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.
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.
We used deck screws to secure the frame. Make sure you pre-drill the holes for the deck screws.
To make the cage, we used poultry netting. It did the trick and is easy to find at hardware stores.
First we took some of the chicken wire and bent a couple inches of it underneath the frame to help secure it.
We used cable ties to secure the chicken wire to the wood.
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.
We used wire to “sew” up the sides. This final step helped to keep the cage in place as you can see below.
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.