This week, Cage Free Dad and I decided to get started on a garden fence. We’ve known for awhile that we wanted to fence off the garden, but our struggle with birds and squirrels made us get started sooner than expected. We don’t have a huge budget for these projects, having just moved in and having way too many projects to finish at once, so I wracked my brain for a simple, free idea.
We constructed this fence from old wood pallets and recycled fence wood. We didn’t spend a single penny on supplies, which is just great! I love the uneven, messy look. Eventually, we’ll paint it, but it’s just not in the budget right now.
We designed the fence in a way that we’ll be able to expand it as our garden grows, without too much work. Right now we just wanted something around our immediate garden so that we could drape the bird net right on the inside of it and fully protect the garden from those pesky birds. An added bonus, our chickens can now roam the yard again! They had a great time enjoying the yard after CFD mowed. Hopefully, letting them out again will help with the bug problem we’ve been having.
I’m pretty proud of our little freebie project. It sure did take a lot of labor time (we actually started 2 weeks ago pulling apart pallets and fences), but I think it’s worth it! We should have enough wood right now to fence our entire future plot, too.
The process was pretty simple, but I’ll break it down here. First, we broke apart pallets. Those were a PITA, though, so after a few, CFD moved on to fence wood, which was much easier. He cut those boards in half, because we didn’t want a tall fence. Then, I laid out all the pieces on the grass, staggering cross beams all the way across. We didn’t measure a certain distance for the boards, just eyeballed it, since we weren’t looking for a perfect looking fence.
Once all of the cross beams were screwed in, we lifted the fence and screwed them to the round fence posts that were already bordering our garden for extra support. (see photo above)
Once that was done, we secured the corners by making wooden L’s to screw in. Once that was done, the fence was complete! We still need to build a gate, but I’m hoping that such a small opening won’t be noticeable to the chickens and other critters in our yard.
Don’t you just love projects that turn out to be free? I know I do!