Mari's Dirty Fingers

A Newbie's Garden Experiment

Reused Garden Fence

A few months ago we cleared a section of lawn to make a corn patch.  Parents would walk in that area to look at their children through the gates as they lined up in the morning.  I was worried that they would step on our new plantings, so I put up a 1 foot high twig fence.  Now that the corn and watermelon are planted, I wanted a more sturdy barrier to protect that area.

I had an old picket fence that I wanted to reuse for that.  We always try to find ways to reuse materials for the garden.  It’s mostly to teach the importance of Reduce Reuse Recycle.   Lack of funding is another reason we reuse materials.  Necessity is the mother of invention after all.  Here was the plan.

Drawing of the what I want the reused fence to look like with plans for garden art.

Drawing of the reused fence with plans for garden art.

First my hubby cleared the mulch and marked off where the posts would be placed. The old fence can be seen on the left side of the picture below.  Please note the awesomeness of the corn! We added watermelon mounds on the four corners of the corn patch this week.

The before shot. Moving mulch to dig post holes.

The before shot. Moving mulch to dig post holes.

While he dug the holes I started painting the fence.

The first post in  the ground.

The first post in the ground.

Adding a bright new color to an old fence

Adding a bright new color to an old fence

We finished painting after the fence was attached.  Looks pretty cool.  I can add something new to the list of things I can do! I have another old fence of this same size and maybe I’ll extend this one.

I will have a first grade class make butterfly garden art to display on the fence as well as planting some morning glory to climb it.

Finished Project

Finished Project

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