We have deer . . lots of deer . . around here so planting anything without a fence is inviting problems. It’s a little different living here than it was even when we lived in Missouri before. Then, we had two sides that were woods so no one saw our ugly fence made out of plastic landscape fencing, but it did keep the deer out of the garden. In Texas, no one saw anything back at our house so it didn’t matter what we did. We started out with plastic landscape fencing there but eventually had a fence builder put up an 8′ fence around the garden and orchard. Here, there are neighbors and these neighbors cut their grass twice a week and take landscaping seriously! The one neighor who can really see our backyard . . he built a big wooden compost bin and they’re going to have a garden too so he isn’t going to complain at least as long as we don’t put up a fence that’s too ugly.
In the beginning, we thought about an electric fence. There’s a garden fence kit that’s very easy to put up but I didn’t want to risk the liabilility of an electric fence. Vince talked to the old guy who developed the land and came up with the restrictions and asked him if he had a problem with an electric fence. He said “No. In fact, the people on the road behind you and a couple of doors down got chickens and I helped them build an electric fence.” Did you catch that? They had chickens!! Vince said that and saw my eyes light up and he said “NO!! We’re NOT getting chickens!” OK. I got it when you said 200 times ago. He really doesn’t want chickens and I can live with that.
Anyway . . this is the fence we’re going to build. It isn’t what you’d find in a fancy neighborhood but it will work here and a least it won’t involve 10′ PVC pipes!
Chad buys a lot of lumber from a sawmill run by Mennonites or Amish . . my guess is Mennonites because they use electricity and have phones but Chad keeps saying Amish so . . I have no idea. Anyway, Vince is going to go there and get the lumber he needs . . probably not this week but next weekend.