In the Garden

Garden Enclosure Inspiration

Over the years since posting our family’s garden enclosure, I have received several comments and emails from readers who have been inspired by the post to create their own versions of the critter-resistant raised garden bed. One such reader, John, was kind enough to send photos of his creation – an amazing enclosure that is both beautiful and functional, including a screened top, cold frame, and a bonus planter.

I asked John to write a brief description of his building process, which he was kind enough to provide, along with these wonderful photos he has given me permission to share here at Clover and Thyme. Every time I see them I get even more antsy for spring to arrive. I hope you will find John’s fabulous enclosure as inspiring as I did.

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DIY Garden Enclosure

When last I posted on the new garden enclosure, it was still just a base, sitting in our garage. Well, I’m happy to report that the garden enclosure construction is now complete, and so far I’ve planted some onions, peas and mesculin lettuce blend in their new home. 

I was kind of in a quandary over how to best describe the building process, since it was sweet Hubberman that did all the planning and work on this project. Soooo…I asked him to do more work and write up a guest post on the topic! What a guy I’ve got! Take it away…Hubberman!

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Super Easy Seed Box


My seed packets desperately needed a home, so I decided to repurpose a small fruit crate for the job. Here’s all I used:

Small Fruit Crate (mine was a mandarin orange crate)
Alphabet Stamps (foam or rubber stamps will work – mine are a throwback from my scrapbooking days)
Acrylic Craft Paint
Applicator Sponge

That’s all you need! It’s super easy…carefully apply your paint to the surface of the stamp using the foam applicator. Next, apply the stamp with even pressure to the side of your crate. If the impression is uneven, you can always use a small paint brush for touch ups. But the idea is to have it look kind of shabby and rustic anyway, so imperfections are good!

Since this type of crate has raised corners, you could stamp several crates and stack them. I plan to make another one for my other seed starting supplies and stack that on top.

How do you store your seeds? Share your ideas in the comments!