Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed

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DIY tutorial for mole proof raised garden beds by TwoPlusCute

How to DIY a mole-proof, raised garden bed, using cedar.

I am a fan of homesteading and since I visited the community gardens where hubby with some friends from work had a plot, I wanted to make a raised bed to garden organically in our yard.

I interneted options and it made the most sense to use cedar lumber for this project and also add some protection to it, as moles really, deeply, love our yard and their tunnels are everywhere.

How to tutorial for making a mole-proof raised garden bed, by TwoPlusCute
(Our fuchsia is completely irrelevant to this tutorial but it looks so pretty it’s hard not to share )

 

I opted for a small square, (4 ft x 4 ft) raised bed to try my brown thumb with, thinking that if it doesn’t work well, I can always move the bed to a corner of our yard/aspiring garden and plant flowers instead.

(If all go well with our homesteading produce, then the 4 ft length side will be disassembled and become the short sides of full sized, 4 x 8 beds, next year.)

 

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How To Make a Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed

 

Materials

Cedar (planks and beams) and 3 in, exterior woodscrews

Hardware cloth

 

Tools

Electrical screwdriver, a stapler and a saw

 

Building the mole proof raised garden bed

 

We used two cedar beams and 6 cedar planks (6 in x 8 ft each).

Hubby cut the beams in half and we had the planks cut (also in half) at the store, when we bought them.

Now we had 4 beams four feet long (1.2 m) and 12 planks of the same 4 ft length. (Are you following or are you like me that faze out when I hear too many numbers?) We used 3 planks on each side, which is rather unusual but the added height not only makes gardening easier on our waists but it also, provides plenty of room for root growth (since we will be adding hardware cloth, we can’t count on the soil underneath the bed).

-> I decided to have a spare foot on each beam that would go into the ground for added stability. That step proved futile, once I tried to dig foot deep holes in the bedrock of a yard that we have. We ended up cutting down the legs and leaving about 4 inches on each leg.

 

 

Building the frame

 

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1. We screwed (*insert juvenile snicker*) 3 planks on two of the poles, using 4 galvanized, exterior, woodscrews per plank (2 on each end).

Take care to screw the first plank precisely perpendicular to your beams and the next ones as flush to it as possible. But only, if you are an A type and seeing a lopsided garden bed would annoy you.

 

Garden DIY, make a square raised garden bed by TwoPlusCute
Sturdiness testing toddler, is optional (we couldn’t keep her away long enough).

 

2. Then we screwed 3 more planks on the remaining two beams. Now we had two opposing sides ready to connect.

3. This was a little tricky, one of us held one side up, while the other held the opposing side up and we screwed a plank (but if you do this alone, just use a wall as your building “buddy”). Once that plank was in place, screwing the remaining two was easy.

 

Garden DIY, how to make a mole-proof, square raised garden bed for your tomato plants by TwoPlusCute

 

4. Finish by screwing the 4rth and final side’s planks.

(Now it’s the time to make sure your raised garden bed is perfectly square.)

5. Ta- dahhh, the raised garden bed frame is ready!

 

Garden DIY, how to make a mole-proof, square raised garden bed for your plants by TwoPlusCute

 

I tumbled it easily – raised garden beds are bulky but pretty light-weight – and placed it where we wanted it. (This is the time, when we dug four short holes in the ground and ended up cutting the “legs” shorter.)

Once the bed was firmly…grounded, t’was time to add the mole protection.

 

Adding mole protection

 

Garden DIY Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed, stapling hardware cloth, by TwoPlusCute

 

We used hardware cloth and not plain landscape fabric because hardware cloth is metal, fine enough to block mole and wide enough to allow water to drain freely. Chicken wire is not sufficient either, because the holes are big enough for moles to pass through.

 

Gardening DIY Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed, stapling hardware cloth, by TwoPlusCute
If your roll of hardware cloth is smaller than the raised bed, use overlapping pieces like in this photo.

 

I pushed it neatly flat against the ground and well against the walls and stapled away. Staples were about 1 inch apart (though I did not actually measure each distance).

Just make sure the little, cute, flexible, garden monsters called moles, can not squeeze through.

 

Finishing up: soil and plants

 

Garden DIY Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed, by TwoPlusCute

 

We added organic soil (amended with compost) and planted our – also organic – plants. Mainly tomatoes, a few beans, a pea and some lettuce.

It’s not like we are farmers but, we have to start somewhere. 🙂

 

Garden DIY Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed, stapling hardware cloth, plants in (tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans) by TwoPlusCute

 

We should – hopefully – get at least a few tomatoes. A week in, the plants started yellowing already so I am a little worried. Growing produce is nothing like the brown thumb proof Irises; that’s for sure.

 

The whole project took us an hour and a half to complete. In that time we screwed, assembled, added the liner and paused many times to take photos and play with The Cute. And we got a bit of a tan. And took even more photos of The Cute pretending she sleeps in the raised bed frame (apparently it is comfortable?).

 

Garden DIY Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed, that apparently doubles as a daybed, by TwoPlusCute

 

Pretty fast DIY, wasn’t it?

You may wonder why we have so much beam extending upwards the bed. Well, because we will also make it bunny proof, besides mole proof. Stay tuned for the part 2 where we will construct small doors that double as rabbit protection!

 

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Doing any produce gardening of your own?

If yes, any tips concerning raising tomatoes are appreciated!

(One can not have too much information when it comes to tomatoes.)

 

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14 thoughts on “Mole-Proof Raised Garden Bed

  • March 28, 2017 at 5:42 am
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    We need to make some of these. Those little furry critters are taking over our garden at the moment. Our fur babies used to chase them away, but I think they’ve come to some kind of arrangement without us knowing about it. I love your little cutie btw <3

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    • March 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm
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      They have destroyed our lawn too. They’re so cute but darn it they are a menace!

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  • June 10, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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    Beautiful space in your backyard. If it doesn’t work out with the garden you can always use it as a playhouse for the Cute. She really loves it in there. Actually, you are really handy; you can probably build her one and leave the garden bed alone.

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    • June 19, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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      How did I miss this? Get out of my mind Mary, lol. 😀
      I was contemplating weeks now, a number of playhouse DIYs for the Cute.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 1:11 am
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    I’m glad I don’t have to worry about moles or rabbits where we are at! Just labs and the birds who ate all our strawberries! I love tomato gardening! I might have gotten a little carried away this year- I counted 18 plants!?

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    • June 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm
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      18?! I am jealous.
      And yeap, birds love strawberries but on the plus side, nothing attracts hummingbirds like strawberry plants. 🙂

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    • June 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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      Oh yes, the extra height – besides allowing for much better rooting, it is much friendlier to my waist!
      My fuchsias say thank you. 😉

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  • June 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm
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    What a great idea! This would be bunny proof too, right? Your daughter loved the project. 🙂

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    • June 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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      We couldn’t keep her away – which in all honesty was so cute to us. 🙂

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  • June 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    Great job, i love it. Love the Fuchsia as well.

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    • June 9, 2016 at 2:19 am
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      Yep! You wouldn’t believe how many tunnels are in our lot from the little diggers.

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