Ag Pipe Hoop Vegetable Netting

June 4th 2012

This is our version of the ag pipe hoop vegetable enclosure. Adding bird netting over the top of an ag-pipe hoop attached to star pickets.

We started with 8 star pickets. The pipe goes inside the star pickets and is tied off with wire. We drilled through the pipe to do this. We did this because the bigger pipe to slide over the star picket was twice as expensive as the pipe we used. 

Once in place we did not get a lot of tension with this set up. So we added 4 studs, two each end. These are just 2x4s attached to another star picket.

We then ran stud bracing from one end to the other, making the structure rigid for our bird netting.

Here we have the vegetable garden bird netting stretched over the ag pipe. We just did this with tie wire. We also used weed mat spikes at the base to hold it in. 

Here is our first planting. Starting winter in Inverell we have:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Leek
  • Brown Onion
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach
  • Silverbeet
  • Celery

6 weeks later this is what the veges look like. Brocolli and Spinach doing the best. 

14th August - First harvest

15th September. Been harvesting for a while and adding new veges, going great.


Can the bees get through?

June 4th 2012

What a great job you have done. Your vege garden looks set to burst forth.

Atlanta Camilleri
June 5th 2012

Thanks Atlanta.

Hi Alanna, we put a tight mesh on the long section and a looser one at the end. We want to cut down on our white moth problem. We had a similar setup in a previous garden and got bees inside :)

June 5th 2012

After 5 years of gardening, I've just been attacked by sulphur crested cockatoos. My vegetable beds are OK, but my citrus got devoured. Bird netting next on the to-do list. It really looks like yours are worth copying...I'll let you know how I go.

July 7th 2012

What is the diameter of the ag-iping youve used?

Greg Ware
September 17th 2012

Hi Greg, it did not fit over the star pickets, so I would assume somewhere around the 60mm mark. I think the next gauge was too expensive for us. In the end that worked well and the semi-circle pushes against the pickets, instead of just going over them.

September 18th 2012

Your garden is looking great. I love the cover you have put over it.

July 14th 2013