Protecting My Caneberries!
My first raspberries of the year just came in; we finished the berry protection in the nick of time! This structure is basically deer netting, PVC pipes, zip ties, garden stakes, and a couple of hooks.
First, we buried three 6 to 8 PVC pipe segments as foundations. We fed one end of a skinner pipe into the the foundation pipe, and the other end into the underside of our shed to create a perfect curve.
Next, we secured deer netting to the left and right panels with zipties and garden stakes at the bottom to keep the panels taunt.
To add the front panel, we first had to secure a horizontal pipe across the top of the curved pipes with zipties. To this pipe we secured deer netting that covered the width of the structure. At the bottom of the structure we secured another PVC pipe to the netting 1) to act as a weight to keep the netting taunt and 2) to act as a curtain draw.
When we want to access the berries, we can simply lift up the netting and rest it on top of some metals hooks that we fed through the underside of our shed. No extra adhesion necessary.
I hope these photos are clear. The system’s been working out really well for us. Plus, this was super cheap to put together!