Using fencing on your allotment

Fencing is primarily used to provide protection for vegetables, especially against pests and wildlife that feed on plants, but it can also be used as an extension of your allotment.

Read on to find out how you can maximise the use of fencing in your garden.

Your fencing can double up as a foundation and support structure for trellises or poles. This is best done if you plan on growing climbing plants like cucumbers, beans and cantaloupes.

A collection of ideas shared by Bonnie Plants mentions that the ideal section is the south side of your fence since it creates a natural sunny spot for healthy plant growth.

If you live in a suburban neighbourhood where there is little threat from foxes or rabbits, then you can follow the steps above regarding fencing. In the photo, you can see how the fence has been transformed into climbing areas for the plants.

Garden fencing isn’t just about perimetre fencing, but the installations within your main allotment as well. Fencing can be installed between plant beds to help distinguish boundaries,which can be especially helpful for crop rotation as recommended in this guide.

This method of segregation is best done with old fencing so you can save time and money on materials.

The post ‘Upcycling Your Old Fence’, specifies how different types of used fence panels or planks can be used as bed containers or dividers.

You can also follow the steps above to make more fencing and apply it to the ‘trellis foundation approach’ recommended earlier, but be sure to restore the wood to further prolong its life and enhance its durability.

This post from Home Gardener details how fence treatment protects wood from decay as well as other detrimental factors. It’s also important to note that many of these fence paints come with 5-year guarantees as seen on Screwfix. This will help give it an extra layer of protection as well as extending its lifespan. They also come in many different colours with red cedar, oak, and green among the most common. This is all the more useful if you plan on creating themed spaces within your garden as highlighted in the previous post.

Lastly, you can think of your fencing like walls to hang name boards or as direct labelling areas especially if you have a relatively large garden with a wide variety of vegetables and plants. Simply align the markers to their corresponding rows to keep everything organised, so you can easily identify or find any plant.

So there’s more to fencing than just protecting precious crops. Do you have any creative ideas regarding the use of garden fencing? Share them in the comments section below.

This is a guest post by Caitlin Mason.

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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