FIGO frames for pest protection


I love my bantams. I do. I love the cockerel yodelling in the morning. I love collecting their tiny warm eggs from the nest box. I love watching them scratching for insects in our woodchip path. I love the way that they sprint down the garden like little dinosaurs whenever I open the back door, on the off-chance that I might have some food for them.

What I do not love about them?

I do not love that they eat any seed or seedling left outside the greenhouse! They have a sixth sense for what I do not want them to touch in the garden – and make a beeline for it the moment that my back is turned!

This month, my husband levelled parts of our lawn, and consequently we have had to reseed the grass. All that bare earth and exposed seed is bantam-heaven, so we needed to fence it off. We also have a gorgeous little wild flower border beside our shed, in which we’ve planted knapweed and sown poppy seeds, but unfortunately it’s the bantams’ absolute favourite border for scratching and dust-bathing in.

FIGO box

To solve the problem, I immediately turned to my trusty FIGO connectors! It was so quick and easy to pop together a few low FIGO frames and tripods to drape plant netting over. For the lawn, I used a combination of tent pegs and bent sticks to secure my netting to the ground. For the wild flower border, I just weighed the netting down with bricks left over from edging – it borders a path which has a weed-protection liner and I didn’t want to pierce that with pegs!

Of course, the FIGO plant protection has worked a treat. The bantams can’t get past the netting, and the grass and poppy seeds have already begun to germinate. Job done!

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Gabbie Chant
Author: Gabbie Chant

Gabbie is a writer, teacher and keen vegetable-grower. She also keeps five lovely little bantams, who get up to lots of mischief in her garden. She is lucky enough to rent a double allotment, in which she has plenty of space to build all sorts of exciting FIGO structures! You can get in touch with her at

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