Some years back, I bought a bunch of fencing wire to keep one of our dogs that was chasing our neighbor’s cows close to home. He ran away before that was finished so the wire became useless to me since we did not have livestock.
Lately I’ve used a piece or two as trellis for peas, beans and squash. Then earlier this year
I used some, along with chicken wire to stop our dogs and cats from digging newly tilled/seeded soil.
I pulled a section down to move to another part of the garden (rotation) and had it laying in the grass about the time I transplanted some greenhouse raised eggplant. The plants need to acclimate to the heat and bright sun so I had to cover it somehow and the wire jumped out and caught my foot.
This wire was constructed by a method called hinged-jointwhich made it marginal for tomato cages because it was a little too flexible but I realized it would make a tunnel over the plants very easily. Not only easy, but customizable to the plant’s height.
Now I realize I could use it for seed starting, then raised to protect the young plants, then raised some more to protect full grown plants later in the year from cold snaps. If the plants are more than a few feet, I can piece two sections together to make an even higher or wider tunnel.
I folded the wire lengthwise in half then pull it alongside the row I want to protect and unfold it in an inverted “V”. If I wanted a more rounded top, I just push down on it and the joints adjust to the shape I am seeking.
In my particular case yesterday, a rounded top did nicely. I was going to use opaque plastic but it would have made it too hot under there, so I used dead weeds on top to shade the plants. This allowed hot air to lift up through the weeds, allowed rain to enter (if it ever does), allowed me to use three staked to anchor it from our dogs pulling on it, and the weeds will eventually dry up enough that I will use them for mulch underneath.
One last benefit to this wire. When I am done using it for that purpose, I can flatten it out and use it for trellis again if I so desire.