The Doggy Garden Fence




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UPDATE: 22 June 2008 I have added the most recent photos of the garden the plants have filled out and provided the first bumper crop. The fence has effectively worked and kept the dogs out. Although one did a couple swipe at the garden but failed. Enjoy the photos below.

Here you will find my Instructable The Doggy Garden Fence. This fence cost me around $7 out of new materails, a small price when growing organic food. Take a look and if you enjoy it please give me a plus.

If you have seen my other Instructables then you may have looked at my Raised Tomato Garden. It came out pretty nice, but my dogs kept getting into it and digging it apart. I tried different fencing ideas but never had the time to build complete a nice fenced area.

So here it is. I hope you enjoy this Instructable, learn something from it, add suggestions to it, or at the least will generate some other ideas of your own because of it.

Read on and enjoy.

F.Y.I - This Instructable goes along with another one of my instructables The Doggy Retreat you will see it in the corner of the final step photos.

I created the picture below with Google's Sketchup software.

This Instructable updated 4-30-2008
New pictures added that show plant growth (step 5) and adding in the creeping vine for shade coverage.

Step 1: Safety, Tools, and Materials

Number one safety protocol: don't be stupid, respect your tools because they can maim or kill you.

I used
Safety glasses
Ear plugs
Work gloves
Intelligence (The wife argues this point)

Air compressor
Staple/Nail gun
10 inch Table saw with a 40 tooth blade
Measuring tape and square
A Pencil

(2) 10ft 2x4 studs
Pack of staples, but I didn't use the whole pack
Gallon of oil stain.

Step 2: Measure, Measure, and Cut Your Stakes (I'll Have the Ribeye Please)

When I was at Home Depot I thought I had bought 2"x4"x10' but it turns out I bought 2"x4"x104" I saw the 10 of the 104 and thought it was a 10 footer. Silly me and it skewed my measurements of course. It just so happens I bought a couple extras just in case.

Here are the measurements of the material you will need.

I spaced my stakes out by 1 foot increments and each stake is 2.5 ft long by 1.5"x 1.5".

You will need to figure out how many stakes you need, then make your cuts. I needed 10, so I cut 5 sections of 2x4x2.5ft.

Let me say it again, I cut my 2x4's into 2'5" sections because each section will give you two stakes of 1.5"x 1.5" after you rip it.

Now set your rip fence on your table saw to 1.5 inches, I just truned a 2x4 on its side and set the fence to it. I did this because a 2x4 is really only a 1.5x3.5, don't ask me why. Any way this will give you your 1.5 inch setting for ripping.

OK rip you 2x4x2.5ft boards into 1.5" x 1.5" x 2.5 ft sections. (see the pics below) You will end up having a strip of .25 in x 2.5ft lattice left over. You will use it later so hold on to it.

I also use my table saw to cut one end of each of my stakes in to somewhat close to a point to be able to drive them into the ground easier.

Ok nest step.

Step 3: Measure, Measure, and Cut Your Lattice

Just a note to remember I used a 40 tooth blade that is 1/8th inch thick, so for every two cuts I made I lost 1/4 inch of material.

Time to make the lattice.
If you have an extra 2.5 ft board left from making stakes GREAT!
If not you will need to cut a couple more.
Once you have your 2.5 board set your rip fence to .25 inch and start ripping your lattice. Rip as many as you need or just rip one at a time as you go along. I needed 9 2.5 ft pieces.

After you have your 2.5ft lattice you will need to cut some 1ft sections of your 2x4's. You will end up ripping these one ft sections as well they will be the horizontal lattice pieces.
Do you math and figure out what you will need or again just rip one at a time as you go along. I needed 36 pieces.

Once you get all of your lattice cut then lets move on to putting the fence together in the next step.

Step 4: Building the Frame

You may want to plant your plants before making the fence. It will be eaise to do, it was in my case.

The first step in building the frame is to drive your stakes. That is after you have your measuremets of where you want to drive the stakes. I only drove mine down 6 inches into the dirt. I wanted at least a fence that was 2 ft high.

I used a old 2 ft iron fence piece to help me measure the first few stake placements. You will see it in the pics below.

At this point I used my staple gun to shoot staples through the lattice an into the stakes.

As I went along, after I drove the stakes in the ground, I attached two rows of the horizontal lattice for stability and proper measurements.

