A few weeks ago we built a small enclosed vegetable garden, which is now full of spouting seedlings. We planted three varieties of chillies, some apollo tomatoes, carrots, parsley, peas, bok choy, pak choy and pumpkin. The tomatoes, pak and bok choy, peas and pumpkin is going well, but the carrots are in the process of dying unfortunately. It turns out you should grow carrots from seed rather than trying to transplant seedlings like we did.
Materials we needed:
- Wire netting (20m x 1m) – $79.80
- 10 steel posts (1.7m) – $69.20
- 100 Cable ties (150×3.6m) – $4.60
Materials we already had and used:
- General gardening tools
- Old hose
- A square of stiff wire mesh
- Pitch fork
- Potting mix
How to build the enclosure for your vegetable garden:
20 metres of wire mesh neatly covered our 6×3 metre vegetable garden enclosure. In this space we made three separate vegetable patches so it’s easy to kneel between the rows and so you don’t have to get dirt on everything when you want to water the garden.
- Measure out the garden enclosure. Stake the four corners first
- Measure out the garden beds with wood, string or as we did, with bricks
- Dig out the lawn with a spade – try to only dig out about 2-3 inches below the grass line
- Turn the soil and add compost, manure or other organic material to improve the soil. You should really leave soil to break down for a month before you plant vegetables if you can
- Fence the enclosure by hooking the mesh onto the steel posts. Ours had hooks for this purpose which made the whole process extremely easy. Make sure you hook the wire mesh before driving the steel post to its final height so the mesh is tight at ground level
- Cable tie the wire mesh in place
- Cable tie the stiff mesh piece to create a gate and use a length of hose to close and open the gate
- Plant your seedlings!
Make sure you position your vegetable garden where it will get maximum sunlight and preferably somewhere with a windbreak. Ours is next to a westerly fence which stops the almost constant westerly breezes in our area.
I will post an update to see if we get any vegetables out of our garden. Given how little this cost to set up and how much enjoyment it’s already provided, it will be good value even if it doesn’t. It gets us outside and it’s really quite enjoyable looking after vegetables. Almost all of the materials for this project will be reused in future seasons, it will definitely pay for itself over time. The only ongoing costs are new seeds and seedlings and perhaps some fertilizer or compost to improve the soil from time to time.
I think I’m going to try to hunt some of the rabbits that often frequent our garden but until then, this vegetable garden enclosure is the perfect way to keep them away.