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Choosing supplies for a garden fence

Buying lumber

Is that PVC you're sticking in the ground? Or metal tube? I'll be really interested to know all the materials you've chosen [for building your garden fence]." --- Terry

The photo in Mark's post caught us laying out the eventual fence-post locations. We had some PVC lying around, so we slipped lengths over rebar stakes to make it easy to arrange the stakes in straight lines.

Fence corner brace

But neither stakes nor PVC will be part of the final fence. Instead, we'll be attempting to replicate my father's critter-proof garden fence (a section of which is shown above). To that end, we picked up twenty ten-foot 4x4s (the main posts) and ten eight-foot 4x4s  (to brace corners and around the gate). Further supplies will include woven wire, t-posts (for supplemental support between wooden posts), and wire-tightening supplies. The birdhouse in Daddy's picture is, I'm assuming, optional.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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How deep do you plan to set the 10ft posts, i.e., how tall will the posts be above ground? Will you cement in the corner posts (I once read the setting in soil is fine but maybe not for corner posts)?
Comment by Jennifer Fri May 11 10:39:22 2018
Thanks! I'd forgotten about that post and I, too, and in a new location with lots of deer.
Comment by Terry Fri May 11 11:33:47 2018

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