Attaching the top piece of horizontal lattice helped me gage my distance between stakes. (see pic 4)

After I had all of the stakes and two levels of horizonatal lattice asseymbled I started placing the 2.5 verticle lattice half way between each stake and drove them 6 inches into the ground ( more stability) Then I used the staple gun and attached them.

I folloed behind that with installing the other two rows of horizontal lattice.

I repeated this until I was finished.

By the way a staple gun is easy and fun to use. Plus it makes short work of your tasks.

On to the next task, the stain.

Step 5: Staining

In this step we will stain, it is that easy. My son who is 8 started staining the fence for me while I was working on the Doggy Retreat Instructable, it goes right next to the fence.

Go grab your stain and start staining. I used Redwood stain, it was not my first choice in color. It was pretty cheap at Home Depot @ $7.98 a gallon compared to $30 cedar stain, I went for the cheaper stuff.

I know the redwood is bight against the stucco wall. In the pictures it is actually a little brighter than it really is. When the plants start to get big it won't look so loud. The green from the plants will bring it all together.

There you have it a "Doggy Garden Fence"

I still have a small pile of dirt infront of the fence to move. After I move it the are will come together nicely.

I hope you have enjoyed this ible, or have become inspired by it. If you decided to build something like it let me know because I would love to see it.

Enjoy your day.



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    15 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    if you use coconut coir finely ground like the pet bedding (pet bedding bricks will expand to about 5x the size of the brick) it acts as a rooting agent and retains moisture very well. I have never seen anything not grow well in it. It soaks up the moisture and retains it will keep you from having to worry about how much you are watering too cause it drains well but also retains enough moisture for your plants, it works exceptionally well for raised planters but it can be somewhat expensive. if you are resourceful you can find it wholesale in large quantities. just be careful that you arent getting chunks cause they take forever to break up.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Looks great! I was confused at first... as I read as "dodgy".


    10 years ago on Introduction

    If you want to grow larger bell peppers there is one simple, but vital change you'll need to make. Without going into too much detail I'll say this:

    Bell peppers originate from a hot climate. In hot climates the dirt is substantially warmer than is naturally available in most U.S. climates. Simply put, to grow larger bell peppers you'll need to create warmer dirt. There are two easy ways to remedy this. Either plant your peppers in a planter, or you can build a raised bed in your garden.

    Raising the dirt enables the sun to heat it much more efficiently. But be careful, warm dirt = greater evaporation = you'll need to water more frequently.

    Happy gardening!

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Another idea is to cover the soil with black plastic (recycled, of course). This raises soil temperature and inhibits evaporation. I have also used layers of newspapers topped with bark nuggets from my chipper/shredder. Both of these virtually eliminate weeds and seem to keep insects down as well. Happy gardening!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Another method is to not use mulch. The soil is already very black so it will absorb plenty of heat, and there's nothing to stop the soil getting direct sunlight. The result? Hot soil! Happy gardening!

    Very nice way to give your dog cool place to lie down 'in the bushes' without disrupting your pepper plants. Nice look overall, much better than a little dirt corner next to the house like it used to be. Good choice of color too, very festive with the green of your plants.

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    Thank you! You are right it does look better than the little dirt corner it use to be, it came out better than I expected. The dogs really like it also. I am now working on the walking area again and I am going to add another raised bed. I just pulled out all of the dirt and rock again. i will post the update when I am finsihed. Thanks again.

    Mr. Rig ItLinuxH4x0r

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Linuxh4x0r. Yes it gets the job done effectively for a very small price. Being the cheapster that I am, I prbably would have made it out of scrap. However, this time I didn't have any though and it was cost effective to use fresh lumber. Plus I had to get the fence up really quick.

    LinuxH4x0rMr. Rig It

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not criticizing it, I just mean thats how I do stuff. If I do use new wood I get it from the scrap bin at home depot.

    Mr. Rig ItLinuxH4x0r

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    LOL. Oh no, I didn't thnk you were criticizing. I just meant I didn't have any scrap and I had to get the fence up quickly, so I had to go with new. I actually look in Home Depots scrap bin every now an then. I started doing that since I heard you say that before. Good habit to pas on. :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is brilliant - especially with the Doggy retreat. Where I live, I'd give the retreat some sort of waterproof roof and closed walls, more like a kennel, as the weather is not so good. Still, great job! Looks fantastic, and I'm sure it'll only get better with the vines. :)

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    Mr. Rig ItDanielfish

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you very much! True, more inclament weather would require walls and a roof. Here that would just turn it into an oven. Thanks again.