I am please to report that, for the third summer in a row, I have a garden. Last year’s crop yielded a limp carrot, a monstrous zucchini that I never ate, and the smallest handful of cherry tomatoes you’ve ever seen. I was immensely proud.
This year, I am determined to bring in at least a head of lettuce.
With Emma, Official Garden Expert, on hand, we managed to plant a variety of items including tomato and strawberry starts. Fingers crossed.
What will one day be the best tomato plants in the world.
We built a little fence of broken sticks around the plants, but decided an actual fence might be better, which leads us to How To Build A Fence.
Kids, there is one very, very important step when you want to build a fence and it’s called Find Someone Who’s Built A Fence Before.
*Someone who knows what he/she’s doing.
*1″ square wooden stakes. If you want it to look good, make sure the stakes are at least a foot taller than the fencing material. If you’re cheap like we are, find some super warped wood in the discount bin and cut the ends into points. It’s in the backyard. Who cares.
*Enough fencing material to go around the perimeter of your garden. Ours is a roll of plastic fencing ($8 for 25 ft.).
*Staple gun or zip ties. Yours truly is too cheap to justify a staple gun purchase when $6’s worth of zip ties will do the trick.
Instructions With Words
1. Assemble materials!
2. Dig a little trench (about 2″ – 3″ deep) all around your garden.
3. Start at a corner of the garden. Drive a stake about 1′ into the ground using your hammer and all your strength! Use three zip ties to attach the start of the fencing structure to it. Or, if you’re using a structure as your fourth wall like we did, nail your fence material to the structure.
4. Drive a second stake into the ground at the desired location. Stretch the fencing material to it. As you stretch the fence, the bottom should rest in the little trench. Bury the bottom of the fence in the trench to keep it in place. This will keep animals from slipping under the fence. Once at the stake, zip tie the fence material to it at the top, middle, and bottom.
5. Continue your way around the garden repeating these steps.
6. When you get to the end, don’t zip tie the fence to the remaining stake. Instead, drive three nails into the remaining stake (or structure). You can use this as a fence door and simply hook the fence over the nails to close it.
Instructions With Photos
Materials assembled! The ends of the wood have been cut into points to drive them into the ground more easily.
Nails and zip ties.
Digging a little trench around the garden while photographing is a surprisingly difficult task.
Zip ties are your friends. Emma and Dustin finishing up with the fence door portion.I would like to take responsibility for driving at least two stakes into the ground and affixing the majority of the zip ties. I also dug part of the trench too, but I’d prefer not to take credit for that since I messed it up.
(I know, right? How do you mess that part up??)
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*What Makes A Good Man? -The Heavy