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Post  llama momma on 4/4/2015, 9:00 pm

Can't say for sure but I'm not convinced those would add enough weight to the mini blinds on windy days.  thinking   Mine are solid steel like this - my grids blew around until I added these eye hooks, then the problem was solved.

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Post  Turan on 4/4/2015, 9:02 pm

A screw thread looks easier to put in as well.  It would make its own hole or just need a small start.

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Post  Amethyst42 on 4/14/2015, 10:33 pm

I used mini-blind slats last year, and they did alright for the year, but did not over-winter well, and I had to pull them off. Most of them were already mostly worn through in the screw-holes.
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Post  quiltbea on 4/14/2015, 11:25 pm

I started out with venetian blind strips for grids but they were too light and a stiff breeze could dislodge them and if they needed removing, putting them back was like trying to fit wet spaghetti in the bed.  Then I moved on to tomato string because it didn't break in the weather but didn't like having to get beneath the string to weed and suchlike.
Now I use pieces of bamboo or scrap wood strips to make my grids.  I can remove them in a twinkle to rake thru the area to get at young weeds or to mulch or what have you.  If I want a long row as I do my peas, pole beans, lettuce and greens I can do that with the wood scraps.  The grids suit me, they don't rule me.  It works for me.
The best part is they are easily replaced as needed.
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Post  sanderson on 9/24/2018, 2:21 am

New grids!  These are PVC plastic and should last for a while.  The original wood ones, same size, deteriorated after 5 1/5 years. Not bad for thin wood. They are joined at the intersections with machine screws and nuts. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Royal-Mouldings-6578-1-4-in-x-3-4-in-x-8-ft-PVC-Composite-White-Screen-Moulding-0657808049/202089998

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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/24/2018, 1:05 pm

I wish they came pre-cut with hardware.
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/24/2018, 1:31 pm

Very nice Sanderson ... You big spender. I bet those PVC strips cost five times that much in Home Depot Canada.

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/20/2019, 2:42 pm

I have never been successful with grids, but this year I AM DETERMINED! For one thing, I've never had the right materials. This year, I have plenty of beautiful bamboo.

My new garden will be right in the formal backyard, so my grids must be pretty. I think I'll weave colorful yarn, thickly, at the joints. Since the 4th grid in each box will be marigold, I think I'll use shades of orange for the yarn -- must make a color-coordinated design statement doncha know. Rolling Eyes

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Post  sanderson on 3/20/2019, 6:49 pm

Post a photo when you make one. Just don't make them bigger than 4'x4' It's easier to get smaller ones out of the bed for amending than large ones.

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/20/2019, 7:16 pm

@sanderson wrote:Post a photo when you make one.  Just don't make them bigger than 4'x4'  It's easier to get smaller ones out of the bed for amending than large ones.

The boxes are all 2x2 and the sfg bed at the other house is 3x9, but divided into 3x3 and 3x6, so I'm okay.

I'm really thrilled that I found that photo of the bamboo grids, cuz I would have put them right on the dirt, but they're so much prettier on top of the wood. I can't believe it's a lesson I did not have to learn the hard way. Shocked I'm sure Hubby will figure out some unique way to keep them secure and still easy to remove and put back.
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Post  sanderson on 3/21/2019, 4:25 am

Bamboo survives pretty good on top the soil but do look nice on top the bed.  

The only reason I have the grids on top the soil is because I use the 1-2 finger method for planting.  Zip-zap, poke poke.
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