This step by step diy project is about rustic deer proof raised garden plans plans. If you want to grow your own vegetables but you have trouble with deer and other wild animals, this garden bed will help you. The enclosure is super easy to build and it will protect the vegetables. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
Deer Proof Raised Garden Bed
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- A – 6 pieces of 5/4″x6 lumber – 94 1/2″ long FRAME
- B – 6 piece of 5/4″x6 lumber – 48″ long FRAME
- C – 6 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 60″ long POSTS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 94 1/2″ long, 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 48″ long RAILS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 37″ long, 2 pieces – 42″ long, 1 piece – 53 3/4″ long 4xDOOR
- 6 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 6′
- 9 pieces of 5/4″x6 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 10′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- garden netting, landscape fabric
- hinges, latch
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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Build a deer proof raised garden bed
Build the posts for the raised garden bed from 4×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and smooth the edges with sandpaper. You can easily adjust the size of the garden bed if you have other needs. If you want a permanent construction, you should consider digging 2′ deep holes and setting the posts into the ground.
Attach 5/4″x6 slats to the bottom of the posts. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats into place. Leave no gaps between the slats for a neat result.
Attach the 1×4 rails to the top of the posts. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the top brace to the middle posts. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Build the doors from 2×2 lumber. Align the edges flush, making sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the diagonal braces for the doors. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Attach the netting to the sides of the raised garden bed. Use staples to secure them into place and use scissors to cut them to size.
Fit the doors to the raised garden bed. Align the edges with attention and use hinges to lock the doors into place. In addition, add a latch so you can secure the doors to the framing.
You can install landscape fabric inside the raised garden bed, by stapling them into place. Fill the garden bed with soil and level it appropriately. Do not apply any substances to the lumber, as it will poison the vegetables.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few hours without much effort. The double doors allow you a great access to the garden bed and the enclosure protects the plants against the deer.
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