|Primary Tools for putting in the fence posts|
Enter into these Gates with Thanksgiving
Our gardens during our years of PCS after PCS, overseas, deployments and lengthy TDYs etc. were small and mostly flowers. After retirement we settled in Michigan and focused on a vegetable garden in addition to the flower beds. We live in deer country – and rabbits, raccoons, chipmunks and more critters that love our garden too.
So we upgraded our garden fence this year! It was a good improvement and allowed us to hope for less damage from those lettuce loving animals.
Our first step was planning over the winter as we took down the previous metal pole and chicken wire fence that had served us well for a number of years but had become a bit worn and porous. We were looking for something easier to maintain and that required little expertise. We decided on treated 4 by 4 X 8 posts so we could staple a 7 foot high deer netting (plastic) to it. No tie wires, no zip ties, etc were going to be needed with the staples and wood combination.
|MilAve_Deborah loves to garden|
We put in the corner posts first and hung a plumber line (string) from the corners to have a reasonably straight line. The digging was not hard with our wonderful soil except for two holes with rocks that I had dig out wider with a shovel. By keeping the holes small and tight we could place the posts in about 20 inches deep with no concrete. After placing the soil back in the hole, I tamped it with my foot and then the shovel handle while Deb held the level and made sure we kept them straight.
|We slid the chicken wire under the gate board before anchoring screws|
|Leveling the gate was challenging|
The second gate was better because we figured out how avoid a double cut on the wire and slid it under the boards before tightening the screws down. We used the same staples to finish up the gates and then went to hang them with some hefty hinges. The hardware store had been very helpful and the hinges were great but aligning the gates and keeping them level required several re-tries. Finally satisfied with the end product I drove the screws into the support posts for the last time and we had a new garden fence done.
The fencing material was easy to work with and we stretched it after stapling it on the first post. We got better taking out the waves created between poles as we went along and the staple gun needed a lot of pressure to get staples into the hard wood. But overall it was a simple operation.
|Author MilAve_Col_K with new gate|
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