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pallet hugelkultur fence

 
Matthew Spaar
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Our back property is wooded and extremely rocky uneven ground. We have been trying to run fence using trees as posts but that hasn't worked well. I was thinking about layering pallets with the planks down and filling them with dirt one on top of the other maybe 3 feet high then attaching boards every 10 feet as fence posts. I would then plant a dense hedge row in the pallet hugelkultur so as the outside of the pallets decay the hedge row would be up to snuff. Does this sound doable or is there other aspects I can't see?
 
Guarren cito
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I'm planning on building a hugelkultur fence next to the road to cut down on road noise/grow roses and flowers for a cut flower p.y.o. operation.

Check this out, it's much more time consuming, but much less materials required. http://www.permies.com/t/25097/hugelkultur/Hugelkultur-feedback

Also - what was your experience using trees as posts? I have heard a good strategy: Screw eye hooks into trees and pull an electrified wire through the eye hooks all the way around your paddock. Pros: Should be super easy to do a paddock shift. Cheap. Cons: You would have to unscrew the eye hooks every other year so the trees don't grow around them. I think Joel Salatin is doing it with pigs or somebody.

Cheers!
 
Matthew Spaar
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Thanks for responding. the reason I was thinking of the pallet wall was that I would like to plant osage orange in the top which would need a sizeable base.
 
leila hamaya
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i like this idea, its sounds like a great idea.
like that one on the link too...

i've done somethings very similar before. but usually with just one pallet, and then built a raised bed on top. or cutting them up and nailing the pallets together to make the edge and bottom of raised beds.
i also have done some stuff taking the pallets apart and then using trees cut down for posts, and the pallet wood for a simple fence/trellis/fedge.

i was working with similar thinking when i was working on this fence, which is made with willows, pallets and some salvaged free wood:

http://www.permies.com/t/16172/projects/living-fence-project#208940

theres some places where pallets are underneath or edging the beds, and theres a lot of woodchips, branches and leaves underneath the soil in those. some of the boards were nailed right onto living trees.

i am starting some new fedges =) here ...since i have moved....just in the past few days i am beginning a new small fedge..
unfortunately not a lot of pallets to be found here, but i did bring a few....not much to do a bigger area.
fortunately though theres lots of wood around, theres also tons of cherry plums, so thats what i have been starting with.
going to start a bigger one soon in a different area, just planning it out now....starting some new trees and plants.
 
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