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I make all kinds of cabbage cages.

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The latest

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Here are a few more details.

Usually they measure about 240 x 100 x 100 cm, but often differ due to the dimensions of the chicken wire at hand. It’s good to have many different sizes of cages for all the variations in vegetable size and other factors like length and width of rows and beds. Some have removable tops to make it easier to weed and harvest inside. The frames are made of 45 x 45 mm wood, and 22 x 45 mm for the removable tops.

The joinery can be more or less elaborate. The latest cages have chicken wire with a mesh of 16 mm, but I have used coarser mesh too. A finer mesh is better for keeping cabbage butterflies out. I fasten it with a heavy duty stapler and use wire cutters to cut it.

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For all practical purposes the portal to (and from) the caged garden is finished.

The shelves and work bench are in place.

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The portable bench on the other side is ready too. It is perfect size for prone position. I’m looking forward to many afternoon siestas there. It can also be used as a second work bench.

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For now, the portal will serve very well for parking one of the bicycle carts I’ve fixed. It also has a chicken wire gate to keep trespassers out.

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The only thing that’s left to do is to give it a coat of Falu Red paint in the spring and make the inevitable necessary embellishments.

Then on to the next building project.

With snow on the ground you can see tracks of all the nighttime activity in the garden. The wildlife use the garden as a playground as well as a source of food.

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The rabbits (brown hares) have been trying to find a way in to nibble at an elderberry seedling covered with a wire bushel basket.

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Young fruit trees must have a chicken wire tube around the base also, for protection from the hungry rabbits and deer (roe deer).

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The deer don’t eat the cypresses but use them for rubbing their horns and marking their territory turning them into skeletons in the process, so they get chicken wire tubes too. We have moose, elk and wild swine in the area also, but they don’t come to the garden so far.

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Inside this burlap wrap is a mulberry bush. Someday it will hopefully be a giant mulberry tree. In the meantime it too needs protection from the animals. It is, however, a plant better suited for a warmer clime, so it gets added protection from the cold dry winds of winter.

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They don’t look much for the weather but these leeks are still edible. They are covered with a chicken wire cage because the rabbits like them too. The kales get such treatment as well.

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I got this birch tree from the horticulture school in Enköping. The rootball was rather small and I planted it this fall. It needs to be tied in for a few years to keep it stable in the wind, so that the roots can get established.

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And last but not least, the wellpond has a sheep wire fence around it. This time it is to protect the wildlife (including kids) from falling in and getting frozen wet or drowning.