I am over the first shock now so I can be calm and deal with it. Last fall I put a layer of chicken wire on the ground. Put logs on top of it, sticks, chips, compost, soil and planting mix. Then pulled the wire up about 10 inches all the way around. I then added the same wire around the bed and anchored it to 36 inch wood garden stakes on the outside. I would say that the sides are about 18-23 inches tall. This was to be my safe bed! No gophers or moles to eat and kill the plants. Since I did not tell the gophers of my plans they have gotten in and eaten everything. What I want to know is what would you do? Take it apart? I have caught one mole and one gopher in the bed. I have raked it smooth and waited for them to leave me some sign but there are no mounds. There is still a couple of plants left.