Fencing and Gates

comments (16) September 25th, 2008

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With the garden wrapped in welded wire fencing, veggies are off limits to deer and woodchucks.
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With the garden wrapped in welded wire fencing, veggies are off limits to deer and woodchucks.

Photo: Ruth Dobsevage

Where I live, in southwestern Connecticut, you’d be crazy to garden without a fence. Sometimes I think I live in a wildlife sanctuary, and in a way, I do. Deer saunter through on a regular basis, sometimes sleeping in the piney woods overlooking the house, and the resident woodchuck is sleek and happy. A fox family lives by the well house. Raccoons and skunks pass through, along with bunnies. A very handsome coyote comes calling occasionally. No bear or moose sighting yet, but it’s only a matter of time. So fencing is a must.

A fence can be a work of art or strictly utilitarian. Welded wire (it comes in rolls of various lengths and heights) and metal posts are a relatively inexpensive solution and are readily available at home centers. It’s what I use, and it lasts for years.

A fence should be at least 5 ft. tall (and some would recommend higher), and it should extend 6 in. to 12 in. underground as a deterrent to burrowers.

Plan your garden entry at the most convenient location, generally the side facing the house or near the walkway to the garden. A gate should be wide enough to admit a wheelbarrow or cart. Hinge the gate on the left or right, as you see fit. You can purchase gates, or you can make your own. In either case, do make sure your gate is as critter-proof as your fence.


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Comments (16)

LeahScammell writes: Its amazing trick
Posted: 12:42 am on November 7th
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Posted: 12:42 am on November 7th
learmsit writes: great work
Posted: 5:11 am on November 5th
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Posted: 4:17 am on November 3rd
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Posted: 2:28 am on November 2nd
hankrooster writes: Like this garden.
Posted: 4:53 am on October 24th
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Posted: 5:06 am on September 29th
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Posted: 11:48 pm on June 16th
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Posted: 3:14 am on April 8th
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Posted: 6:01 am on March 3rd
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Posted: 4:28 am on August 31st
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Posted: 7:24 am on August 27th
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Posted: 3:18 am on August 19th
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Posted: 6:47 am on August 17th
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Posted: 7:14 am on July 31st
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Posted: 4:53 am on July 16th
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