For those who asked about the bunnies getting through the high fences, yes, they can. The jackrabbits cannot but the cottontails can and do!
Not sure if you can even see in this picture but (1) the holes are smaller at the bottom than at the top but still not small enough to keep the rabbits out and (2) there are two rabbits in the picture just behind the rock formation. I noticed them playing after I took the picture.
We’ll eventually remove all the small fences from around the fruit trees. We put those up to keep the deer from getting to them before we had the high fence. We’ll wrap the base of the tree in 2 feet tall chicken wire to keep the rabbits for gnawing the bark . . which they love to do.
Even with the high fence, anything else we plant inside there has to be fenced with chicken wire for the time being.
The freshly tilled spot is the melon patch and Vince put up the 2′ chicken wire around it. Eventually, Vince will put chicken wire around the bottom of the high fence and then we won’t have to individually fence off every little spot.
Between the rabbits, the grasshoppers, the deer, the new well, the water tank, the pumps and who knows what else . . gardening can be difficult and rather expensive! I guess in the long run, it pays off but at this point, I wonder.