Monday, October 24, 2011
Safely growing up a chicken fence
For those of you who don’t know I have a chook run that spans the outside of the garden patch. Even though the chickens are currently in the dome preparing the beds, when they are finished (in around 4 weeks) they will return to this outer area. Sometime ago Debbie from my garden group suggested I should grow beans over the wire fence that encloses it. Initially I quickly disregarded the idea thinking it was not the brightest considering chickens annihilate anyting green that comes in neck length of the fence.
The second time she mentioned it it dawned on me how I could make it work. The lower part of the fence is indeed useless but if the beans could climb onto the fence above the chickens reach then it would work. So by planting a foot away from the fence and providing them with a climbing apparatus (technical term for stick) they can now safely climb out of reach onto the fence. So thanks Debbie for the great idea.
What we have planted here is:
6 x Scarlet runner beans
2 x Climbing beans
3 x Snow peas
I think we may have over planted here. I hope the flimsy fence can cope with the weight.
Do you utilise fences in your garden?