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Function Over Form Over Function

May 7, 2013


Or maybe not.

When any new brainchild of a garden “structure” is unveiled to mrs cohutt, there is some legitimate concern with the reception it will receive. She actually is quite supportive and hasn’t yet vetoed any of my “great ideas” after the fact, but one never knows.

So here are so-so smartphone pictures of the latest, the prototype bird netting frame for the blackberries (although it will be stained a dark grey/black help it blend in a bit better.)

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I’ve had plenty of time to daydream up this design lately while watching the rain fall and the river rise.

1/2′ galvanized electric conduit is about half the price of 1″ PVC pipe these days (used for the hoop house) and obviously has half the profile as well. Conveniently 1/2″ conduit fits nicely into 3/4″ pvc pipe so I used that for the joints with a set screw applied to hold individual sections into their “sleeves”. Another convenience is that 1/2″ conduit slides snugly over 3/8″ re-bar, which I’ve driven into the soft ground as “anchors” for the vertical sections.

Overall dimensions:
22′ long to cover the 16′ bed and new trellis posts
5′ wide
7- 7 1/2 feet tall

BTW, mrs cohutt granted her approval without hesitation so it stays for now.

Damn Mockingbirds……

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2013 9:43 pm

    Be careful about making bird netting blend in too much. If birds can’t see it, they still come for your berries, they just get entangled in the netting and they you either have to try to rescue them or watch them slowly die, hanging above your garden bed. White netting is the best way to help save your crop and the birds at the same time.

    Mrs C is a wise woman, it looks lovely – and functional.

  2. May 7, 2013 10:28 pm

    Point taken, a good one. I was really more concerned with keeping the frame from being an eyesore vs making the netting invisible.
    I ponied up for some better netting last year that is firmer and more visible than the stuff sold at the big box garden stores here. I also tie small pieces of surveyor tape to it in the open areas to bring birdie attention to it and it doesn’t seem to be a problem for them.

    • May 7, 2013 10:52 pm

      Of course you have it all sussed out – you’re the clever gardener. And the birdies no doubt sing your praises.

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