This past week I visited two vegetable gardens on city lots that were designed and built to exclude birds and squirrels while adding visual appeal to the backyard landscapes.

I am continuing this series on vegetable gardens to encourage folks to grow some of their own food to stretch grocery dollars while enjoying better nutrition, exercise and time outdoors. Each garden I visit is unique and each garden teaches lessons.

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Jeff and Hunter Youngblood constructed a three-quarter-inch-thick walled PVC frame covered with deer netting that is secured with zip ties on a ground level PVC frame. A neat row of barrel planters line the front of the garden and contain dill, oregano, flat and curly parsley, Thai and Italian basil, and summer squash.

Elaine Cameron is an Angelina County Master Gardener. Her email address is