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8’x12′ Just-Add-Lumber Vegetable Garden Kit – Deer Proof

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8’x12′ Just-Add-Lumber Vegetable Garden Kit – Deer Proof

(1 customer review)


US Patent: 7,533,488

Our Just-Add-Lumber or “Lumberless” vegetable gardens let you save money on your garden project by avoiding the need to ship lumber. Included with our Just-Add-Lumber gardens are our Raised Garden Bed Brackets, all necessary hardware, black netting for the trellis and fencing, and a complete set of detailed instructions and plans.


About the 8’x12′ Just-Add-Lumber Deer-Proof Vegetable Garden

Save money by buying your own lumber locally. Our “lumberless” garden kits enable you to build gardens nearly identical to our Complete Fenced Vegetable Garden Kits. We provide Raised Garden Bed Brackets, all necessary hardware, black netting for the trellis and fencing, and a complete set of detailed instructions and plans. Just like our Complete Fenced Garden Kits, our “lumberless” garden kits keep out rabbits and dogs. Of course, our instructions list the lumber boards you’ll need to purchase as well as the exact sizes the lumber boards will need to be cut to. If you don’t have a saw, ask the lumber company to cut the lumber pieces for you. If you’d like to add the Automatic Watering System to your garden, it is available separately for $189. This garden provides approximately 65 square feet of planting space and is recommended for families of 5-6 people.

Optional Automatic Watering System

An automatic soaker hose irrigation system takes even the simplest of duties out of your hands. We use a digital battery operated controller, manufactured by DIG Corporation, that is very easy to use. You can attach a garden hose to the inlet fitting, or connect it to your underground piping. When the controller turns on, water seeps out through the 75′ soaker hose (hose stakes included). You’ll never need to worry about watering your garden-it takes care of itself. We also include a coil hose and hose holder along with a vegetable sprayer. You can manually spray your plants if you choose to, or use the hose to wash your hands. The coil hose is conveniently mounted in the walkway of the fenced garden.

Lumber Required for the 8'x12' Deer-Proof Vegetable Garden

Rough Construction Lumber (redwood or cedar suggested). Unless otherwise specified, the lumber listed below is the nominal size, which will likely be larger (thicker) than the actual size:
Quantity Size
62"x10"x12'    Special Note
41-5/8"x1-5/8"x12' (actual size)
11-5/8"x1-5/8"x8' (actual size)
3'x29' galvanized wire mesh for flooring (1/2" grid). Wire is recommended if there are gophers or moles in the garden area.

8'x12' Just-Add-Lumber Deer-Proof Vegetable Garden Features

  • 20" high growing beds - no stooping required.
  • Front gate backed with black heavy-duty hardware mesh
  • 5'8" fencing/trellis, with 4"x4" reach-through netting - keeps out rabbits, dogs and deer
  • Assembly takes about 14-16 hours - no digging required

8'x12' Just-Add-Lumber Deer-Proof Vegetable Garden Dimensions

1 review for 8’x12′ Just-Add-Lumber Vegetable Garden Kit – Deer Proof

  1. Scott S

    This was an excellent product in all areas. I am very pleased how it turned out and how much space it offers, all while protected from wildlife.
    I built the whole thing myself over a few weekends ( I am a dad with two kids and other projects).. I am reasonably handy and was up to the task. Looking back on the build, and the thing that bit me most in terms of lost time, was to identify the spot where this thing will go. If it will be largely flat, then you will be in good shape and there may not be much work to do. If you plan to build this into a small incline or ridge, add another two feet in the incline areas so that you have clearance to use your drill and drive screws on the lowest boards. I had to remove a considerable number of rocks and dig into clay soil – issue may not affect you. Having this area flat and free of stones will be a huge timesaver later when you start putting boards on the ground, checking for level, and assembling things together.

    You need to keep track of your cuts by labeling each with a pencil – there are quite a few pieces involved here. The instructions clearly lay out what boards should be cut to what length or width. Some of them are assembled together to make the upper trellis sections. Read the instructions carefully – not all sections are depicted in the guide with dimensions. Instead, it effectively states to “build another section like the above.”

    Wood and Tools:
    I acquired pressure treated pine lumber locally per the list supplied in the online description for the kit. Recommend you do this as it is a lot of wood and delivery to your driveway is recommended. As for tools, I had most of the tools available to rip 2×4 lumber into 2x2s. I chose to rent from Home Depot a 12″ sliding mitre saw station for about four hours to cut up the long lumber. It was a real timesaver because I could load a whole 2×10 or 2×4 and have it supported to measure and cut. My 10″ drop saw did not have the cutting capacity either. The last thing you will need for assembly is a framer’s square and a set of four squeeze/quick clamps (e.g. Irwin) to help with assembling the trellis sections, and then to build the base in your preferred location. It would not have been possible without it.

    You will be cutting a lot of pressure treated lumber – invest in a better-than-foam breathing mask and you can cut for hours without any effects.

    The supplied screws and brackets are of good quality and finish. I will state again to read the instructions carefully to ensure you are cutting boards to the proper length per the cut list, labeling them, and assembling them in the right order. Some of your boards will be warped and you have to do your best when stacking them. Labeling every board, while an extra step, will help you later.

    After assembly of the base 2x10s at your site location, measure the diagonals to check for square. This is an important step because it is perhaps the last opportunity to do so and it will assist you later when installing the upper sections. It was here that I also took the action to line the inside with a heavy duty plastic with staples. I had to do a tradeoff here between pressure treated chemical leaching or plastic.
    This is not an issue with cedar or redwood but you have to pay for it. The side benefit of the plastic was that it closed any gaps that existed because of the warped wood.
    I would recommend putting your soil in BEFORE you attach the upper sections of the garden. It just makes it harder to actually get the soil into the garden with the sides installed. However, you should install the “BR” parts before the soil goes in. I completely forgot to install the BR pieces.

    Post assembly:
    Site prep:
    In addition to leveling the area, and as recommended in the instructions, I elected to put down a 1/2″ galvanized hardware cloth/net on the ground to prevent moles from digging underneath, perhaps extreme as my clay soil is harder than concrete. I used galvanized garden stakes to hold down the net. I currently have the garden filled with a mix of vermiculite, compost, and peat moss per SFG Mel’s Mix. I did not purchase the auto watering kit so I cannot comment on the installation or use of that.

    Additional items for the kit that would be nice:
    – Some sort of bird netting to drape over the top – and perhaps some structure to support it. I went with BirdX – you need at least 96 sq ft. Another approach would be to pull fishing line across the top spaced about a foot or so apart.

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