Hello my friends,
During the winter, I let my hens free range all over my garden. They especially love to forage and scratch in the empty raised beds. It’s great because they till the soil all winter long, but when it comes time for spring planting, I need to keep them out.
A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing in my favorite local salvage shop Ballard Reuse. If you are local, I definitely recommend you pay them a visit. In the outdoor area, I spotted a roll of vintage wire fencing. I knew it would be a great solution for keeping the hens out of my beds. And, it is so pretty and rusty and perfectly aged. Oh, and it was only $10. That’s a win all the way around.
I brought it home, unrolled it and wrapped it around the beds. I didn’t do any type of permanent installation because I want to be able to move it to access the beds.
This year I’m growing tomatoes, Casperita pumpkins, lemon cucumbers, patio star zucchini, lettuce, some edible flowers and various herbs.
The hens can still nibble through the open fencing, but with all that green grass, Buffy doesn’t seem to notice.
Or maybe she does. . . That’s okay, I’m fine sharing a little bit.
This will be the second summer for our columnar apple trees. So far, they are looking wonderful with lots of apples. The hens scratch and dig in my large containers, too, so I need to keep them out of those as well.
You can see the fence is a bit bent in places, but I love it still. I could straighten it, but why?
It makes me so happy to reuse something that might have otherwise been thrown away. To me, it is more beautiful than anything I could have purchased new.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
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