Critter-resistant Cages for Seedlings

26 Mar

I concocted this out of 2 plastic baskets 10″ x 14″ x 5″ deep (from Closeout Connection on Court St. – $1.50 each) and 2 large binder clips. I made it contra los gatos who think planting is the best thing I’ve done since decorating packages with raffia, but I expect it to be very useful in transporting the seedlings outside to harden off prior to transplanting in the garden.

It will accommodate seedlings 6″ – 7″ tall.

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4 Responses to “Critter-resistant Cages for Seedlings”

  1. alternahealthgrrrl March 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM #

    love it!

    we should do our best to camoflage these, tho, because i’m sure some residents won’t love the look of them

    • wearybee March 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM #

      They wouldn’t be out there long, just a week or two, max. And if we decide to go this route we should stake them down because they’d be easily overturned by wind or varmints.

      I’m just happy to have a cat-resistant solution for the house.

  2. sansley March 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM #

    I like them too, if only because they don’t require the purchase of any additional things! (Because I have some laundry baskets we could use and clips . . . though I suppose even I could spring for the $3.00 for new baskets.)

    That said, I’m still fishing around on the internet looking for free chicken wire to build some sort of cage that could cover an entire bed. The idea would be that each bed could have a chicken wire cover, and everyone could bring their seedlings down, just put them in the beds under the (somehow attractive?) “cages” to allow the seedlings to acclimate and maybe get needed sun and rain over public school spring break.

    I’m going to have to bring my broccoli seedlings down soon if I want to avoid legginess, though. And it seems to cold now, don’t know about the weather for the rest of the week.

    • wearybee March 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM #

      Best not to put your broccoli seedlings outdoors without gradually acclimating them; they might not survive the shock. You can transplant them, setting them deeper into the new containers. The mild shock of the transplanting will retard their growth a bit. If possible, move them to a location with more light and maybe a lower temperature.

      Higher temperatures are predicted for the rest of the week.

      Reminder: save some eggshells to crush into the soil around the broccoli plants when they go into the garden!

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