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How to Plant in Chicken Wire

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Overview

Squirrels, rabbits and other creatures are often drawn to freshly planted flower bulbs, digging them up and nibbling at their tender flesh. Planting bulbs in chicken wire is a great way to keep animals away from the bulbs while they're taking root. The chicken wire, which forms a cage around the flower bulbs, will not hurt the animals. It simply forms an impenetrable barrier in the garden bed. Planting in chicken wire works best in either trough containers or raised garden beds.

Step 1

Plant the flower bulbs as you normally would and refill the holes with potting soil. Pat down the soil gently with your hands

Step 2

Measure the length and width of the garden bed with a tape measure. Measure the width of the chicken wire. Divide the width of the chicken wire by the width of the garden bed to determine the number of chicken wire pieces needed. It's better to have a width of chicken wire that exceeds the width of the garden bed if the equation doesn't work out evenly. For example, if the garden bed is 20 feet wide and the chicken wire is 14 feet wide, cut two strips of chicken wire for the bed. You can overlap the pieces in the middle to make up for the excess.

Step 3

Tack two inches onto the garden bed's length measurement to get the necessary length of the chicken wire, then cut the required number of pieces. For instance, if the bed is 22 feet long, cut 24-foot lengths of chicken wire.

Step 4

Lay the chicken wire over the garden bed, overlapping the side edges if necessary. Bend the extra inch of wire on either end of each piece into a 90-degree angle and tuck the legs into the dirt.

Step 5

Cover the chicken wire planter with about three inches of mulch. This will keep the bulbs warm and the animals from digging up the barrier.

Step 6

Remove the mulch and the chicken wire bulb cover in the spring, when leaves begin to poke through.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Chicken wire
  • Mulch

References

  • MSNBC: "How to Prep for Beautiful Blooms Next Spring"
  • Fine Gardening: "Chicken Wire Keeps Squirrels From Eating Tulip Bulbs"
  • "Illinois Gardener's Guide;" James A Fizzell; 2002
Keywords: planting in chicken wire, chicken wire planter, chicken wire bulb cover

About this Author

Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a Bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.