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Category: Gardening Tips | Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:30 pm

I would like to share some insight to preserving your wonderful strawberry patch from birds and pests. We love fruit so we want to keep as much as possible for our use. So we built an enclosure with lids with bird netting to stop all pest and birds. I used a very simple frame work; 2x4's with a point on one end. They were 4 feet long. I then drove them into the ground in equal spaces along both sides of the patch. This makes your frame to attach your lids to. Then you make your frame work for the lids out of 2"x2". You can make the top frame any size you want but I would not go over 8 feet. Our strawberry patch is large, so we have 9 top frames. Screw the frames together. Once that is done you then buy some small hinges to attach to vertical 2x4s so they are hinged to the backs of your vertical posts.. Now you are ready to get your bird netting from any local stores that have supplies for gardening. You can cut your widths and lengths to fit the tops and sides of your enclosure. Once cut, you can start the process of stapling the mesh to the tops and down the sides. Remember the sides are separate from the tops. Then we drilled a 3/8 inch hole in the middle of each opening on the side you are going to enter your patch from. We then used a 2x2x8' and drove a nail or screw into the end of the 2x2x8. You will use this to open your tops so you can get in to pick. My enclosure has been working now for over 5 years with little repair. If you want pictures of the strawberry enclosure let me know. Good luck with your berry patch.

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petunia wrote on Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:07 pm:

Do you have any picts of this? I would love to see it. we have chicken wire around our strawberries but nothing over them.

Steve Lila wrote on Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:49 pm:

Hello petunia yes i do have pics of the enclosure, my problem is ont his site they use photobucket and for some reason i can not get it to work. i would be glad to send any meathod you want just let me know

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