Setting Up Homestead Garden Area And Off Grid Electric Fencing
Friday I set up the borders of my new organic garden area and set up the rest of the electric fence around the whole meadow to keep deer, ticks and other unwanted creatures out.
I used some fiberglass stakes to mark out the boundaries of the garden. Now I have a better overview of the size of the garden. When I was a kid we had a garden three times this size. I confirmed this with my Mom the other day. I believe I can handle this alone then because back then we made it happen and my Mom preserved tons of food for our whole family each fall.
I also finished putting up the electric fence posts and wired up the whole perimeter of the meadow. I used a full quarter mile of electric fence wire so that means I wired in 1/8 of a mile of area. Not a bad sized meadow. I ran the wire out into the woods a bit at one point for better protection and to give me space where I will have my garden tent later on. I am clearing an area to set up the tent for my lawn mowers and garden tools.
The electric fence runs the whole perimeter of the meadow, into the woods and then around to the driveway entrance out front. I will have a gate that I can open and close as needed. When the gate is up, it will provide more security for me as well. I am also going to put up some Mr Beams motion sensing spot lights out there to help me see better when I get home in the dark.
This area is also where the raccoons come through and I need to protect the meadow from those pests before I bring the chickens home.
Now I can fence in the garden with my deer netting which will protect the garden from the chickens. A bit of chicken wire just about 2 feet high will go around the bottom to keep the chickens out of the garden. Then a single electric fence wire will go around the outside of the chicken area to keep raccoons and other predators away from my birds.
I pounded a piece of galvanized steel pipe into the earth behind the RV and then pounded in a huge 8 foot piece of rebar into the ground. Both will act as a ground for the electric fence controller. I then hung the controller on the rebar with some wire and connected it to AC power from my off grid solar RV.
Using an electric fence tester I checked the whole fence and everything is working well.
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