Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fence

Once we got the water issues addressed, the next thing of concern was the herd of deer which roam freely over our land all year long. Not being in the least fearful of us or our cat, they would happily eat anything we planted. Obviously, we needed a fence.

Where to put it? Our 5-acres is sloped and shaded, entirely devoid of any sunny, level areas large enough for a garden. Just to the south of our house, there's a long, gradual slope that gets nearly full sun. Sun is good; slope isn't so good. But it was the only choice.

We hired Ezra Richardson Contracting, of Lopez Island, an experienced fence builder to build us a 20-foot enclosed garden area. Since we intend to use a horse-trough method of intensive, raised-bed gardening, we also needed level concrete pads on which to put the troughs. I'll be writing more about them in the next post.

So below is a picture story about building the fence and concrete pads.

deer-proof garden fence, San Juan Island

deer-proof garden fence, San Juan Island

deer-proof garden fence, San Juan Island

deer-proof garden fence, pads for horse trough planting beds

deer-proof garden fence, pads for horse trough planting beds

deer-proof garden fence, pads for horse trough planting beds

deer-proof garden fence, gate

Robin, being a bead artist, made tassels with Tibetan beads and bells, mounting them from the gate top. She also "inscribed" two of the concrete pads, one with our initials and the other with a spiral. Now we're ready to garden!

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