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I have raised be I made for flowers, and my chickens think it's for them to dust themselves in.  I amended the soil planted flower seeds and covered the top of the raised bed with chicken wire.  The little flower seedlings are emerging.  If they are to survive, I will need to leave the chicken wire on.  In theory the flowers should grow through the holes in the wire, and hopefully be fine. The flowers are a mix of small stemmed flowers, like cosmos, bachelor buttons, baby's breath, stuff like that.   I worry if the weather gets hot before the foliage covers the wire, the wire may get hot.  I also wonder about the wire cutting the stems.  It was the best solution I could think of to keep the little devils out.  Has anyone tried this? Pros/Cons?
 
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Can you lift the wire off the ground with some sticks?
 
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I'm thinking it would be just fine.  I wouldn't worry about the hot wire or the stem cutting.  The things I'd worry about are:

If a plant sends leaves up that miss the hole the stem is going through would it be a problem

If you want to remove the wire after a year it may be hard to lift off the dead plants
 
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Chicken wire is fine. I put chicken wire over some of my plants (flowers, young bushes, etc...), and my summers almost reach 110'F and haven't noticed any issue related to heat and etc...
The only issue I've had is if a fruit tree's branch moves back and forth in the wind and rubs some of its own bark off on the wire, but I haven't had issues with my young bushes *growing through* the chicken wire.

Also bear in mind many people use metal trellis for their tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries, etc... last year, I had pumpkins and squashes trellis'd (again, nearly 110'F some days) - no problem with the heat of the wire itself - at least that I noticed. The plants did struggle with the heat in-general, but then again, so did I. =P

As one last note, if the flowers grow through the wires, they'll be shading the wire - at least the parts nearest them.
 
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Thank you all very much you put my mind at ease.  The wire is nailed to the top it the raised bed, so the wire is about 2 inches from the soil.   At the end of the growing season I figure I will cut the stems off at the top of the wire, which should make it easy to remove the wire.  Then I will toss the flower stems down as mulch.
 
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