Rodent Proof Raised Garden Box


| 3/2/2018 10:15:00 AM


 

We live in the mountains where there are numerous rodents which can make gardening very difficult. After sacrificing half or more of our gardening efforts for a few years to chipmunks, ground squirrels, moles, voles and mice we came up with a raised bed box that kept our vegetables protected. I had a personal wood mill so I milled out the lumber needed to make several boxes. Since we have been growing vegetables in the garden boxes we have not lost any of our efforts to rodents.

Flexible Size Boxes

Below is a description of the construction and design of the box. Dimensions can be changed from our 30” wide, 60” long and 18” high box to suit individual needs. The actual box itself is 6” high and 2” thick.  I built boxes that were higher to accommodate peas, zucchini and beans. Boxes like the one shown in the photo were designed for spinach, radishes, carrots and lettuce. What I also like about the raised garden box is that with the ½” hardware cloth I can water the plants without having to raise the lid. It also protects them from hail which is not unusual in the mountains and I can throw a tarp over it when we get a late season snow.

Tools Needed And Materials

The tools needed to build the box are: hammer, screwdriver for the ‘L’ brackets, tin snips, a hand saw (what I used), small square and a framing square to get good square tight fitting joints.

Materials



2 X 6’s for the box
2 X 3’s for the framing.
1 ¼ ”X 4” lumber for the lid
1/2-inch gardware cloth

Charyl
6/9/2018 8:51:34 AM

What can you do in a garden when gophers are taking over what seems like the world! But for now steeling all my plants. I tried the ultra sonic things but they don't seem to work. I have a large garden and so far all I have managed to get out of it is 1 pepper and 1 zucchini. They love to steel the plants right before the vegetables grow, right after it flowers. PLEASE HELP!


Charyl
6/9/2018 8:50:46 AM

What can you do in a regular garden when gophers (and squirrels) are taking over what seems like the world! But for now steeling all my plants. I tried the ultra sonic things but they don't seem to work. I have a large garden and so far all I have managed to get out of it is 1 pepper and 1 zucchini. They love to steel the plants right before the vegetables grow, right after it flowers. PLEASE HELP!


Charyl
6/9/2018 8:50:45 AM

What can you do in a garden when gophers are taking over what seems like the world! But for now steeling all my plants. I tried the ultra sonic things but they don't seem to work. I have a large garden and so far all I have managed to get out of it is 1 pepper and 1 zucchini. They love to steel the plants right before the vegetables grow, right after it flowers. PLEASE HELP!






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