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Tips on Effective Garden Protection I


Your garden is very important to your off-the-grid lifestyle. To end your reliance on grocery stores and supermarkets, you probably started a garden. You can grow a myriad of different vegetables and even fruit, no matter what your local climate is. In fact, having access to those fresh and preserved vegetables and fruit is likely a major source of your family’s nutrition. That means you need to take great care to protect it, or more accurate, you need garden protection.

If you have had a garden and have struggled to keep it safe or even if you are just starting out in the garden planning process, now is a good time to think about protecting your harvest. The culprits who are out to get your garden are wild and maybe even domestic animals. Rabbits, deer, elk, groundhogs, squirrels, foxes, and free-roaming livestock are all likely to find your garden a great source of food. Just like you, they may rely on your plants for a major part of their nutrition. And why not? If you make it easy for them to access, they will eat it right up.

One of the simplest fixes is to plant your garden in raised beds. If you have little critters invading your space, this can deter them with minimal effort. If you already have a garden, of course, this is not so easy to do. If, however, you are in the planning stages, include raised beds. A raised bed garden is essentially a container garden. Instead of planting each vegetable in a different pot, you are creating one large container (or maybe a few of them).

Raised beds will protect your plants from the tiniest of invaders. Even if you do not see any mammals attacking your vegetables, surely insects are. Raised beds give you excellent protection from many crawling pests, like slugs. They just can’t make it up the steep sides. In addition, if you have had problems with rabbits and groundhogs or gophers, a raised bed with at least eighteen-inch sides will keep them at bay. They should be completely foiled by the barrier.

To make raised beds, you can use any number of materials. You just need something to create the eighteen-inch high border and then you fill it with soil and compost. Most people use wood, but you can use stones, bricks, concrete blocks, sand bags, or even bales of hay as well. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just secure, so that your garden protection can be achieved.