Easy and cheap fencing solution (guest post)

Posted: April 29, 2011 by emphelan in Around the Homestead, guest post
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Hi! I am Lisa from The Dilletante Proprietor

I just love Girl’s Gone Trashy and am a regular lurker over here so I was absolutely thrilled that I was asked to do a guest post!

I asked myself at least 50 times what was the most important and the most expensive obstacle to “farming”…”homesteading”… when you already have your property?

FENCING!

Fencing was the single most important thing to me when I wanted a garden and to start off raising my own food… but couldn’t afford it…

I only have ½ an acre to fence…but when it comes down to it? I can’t afford 25ft of what it would take to fence this property…

The solution? I used recycled cedar “posts” from a torn down building and $2.00 landscape timbers…the timbers are 4×4 treated lumber… they are not exactly 4×4 as they are round on one side and flat on the other but they make awesome posts!

fence 1

For rails? I asked permission to walk through the woods at several places and gather fence “poles”…the ones that were already on the ground…I did glean some posts there also…

To attach the rails to the posts…I drilled a 1 inch hole in the end of my rail…pounded another 2 inch piece of re-bar into that hole and then drilled another hole into my post…it is just like a dowel rod.

This fence is surprisingly strong…you can sit on it…although I only use it to fence in my garden… I bet it would be hardy enough to keep a cow in or a horse and with closer placement of the poles? Maybe a goat or a hog…well, maybe not a hog..I have had plenty of those in my life time and they are terrible escape artists! It has already been through to Northern winters with 7 feet of snow sitting on it and no sign of damage… It is actually very nice looking too…for a free fence!

fence 2

fence 3

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Comments
  1. GrannyJ says:

    Oh my gosh, that is the neatest fence and such a great idea. I especially love using the rebar with the cedar poles. That would make a great support for grapevines.

    I love the Girls Gone Trashy blog and just can’t wait from one day to the next to see what y’all come up with.

  2. skippymom says:

    I love the way you can make trash to treasure – and the fence is so wonderful.

    Nice post Lisa.

  3. Pat says:

    Lisa!
    Wow– I guess I’ve not read about your purdy fences! I think the rebar is a great way to attach? Is this a LISA-MOMENT or DID YOU learn this trick somewhere?
    I can’t get over how your mind works… great post.
    I’m following you at your blog…
    I’m going to check out these girls here at girlsgonetrashy… I see some interesting links.

  4. getcha says:

    we’re getting ready to start fencing off areas on our farm and I love this!!!

  5. emphelan says:

    Thank you for the guest post Lisa. Your fencing is gorgeous!

  6. Lisa says:

    I am so glad you all liked it! Pat? the rebar was a “Lisa” moment…I couldn’t afford the doweling tool! LOL

    Phelan? after all you have given me? anything for you! 🙂

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