PVC Framed Garden Box Enclosures


| 4/26/2016 3:58:00 PM


Tags: Raised bed gardening, garden fencing, fence frames, hoop house, green house, PVC, Allan Douglas, Tennessee,

Of Mice and Mountain MenFor several years now I have been building fence boxes for my raised-bed garden boxes using PVC tubing and fittings, covering them with poultry mesh to keep out my dogs, the rabbits, in some cases, squirrels, raccoon, and other assorted pests. These can also be covered in plastic to extend the growing season.

PVC Frame Configurations

PVC Hoop House

My first experiment was with mini hoop houses. These are good for medium height plants that need to be fully enclosed; such as Brussels sprouts. Depending on your purpose, they can be covered in poultry mesh, bird mesh, insect netting, or plastic sheeting … or a combination of these.

The shape makes them fairly easy to move on and off the beds yet, if covered in plastic, they shed snow well.

The drawback to this shape is the amount of tension built into the frame. This tends to pull the joints apart around the bottom unless the connectors are glued together. You can assemble the frame, then drill through joints to insert a small sheet metal screw to hold the joints firm, but these screws rust quickly unless you use brass or stainless steel.

Fence Boxes Square

kmr414
5/29/2016 5:45:53 PM

Hi, is your chicken wire attached to the inside or outside of the PVC frame? I was thinking of doing this for our garden. These look great! Can you post photos of the two ways you tie the boxes down.





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