Building Garden Fence Boxes


| 5/16/2012 8:07:46 PM


Tags: raised bed garden, garden boxes, fencing, hoop houses, covers, poultry mesh, chicken wire, PVC, Allan Douglas,

In this second part of my discussion on garden fence boxes, we’ll look at how I built the boxes for my garden. First a quick review.

Review:

Why boxes?  Because my property is on a mountain side and our yard is sloping, I chose to use raised beds to keep my garden from washing down the slope every time we get a hard rain.

Why fencing?  To keep rabbits and dogs out of my crops.  If coon, possum or deer were a problem for us I’d need to modify the design to suit the pest: at least cover the top with mesh too, and lock the boxes down.

Why not a perimeter fence?  My garden cuts a swath up the center of my main “yard”: the area with fewest trees and the most sunshine.  To perform routine maintenance I must traverse this area frequently with my lil tractor and wagon.  Having to get off the tractor to open and close gates is a hassle, and I have yet to be able to build a rabbit-proof gate.

Variations on a Theme

01 Hoop houses 

I am converting the hoop houses I built last fall, for reasons that were discussed in the last segment, to use a different design.

Scooter
2/27/2018 3:51:17 PM

Thanks for posting this! Question about building one similar to your 3D rectangular ones, only bigger. For example: 10 feet by 9 feet by 6 feet. I haven't worked with PVC much. Would I still be able to just build one with PVC on the outer edges, or is that so big that the PVC would droop in the middle and need to be supported with more PVC, maybe halfway? Thanks!


Scooter
2/27/2018 3:50:49 PM

Thanks for posting this! Question about building one similar to your 3D rectangular ones, only bigger. For example: 10 feet by 9 feet by 6 feet. I haven't worked with PVC much. Would I still be able to just build one with PVC on the outer edges, or is that so big that the PVC would droop in the middle and need to be supported with more PVC, maybe halfway? Thanks!


MARILYNH
8/15/2016 8:26:16 AM

I covered my small elderberry bush/tree with sheer netting curtains that I picked up at the thrift store to keep the robins out. I tried using the bird netting but it's a hastle to put it on the tree, take it off and fold it up again for next year. You could probably use one for a flat roof on your square food garden to keep birds out. They were very inexpensive too.





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