Defining your garden space and creating a physical barrier between your plants and the rest of your yard often go hand in hand. With lots of foot traffic and if children play nearby, you may want to make sure those tasty fruits and vegetables aren't trampled. By getting creative, you can put up a fence that won’t cost you a fortune yet still provide a secure space where your vegetables can grow and thrive. Some fencing styles also serve as support for climbing vines.
If your garden turns into play space after the harvest, consider using removable fencing. Green plastic or poly-resin perimeter fencing supports climbing vegetable plants and is easy to put up and take down when needed. It is easy to work with, doesn’t have sharp edges and can be cut with garden scissors, yet is strong enough to support climbing vines. This type of fencing is held in place with metal posts that are designed to hold the netting on individual hooks molded into the metal. It makes a strong enough barrier to keep the kids in the yard and your vegetables in the garden.
White picket fences have been used for centuries to surround a garden to keep four-legged intruders and children out. To add more growing space, line the inside of your fence with chicken wire and plant climbing vines at the base. Instead of growing horizontally and taking up precious ground, the plants will grow up and through the wire. The bright white background of the pickets against glossy green foliage and colorful vegetables makes a beautiful accent to your yard and garden.
If your garden space is somewhat small, edge the space with large and medium planters, lining them up as you would a fence. The planters separate your garden area from the rest of your yard and also add a design element. You can also plant vegetables in the planters, preferably ones that don’t make good companion plants, giving them a home all their own. Kids also love to dig in the dirt, so consider giving each child a planter to grow his plants in.
Raised beds can serve to separate your vegetable garden if you make them long and narrow. A raised bed 2 feet wide by 8 feet long serves double-duty as a fence and planter. You can make the raised beds as tall as you like by simply stacking the side walls. By adding cages or a trellis to your raised beds, you can literally double or triple your yield, while making your garden fence even taller.