Fencing in Your Vegetable Garden

Let’s face it, trying to keep some of the small animals like rabbits out of out vegetable gardens can really be challenging, unless you use some kind of barrier fencing. If you take a little extra time you can even make it look like a very nice additional feature and at the same time it will also protect your garden vegetables.

It’s best, especially if you are in an area that has termites, to use steel posts that resist rot and insects, instead of wood. On my own garden I used 1/2 inch steel pipe, but angle post will also do. You can buy steel fence posts at the hardware store. There are several kinds of wire fencing mesh that you can buy, some with a rectangular pattern which often come with a denser grid pattern lower down to the ground so mice and smaller rodents can’t slip through as easily. There is also the ubiquitous chicken wire, which can be bought with a plastic coating to resist corrosion and deterioration.

Once you have your fence posts pounded into the ground about 12-15 inches deep (you’ll need a sledgehammer or a fist maul hammer to pound them in), start winding the fence wire around the bed. It comes in a roll, so begin unraveling it and as you go around attach the fencing to the posts with plastic cable ties (also known as zip ties) at about 4 or 5 points along the post. Use any color that suits your taste.

One feature you’ll really want to have is a gate to get i and out of easily, otherwise you’ll just have to climb over the top. Make sure you secure the bottom of the fence to the ground with ground stakes to keep it secure. See this video for some pointers on setting up vegetable garden fencing.

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