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DIY Raised Garden Bed Cover

How can you protect your garden from animal pests?

I love gardening, especially the fresh vegetables and fruits the garden produces throughout the seasons.  However, even though I live in a small town, I have trouble with rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs and even deer eating the vegetables, fruits and plant leaves in the raised garden beds.

Planting and growing my own vegetables and fruits is extremely rewarding and gratifying, but learning to protect my garden from pests and animals has involved a lot of trial and error along with problem solving.


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To protect my harvest, my first line of defense was to put a fence around the raised beds.  To do this I invested in black metal dog exercise pens. That way I could fence each individual raised bed separately. 

The metal dog exercise pens are sturdy and would last year after year after year and not need to be replaced.  This solved the fencing problem so rabbits couldn't get into the garden. But the squirrels, groundhogs and deer were still being destructive. 

DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers Pet FencingAbove is a closeup of the metal dog exercise pen around the bed

Squirrels climbed the fence, dug up seedlings and eat small vegetables like tiny cucumbers and zucchinis.  They also enjoyed eating the flowers of the strawberry plants.

Arriving home one day, I discovered a groundhog leisurely relaxing in the lettuce bed.  I scared him and he jumped out over the metal fence.  I didn't realize fat groundhogs could jump so high.

And the deer, yes the deer, ate the leaves on my pole string beans and sweet potato plants.

No more vertical gardening for me.  So I started intensive gardening and also began Square Foot Gardening.

In need of a simple solution for covering the raised garden beds - something that was removable, something not too heavy and something easily stored at the end of the season - I finally decided on a chicken wire frame.  The chicken wire frame could be placed on top of the raised bed fencing.

In the video, I will explain how to make chicken wire raised garden bed covers since they were already made.  But if you keep reading this article, you will find step-by-step instructions for making the bed covers.



Watch our video tutorial below or click the link if you prefer to watch DIY Raised Garden Bed Cover in Youtube.


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HOW TO COVER RAISED GARDEN BEDS

These bed covers are a simple, easy and quick DIY project.  With the help of my son, we completed two raised bed covers in about an hour.DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers On Bed 1My raised garden beds are approximately 4' x 8'.  A frame that large would be awkward to handle.  Making two covers per raised bed would solve the weight and awkwardness problem.  

WHAT YOU NEED:

To make one raised bed cover

  • (5) 1 x 2 x 48" boards
  • (2) T-plates
  • (4) Flat corner braces
  • Screws driver (hand or electric) or Cordless Drill
  • 1" mesh chicken wire or plastic fencing
  • Staple gun

INSTRUCTIONS for making  a raised bed covers

STEP 1: gather supplies and tools

Perhaps you already have the needed supplies around your home.  If you don't,  go to your favorite building supply store and purchase the boards, chicken wire, t-plates and flat corner braces.

I purchased the boards 8 feet long and had the store cut them into 4-foot sections. You may need your boards a different length depending on the size of your raised garden beds.

Measure your raised beds and calculate what you need.  

STEP 2: Build the frame

Line the boards up like a frame with a board in the middle for support. DIY Covering a raised garden bed Finished Cover

After all the boards are lined up, screw the flat corner braces to each corner.DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers Staples

Then screw the t-plates to attach the support board to the frame in the middle. DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers Extra Mesh

STEP 3: chicken wire 

After all the boards are attached, use a staple gun to secure the chicken wire to the back of the frame. DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers Staples

Don’t make this mistake!  To my dismay, the chicken wire I purchased was 2” mesh.  I didn’t realize there were different size mesh. 

After placing the cover frame on the wire fencing, I noticed a squirrel squeezing through the mesh and into the garden.  Having some 1” mesh plastic fencing, it was added to the back of the frame.  

DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers Back SideIf purchasing chicken wire, read the package carefully so you don't make my mistake.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers Finished 3

I am extremely happy with the covering on my raised beds.  They are working great.  I am eating the harvest instead of the animals.

The covers protect the plants from pesky destructive animals but allow useful insects like bees to pollinate the plants. 

DIY Raised Garden Bed Covers On Bed 2Are you interested in more gardening ideas, visit our Sustainable and Organic Gardening page?  Here is lots of information and also yard craft ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  

Happy Gardening!
Annette

QUESTIONS?

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