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Overall size of a finished Stacking Garden Frame is 47½” long x 23 ¾” wide x 11 ⅞” high, plus the 1½” high lid.
These Stacking Garden Frames can be used singly to protect strawberries or other low growing crops, or a second layer (or more) can be added on top for taller plants. There is a small connector on all 4 sides keeping the frames lined up on top of each other. The same connectors hold the lid in place on top of the uppermost frame.
The lid is removable so the same lid will do for either a one or two layer frame. The removable lid also makes the harvesting of strawberries or any other crops easy.
You can choose the size of the holes in the netting to suit yourself. My daughter found that ½” chicken wire kept out most of the cabbage butterflies, but also kept out bees. If your crops aren’t attractive to butterflies but you need the flowers to be pollinated, then one inch or larger chicken wire is a better choice.
This design came about because my daughter got fed up of all the cabbage butterfly caterpillars and the rabbits that ate her cabbages, the cats that wanted to used her seed bed as a bathroom, and the birds that stole her peas out of the ground before they could even sprout. Before I made her the frames, only 2 of her pea seeds sprouted out of a 4ft row that she had planted last year.
This year she used the lids on their own to cover the pea seeds before they sprouted. She used a single complete frame ( about 12” high) when the seedlings were small, and put a second layer on top (making about 24” high) when the cabbages grew too tall to fit under a single frame. She reports that this year none of her pea seeds were dug up by either the crows or the cats, and she has only found 2 cabbage butterfly caterpillars on the cabbages. I made her frames with ½” chicken wire.
I, myself, am trying to propagate trilliums (flowers) by growing my own seed, but the elk and the deer all love the plants. I originally had ½” chicken wire on my frame, which kept out the elk, but then I noticed that the bees were reluctant to go inside to pollinate the flowers for me. So I gave my original frame to my daughter and made myself another one with 1” chicken wire for my trilliums. The bees seem to be less afraid to go inside now, and it obviously still keeps out the elk.
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ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES, and plans are drawn to scale, unless otherwise stated.
I made my daughter’s frames 47½” long so they would fit comfortably within her 4ft wide raised beds, but the length can easily be adjusted to suit yourself.
Included in this 15 page .PDF DOWNLOAD BOOK are:
12 hand drafted diagrams, including a full 3-D diagram with labels
22 photos taken during construction
Dimensional lumber cutting layouts
Hand Plane or coarse sandpaper might be needed to smooth the edges of all the pieces of cedar, if they are very rough.
Chop Saw or hand saw to cut the boards to length.
Drill with drill bit and countersink recommended to pre-drill screw holes, or Staple Gun with staples.
Table Saw to rip boards to width, but only if you go with the fence board option instead of using dimensional lumber (see note below).
I use cedar fence boards for almost all my projects because they are much cheaper than clear cedar dimensional lumber. However, I have made the sizes of the pieces such that you can use either fence boards or dimensional lumber (which is already cut to width), whichever you prefer. The shopping list is given for both types of lumber.
I have designed and hand drafted these plans myself, and I own the copyright to them. Purchase does NOT transfer copyright.
The plans themselves are for your personal use only. Please do not share or sell the plans.
You may make up the items from the plans and use them yourself or give the items away as gifts. You may also make them and sell them in your local craft markets. They are NOT to be used for any mass production of the items.
FIRST EDITION July 2014
Title: S. J. Robson’s Woodworking Plans, Volume 3 – Stacking Garden Frames
Author: S. J. Robson
Format: PDF download
Publisher: S. J. Robson (self-published)
Number of Pages: 15
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Measurements in all my plans are in FEET AND INCHES.
Plans are drawn to scale, unless otherwise noted.