2014 - Volume #38, Issue #3, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Varmint-Proof "Dug-In" Garden Fence
The fence is adjacent to a barn that forms one side of the garden, which is about 50 ft. long by 40 ft. wide. The fence is made from galvanized chicken wire with openings that get smaller toward the bottom.
To install the fence they used a rototiller to dig up the soil, then used a spade to scoop out a trench about 6 in. deep. The fence posts are spaced about 12 ft. apart.
“It’s a more permanent approach than using an electric fence. We already had the posts and spent about $60 for the fence. We also installed a gate made from hog panel fence,” says Gogerty.
“My boys and I came up with the idea because we were having trouble with varmints and digging animals such as moles. Digging the fence into the ground a few inches solved the problem. It also discourages dogs and skunks. So far, no deer have jumped over it, but if deer ever became a problem, we could add an electric wire across the top. Also, in the past we’ve had cattle get out and trample the garden. This fence should keep them out.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rex Gogerty, 3475 K Ave., Hubbard, Iowa 50122 (ph 641 487-7617).
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