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I'm happy about the interconnectedness of my current project

 
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I'm not sure if it's stacking functions or getting multiple yields or something else but my current fencing project is pulling a lot of things together.  

On the surface I'm building a fence with pallets and cedar posts.

The fence is a zig zag design and 5.5' tall.  It will be mostly opaque.  It will provide many functions:
  • Block view of neighbor's back yard
  • Keep deer out of my food forest
  • Block winter wind
  • Create angled sun traps for pushing my zone
  • Cover up the bottom dead branches of my neighbor's pine trees
  • Opportunity to showcase stacking functions and intentional design to visitors
  • Learning experience for me about using cedar posts and laying out zig zags

  • Getting the raw materials involved:
  • Purchasing $15 of exterior screws
  • Collecting free/waste pallets from a local business (6' by 32")
  • Trading my labor for cedar poles (7 hours for 32 posts)
  • Helping a fellow homesteader - his cedar poles and saw logs got cut and peeled much quicker than he could've done it himself

  • Installing the fence yielded:
  • Post hole digger sized chunks of sod to patch in a low spot in a trail through the woods.
  • 1 gallon of topsoil per post for a lasagna garden
  • Some small rocks for future projects


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