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well in Nove, and then all winter, and then again all spring we have had major wind storms here. 25 years ago I put up some lattice fencing across the front of our entire property including what we gave to Joel for his house, 6' high..and then after that about 15 years ago I put up picket fence along several hundred feet of our west property line with lattice next to the house for privacy.

well.

with the windstorm more than half of the lattice fence and a good deal of the picket fencing was damaged from the horrible strong winds and falling trees.

I had begun to fence in my 60 x 60 food forest garden with picket fencing a few years ago but only had 4 panels up..couldn't swing the $ to finish it..and had some salavaged fence here and there.

well when I started trying to salvage the broken lattice fence that was all twisted and yukky, I laid it down and laid 2x4's on it and it straightened right back out in no time, it has some busted up areas, but pretty  much was still holdinig into panels..

SOOOOO

I decided to take all the lattice that I could repair, salvage and reuse and try to use it to fence in my entire food forest garden, leaving some parts of some beds outside of the lattice but trying to include most of it inside..it will be rough and it will need a lot of repair as I go on.

several of the posts broke off at ground level, but they were 6' tall, and the new garden alttice fence will be 4' tall, so putting them in the ground 2' I still have fairly decent wood posts that will be up about 4' out of the ground, so although they may not last forever they should last for a while..

I have about 75 % of the lattice down and hae started putting it around the food forest garden and I'm verry happy with it..got the west side all done and most of the  south side finished..the west side has raspberries and blackberries on the inside of the fence, and I hope to extend the beds with cardboard and mulch outside that fence area there ..the south side has blueberries, service berries and juneberries out side of the fence, and nothing on the inside (which will be shady) and I hope to extend the beds inside on that shady side with cardboard and mulch too..not sure what to plant in this newly made shady area..but will keep that in my thoughts..thenorth lattice will have wild plum, hazelnut and mulberries on the south side ..not sure if i'll plant on the north shady side of that lattice there..and still not sure what I'm going to do on the east..either split the east bed in half with the lattice as it is a wide bed with asparagus, north star cherry, rhubarb, etc..and it would be hard to reach across the bed if i fence one side..

anyway..quite a project but it is coming along well..also have some arbors but hope to have enough materials to make some more as well..have grapes there and hope to pant the 3 kiwi vines i have in pots out there somewhere..

have bought replacement posts for the picket fence area and will have to buy 3 or 5 ?? panels to finish off the replaceement fence there, but I'm going to finish the food garden area first..as I have to dig out all of those broken off posts and who wants to do that !!! Maybe I can borrow a 3 point hitch auger and let it do the work..
 
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finished the north side today, now only finishing the east side and doing some arbors and gates to get it done..sure will be glad to have it finished..
 
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Hopefully, the weather is on your side.  Projects like that feel sooo good once they are finished.

 
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it was gorgeous today ..even opened a screen door.

I have nearly gotten the lattice perimeter fencing all done..I built a 8' wide 2' deep arbor out of some salvage today too on the east side fenceline..and plan to put my kiwi up the arbor and along the fence, I have 3 in pots on the windowsill ready to go out when frost no longer threatens.

I plan to build 2 more arbors (this will make 4) in the food forest garden, I have grapes and cl roses already planted waitiing for one of the 2, and I have grapes and climbing roses on the previous one I already had built.

not sure what will go up the 4th one when I get that one done but I 'll think of something.

I did also dig about 1/2 of my Jerusalem Artichokes that needed moving today (had to cause they were in the way of some of my post holes)..i moved a bunch of them north of my new lattice fence perimeter and also a double row on our west fenceline where there is a gap in the fences south of our woods, to try to see if maybe I can stop the dog traffic through that gap
 
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http://restfultrailsfoodforestgarden.blogspot.com/p/food-forest-garden.html

If you go to this blog page link and go to the very bottom of the page, there are photographs of the lattice that I salvaged and got up around the baby food forest garden..whew, mostly done.

still have some damaged lattice to repair and some loose areas to nail down as well as gates to build and 3 arbors yet to be built and finished..
 
                                  
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nice job...keep up the good work.
 
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thanks, I have only  had the trellis enclosure up for about a week but right now I LOVE it..I have planted pole beans and peas and squash, melons and cukes along the lattice to grow up over it as well as have kiwi and grape vines on the arbors..still have some arbors to build and gates and some repair work to the damaged lattice but so far it has taken good shape
 
                                  
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Brenda i am doing the same thing.cleaning up my homestead of junk and making use of things and resources i have be in natural or man made goods.heres a few shots of what i got going on.

new gate on orchard/raised bed area.



raised bed made of culvert.








 
                                  
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i am using old tree pots to garden in also.this way i can get use of the same water twice as it goes threw from vegtables to tree roots.the  local tree cutters bring me free mulch too.they brought me about 12 loads so far.



 
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everything looks good mrs groth

elkhound that idea of using tree pots for gardening,,while reusing the water to water the tree was brilliant.  kudos to you.
 
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Elkhound I love that you are also salvaging, I have spent 40 years here salvaging everything i can, from here or from other places and reusing even if it is horrible shape..

sure saves on buying new !!

yesterday I started putting up fence where the wind had blown down the picket fencing, and lattice..I'm using the picket panels that are left (even the worse for wear ones)..got 4 panels back up ..should get 3 back up today and then I have to buy new..wah..at $100 or more for 4 panels I'd rather salvage
 
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