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Animals can be a threat to gardens in developing countries and the United States. Rabbits, deer and other animals searching for food can be a big problem for vegetable gardeners. We have a lot of wooded area in our neighborhood which is the perfect habitat for vegetable loving animals. You can spend a lot of time working on a beautiful garden only to come back the next day to a garden nibbled away by animals. My dad (John Mann) and I (Elizabeth Mann) decided to be one step ahead of them. With lettuce, carrots, and other delectable’s thriving, we didn’t want to take any chances. This step-by-step article will show you how to create a protective cage that you can make for around $25.

Measuring wood boards 

To start, my dad purchased two (1” x 2” x 8’  dimension) boards. He sawed them in half to make a frame for the 4’ x 4’ raised bed.

Screwing boards together

We used deck screws to secure the frame. Make sure you pre-drill the holes for the deck screws.

Poultry netting

To make the cage, we used poultry netting. It did the trick and is easy to find at hardware stores.

Unrolling chicken wire

First we took some of the chicken wire and bent a couple inches of it underneath the frame to help secure it.

Fastening with chicken wire   

We used cable ties to secure the chicken wire to the wood.

Shaping wire

Bending the wire at the top helped to shape the chicken wire. We measured each side for accuracy. Each side was three feet tall plus a few extra inches to wrap under the frame. At the 3 foot mark we bent the chicken wire.  From that point we rolled out more until we reached where I’m standing. I bent the wire down on my side and then continued rolling out the chicken wire until it reached the other side of the wood board. We made sure both heights were the same (3 feet tall) and then cut the wire at the bottom. We bent it around the board and then fastened it with more ties. When we added chicken wire to both of the other sides to enclose the cage, it added  stability.

  Stiching wire together 

We used wire to “sew” up the sides. This final step helped to keep the cage in place as you can see below.

Frame completed

Ready to see in place

The 4’ x 4’ protective cage is ready to set on top the raised bed. Since the cage was the exact dimensions of the raised bed, it has to rest right on the boards. If you want it to touch the ground, make the cage slightly larger than the raised bed.

2 responses to “Protective Cage for Raised Bed

  1. Linda says:

    Hope you're still monitoring this. I find your raised bed cage very efficient. Just a fast question. You did it for a 4x4. I have two 4x4 raised beds that I'm thinking of attaching to each other. Do you think your cage made to a 4x8 size would be stable enough for a 4x8 raised garden? Thanks

    • John Mann says:

      Linda,

      You could use the same frame for a 4x8, but we decided to use a different approach when we moved to our new farm. You can see our 4x8 here - http://elizabethssecretgarden.blogspot.com/2014/05/shape-eco-farm-garden-may.html. I purchased CPVC (more flexible than PVC) and 48" x 50' plastic green mesh fencing from Lowes. I used the CPVC to make a frame and attached it to the wood using deck screws. You could also use some type of metal strap, but the important thing is to make a sturdy connection. I then cut and draped the green fencing over the frame. I used cable ties to connect the green fencing together (purchased from the electrical dept at Lowes or Home Depot). Of course you will need to allow for some way to open the mesh to get to your raised bed. For that you can use twist ties or some other removeable ties.

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