This spring it has been my goal to complete the fence on the front yard garden so that rabbits wouldn’t make a meal out of my garden. I am pleased to report that it is completed a little ahead of schedule! The east and west sides are made of free pallets that have been cut down to look like a picket fence. The sides on the north and south are just metal posts with chicken wire because I thought I might want to expand in the future. The finishing touch was the gate, again made out of a pallet. I don’t get any sun in my back yard so the deep shade is ideal for the animals. The full sunshine is great for
veggies in front. I put posts in(well my boys dug the holes for me) and I screwed the pallets to the posts. Along the north side I used T posts and wired on the chicken wire leaving about a foot on the folded against the ground to keep critters from digging under.
I have 6-8×4 raised beds, leaving room for a herb garden in the middle and 2 more raised beds which I will add in the fall. I wanted the herb garden to be a little bit more decorative to break up the square beds so I am making it out of free bricks. It is kind of a work in progress. I have to chip the mortar off the bricks which is time consuming but free! Good thing I have off teaching for the summer. Hopefully I will have them constructed by fall.
I laid down cardboard for the pathways and then added hardwood mulch. I called tree trimming companies till I got one that would dump their wood chips at the community garden nearby. My boys load up my truck and dump it in the path ways in my front yard garden. If I had a flat driveway I would have had them dump it there but since my driveway is a steep incline the community garden works better for everyone. So I catch my self smiling a silly smile when I realize that I am officially a front yard urban gardener. Woo Hoo!