Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DIY Fence for Raised Garden Beds

A couple weeks back, my mom and I busted out a quick and easy fence for my vegetable garden. No bunnies allowed this year! This fence was so simple and inexpensive to make; we didn't need any power tools or help from my handy husband (in fact, he was out of town) so I wanted to share how we did it.
How to Make a Vegetable Garden Fence
  • Two 25 foot rolls of 2 foot tall chicken wire  - I like the grid kind
  • Two or three bundles of pre-cut stakes - I bought grade stakes from the building material section
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun - this project killed my cheapy plastic one, go for heavy duty metal or airless!
  • Lots of staples
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
How to Make a Vegetable Garden Fence

How to Make a DIY Vegetable Garden FenceTo make the garden fence, we unrolled the chicken wire a few feet at a time on the patio. Then, I slid a stake underneath, made sure it was straight and stapled it in place. I also measured twelve inches between each stake to ensure even spacing. Having my mom there to help was great because she wrangled the unruly wire while I measured and stapled.
How to Make a DIY Vegetable Garden Fence I continued along until the entire roll of chicken wire had a stake every twelve inches. Then, we dug out a little trench along the inside of the raised garden bed and set the fencing down inside it. Again, my mom wrangled the chicken wire and held it in place while I stapled it to the inside of the garden bed timbers. I crimped the chicken wire little at each corner to make it nice and flush. When the entire perimeter of the garden bed was fenced, I shoveled dirt back into the trench, and we were done!
How to Make a DIY Vegetable Garden FenceAll in, the two fences cost about sixty dollars and took three hours to complete. It was hard work, but not rocket science, and I feel so proud that we were able to accomplish it on our own! I should also note that, while our fence is for a raised garden bed, it would probably work for a non raised bed by pounding the stakes into the ground.
How to Make a DIY Vegetable Garden Fence