Sunday, July 04, 2010

Good Fences Make Good Dogs

Charlie is intrigued by the new garden I put in. He loves to eat dirt, plus Pouncer digs there and that's a big attractant. But when the veggies ripen, the attraction will increase exponentially, because Charlie's an omnivore -- he loves veggies as much as I do!

So I'm erecting a low bamboo fence around the new garden. Tall enough to keep Charlie (who doesn't jump fences or push babygates) out, yet low enough for me to step over.

"Mmmmm... 2010 -- a good year for dirt."

I've been using a jerry-rigged setup of sawhorses and 2x4s, but it's always falling apart as Charlie pushes the boundaries a little. So it was time for something better looking and more stable.

"I could help, you know. I could keep the kitties out of there."

Having taken a class on bamboo fence-building, I decided on a rustic Japanese yotsume-gaki-style fence. Gabbie's mom grows bamboo & donated canes to the cause, and I bought posts at a local feed store.

"Awwwww... you never let me have any fun!"

For the last week, Charlie and I have been measuring and cutting and digging and leveling and nailing... There's plenty more do do (namely, the pickets and a gate), but we have the bones of a fence; one sufficient to keep Charlie out and the vegetables in.



Moose said...

Awesome! I love the look. I makes the garden look even nicer without looking like a fortress. Good choice! Nice that Charlie respects boundaries too.

Lacy said...

w00fs, hmm i thought u was building charlie a fence..heehee u wuz building one to keep him out..

b safe,

Lorenza said...

Pawesome job!
Sorry Charlie you have to wait until the veggies are all grown!
Kisses and hugs

val and noely said...

Beautiful fence! Just so...

Raising Addie said...

WOW what a beautiful garden!

Hope you get to eat some of the yummy veggies soon!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

That is pawesome!

Thanks fur sharing!

Happy FoURth of WOO-ly!


How Sam Sees It said...

That is a very nice looking fence.


Huskee and Hershey said...

Bet there'll be one happy Charlie when the vegetables ripen!! Very nice looking vege patch!

Scarlett said...

Way to go! Nice fence! I LOVE eating dirt!

Moco said...

We are hoping that Charlie will get a tomato or two out of that garden.

Ruby's Mum said...

That's very impressive fence building! And it looks like it's going to do the job.

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blues said...

i have to say i agree with you 100% !!

Rick said...

A good looking garden but is that fence really going to keep Charlie at bay?
The first summer I had my girls I had tomato plants in pots. At first, I thought birds were eating them but soon learned otherwise.

Automatic Gates Brisbane said...

Is it true that Charlie does not cross boundaries? If this is the case than it is really a nice one.