Creating a simple fruit cage
Here's what the netting looks like up close.
- Build your dome and position / orientate it as you want.
- Get it on the base feet or posts to raise the bottom ring of sticks off the ground and protect them from damp.
- 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.
- Feed the netting out in both directions to cover the dome.
- Pull the netting down towards the base and gather the excess in as few places as possible.
- 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.
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.