Brassica Cages

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Longshanks

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Brassica Cages
« on: January 21, 2022, 19:48 »
I know you can buy walk in cages, but I'm not growing that much in the way of cabbages etc., but I will try a few cabbages etc.

So, imagine a water pipe/wood base standard construction with environmesh netting.  Now imagine a similar shaped wooden base beneath the brassica cage's wooden base. I'll connect the two with hinges and just raise it up to weed and feed and deslug.

What could go wrong?

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Re: Brassica Cages
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2022, 20:50 »
Like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef_TS19TRQg but with netting instead of plastic?

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Re: Brassica Cages
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2022, 13:42 »
Excellent. Thanks.

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Re: Brassica Cages
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2022, 14:35 »
Try and make it a cuboid as slanting angles would make planting harder. Has to be quite large so that no leaves touch any sides, or you could have the sides as plastic.

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Re: Brassica Cages
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2023, 10:54 »
Hi , new member here .
That sounds a good , reusable system .
Could anyone advise the best way to combat snowfall ? I`m in the first year of hooped cages (some will have crops over this Winter and some will be empty) .
Best to roll the rubble netting onto the top and tie in place onto the blue pipes , or remove it altogether and lay something over crops/ground to keep birds and animals off the soil ?

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Re: Brassica Cages
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2023, 11:27 »
If the hooped tunnels are empty, I would roll up the netting and secure it as you mentioned.

We donít get a lot of snow where I am, but water pipe hoops tend to just lean and fall over. Metal hoops can bend, but you can bend them back into shape. Anything else like the bendy tent frame like hoops you can buy or attached to a wooden base is likely to snap or detach from the base.

I wouldnít lay netting on the bare soil as it can trap unwary birds that land on it. Over crops is usually OK, but it can just encourage slugs if too low to the ground.



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