering with cloth or screening.