PVC Framed Garden Box Enclosures

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

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

5/11/2020 2:51:41 PM

I love your basic box design, first. I have 2 6' x 6' beds, separated by a roughly 2 foot gap (this area is sown with wildflowers and sunflowers for pollination help, and just because we wanted to). The opposite outside ends of each bed have a t-post/cattle panel trellis situated about 15 inches inside the bed. Each trellis extends vertically 8 feet from the surface of the raised bed. We have vining plants on each side of each trellis (beans, peas, squash and cucumber varieties). .... We also have SQUIRRELS. Lots. They haven't damaged anything YET, but they're frequent visitors. I covered the newly planted beds in 2 layers of bird netting and the squirrels just laughed. My next thought was to build something like you have, and to add a roof of the same kind. My problem is ---- I will need gates essentially open the whole side or end I'm working on for harvesting, tending, etc. Do you have any recommendations? (Wish I could post a snapshot to you.)

4/15/2020 1:07:17 PM

Can you take pictures of "Other Tricks" because I'm a visual learner and need to see what you're talking about since I'm not sure what is a great knot. In a sense we're not speaking the same language so I'm trying to understand what all these means as I research what vegetable gardening is all about. I want to do it right the first time around and learn from the expert. Thank you, Luisa Carlisle

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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