good fences make something something.

I realized that I haven’t even shown off the new defensive perimeter upgrade for Castle Frostbite yet:

The backyard of the Castle is now ringed by two hundred feet of 5′ chain-link fence, with three gates of various sizes strategically placed along the perimeter. Our friend Mark donated most of the hardware–he took down his own fence a little while ago and had no further use for it. We had to buy a few extra fence posts and some hardware, but most of that fence used to be around Mark’s property seventy miles south of here.

It’s not the prettiest of fences–chain-link fences don’t ever win any prizes for beauty–but it keeps the kids and dogs safe, and it keeps most critters out. The posts have been sunk into pre-drilled holes in the granite and then cemented in, so they won’t be going anywhere. We’re planning on planting some creeping vine type plants all along the length of the fence as a sight barrier.

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24 thoughts on “good fences make something something.

  1. Plblark says:

    Raspberries… Lots and lots of Raspberries. They spread and if you keep on top of them you can transplant the ones that try to sneak towards the yard to other places along the fence. Heck, Raspberries along with vining ivy or Grape vines would be good. Should discourage anyone climbing the fence.

    • Ken says:

      Or blackberries. Either is good.

      • Kristopher says:

        Blackberries will spread away from the fence by bird droppings … they are evil, and impossible to control once they get loose.

        Raspberries need some help, and won’t take over the property.

  2. Tam says:

    Where’d you get the pic from the old A-Ha video for your new header? It’s so retro!

    ;)

  3. Tam says:

    Fence looks great, BTW!

    (Caption Contest for lower left photo: “The silver-muzzled alpha of the Kinderhund pack trailed the unsuspecting prey warily…”)

  4. acairfearann says:

    Raspberries are good, I find grapes to somewhat difficult unless you can find some wild ones. I would consider: Trumpet Creeper (campsis radicans), Autumn Clematis (clematis paniculata or terniflora), Dutchman’s Pipe, Silverlace vine, possibly the Honeysuckle family,however some of the honeysuckles such as L. japonica are banned from NH as invasives. All look good and grow pretty fast, in fact Trumpet creeper and Silverlace will take over if not kept under control.

  5. You know, people have been successful in growing hops around these parts, and they are awfully nice-looking plants. Useful, too, I hear…

  6. Ruth says:

    You can get thornless varieties of blackberries these days though I’m not positive they’d grow ok there.

  7. We call blackberry plants “bio-wire”. Organic, sustainable defensive parameter that can feed you, (as opposed to something like Osage Orange, which would work great if you needed rot resistant fence posts, but I digress)

    I bet drilling those holes was bunches of fun, (but not as much fun as tannerite, I guess)

  8. Cybrludite says:

    Not sure if it’d survive up there, but I’d go with Pyracanthas. Not as tasty as the raspberries, but the thorns are much more wicked.

    • Windy Wilson says:

      Can you eat Pyrecanthus berries?
      Or, more correctly, are Pyrecanthus berries considered safe to eat?
      We had Pyrecanthus, and those plants are really good barriers. Of course almost everything grows in Southern California. Dunno about New Hampshire.

  9. libertyman says:

    Looks good!

  10. Al T. says:

    No concertina wire? LOL…… The pic of the kids looking at the fence while on their respective mounts (lower left) makes me think of Steve McQueens final efforts in “The Great Escape”…..

  11. Lanius says:

    What use is a fence if the house seems to be in a middle of a forest?

    Were kids and dogs that prone to wandering and getting lost?

    • Marko Kloos says:

      The dogs were running off into the woods. Also, there’s a dirt road just beyond the gate in the first picture that’s pretty busy in the summer. We have a nice little lake about a half mile from the house at the end of that road, and people take their boats there all summer long. It’s a bit too close for comfort without a fence to keep away the kids and dogs.

  12. Phssthpok says:

    You realize, of course, that with the addition of a perimeter fence you are now living in a ‘compound’ in the eyes of fed.gov. ;)

  13. Fred2 says:

    Two comments, Sight barriers and what not, work both ways.

    Also you now need to make a much bigger effort to mow/maintain the “other side of the fence. That may not be a best thing unl.ess you have an outer perimeter set up.

    In my experience the fence goes up and and everything outside grows wild….and then tries to get inthe fenced area.
    YMMV

  14. Will says:

    Marko,
    you might want to reconsider the “training wheels” on the bicycle. It’s counter-productive. Inhibits learning to balance the bike, and incorrectly teaches kids that bikes steer like a car. Bad results follow.

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