I am limited for actual garden space at the Homestead, short of renting a large-scale construction excavator to clear trees and shrubs for a new garden area, the next best thing to do was to build a raised garden bed. Way cheaper too as I hear those big machines rent for around $500/hr.
Instead, for the price of lumber and materials, sweat (hubby’s) and fair number of cases of beer (again…for hubby) I now have a raised garden bed made out of cedar that it is perched atop the Great Canadian Shield like a monument to Mother Nature. She is a thing of beauty…and did I mention that hubby built it? With his very own hands? No really, he did and I can’t thank him enough…he even said so. I really did marry a great guy, no one else would do this stuff for me….
So now that I have this gorgeous planter bed built, we lined it with landscape fabric and filled it with dirt (another labour of love from hubby, lots and lots of wheelbarrow runs to fill it), then…as much as you would like to jump in with your seeds and seedlings – WAIT, don’t plant anything yet until a protective cover is devised for it. Otherwise the hungry cloven-hoofed herbivores of the neighbourhood will be lined up like a Timmie’s drive thru ordering their versions of a double-double.
Off to big box hardware store we go to pick up some flexible PVC tubing, some vinyl mesh netting, short lengths of rebar and 4 large vinyl coated utility hooks.
With the wood frame set up and the tubing hooped into the rebar that was inserted into the garden bed, we then affixed the mesh netting to the each end of the bed with tie wraps (the ends are permanently closed in) and then attaching the long side pieces of mesh to the top and letting it drape down over the side of the bed to the ground. There it was attached to another length of pvc pipe with tie wraps.
For a few hundred dollars in materials for the raised bed, dirt and protective cover, I hopefully have a critter proof garden bed…let the herd of Bambi’s head over to the neighbour’s place for a veggie buffet instead!