When Keith and I planned our vegetable garden expansion for this year with new raised garden beds, one of the things on the To Do list was to build a new fence to protect our vegetable garden from pets (our two dogs) and pests (wild bunnies that get into our back/side yard by squeezing and/or digging their way in under the outer backyard fence). We considered various materials for the fence - chicken wire (ugly), wrought-iron fence (holes too big), pine, etc. - and eventually decided to go with pressure-treated pine to match the backyard fence, but 4 feet high instead of 6 feet. We would have actually preferred it to be even shorter (3 feet), but the boards came in 4-foot lengths and we didn't want to spend the time/energy to trim a foot off each board.
It's been a slow project due to our limited free time and one too many rainy days so far this spring, but we finally completed the project last weekend.
First, Keith used a post hole digger to dig holes deep enough for fence posts. I tried to help, but I was no match for the hard clay/rocky soil in our yard.
We then used a piece of string as a guide to evenly place the fence posts. It was a bit tricky because this side of the garden is at a slope (as you can clearly see with the raised boxes). Once the posts were lined up, we filled the holes with concrete mix.
Several hours later (or maybe the next day, I can't remember now), this is how it looked.
Now they were ready for the next step. I think we did this another week or two later. I know because I can see that sugar snap peas have all fully sprouted in this picture.
Before we put up the fence boards, we laid down chicken wire on the ground (and secured them with landscape fabric pins) so that bunnies can't dig under the fence to get into the garden. We'll eventually put some soil over it so most (if not all) of it will be hidden under the soil. Maybe I'll even try to grow some groundcover-type of plants or flowers over it to make it look a bit nicer. For now, we're satisfied with its functional value.
And here it is, the finished garden fence with a gate in the middle. We even have a small piece of garden art.
My co-worker Jamie gave this to me last year when she left our project. It just makes me smile every time I look at it on my way into our new vegetable garden area.