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Is there a recommended minimum mesh size for a fruit cage?

South Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

I am building a fruit cage and have the reclaimed timber but need to buy the plastic mesh. B &Q have a special offer on plastic mesh for covering ponds etc which looks as though it could double on a cage but it is pretty tight and I wonder if it will reduce the sun's impact on the fruit?



Hi Allotmentnewby and welcome to GoY. You obviously don't want the mesh too big or the birds would just walk in, help themselves and walk out. The recommended size by the professionals is 13 - 20 mm or in old money half to three quarters of an inch. Hope this helps.


29 Nov, 2008


Hi, welcome also to GOY.
Just a word of caution, If you live in an area where you are likely to get heavy snow falls, you will have to leave the top uncovered as the snow will break the netting. I have had this happen in the past and had the netting completely destroyed.

29 Nov, 2008


Not just break then netting, heavy snow will also bend or break the frame if the roof netting is left on. Had to take mine off in a hurry at 9pm one evening in October when we had an unexpectedly early snowfall here

29 Nov, 2008

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