Remesh with 6-gauge wire is my preferred mesh; I use it for trellises, fencing and the chicken run. The weight won't sag if it's well stapled.
I am a tool geek. I buy the best tools and materials I can afford and those best suited to the job at hand. Poorly made tools will cost you dearly later because you'll need to replace them. Well-made tools can last a lifetime, will be easier to use and will save you time.
Fine tools and materials are especially important in the kitchen garden. Garden jobs like fencing and trellising come to mind because I recently built both.
Welded 6-gauge wire mesh, also called remesh or concrete reinforcement mesh, is a workhorse with multiple uses in the kitchen garden. With remesh and a bolt cutter you can produce fence panels, gates, trellises and cloche frames quickly and easily.
The remesh I prefer uses 6-gauge wire, about 3 16 -inch thick. In a 4-inch-square grid, it's sold as a 7-by-20-foot panel for about $84.
If you decide on the finished sizes needed before purchasing the panels, you can cut them at the source and make the remesh easier to transport. I recently purchased remesh with a 4-inch grid and cut the panel into two 7-by-10-foot pieces. I stapled them to tight-knot cedar 4-by-4s sunk 30 to 36 inches deep in the ground to surround my chicken enclosure. None of my chickens wants to work hard enough to fly over a 7-foot fence, so the run needs no roof. The 4-inch-diameter grid prevents full-size hens from going through the fence. With bantam hens or other small breeds, a 4-inch-high strip of chicken wire can be run along the base of the remesh to prevent escapes. I raise chicks in large wire cages or stock watering tanks until they are big enough to compete.
Gates are easy to build as the remesh can be quickly cut to fit the wooden gate frame. The remesh is stiff enough that it won't sag if it's well stapled and the gate is fastened to a support with heavy hinges.
Remesh also comes in a 6-inch grid and in lighter gauges that save money and weight. The larger, lighter 6-inch grid in 6 gauge is handy for heavy squash, while beans and peas are happy with a lighter-weight 10-gauge wire.
For my chicken enclosure, I created a 7-foot-high fence with a 4-inch diameter grid to keep the hens from going through. For smaller breeds, you might need to add a 4-inch-high strip of chicken wire along the bottom.
A quick, strong and durable bean or pea trellis can be made by cutting remesh to size and hanging it from hooks mounted on a wooden crosspiece attached to 4-by-4 posts. After the beans or peas are harvested, the remesh can be stored under cover until needed again. If you used a heavier gauge, such as 4 gauge, it can be left in place and used for a succession crop of squash.
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Recently I finished a large box trellis for grapes. Although I used espalier wire and wire vises overhead on this trellis, I could just as easily have used a panel of remesh. If you use remesh for grapes, use a panel with a 6-inch grid to make pruning and harvesting of large clusters easier. Add wooden 2-by-4 crosspieces horizontally along the trellis frame every 4 or 5 feet to support the remesh and the subsequent heavy load of vines and fruit.
I fasten remesh panels to wood frames with heavy staples. Remesh rusts with time and looks great with any plant I have paired it with. I plant tomatoes and other plants through scraps of remesh laid on the ground. The 4-inch diameter dissuades cats and other animals from digging.
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