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A cage for my wife's strawberries

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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 10-22-2009 05:05 PM 811 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we first put in the raised planting beds, 4’x4’, Marge put strawberriesin half of the first one. The cardinals LOVE strawberries and were having a blast eating the little berries as the appeared on the plants.
So I put some stakes around the 2’x4’ patch and hung some bird net on them.
So that cured the cardinals of their habit of eating our berries.
Then the strawberries decided they needed more room. Their little shoots were going all over the place, planting themselves as they went.
So they’re getting the whole 4’x4’ bed.
But, how to protect them from the cardinals while allowing Marge to get in to tend the patch?

The evil genius in his workshop thought up a plan.
Plotting and planning with his SketchUp program he designed this:

Retiring to his workshop, he built the strawberry cage and installed it on the planting bed, thusly:

Here is a closeup in which the frame and netting are more easily examined

And so, the EG (Evil Genius) could turn his attention to more pressing needs.

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poroskywood

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 05:43 PM

This is a product of Good. You should think of changing sides.

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Don Butler

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 05:49 PM

Yes, I’ve been thinking about that.
It will be a good change!

d

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 08:52 PM

Hey Don
Those poor things trapped in a cage LOL good idea nice job

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 08:57 PM

I don’t see no strawberrys, the birds done got em, huh! LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 09:39 PM

They’re under the straw for the Winter.

Speaking of Winter, I got the snow blowerout and made sure it would run.
Winter has a nasty habit of arriving unannounced!

d

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 10:03 PM

Got all them weights mounted on it already?

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 10:05 PM

Papadan,
No weights.
That was that cursed tractor. I sold that baby down the road and I’ll be running the walk-behind machine.

d

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