dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in
dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in

dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in

Dear Chicas,

I have tried to provide you with the best plant matter money can buy–organic kale seeds, swiss chard, winter rye and clover.  I have even made you your own special salads with delicacies like blueberries and freeze dried meal worms.  I must draw the line, however, when you greedily parade your way into my two meager fall veggie beds and start nipping at the new seedlings.  You have a whole little farm to attend to, not to mention that our neighbor graciously lets you partake of her delicious grass.  And yet, you persist in pecking at the small beet shoots and scratching at the miniscule kale sprouts. 

I will not have it.

And so, yes, against my nature, I have fenced you out of those beds.  I know, I know, I had hoped you would be more willing to share and free range elsewhere.  I do not like having gardens that require such boundaries.  But Hayley and I want fresh greens and root veggies this winter, and you’re not making that easy for us.

I admit, when you bumped your beak into the mesh, I did giggle smugly.  And no, I’m not falling for that pitiful stare, Rosie, or those insistent honks, Lucinda.  The fence stays.

Easy DIY Mesh Fencing for Vegetable Garden

36-48″ wooden stakes with pointed ends

black plastic mesh fencing (small squares 1″x1″)

zip ties

mallet or hammer

1.  determine where you want stakes around the garden

2.  hammer stakes down into ground until firmly set

3.   cut fencing to fit around perimeter of garden/stakes

4.  beginning with first stake, attach fencing to stake with a zip tie towards the top and a zip tie towards the bottom

5.  continue around the fence in sequence; pull  mesh tightly between stakes before zip ties are put through and tightened

6.  when you get back around to the first stake, do not zip tie the end of the mesh to it.  Attach with a paperclip or something that can be removed so you can get in and out of the garden.




  1. Here at Yummy Tummy Farms, we are planning on getting about 12 hens, most probably Marans, Australorps, and Easter Eggers. The one obstacle that keeps me from jumping in and installing the hens is all the protective work I will have to do in advance if I want them to be as free ranging as possible. Fencing supports my procrastination at this point.

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