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Old July 22, 2016   #1
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Default Shade/Insect Cage Idea

This was for my cabbage, but the idea applies if you need a cheap and easy shade cage. Collapsible mesh laundry baskets from the dollar store. Get decent wire cutters, cut the tops off and put them over the plant upside-down. Shove some of the bare wire into the ground to keep it in place.



Ta-da! The idea falls apart when the plant gets larger, but hey, it works for a while.
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Old July 22, 2016   #2
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Very clever! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
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Old July 22, 2016   #3
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Awesome idea!
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Old July 23, 2016   #4
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I use those to harvest greens- easy to do a first rinse right in the basket.
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Old February 26, 2017   #5
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What a great idea you had :clap: I am going to try this, only I think that I will use garden staples or tent spikes to hold the laundry basket down, and maybe not cut a few of the baskets.
There are large sized laundry bags too. They would keep the thrip butterflys off my broccoli, ect!
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If I cut a bag and draped the fabric over a dwarf cucumber plant-do you think it would protect the plant from the dreaded cucumber beetle?
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:clap: for your super idea

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Probably, but maybe find some other type of mesh that will let in enough sunlight for the cukes. The bottoms of my laundry baskets are solid fabric.

Best of luck!
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Probably, but maybe find some other type of mesh that will let in enough sunlight for the cukes. The bottoms of my laundry baskets are solid fabric.

Best of luck!
I didn't think of the mesh blocking that much sunlight. That is something to think about, still it is a brilliant idea for other vegetables!
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