Most garden netting requires some kind of frame. Knowing which ones that will work best can be a nightmare when you are starting out. If you look around at the other allotments it will give you ideas but will not help as they are usually all different.
When I was asking which type of netting would be best I was given the best advice I could have been, although it didn’t feel like it at the time. They simply said that I would find what was right for me over time.
This did not answer any of my questions like: What size should I get? Should I have curved or straight? Is bamboo better than metal? Which is easiest? And many many more.
So I will say the same to you. You will discover what is best for you in time. For each person it is different. You do need net however, unless you want your plants taken out!
I will however also give you some ideas based on my experience, research and observations so that you can make a more informed decision early on.
Making Your Own
The Most Basic of Netting Frame
The most basic frame I have seen is simply net resting over some thick sticks and tied down on each side. This is cheap and easy to do. Although it may not suit all plants.
Using Bamboo Lashed Together
Basing my netting plans on my neighbour’s beautiful and easy to get into frames but without the budget my first attempts were quite elaborate. I lashed together bamboo using nothing more than ties twisted around them.
A huge fame that took up most of one side of the allotment. This was designed so that all I had to do was untwist a couple of the ties and I could get into it and garden with ease.
Good plan. But it failed. What I didn’t take into account was the nets tendency to get tangled in everything around it or its movement in the wind. It had small barbs as well so that when I moved it back it caught in itself. Argh!
In my defense it withstood the winter storms.
There is no reason why you cannot simply lash bamboo together to create a frame and put the net over it. Alternatively you could create each frame side complete with net then lash the frames together.
Or you can use connectors to connect your bamboo more smoothly.
Selections GFA662 Bamboo Cane Flexible Connectors (Set of 10)
Frames Made from Hosepipe
Still basing my plans on my neighbour’s bought version I tried again. This time I used hosepipe. This is not bad in itself but my hosepipe wasn’t stiff enough. You really need the strong blue pipe that doesn’t bend.
I stuffed bamboo up it and put that in the ground. I also had wire. The intention was that I could slide the netting up and down the wire for easy access and that it would not tangle.