Yesterday I started work on a new construction project that I planned a month or two ago: a berry cage in the vegetable garden.
We have a large fenced veggie garden, with multiple raised beds. Some of the beds include blueberries, strawberries, etc, which are targets for birds. Plus we let our chickens into the veggie garden after we’re done with it in fall/winter, so they can clear out the foliage and weeds. But we don’t want them grazing the berries to the ground.
So, I’m building an enclosure: a fence to split the back four beds of the veggie garden from the rest, a wire roof to keep out birds, and gates. This kind of enclosure is commonly called a berry cage.
I started work on this project by measuring the positions for the poles, cutting the fabric on the ground, and hand-digging out the top gravel layer:
I then used my earth auger to dig the holes, about 2′ deep:
I also dug to expose the pipe for this tap at the back of the garden, as it will be moved. I’m going to put a new gate there, to make it easier to get from the veggie garden to the new greenhouse:
Here’s a view of the back part of the garden. The holes in the foreground will be where the front gate of the berry cage will be:
This morning, I received the delivery from Home Depot of the materials:
Several rolls of welded wire fencing, a heap of 8′ and 10′ posts and boards, and gate hardwire:
A closer look at the lumber. The big untreated boards are for a new garden bed in the berry cage:
Stay tuned for construction progress. Next weekend I’ll re-stack this lumber (I need the posts at the bottom first!), cut the back gate, and start installing the posts and beams.
Should be fun.