Saturday, September 11, 2010

the fence post

sixteen wooden fence posts, twenty-five steel posts, three hundred feet plus of field fence, four gates, six pounds of fence staples, two pounds of screws, empty ump fence clips (affixing fence to steel posts), and a partridge……oops. we paid a local guy with a tractor to do drill post holes for the wooden posts, and some local muscle (nice fellow with brains too) to do the heavier work of setting posts.

in an earlier part of my life i put up or fixed fence to keep animals in. sheep, goats, pigs, chickens. this fence, like the previous one in port townsend, is to keep out deer, coyotes, rabbits, and skunks. and anything else that threatens the garden or the cat. or us. there will not be any animals leaning on it. no goats climbing it. no rams butting the posts. so the construction requirements are less rigorous. still, the posts have to be solidly planted and just unrolling field fence is a chore. there are 26 horizontal wires and good fence building does require at least one staple for every wire at corner or end posts. (am i whining?) it was good exercise, and is done. now we can start a real year round garden.

looking west from the southeast corner


looking north from the southeast corner

looking at the southeast corner from inside the fence

beds ready to plant. the sunflowers in the foreground are volunteers from seeds the birds scatter from a feeder just out of the picture.

15 comments:

  1. Nice looking fence line. We have had fence work this week also for cows that got out of a line that got stretched. I want a tight one around the garden because I discovered why we aren't getting tomatoes-- raccoons are getting in and eating whatever they like. So I'd see the tomato almost ripe and then it'd disappear, likewise the eggplant. We haven't yet got it secured by we won't see anything ripening in the garden that they like until we do.

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  2. First, I'm glad to hear Roger is doing well with the chemo. Hoping for the best!

    Beautiful looking hideaway you have and great to get help with the fence work.

    Lastly, why do people continue to listen to these fruitcakes? ; (

    Cheers 2 U both!

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  3. wow, you got the second raised bed built and filled since I've been there. Good on ya!

    You do have an impressive fence, and I'm glad you did not try to do yourself. Your hiring help is spreading the dough around to others, and saving your body from weeks of torment.

    Next time I'm up I will expect to see cultivated ground. Dude.

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  4. Between you and me and the fence post, things are looking good. :) Sorry, had to do it.

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  5. Nothing quite like a well made fence. Looks great.

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  6. I bet you're glad that's finished!!

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  7. I missed the chemo update post two days ago. Such a lovely photo on that post! Exquisite.

    That fence looks like it was a lot of work. I'm really impressed and so thankful that Roger had the strength and energy to work on it. I just read somewhere in the past few days something about how research has shown that the common prescription of "bed rest" is actually bad for you. Roger can be exhibit A for why being up and about and engaged is healthier.

    It may seem a silly question, but how many gates are there in the fence? And how high is it? If I ever finally build in Hawley, I'll have to put in fencing to protect any garden I have. I'm reading about your fence with interest!

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  8. Looks great!!!! I'm going looking for a place away from the madding crowds.

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  9. The best defense is a new fence.;>)

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  10. the fence is six feet high. that height seems to work for all the neighbors. work meaning keeps deer out. there are three gateways. a 3 foot, a four foot and an 8 foot with two four foot gates.

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  11. Wow, that's an impressive project, seems like lots of hard labor. Around here we need a "Cone of Silence" to insulate ourselves from noisy neihgbors and raiding raccoons...

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  12. good fence! nice big garden space, too, and the gates for plenty of access.

    our back fence, between our yard and a nature area, is the same kind of field fencing. we needed it to keep dogs in. ours is only 5 feet high, and sometimes deer used to jump it -- apparently our property was formerly a popular path down to the streets, where the deer of yore used to go munch front gardens. the deer who remembered that route are gone, and most current deer are deterred by the dogs anyway.

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  13. Do you hear crickets at night?

    When I look at your photos, I can hear sounds from my memory. Especially vivid are those of September and October. The way it sounds to walk on the dry ground. The wind in the trees. Even the sounds of fences being built. Doors opening and closing. The different between the sounds inside and the sounds outside.

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  14. just checking in and looking around at all the accomplishments! great looking fence and beds. wishing we had a winter garden planned. we would be thrilled if our summer garden had even acted like a garden! it never produced. so far 2 eggplants, and a handful of peppers. lots of small green tomatoes - no red ones in sight, and 2 knobby cukes on the vine. squash blossoms only. we did have herbs. period. now we have buckets of apples. was far too cool a summer here for much of a garden.

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  15. hi good day nice post you have . great . i hope you have a post about garden spinner or other garden and home accessories , im interested on this i hope you can help me . thank you

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