Creating a simple fruit cage

What you need

  • The kit and sticks
  • Stretchy anti-bird netting
  • 30 x ground hoops
  • 10 x base feet or posts
  • Varnish or paint if your sticks require treatment

Here's what the netting looks like up close.


  1. Build your dome and position / orientate it as you want.
  2. Get it on the base feet or posts to raise the bottom ring of sticks off the ground and protect them from damp.
  3. Ball half of the netting and throw it over the middle of the dome. You should end up with a line of netting over the middle of the dome.
  4. Feed the netting out in both directions to cover the dome.
  5. Pull the netting down towards the base and gather the excess in as few places as possible.
  6. Roll up the excess at the base and pin with the hoops.

Here are a few pictures covering some of the steps:

Ball the netting up and throw it over.

Feed the netting out in both directions.

Roll-up excess at base.

Getting in

1. In under a triangle

Remove a stick in the base ring and get in under one of the triangles.

Our rule of thumb:

  • 2.5 up to 3.75m diameter, you'd need a base about 90cm tall.
  • 4m up to 4.5m, needs to be on a base about 40cm tall.
  • 4.8m - 5.2 you could have it on small base feet but you will need to duck a bit to get in.
  • 5.2m to 6m, again small base feet and it'll be easier to get in as the dome gets bigger.

In all of the above you could dig out a section under the entrance triangle to give you more headroom.

2. Create a bigger entrance

You could raise a 6-way hub to create a higher triangular entrance or take out one of the 6-way hubs and replace the hexagon with two verticals to create a large entrance.

There'll be more on this when we add a page on doors!

A few example fruit cages

4.8m broom handle dome painted with green outdoor wood paint. The entrance was dug out a little to aid access.

4m dome, raised on 40cm approx base posts sunk about a spade's depth into the ground, entrance under a 6-way hub.

5m dome raised on base posts with some nice raised beds inside, thanks to Matthew Macfadyen.