Since I added a new garden this year, just so that now I can talk about my gardenS, I needed to fence it in. About 7 years ago, I finally fenced in my old garden because I don't like to share my plants with the wild animals that lurk. Some things climb over that fence and fly in, but most everything stays out. I knew when I installed it, it was kind of short.
So this time, I wanted to really do it right! I used 8 foot cedar fence rails as this seemed to be the most cost effective and I refuse to use pressure treated wood near food. Near anything, actually. First, I dug the holes and trenches so I could bury part of the fence below it. That took a couple of hours, and then I had a horse to ride.
Anyholes, I stapled the 60 inch chicken wire to the poles, which I had buried about 30 inches down. It took another couple of hours and I was hungry and tired, so it was more annoying to unroll that chicken wire than it needed to be. We still have to make a gate, so right now, it's a very ghetto system of chicken wire zip tied to itself to keep out the critters.
I have a very special system of using grass clippings directly from the mower, as mulch. I know there are lots of rules about compost, but I break just about every one of them and have VERY good luck with my garden. They say that if you take grass clippings and don't let them dry out first, they will burn the plants. I do this every time I mow and have no problems. And it gives these young seedling some extra protections as I made little walls around them. And keeps down the weeds.
If you stay tuned, you will hear about all of the rules of composting that I break. Like *gasp* I don't turn my compost. I just keep piling up and then dig into the center. I know, shoot me now. It works, so why stop???
Now I have to adjust my fence in the other garden to make it a little higher. This won't be hard, actually, I have a plan.