"Hurdles" are short sections of wattle fence, woven around posts that are held upright in a wooden form until the hurdle is complete. Then the fence panel is lifted free of the form and it's ready to serve as a mobile pen! We made a few hurdles for a historical farming demo-pen that can travel with us when we do educational outreach away from the farm. Their debut will be in a few days at Boxerwood Gardens, in Lexington, VA!
Wattle is the oldest form of fence known to humans, and an easy, beautiful way to enclose a pen or garden today. It's made of young, flexible saplings, woven back and forth around wooden posts. We're culling lots of pine saplings to clean up our forest understory, and give our mature hardwoods more room. What better way to use the cuttings than to weave them into a strong new fence for our front garden?
Here's the first half of the garden with a brand new wattle fence. Next, the second half needs its own fence, and then it's time for gates.
In the upper terrace you can see our elderberry bushes, getting tall and putting out buds as spring warms up here.
Farmer Shannon runs MSSF and keeps horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats, while living gluten-free & spinning/weaving for a hobby in the SCA.