On my recent tour of the Permaculture Visions property at Mount Kembla, I saw lots of great ideas for gardening and property design. I’ll outline them in a series of posts over the next week or two.
The first idea I really liked was to use discarded bird cages to protect seedlings from pillaging wild birds and roaming chickens.
Our local council does a kerbside junk pickup every 6 months or so, where they collect unwanted stuff that doesn’t fit into the normal garbage bins. People put out broken chairs, exercise machines, BBQs, pieces of timber, and all sorts of junk. I have been known to stop and grab something useful when it catches my eye :-). Everyone is fine with people taking stuff – it diverts the junk from landfill and gives it a new life.
One thing I’ve noticed a lot is broken birdcages. They’re often a little rusty, or the bottom has fallen off, or the door hinge no longer works. What a great idea to rip the bottom off and place them over plants that need a little extra protection!
They look kind of cool dotted around the garden, too.
What tips do you have to protect plants from chickens and wildlife? Please share in the comments!
Similar, we use upended wire hanging baskets. Old or new.
I love stealing things from the curb — the only reason I would ever live in a city. 🙂 And your bird cage idea is great. I can see it working with cats too — they tend to scratch in our newly planted beds and disrupt the tender seedlings.
I have been to Permaculture visions farm at Mt kembla. April has done a fantastic job there. I just went there at the end of November again. She had done so much work there from the last time i visited. Her place is a real inspiration…
What a great idea, I am addicted to roadside clean ups and recently picked up a birdcage, just in case I might need one one day 😉 Now I know what to do with it.
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Oh what a fun idea! I wonder if it would deter my goats as well…
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