Natural Wooden Garden Enclosures

Natural Wooden Garden Enclosures

Just like farmers build fences and put up patches of wire between them to keep critters and varmints from just wandering onto their fields and eating their crops, gardeners need to put some sort of barrier between the things they pour their heart and soul into growing and the things which want to eat those things. There are a number of ways to do this. Personally, I prefer using wooden enclosures to keep garden plots safe and block them off from rabbits, squirrels and whatnot. I also prefer to make these myself rather than paying for them.

You might wonder how it is that I do this. Well, I can tell you that I don’t use simple hand saws or anything so crude. While those will do the job of chopping bits of wood, they don’t give you the precision or the fineness of work that you can get from a more advanced machine. I use wood lathes to cut all my wood. They make the job easy by giving me a flat plane to work with and allowing me to roll, turn and rotate the piece of wood while I’m working on it, without forcing me to stop and realign anything before cutting.

That single, long, continuous cutting operation is what makes the lathe the tool of choice for me. It lets me cut curves and other more intricate designs into wood than I would ever be able to manage if I was using a handsaw or other type of saw instead. In fact, if you’ve never seen one for yourself, just head over to to get a good look at several typical wood lathes for your own eyes. They’re a lot like the table saws you might remember from back in shop class, but they provide just a bit more function.

Anyhow, crafting walls and enclosures for gardens like this takes just minutes, and I don’t need to go through the process of sanding, finishing or otherwise treating the wood because I’m just going to stick it into a patch of dirt anyhow. Well, I guess that’s not exactly true. Applying a decent sealant to the wooden wall pieces will keep them from taking on water and going to rot. That’s kind of a problem with wooden walls, but it’s also easy to work around and the solution doesn’t cost a whole lot either. Certainly less than new walls.

The height of the enclosure itself depends on what you’re trying to keep out. Rabbits won’t really try to climb high walls, but squirrels will usually look for a way around, maybe climbing up something else to get a higher vantage point and then jumping down from there. A good rule of thumb is to keep your walls a solid foot higher than the garden they are used to surround. That’s high enough to keep most animals out but also not so high that you can’t work in your garden and stay comfortable at the same time. I might be a perfectionist, when it comes to garden design, as I tend to complicate things. Check out this video showing how to make enclosures easier way: