Raised bed gardening is far from a new concept in gardening. In the old days, gardeners used to double dig their beds to form rectangular or circular mounds 1-1 ½ ft. high, with sloping edges. In fact, raised beds are still standard practice in many places that receive much rain. Apart from ensuring good drainage, they also allow a little more planting space for growing vegetables.
Screens make an excellent addition, don’t you think? Over the years, the design for raised garden beds had evolved. Some have incorporated trellises or have used galvanized steel, old tires, water troughs, cinder blocks, and logs. Another excellent innovation would be to put up screens around it that would keep animals and critters away from your plants.
If you already have existing raised garden beds, you can simply make this as an add-on. It’s an easy and inexpensive build with really great benefits.
- Two 1″ x 2″ x 8′ wood furring strips
- Two 2-foot wood dowels, 5/8″ diameter
- One 2-foot piece of PVC pipe, 1″ diameter
- Eight 1 1/2″ wood screws (I would use a #6 or #8)
- Eight 3/4″ wood screws (I would use a #6)
- Two-four 1″ plastic conduit brackets
- 1-foot x 4-foot piece of hardware cloth
- Electric drill & drill bits
- Tape measure or ruler
- Metal wire-cutting pliers
- Staple gun and staples
- Stain or weatherproof coating (optional)
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You can make your own raised garden bed with the screen. You can get the step-by-step instructions here.