You and your family can build a simple vegetable garden that is keeps animals out!
|Our Squirrel Proof Vegetable Garden After 4 Years Is Still Holding Up!|
If you and your family want to enjoy fresh vegetables but can't because the squirrels are eating your garden. Where I live there are a lot of wildlife like squirrels, rabbits, and birds to name a few. This simple garden will keep these animals out.
This design is for 8'x 1' x 4' garden. I reused a lot of wood I had lying around. Here is what you need.
1. If you have an area currently with grass in it, remove the grass for the size of the garden being built.
2. Get 4 - 2"x 6" x 12' wood. Cut the wood to 4 - 4' and 4 - 8'. Thats only 4 cuts! (In this design since I had 2"x 6" already I am just stacking them on top of each other to get 1' ft height and will bury part of box.
3. Assemble the wood using whatever you want. Once you have assembled both boxes join them together one on top of each other with mending plates. (Of course you could have bought 2' x 12" x 12' to start, then it is simple 4 cuts and join the pieces) but as mentioned I had old 2"x 6" laying around)
4. The wood frame that holds the chicken mess is 2"x 2". Buy 3 - 8' lengths and cut 1 into 2 - 4'. Join them together. One way to secure the corners is to use flat corner braces. Buy 4 of them and screw them in. You could secure/strengthen the corners in other ways.
5. You need 5 - 10' long 1/2" PVC piping to hold up the chicken wire and secure to 2"by 2" base. Buy 10 plastic clamps to secure the piping to the base. Use screws to secure clamps to wood.
6. Add the chicken wire to the box by putting it over the top of the piping and piping stapling it to the sides of the 2" x 2" frame . Then use plastic ties to secure the chicken wire to the PVA piping.
7. Secure the top to the bottom by putting on 2 hinges on the outside of one of the long sides.
8. Buy quality soil for the garden box and you are ready to go,
We have had our box for 4 yrs now. Thanks to my daughter Kate for helping put in the original garden box. Our son Dylan now is building a second one. A lesson learned is to not use the plastic netting to cover the box. It lasted one year and the crows ripped right through it. Chicken wire is not fancy but it works.
The squirrels and rabbits have not been able to get at the garden and we have enjoyed the fresh vegetables from it.
Go ahead and make your own squirrel proof garden.