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Post  jimmy cee 7/19/2014, 9:59 pm

Since an SFG bed is usually 6 inches I had no way to stake any of my plantings so I tried to devise a way to do so.
Since I've been using the 2 x 4 inch rectangular wire fencing I had enough
laying around to experiment with, it worked for me..Peppers, eggplant, etc and everything I want to keep off the ground. I am using  this for..and as I mentioned this is working great for me.
I've even tried potatoes (yukon golds) just picked them and had a sizable  harvest for only 5 plantings.
In the beginning I cut pieces and tied them together using plastic wire ties and just plain cord.
After I found I was able to use a spiral twist in order to attach the sides, that worked very well.
The bottoms are open as to allow ends to slide deep into the mix right up to the beginning of the first row, this has proven secure enough.
The wire is soft, easily pliable and wont snap off with many bends.
A 50 foot roll cost me around $30.00 at Lowes, is well worth it to me.

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Post  AtlantaMarie 7/20/2014, 8:54 am

Looks nice & sturdy, Jimmy...  (I'd probly cut myself!)
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Post  camprn 7/20/2014, 8:56 am

Nice! How do you get your hands in there?

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Post  yolos 7/20/2014, 9:16 am

camprn wrote:Nice! How do you get your hands in there?

+1.  My thoughts exactly.  But they would be perfect as short cages for eggplant, peppers, squash, bush peas, and bush beans (that think they are runty pole beans) because you could get to the plants from the top of the cage.  Or used similar to a cattle panel when you could get to both sides of the plant.
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Post  jimmy cee 7/20/2014, 9:37 am

AtlantaMarie wrote:Looks nice & sturdy, Jimmy...  (I'd probly cut myself!)
Thats a point I neglected to mention.
There are lots of sharp points exposing one's hands and arms to nicks, I have loads of them.
However I have learned quickly and heal fast..
I imagine if one wanted to, the edges could be covered, I'm not concerned about this.
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Post  jimmy cee 7/20/2014, 9:40 am

camprn wrote:Nice! How do you get your hands in there?
I have been accessing from the top, if I need to get in anywhere below the top and cannot, I would just snip some openings to get my hand in...If I did that I would surely cover the pointed edges with something like  heavy glue.
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Post  jimmy cee 7/20/2014, 9:42 am

yolos wrote:
camprn wrote:Nice! How do you get your hands in there?

+1.  My thoughts exactly.  But they would be perfect as short cages for eggplant, peppers, squash, bush peas, and bush beans (that think they are runty pole beans) because you could get to the plants from the top of the cage.  Or used similar to a cattle panel when you could get to both sides of the plant.
I am considering trying a piece of cattle panel, I'll cut them to size at the store to get them in car...
Great Idea, Yolos.
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Post  camprn 7/20/2014, 10:45 am

Sheep fence has bigger spaces between wires.

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Post  jimmy cee 7/20/2014, 4:23 pm

sheep fence...better yet
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Post  sanderson 7/21/2014, 4:45 am

Jimmy, Very nice homemade cages.
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Post  jimmy cee 7/21/2014, 9:39 am

Thanks Sanderson
I saw cages similar in idea to these for $40.
I hate spending money for something I can make or at least investigate.
As it turned out I am very satisfied with this material.
In the 1980s I used to fish and pay lots of money for fishing lures...I set out to do some myself and that
little experiment turned out to 28 years of a successful fishing lure co.
One never knows and I sure love experimenting.
My present garden stuff is the erector set I never had as a kid. Very Happy 
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Post  sanderson 7/21/2014, 5:18 pm

jimmy cee wrote:.I set out to do some [fishing lures] myself and that
little experiment turned out to 28 years of a successful fishing lure co.
One never knows and I sure love experimenting.   

Giant thumbs up to you!! good idea good idea 
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