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 complement to my garden book, Startle Garden now.
Open and Close
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.
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 wire from the inside using a staple gun.
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.
Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West