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Learn how to build a vegetable garden that keeps the critters out, yet doesn't resemble a fortress

The story of our deer-resistant vegetable garden continues to be the most popular blog post I have ever written, and the photographs have been re-pinned in Pinterest over 50,000 times! If you would like to build something similar, you can now purchase our plans which are suitable for experienced woodworkers (i.e. not beginners)

What makes this design unique?

  • A combination of graduated hogwire panels and galvanized hardware cloth keeps out deer, rabbits, voles, and groundhogs.
  • Unlike traditional 8-10 foot fencing, the double 5-foot fence design avoids the imposing Fort Knox-look, yet thwarts the most tenacious of deer.
  • The sturdy fences can be used for vines or to espalier fruit trees.
  • The bold rectilinear design looks good all year, adding structure to the garden even in the depths of winter.

What's included

  • Detailed design notes that include photographs, information on the materials we used, tips on design considerations, and additional resources.

  • A scaled computer-drawn east/west elevation of the garden and pergola with dimensions plus a north/south elevation for the pergola

  • A scaled computer-drawn plan view with dimensions

  • Karen Chapman

    Meet the designer:

    Specializing in creating artistic landscape and container plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant designs, I'm delighted to now be able to offer a number of online learning opportunities. With a lifetime’s gardening experience in England and the U.S.A., training as a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, and over ten years as an award-winning designer, author, and presenter, I'd love to share my knowledge and love of gardening with you.

    Karen Chapman


    Karen Chapman


  • What level of experience is needed to build this?

    These plans are suitable for experienced woodworkers - not for beginners

  • What size is the design shown?

    Our garden measures 40 feet x 45 feet, but an experienced woodworker will easily be able to adapt the plans and internal layout to work with your site.

  • Can I download these plans?

    Yes you can download and save all the drawings and notes which are provided as PDF's.

  • What is your refund policy?

    No refund will be offered for these plans once purchased since all items are available for download.

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What's NOT included

Just so we're clear, here's

  • A cutting list

  • An itemized shopping list

  • A detailed construction drawing for the pergola (although there are two eleveation drawings and a plan view plus several close-up photographs)

  • A step-by-step construction manual

  • Recommendations for depth of footings