Garden Enclosure

Photo by Furniture Dreamer with increased raised bed height.

Build your own garden enclosure and keep your plants safe and contained! 

Garden Enclosure Features

  • Minimal board cutting and less waste
  • Beginner friendly – you’ll only need a drill and a saw to complete
  • Finish in a weekend
  • Built in raised beds for planting
  • Keeps animals and pests out of the garden
  • Keeps garden area enclosed

What type of wood to use?

The ideal wood choice is cedar.  If you don’t have cedar or cedar is too expensive, you can use regular framing lumber.  We recommend douglas fir if possible, treated with a non toxic exterior stain or oil (ask at your local hardware store stain for raised beds).

Updated A Frame Chicken Coop Plans

Almost a decade ago, I built my first A Frame Chicken Coop.  And while that coop is still being used today, over the years of using it, I’ve found ways to improve it, and if I get a chance to build it all over again, this plan is how I would do it.

Updated A Frame Chicken Coop Plans

  • Suitable for 3-5 chickens (perfect for most families)
  • Easy to build design with off the shelf materials
  • Designed to shed water and provide plenty of shelter for the chickens
  • Built in nesting box
  • Doors on each side for easy access and allowing chickens out to free range

60" Round Dining Table Top

We switched over to a round dining table a couple of years ago, and we have LOVED it.  Not only does it feel cozy and comfortable with just our family of five, but it’s easy to squeeze in 8-10 around it.  

We built our own 60″ round dining table top, and it has held up extremely well over the last couple of years, despite heavy use from a family that lives, works and homeschools at home.  The photo in this post was taken this week – it still looks brand new!  

Here’s how to build your own 60″ round dining table top.

Round Modern Dining Table Base

A couple years ago, we built a round dining table for our main family table, and we LOVE it!  It has served us so well, feeling cozy with just our family, but easily adapting to more guests – just pull up a chair.

farmhouse dining table

But the base wasn’t quite right for our family.  We have a 1 year old who feeds herself.  Food falls everywhere.  And it’s hard to clean under the openings in the legs.  And why on earth would I paint it white???  

So I decided to keep the same tabletop, but change out the base to something simple and easy to clean around that is NOT white.

round modern dining table

We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and love the simple design that will make our life easier.

Video Tutorial

You can watch this table being built in our video tutorial here:

What About the Tabletop?

We built our own round dining tabletop in this post (with video tutorial) and it has held up well and been nothing but awesome for us.  It wasn’t hard, but was definitely time consuming and made a big mess.

So if building a perfect round tabletop seems intimidating (or more mess than you want to sign up for), don’t worry!  You can buy an unfinished round tabletop on Etsy for marginally more than materials.  

Pinnable Image

If you have a second to pin, we greatly appreciate pinning and it helps our website out.  Here’s an image you can use:

diy modern round dining table

Cedar Raised Garden Beds made from Fence Pickets – Single Width

Photo by JESSICA9777 

Why Raised Garden Boxes?

We love raised garden boxes because it’s less to weed, brings your working height upward, and uses less soil. It’s also great for soil drainage, preventing soil compaction, and keeping unwanted pests out.

We love that raised beds warm up earlier in the spring (so you can plant earlier).

How Much Do Raised Garden Beds Cost?

The downside of raised garden beds is they can be expensive – in the hundreds of dollars depending on the size.  Multiply that by an entire garden worth of raised beds and the cost just becomes prohibitive.

The Secret: Use Cedar Fence Pickets

For a planter, you want to use natural wood because treated lumber releases odors and chemical that you don’t want mixed in with your food.  And cedar naturally resists rot and insects, so a great choice for planters.  But standard cedar boards can be expensive.

Cedar fence pickets are made of real cedar and are designed to last and last in the exterior elements.  They cost less than $2 for a 1×6 board, 6 feet long – just a fraction of the cost of a standard cedar board.

I used six boards to build this cedar raised bed, and spent righyt at 10 dollars in lumber (the screws will add a little to the cost)

This exact cedar planter has lasted over ten years without any issues.  We have been very happy with this project and are planning on building more for our garden at our new house.