Raised Bed Gardening: Chickens vs Plants

Raised Bed Gardening

Urban Gardening with Raised Beds

Today’s urban gardeners go beyond just raising food for the table using raised bed gardening and such. Many cities have updated their by-laws to allow the addition of chickens, bees, and even miniature goats to be raised within the city as well. But, animals, and chickens too, can become pests if they decide your raised bed gardening efforts were for their benefit and not yours.

Today we are going to visit a post by Amy Stewart over at Garden Rant and see how she managed to separate the chickens from her raised garden beds.

Raised Bed Gardening:
Chicken Wire Is A Beautiful Thing

I wanted the best of both worlds:  total chicken protection with very little effort on my part. After some trial and error, I think I got pretty close.  This has been in place for over a month with no chicken invasions to date.

In the asparagus bed, I just stretched the chicken wire across the top of the bed and put a couple of boards under the wire, but also on top of the bed, so the chickens could not actually just walk on the chicken wire and pick at the plants. I attached the chicken wire with U-shaped nails/staples. My hope is that the asparagus will grow through the gaps in the wire.  I chose wire with large enough gaps that I can actually squeeze my hands through.

In the potato bed (this was mostly just an accident) I tossed a cheap wooden trellis, to which a bit of chicken wire was attached, over the bed.  That seemed to be enough to keep the chickens out, so I left it.  It’s not even attached to the raised bed–it’s just sitting there.

In a bed where I have planted some squash (lower left in the photo above) I screwed a board into each corner, then stretched some aptly-named bird netting around the whole thing…

Read about the rest of Amy’s story and view her accompanying photos, here. Then, let us know in the comments below how you have protecting your raised bed gardening efforts from chickens and other predators.

Photo by Linda N.

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