How to Fence Your Garden Cheaply


With seeds and gardening supplies eating up most of their gardening budget, many money-saving gardeners look for ways to cut costs on their garden fences. Unless you anticipate having problems in your garden with heavy deer traffic, you should be able to use inexpensive poultry netting to protect your garden produce, according to Jeff Beneke, author of "The Fence Bible." Get the biggest bang for your buck by purchasing galvanized poultry netting, which costs approximately $30 to $40 for 150 feet and has a special coating that allows it to resist rusting. Look for the 36-inch-tall poultry netting, also called chicken wire, at your local farm and ranch store.

Step 1

Sink steel T-posts 12 to 18 inches into the ground at the corner locations of your garden. Pound the posts straight into the ground with a hand-held post driver. Position the corner posts far enough out from your vegetable rows to allow you to push a wheelbarrow or Roto-tiller along the inside perimeter of your fence easily without squashing your vegetables.

Step 2

Tie a piece of twine to one of the corner posts and run it between the remaining corner posts to mark the perimeter of your garden fence. Pull the twine taut and wrap it around each corner post several times to ensure that it provides a straight marking line for line post placement.

Step 3

Pound metal rebar posts into the ground along the inside edge of the marking string to serve as the line posts for your garden fence. Position the posts approximately 10 feet apart and hammer them into the ground approximately 9 to 12 inches.

Step 4

Wrap the end of the roll of chicken netting completely around the first corner post. Secure it in place with four 6-inch-long pieces of 14-gauge wire. Unroll the chicken netting along one entire side of your garden on the outside edge of your line posts. Pull the netting taut and secure it to each line post (with four 6-inch-long strips of 14-gauge wire) one at a time, starting with the line post closest to the original corner post.

Step 5

Wire the chicken netting to the outside edge of the second corner post before unrolling it along the entire second side of the garden. Secure the fencing material to each line post. Repeat this process for each remaining side of your garden fence.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel T-posts
  • Hand-held post driver
  • Twine
  • Metal rebar posts
  • Hammer
  • 14-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Poultry netting (36 inches tall)


  • "The Fence Bible"; Jeff Beneke; 2005
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