Protecting Your Raised Garden Beds

Renee Wilkinson

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Renee Wilkinson shares a great way to help protect your raised garden beds from unwanted pests or foragers.

It’s a fairly simple process and, as Renee says, it’s “cheap-cheap-cheap.” When the work is done, you’ll not only be protecting your raised garden beds, but set up to turn them into greenhouses during colder months.

Vegetables and herbs grow all around the homestead, but a big portion of the harvest is grown in our four raised beds. They are as attractive as they are functional, but unfortunately we are not the only ones who feel that way. Neighbor cats and our backyard chickens also love the raised beds. The cats think it’s their communal litter box and the chickens would love to chew everything to shreds if left unsupervised.

The solution I have come up with is to rig plastic hoops over the beds, secured in place with rebar. Bird netting is fixed to them in the spring, summer and fall. Clear plastic is fixed to them in winter, to create mini greenhouses over each raised bed. The process is super simple and the materials are cheap-cheap-cheap.

First, I used three foot thin rebar and hammered them into place on the inside of the raised beds – six total per 4′ x 6′ bed. Hammer one in each corner, then one about halfway down the length of the bed on either side. Mine are hammered down so only about 4-6″ are visible above the soil line. You can’t see them unless you look closely inside the bed.

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