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dorset

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« on: November 28, 2007, 10:48 »
i need to build a fence around my allotment, but im not sure how to start, on the other alotments most of the fences are falling down and look really dodo! ive bin thinking about useing concreat for the posts so they shouldnt fall down (well for a few years anyway), and then bulidind the frence on to them,
but how deep would i have to dig the holes?
how much concreat would i need(for about 10 main posts)?
or how alse could i do it?

id be very thankfull for any help.......id be even more thankfull if someone come and did it for me :lol:  
i enjoy the gardening but im not to good at building

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007, 10:58 »
Do you really need a fence? It seems like an awful lot of effort which could be spent on digging or sitting in your shed drinking tea.
On our site not many people have fences (although the whole site is surrounded by a giant council fence with barbed wire on the top).
People who do have fences use pallets, doors and anything else they find in skips.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007, 14:47 »
were my allotment is, its right by a path were people walk there dogs and ive already had dogs mess on it, and i havent even planted anything! also have a lot of problams with kids throwing ribbish on them and tipping over water butts,all the other allotments have fences to try and stop the kids and dogs

as for sitting in the shed drinking tea-we aint aload shads :cry:

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007, 14:52 »
I'd suggest driving steel post holders which hold the wooden post off the ground.  Reasonable chance you'd get them out if you ever moved.

For example : http://www.outdoorwoodstore.com/prod_ozpost.shtml

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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2007, 14:57 »
thanks wc
but there is only 6inch of top soil at the moment,then its just chalk, would the post holders go in ok, and would it be pretty easy? i wanted to put the fence up befor i got my top soil

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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 16:26 »
I used a similar thing (Metposts) to anchor my flying greenhouse. They were hard to hammer in and our soil is quite good.
There are such things as posthole borers you can hire but I don't know how hard they are to use.
Try: http://www.hss.com/g/62720/Post-Hole-Borer-Manual.html to get an idea.
Maybe someone with a bit more experience of this will come along soon.

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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2007, 16:31 »
Quote from: "dorset"
would the post holders go in ok, and would it be pretty easy?
the link I posted suggested using an air-powered jackhammer. Don't you have one of them then?  :D

Check around and ask the vendor before buying.

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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2007, 16:37 »
Quote from: "WG."
Don't you have one of them then?  :D


no,dont have one of them lying around :lol:  do you then?

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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2007, 17:22 »
I thought of using metposts too, only my lottie hits solid clay around 6 inches down at the perimeters where it has never been dug.  So I am going to dig and concrete the posts.  I am having a pallet fence with the pallets joined to the posts with wire.  I shall be having small people staying hopefully after Christmas and need to be able to contain them in my own plot, plus we have a huge bunny problem so a fence is the first (but not only) line of defence.
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2007, 12:18 »
Loads of pallets preferablly the 8ft X 4ft ones

Dig a hole put a post in wedge with half briks and big stones
line up the pallet  (longest side to the ground) putting packing in plavce to hold it where you want it mark where the next post goes  
try everything for size
nail the pallet to the first post
put the second post in
nail the pallet to the second post

repeat till the fence is long enough grows quick if you can get the 8ft pallets

When its all up cover at least the bottom half with wire mesh keeps little things out!!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2007, 17:11 »
:D thanks every one for your help
i think im going to use the steel post holders and pallets(thats if i can get the pallets)

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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2007, 17:33 »
munty is made of pallets except he is in east of england soon to be scotland...

have you tried rooting around in skips on the business parks and industrial estates of blandford on a quiet sunday morning - it could be quite productive wood / pallet wise and definately worth a look.
Gardening organically on chalky, stony soil.



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