Building a Garden
metal stakes | chicken wire | spade | mallet | wire cutters
simple garden fence is a great idea for keeping sane. It is really distressing
to spend hours and hours planting and caring for your plants . . . and then to
have it all ruined by a night's nibbling by rabbits, or a stampede by the
may, or may not, need a garden fence. Ask neighbors whether they have used
them. They aren't expensive, so it might be a good idea to protect your garden
safe from intruders.
the simplest and best building material is chicken wire. Also known as "poultry
fencing," it comes in widths that students can easily step over, so you won't
need to build a gate.
stakes made of either wood or metal into the ground by digging a hole with a
spade and packing it back in, pounding the stake down with a heavy mallet.
the chicken wire around that border. Clip a few places with the wire cutters to
free the wires to wrap around the stakes on each one.
keep animals from burrowing under, bend the bottom foot or so toward the
outside so that it lays on top of the soil for a foot outward. They won't dig
under all that - probably.
can doll up a rather plain-looking chicken wire fence with wooden pickets. And
it's fun to have a garden arbor with climbing flowers or grapes at the
also can plant blueberry or raspberry bushes or rosebushes around the outside
of the fence, for a softer look that - because of the thorns -- still signals
people like to plant a little patch of clover OUTSIDE a fenced garden, just for
the bunnies - to be neighborly without sacrificing any of your own wanted food