Right?! I feel like words are superfluous at this point and that my feelings of joy can only be expressed through the art of interpretive dance. However, if you’ve ever hauled thirty fence posts, seven-hundred pounds of concrete, and topped it all off with a couple of hours using a sawsall in one weekend, you know that sudden or grandiose movements with any part of your body are damn near impossible. But I’m definitely dancing on the inside.
So, let’s talk about this garden fence, shall we?
It came from a house that was slated for demolition, and my uncle– who’d been contracted for the job– asked me if I wanted the old fence sections. Um… hell yes?
Honestly, they were delivered to the farm last fall, and I fully intended to get them in the ground before winter. (Ha. Ha ha.) In my defense, I did put in a shit-load of fence last year, but I couldn’t get to this financially or logistically before we were buried under fifty feet of snow. And we all know how much fun that was.
Enter: Spring. This year I thought I might finally, finally have a shot at building the garden I’ve been dreaming of for, oh, four years now. It started with my first heavy-duty raised beds back at the Memorial House, and I made a valiant effort to bring that vision to reality on Black Feather Farm last year…
Maybe not so valiant, actually, as I didn’t get very far. But this year, this year I’ve made some actual big-time progress… because I hired help.
These guys also helped with the pain-in-the-ass split-rail portion of the donkey fence last year, and are fabulous. (If anyone is in the Ann Arbor area, All Arbor Custom Fence, I highly recommend them.)
So, Friday, just a few short hours into the day…
And by late afternoon…
Do you know how many post holes that is? Thirty. Bringing the total number of post holes dug on this property to well over a hundred now.
Here’s what the garden looks like, now that it’s fenced in…
I’ll be taking the grass out of the bed that runs along the inside of the fence and planting leafy greens and some berry bushes there.
The rest of this grass is also coming out (courtesy of a sod cutter I’m hoping to rent next week) to make room for corn, hops, strawberries, and a number of squash vines.
It was great having the crew over on Friday to knock out the biggest section of work, but there’s still a lot left for me to do on my own.
First up was trimming down all of the 4×4 posts…
Well hello there, power tools. I’ve missed you.
Then, I had even more fun starting the pergola I decided last-minute to put over the entryway.
Next up, finishing the pergola, building the gates, and building the last two fence panels that need to be custom sized to make sure the whole thing ended up square. Then I’ve got one more garden bed to build, some pathways to finish, and so many plants to plant! Plus another fun project or two that got started over the weekend. It’s going to be an awesome couple of weeks in the garden.