This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Much complaint comes from the injury to cattle from the barbs, from the occasional loosening of the wires, from the staples sometimes drawing out, and from rust unle s well galvanized, and more than all from the posts rotting away which is the chief trouble with the ordinary post and rail fence. In a recent run through Western New York the writer noticed that one sensible fellow had planted a line of osage oranges alongside of his barbed fence. Thus if the posts rot away the lines of wire will still be in the hedge and will never need new posts; while the lines of wire running through as long as the hedge lasts will make the most perfect security against all hogs and all sorts of trespassers getting through. Indeed it seems to us that the combination of barbed fence and living plants is the perfection of protective fencing, and certainly far superior to the best methods of plashing ever invented.