Did I ever mention that I have two cats? I have two cats. And a dog. They are fabulous, but they're not exactly garden compatible. Freshly turned soil is very tempting for the cats, and strawberries, tomatoes and broccoli are very tempting for the dog. As a result, I drape bird netting over the beds when they are empty or freshly planted.
I hate bird netting.
It seems like every time I walk past a bed with bird netting on it, I trip. It gets everywhere! And it's impossible to find an edge or corner. The main problem is that I started with a big roll from the hardware store that I cut up into strips in the garden. It was rather unweildy and the resulting strips of net are not the right size for the beds. I decided it's time to fix it.
Here's how I did it-
-Bird netting (roll)
-Tape, 2 inches wide: packaging, Duct, electrical, etc.
Step 1. Measure the raised beds across and along, including the height of hoops. For the 4'x12' beds that is a 6.5'x15' net.
Step 2. Cut strips of bird netting to the specified dimensions.
Step 3. Lay out a flat, straight length of netting. Roll tape along length placing half of tape strip on the netting and leaving half unattached. I did this on the patio so dirt wouldn't get stuck in the tape.
Step 4. Fold the tape over on itself, sealing all the sticky around the edges of the netting.
Step 5. Tape pebbles onto the corners of the strips, and spaced out along the edges, as weights to keep the netting down.
Ta da! Wrangled bird netting!
One of the best results of the modified netting is that it is *much* easier to find the edges and to tell which way the long and short dimensions are oriented. Also, it's nice to be out in the garden without being irritated, cause that bird netting irritated me on a regular basis. It's just better to fix those minor annoyances - life is more relaxing on the other side. And with any luck, now I'll be able to wander around my garden beds without tripping! Though somehow I doubt it...