I would like to thank the Home Depot for sponsoring this post on putting up a fence and building a gate for the berry garden on the Farm.
It’s time for Spring DIY projects everywhere and here on the Farm is no exception! As I wrote previously we are putting in a berry garden this year.
The ground was rototilled and it would soon be time to plant the berries but living in rural Montana we can’t just plant things and hope for the best. Besides our goats – who will eat anything green – we have a lot of other plant munchers in the area like deer and rabbits so if we want to make sure that our plants stay safe, we fence.
The main garden has a 9 foot fence around it; fortunately the berry garden wouldn’t need a fence that high! We discussed it and we figured 5 feet high would be fine so the hubby made his shopping list and off we went to The Home Depot in Missoula.
This being Montana and Spring, it was raining.
Before we went inside we decided to take a spin around the tree department ’cause a girl can dream, can’t she?
As my husband keeps telling me, one project at a time! But I really, really, really want fruit trees. He told me to chill. I’m getting berry plants, aren’t I?
Yes, I am getting berries.
So in to the store we went to lay the ground work so my berries will be safe!
We weren’t sure to go for fence so we stopped and asked a very friendly young lady at the Customer Service Desk. Jaimie was very nice and she told us where to go – IN A NICE WAY! She answered all of our questions and she had that beautiful smile.
We quickly found the fence, fence poles and wood needed for the project.
Hubby loaded it onto a readily available cart. At this point we had everything but the gate hardware. As we were looking for where to find it we were approached by a helpful Home Depot employee.
Tanya quickly directed us to where we needed to go to get our gate latch and hinges. We picked them out and headed for the checkout counters.
To put up the fence and build the gate we bought:
5 ft fencing Steel Welded Wire (100ft)
7 ft metal posts (6)
Pine 1x4x8 (6)
Western Red Cedar 4x4x8 (2)
Pine 2x2x8 (6)
Galvanized Steel T-Post Clips (2 Pkgs)
4″ Heavy Duty Hinge Zinc (2)
Gate Latch Sag Compensation Black (1)
Zinc 1″ Wood Screws (10)
This will ensure that deer stay away from the berry garden and that the goats can’t nibble when they go on their grazing runs to eat the weeds around the property during the summer. Invasive weeds are a big problem here in Montana so I let the goats out to eat them. They help keep the knapweed and sulfur cinquefoil down. We will wait and see if the few rabbits we have get into the berry garden. If they do we will just add some chicken wire around the bottom.
The hubby offers a tip for those of you that have burrowing garden pests – he says to dig a trench around the garden and bury a bit of the fence underground, turning it so that it lays flat and horizontal to the outside. It should come out 6″ to 1′ underground so that when the critter digs it gets fence in front and below.
Now if you have any other questions you can always go to the Garden Club Community Forum and ask an expert!
Our checker was a trainee but you would never have known it. He was knowledgeable and friendly!
We were checked out quickly and efficiently. He offered to have someone help us out to the truck but we declined. Our experience at The Home Depot was great; we found what we needed and everyone was very helpful. There is a culture of customer service there that is lacking in many other stores.
The next post I write will show the hubby putting in the fencing and building and installing the gate. The berry plants won’t be available here at The Home Depot in Montana for at least another two to three weeks so we won’t be planting anything for a bit. We called the store to check availability so we could plan. As I have mentioned before our weather has been crazy and we actually had about 3 – 4″ of snow over the past weekend!
The Rest of the Berry Garden Tale: