Patrick's Barn: It's Not Just a Barn, It's a Hands-on Lifestylecomments (5) March 20th, 2012 in Blogs
As you may remember, we're building a garden while we work on the barn. It's been mentioned in my blog here and here. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that my wife Carol is building a garden. She's got quite a green thumb and isn't afraid to move mountains of soil and compost. Her willingness to work tirelessly is evidenced by the garden's size of 2300 sq. ft. She used the soil we scraped from the barn site amended with compost for the raised beds.
We now have seedlings under grow lights in the basement, so it's clearly time to get up deer fencing. We have a lot of deer in Connecticut. A herd of them congregate in our yard every night as they're grazing the neighborhood. I'm sure it wouldn't take long for them to find the tasty veggie shoots and gobble them up. As Carol said, "A row of seedlings wouldn't even amount to an appetizer for a hungry deer."
We started our current fence project with an internet search in which we found high-quality plastic deer fencing for about $1.40 per ft. We're attaching the fence to 16 pressure-treated 4x4s. The fence is 7-1/2-ft. tall, so we bought 10-ft. posts that I'm putting right in our sandy soil. I considered setting the gate and corner posts in concrete, but this seemed like overkill once I backfilled one with dirt as a trial. I was able to lay out and install 11 of them over a full day. My goal for this weekend is to set the 5 remaining posts in the ground and hang the fencing.
Although progress on the barn has been slow for the past three weeks due to the garden preparations and a nasty flu that affected the whole family, I've enjoyed the break. Like I've said, it's easy to let a large home project become all-consuming, so it's nice to work on something else for a little while. But once the garden is underway, I'll be back to working on the barn.
You can read more about my barn here.
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