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We have a lot of deer and rabbits in our garden. I like them – the more the merrier! But they do eat a lot of vegetables and bark off the young fruit trees and bushes, so I make more and more protection cages for our crops.

The old ones have served well.

I always need more cages to protect my plants and bushes from the ever present animals.

All shapes and sizes

With no winter in sight, I’ll have to call it spring activies I’m into now.

No miso this week, but barley and rye koji growing is still going on – blooming strong.

While warm wind storms blow outside, I can hide in my tarp protected workshop behind the house and do some carpentry and maintanance.

Like more vegie cages

Decking

And cubistic garden art to sit on

A cold frame window to fix

Sorting nails and other stuff

This morning I saw some tell tail tracks in the garden, and sure enough, I found they had done some damage. A bed of flowers got their tops niptboff and a bed of spinach got the leaves eaten. I was going to pick them today for the market tommorow.

I covered them and hope they will make a come back for later.

And then there is plenty of mangold and other stuff in the fenced of area and lettuce under cover to pick for the market.

I probably need a few very small vegetable cages too.

Big enough for 1 large lettuce or 1 small cabbage.

When it’s really cold and stormy I can stay indoors and do a lot of reading, as well as making koji and miso, but soon I get restless and need to get out for some fresh air and maybe skiing, or to do some carpentry or such. My little make-shift workshop behind the house is protected, and a nice place to spend the afternoon even when it’s cold and windy.

I always need more cages for protecting the plants that the butterflies, deer and hares like.

This year I made them with one long side open. I can put them together and hold them with a latch on each end.

This way they are still light weight and easier to move and open up for weeding and harvesting, while covering a wider area. I hope!


4 more squat protective cages – 11 in all – should be enough for this winters production. 

To cover smaller areas, I designed a smaller covering that’s easier to move around. 


This row of strawberries is now well caged. 

4 new ones should be enough for now, but I think I will design a new kind  that is not as high, lighter and easier to move around, that would be better for lettuce and strawberries. 

Another good winter activity. I never seem to have enough of these cages. 


They are for protecting favorite berries and vegetables from rabbits, deer, birds and even cabbage butterflies. Without them I would probably never get any strawberries, lettuce, brassica, chard or beets.