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Post  dave on 4/9/2010, 5:22 pm

last weekend i was able to build my boxes, mix the soil, and load it into the boxes. i have waited to plant anything until i am able to build a fence around the garden. i am curious as to how those of you with pets are fencing in your garden. i have attached a sketch of what i am considering doing. i'm not married to using 4"x4" posts for everything (mainly due to cost, laziness and time), although i do want to put some type of gate in and will probably use 4"x4"s for that. i am leaning towards wire fence and t-posts, unless i receive better suggestions.

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Post  boffer on 4/9/2010, 5:49 pm

Hi Dave,

6x6 concrete re-inforcing wire 2 feet tall keeps my dogs out

2x4 welded wire fencing (4 feet tall) on T posts, mounted a foot off the ground keeps the deer out.

It's all temporary, as needed.
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Post  ander217 on 4/9/2010, 8:02 pm

(When I first read the title of this post I pictured two gardeners shouting, "En garde!" and then raising their hoes to parry and thrust at each other.) Back to the real world.

Our fence is made from metal t-posts and 16' wire hog panels with a gate in the middle made of some leftover deck railing. Hog panels aren't cheap, but we justified the expense by the fact that we can take the fence down any time and move it to make an instant hog or sheep pen.

We have short dogs, otherwise the fence would need to be taller to keep them out.
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Post  shocks20 on 4/9/2010, 8:41 pm

I'm going to be making my fence this weekend, so I'll post pics once it's done. Our yard isn't too big and is already fenced in with chainlink. My german shepherd mix loves digging, burying, playing, and laying in my boxes!! Last year I had to go buy plants as she had dug up the seedlings I had transplanted. I don't really like the look of all the rolled wire fencing out there, and don't have the money to do a picket fence. So, I decided to use a roll of bamboo/reed fencing that I already had. It's 6 feet high and approx. 16 feet long. I cut it in half, so my fence will be 3 feet high. I will have four 4x4 SFG boxes, so needed to buy a new roll of the fence ($24 at Home D.). I am going to be using 4ft long t-posts and zip ties so that the fence is easily removable. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of gate to make though! I'm pretty sure that will keep the dog out. I'll let you know how it goes!! I'm interested to see what other ideas people have!!

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Post  bjwinterton on 4/9/2010, 9:30 pm

my biggest challenge is fening with small enough wire mesh with metal posts to keep out the racoons. Looking forward to pictures.
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Post  shocks20 on 4/11/2010, 9:30 pm

Here it is!! I barely had enough to finish this much...still need to figure out what to use to make a gate. I'm definitely not buying another roll of the bamboo/reed just for a tiny part of it. Any suggestions?? I suppose if I wasn't such a fly by the seat of her pants girl, and had planned/measured everything out before I started, I wouldn't be in this spot! Fencing in a garden Icon_biggrin -Jenny

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Post  boffer on 4/11/2010, 9:39 pm

Your opening looks close to four feet wide. Big box stores sell light gauge chain link gates that size. Dress it up/conceal it with willow branches or whatever you have available.
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Post  bullfrogbabe on 4/12/2010, 8:02 pm

If trying to keep deer out, fence needs to be 7-8 ft tall, they are amazing jumpers. May be able to use a slightly shorter fence 5 ft if there is limited landing space inside fence.

I wrap my gardens individually with deer mesh from trellis around posts in the front corners around to the otherside of trellis with overlapping flaps over the back of trellis -- the mesh is quite tall and flops over the top also providing overhead coverage to keep birds out too.
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Post  dave on 4/12/2010, 9:33 pm

So this is what i came up with. I feel the need to turn in my man card based on my inability to stretch the fence properly. oh well, it should keep the dogs and other critters out, once i get the gate constructed and in place. thanks for all of the feedback!

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Post  shocks20 on 4/12/2010, 9:42 pm

Looks great Dave! What are you using for your gate?
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Post  dave on 4/12/2010, 10:11 pm

Unless i come up with a better alternative, i'm going to do a 2x4 frame and cover it with the same wire. the 4x4's are 2 feet deep, but are not in concrete. I may have to run a wire along the fence to support the weight of the gate.
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Post  Jay Bird on 4/12/2010, 10:15 pm

Just a short note I use a hot wire around 2 acres utilizing the white plastic horse tap on the bottom, the deer havent bothered it and the dogs and coyotes stay out oinly thing it hasnt stopped is the bunnies, but If i leave the gat open during the day the dogs keep the bunny rabbits at bay, the white ribbon tape (hot) IS A GOOD VISUAL DETERENT
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