Covered Raised Bed

Find Solutions with the Covered Raise Bed

Are you tired of wild rabbits and squirrels messing with your garden?  I can relate but there was a bigger problem in my space, it was the chickens.

We free range our birds to help with pest control which is wonderful.

But, sometimes they get a little too comfortable and think they can do and eat whatever they want. This type of behavior can lead to destruction in the garden, which can become extremely frustrating.

My husband and I came up with the covered raised as a way to detour small uninvited animals and the chickens. This is a wooden frame that covers and protects what’s growing inside the raised bed.

Keep The Chickens Out

When the chickens wouldn’t give up we knew we had to outsmart them. After they devoured a batch of new plants my patience grew slim and frustration seem to cloud my thoughts.

We had some unwanted chicken runs from a previous project and amazingly enough they were the same size as my raised beds.  One afternoon Robert placed a run over one of the beds and said, “Look the chickens can’t eat the vegetables anymore… problem solved.”

These covers were a little heavy, made from 2 x 4’s and chicken wire but they worked which made me very happy.

To lighten the lifting load we added hinges; this made lifting the frame a breeze.

The weight of the frame turned out to be another bonus because it can get really windy here and these frames can withstand just about anything.

The covered raised bed is an awesome compliment to my garden book, Startle Garden.

I offer several additional raised bed ideas in this read and the covered raised bed would be perfect with the smaller beds mentioned,  They would also be easier to lift.

Open and Close

This example is an 8 x 4 frame, a safe place to garden, you simply open the frame to plant, weed, water and harvest and close when you’re done. Adding handles would also make opening and closing even better.

Planting Benefits

We have two planting seasons in Texas; in the fall I plant my cool plants like broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and cauliflower.  When the freeze comes I cover with a tarp to prolong the growing season.  This is a snap, protecting the plants without crushing them is a huge bonus.
 Find Solutions with the Covered Raise Bed

Building Your Own

I don’t have a step by step tutorial but this is a pretty straight forward project.  My husband built these runs using eight foot 2 x 4’s boards.  Corners were attached with screws and the frame is covered with chicken wire.

Paint or stain the wood before you add the wire because it’s much faster, I would also recommend adding the wire from the inside using a staple gun, it just looks nicer.

If you want a lighter cover go with eight foot 2 x 3’s and cover with deer netting or just build a smaller bed and frame.

The covered raised bed turned out to be a great solution to keeping the chickens out of my beds but it also helps keep wild rabbits, skunks and squirrels out, it’s a winner of a project.

Hope you found my raised bed covers helpful, it’s a great solution with many benefits.

 

Gardening can sometimes bring for a few problems. This covered raised offers a solution to keeping critters out of your raised beds. #RaisedBeds, #GardenTips, #CoveredRaisedBeds

Additional Reader Responses

  • Crystelle – I love these Chicken/Garden Covers!  Brilliant Idea!!
  • Tessa – Thank you – Loved it!
  • Sandra – Great Covers, we just started using raised beds last year.
  • Lucy – Great idea my chickens get in my raised beds too.
  • Cindy – Awesome that they fit right over your raised beds perfectly, just slap some hinges on and viola!  Great Job!
  • Sparkling – This is a great idea for so many reasons.  I want to have chickens and envision making something like these that are portable. I love that you reused them into something even better.  With the chicken wire holes there should be plenty of room for pollinators to get in there.
  • Marla – What a great idea, this would be perfect for all the varmints and animals.  I had a lot of trouble this year with either groundhogs or raccoon. Couldn’t figure out which was eating my plants but trapped 5 raccoon and 3 groundhogs.
  • Kathi – I would need these covers with window screen to keep out the grasshoppers

21 comments

  1. Sparkling says:

    This is a great idea for so many reasons. I want to have chickens and envision making something like these that are portable. I love that you have reused them into something even better!! And with the chicken wire holes, there should be plenty of room for pollinators to get in there.

    1. Great points and yes the bees get in and out perfectly. Saw some honey bees out in the field the other day – Love that makes me smile. I like the chickens free ranging in the garden but sometimes they can be a little destructive so this was a great solution. Thanks for sharing – Carole

  2. Lucy says:

    Great idea! My chickens get in my raised beds too.

    1. Glad you liked them – Thanks for sharing! Carole

  3. Hey Carole, that's awesome that they happen to fit your beds perfectly, just slap some hinges on them and voila! Great job!

    Cindy@GlassSlipperRestorations

    1. Thanks! Yet those hinges are a blessing! Thanks for stopping by – Carole

  4. Great Covers!!
    We just started using raised beds last year.

    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

    1. wanted to add that this will be my featured post on the HomeAcre Hop tomorrow!

    2. Thanks Sandra! I'll get that linked up tomorrow morning – I switched to raised beds to because it was less work in the long run. I created and add to them in the off season so when planting season hits I'm not overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing! -Carole

  5. I found that using rabbit fencing and making mini-short tomato cages worked really well. I cut spikes on them and push them into the soil. My chickens can go between the plants, but won't dig up the roots. When the plants are big I simply remove them. Works great, and fast!

    1. Great idea and thanks for sharing. These cages are actually really quick to build and if I was do build more I'd probably not paint them as that's the most time consuming part. Have a Fantastic day! -Carole

  6. Tessa Zundel says:

    Thank you for sharing – loved it at Green Thumb Thursday!

    1. Awesome! These are great and a nice way to keep the chickens out of my lettuce and such. -Carole

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  8. Crystelle says:

    I love these chicken / garden covers! Brilliant idea!! Thank you for linking up at Wonderful Wednesdays, your post has been featured: 12 Spring Gardening Tips. Congrats!! 🙂
    “hugs” Crystelle

    1. Thanks! Glad you like these – they've been a blessing for the garden. I'll get this link up this evening! -Carole

  9. I need these covered with window screen to keep out the grasshoppers! Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop.

    1. I recently built a set of these for the Texas Home and Garden show where we gave the finished projects away. A guest mentioned covering them with window screen but I was thinking that would detour the sunshine. Another thought go to my Build up page – I have a project where I built coop runs that also worked as a fence. If you did something like that around your garden space the bugs would jump in through the run and your chickens could eat the bugs before they get to the garden. Grasshoppers are a pain! -Carole

  10. Marla says:

    What a great idea – this would protect from all varmints and animals. I had a lot of trouble this year with either groundhogs or raccoons – couldn't figure how which one was eating my plants but trapped 5 raccoons & 3 groundhogs. Thanks for sharing Visiting from Home Acre Blog Hop!

    1. I love these – I mainly use mine for fall planting because I can cover them with plastic to extend my growing season.
      Thanks for stopping by to share. Carole

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