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Keep Pests Away with a DIY Garden Cloche

Keep Pests Away with a DIY Garden Cloche

Keep Pests Away with a DIY Garden Cloche

It’s no surprise that chicken wire, however, unpretty it is, is essential for me because I was raised in the backwoods!  Chicken wire is something we use for EVERYTHING.

Bailey Van Tassel with Chicken Wire and Wire Cutters to make a DIY Cloche

Last year I had a horrible ground squirrel issue, and these cloches were something I whipped up on a whim.  All you need is chicken wire (I keep some around at all times) and wire cutters.  Mine are from Garrett Wade, and they are superb!  The trick with wire-cutters is to find some that require minimal muscle strain. 

Bailey Van Tassel with a cut piece of chicken wire to make the cloche

Bailey Van Tassel cutting chicken wire in half to make the cloche

Bailey Van Tassel creating a cylinder shape with chicken wire and bending the wire at the top to make a dome shape cloche

This video shows how I make my garden cloches, but it’s the easiest DIY of all, requiring just a little bending of wires into shape.  

To keep your cloches on your plants, consider using some landscape pins at the base. 

 Good luck with those pesky pests this year! 

Written by Bailey Van Tassel

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