DIY Raised Garden Bed Design: Part 2

Last week I shared details on how to build this sunken garden bed. Since we live in the desert, it has prevented the ever-persistent moles from taking over the garden.

The hoop plans below serve a purpose as well. The hooping frame was covered in chicken wire to serve as a full fence that protects against rabbits and birds alike.

Materials Needed

  • 65 ft- ½ inch PVC piping ($11.77)
  • 2- 1/2 inch T joints ($1.02)
  • 4- 4 way joints ($3.72)
  • 12- galvanized brackets ($3.48)
  • 32 nails ($1.93)
  • 3’ x 75’ chicken wire ($51.00)
  • PVC cement ($8.82)

  1. Nail the galvanized brackets into place. See the graphics above. Do not nail these in place tightly; allow space for the frame to easily slip in.
  2. Connect the frame. Assemble the spine of the frame in the following order: T joint-16″ PVC-4 way joint-33″ PVC-4 way joint-32″ PVC-4 way joint-33″ PVC-4 way joint-16″ PVC-T joint.  Connect a 5 foot section of PVC piping to all remaining joint openings. Use glue to secure all joints once each piece has been fitted. See the graphic above for measurements.
  3. Install the frame. Place the frame into the galvanized brackets along one side. With the help of a kind friend, bend the frame and secure each piping section into its respective bracket on the opposite side.
  4. Tighten the brackets. Hammer the bracket nails into the bed so they are each secured tightly.
  5. Apply fencing to ends. Begin with each short end and work up. Staple the fencing to the base, roll the wire upwards, and cut where needed. Fold the fencing over the frame and secure onto itself.
  6. Apply fencing to long sides. Cut fencing into 3 x 5.5 foot sections. Secure the fencing to the top cross bar by folding it over on itself. Allow the excess to hang down toward the bottom.
  7. Secure the bottom. Staple the bottom of each 32″ and 16″ section, wrap the sides around the frame as needed. Feed PVC piping through the bottom of the 33″ sections. Pull down and secure with nails in a manner that will allow the fencing to slip off when needed and pulled down when not in use.
  8. Plant! To open the fencing doors, pull the fencing off the bottom nails and allow the fencing to roll up. Secure closed when finished.

IMG_2875IMG_2881In total, this frame and fencing cost $81.44 for all materials. Including supplies for this garden bed, this project totals $101.51 for all materials.

The bed can easily transition into a hot house with plastic covering in winter and will make an easy 4 season bed. The work is basic and might even be described as fun with the right company.

Want to know more about how this bed works? Look for the watering details on DIY Raised Garden Bed Design: Part 3 – The Watering System.

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