This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It certainly is trying to our tempers after we have planted our trees and bedding plants to have them uptorn by cattle or scratched out by an industrious biddy. To guard the trees and hedges from the outrages of cattle we use barb fence wire. Where there are evergreen hedges liable to attack, one strand is sufficient, extended from posts set twelve feet apart, and one trial will cure any cow. For single trees, a piece of barb wire looped around the lowest branch and twisted loosely around the tree two feet from the bottom and tucked into the coil will last for years, and as the tree grows can be easily enlarged. Single specimens of evergreens liable to attacks from cattle require four or more posts around the tree and the wire will be much less conspicuous than boards; as iron posts are sold cheaply they could be used, and painted green and would scarcely be noticed. Many are deterred from planting out bedding plants - such beautiful objects on the lawn or the smallest dooryard - from the proclivity of our domestic fowls for investigation. We use galvanized wire netting; meshes may be two inches, and supported by small posts.
This year shall use iron rods three to four feet long, of a size that will not easily bend, half inch, and although a fence around a. flower bed glowing with beauty detracts from the effects, still it is better than to have either no flowers or no chickens. Elevated boxes covered with bark look very rustic and ornamental, but the boxes soon decay and the bark soon requires renewing. For two years we have substituted kerosene or petroleum barrels sawed in two and painted a pretty red, and if put under cover will last a long time.