|Staple and wrap fencing around the posts to terminate a run.|
|At Tractor Supply, fencing staples are about $1/pound less if you buy them in bulk instead of in the box.|
|Joining fencing is a bit tedious!|
|"Stretching" a fence is just that - pulling it taught from one corner to another. Since fencing doesn't behave well and stand up on its own, we had to tie it to the posts intermittently before stretching it.|
|Another way to save a few bucks: Byron made his own brace out of another handy 2x4 and some bolts. This brace provides something for the "come-alongs" (ratcheting mechanisms...not sure of spelling) to grip onto so the fence can be stretched.|
|Byron uses the come-alongs to pull the fence taught against the posts. At this corner, he had to install a dummy post (right) on which to chain the come-alongs. Once the fence is stretched taught, it can be stapled to the posts.|
H-brace wire: We bought a bigger roll which we'll use for the rest of the property, and maybe used about $20 worth of the wire? I will confirm this!
Wire bracing and brace for stretching the fence: free
Come-alongs: Byron's dad graciously bought these. Thanks...they made the job so much easier!
Fencing: about $60 x 3
Fencing staples: Approx. $5
Chains and bolts: Approx. $15
Gate: $15 on craigslist
So the whole thing cost less than $250, will save our veggies from critters, and will last for years! Despite the initial investment, I'm guessing it will pay for itself in the cost of vegetables over the next couple years. And again, here is a link to video clips Byron watched for this project.
In addition, I had my own little project I began over spring break: creating a manifold rain barrel system. We have a lot of roof surface at the back of the house, and during a heavy rain water will still sometimes pool near the foundation. We're hoping some regrading and the rain barrels will help with this problem, preserve water, and provide us with water for the garden. However...
|...but I did eventually get my act together and begin the rain barrel project. Details to come in a long and drawn-out series of posts as I continue to plug away (um, find ways to procrastinate).|