Last year I had to (read forced to) begin replacing the fence around the back yard. Neighborhood Code Enforcement wanted me to have it all done by September, but that wasn't going to happen. As it was, I had both street sides (we live on a corner lot) torn down and replaced with new fence. The long run along the south side of the yard, however, was only half torn out before being derailed.
I have posted elsewhere about this project, and the fact that much of the fence is (was) covered by various vines. Included in these are: some kind of Morning Glory (bindweed?), Trumpet Vine, Virginia Creeper, and a climbing Rose. These were all planted (I assume) on purpose by a previous owner(s). In addition to these, there are also occasional Poison Ivy, Nightshade, and Indian Strawberry. Add to that the fact that almost all of the area within 3' to 5' of the fence in the back yard has been planted with a variety of perrennials, and you may begin to see my difficulties.
Anyhoo, once I had the most recent 40' stretch of fence torn down, I had to deal with six or seven tree stumps that were in the path of the fence. The trees had been cut down, some recently, but some years ago. Nevertheless, I could not put new fence posts where they needed to be because of the stumps! So.... I hired out to have them ground out. That didn't happen until early November, and so by that time work on the fence was almost done for the winter. Mid-winter during a short thaw I had managed to dig one post hole in the midst of the old stump area and put in a cardboard sleeve, but it was too cold to set the post in concrete.
So the good news is that work has resumed. Yesterday I set the last two posts needed for this 40' run and will put up the stringers and fence boards this week. Perhaps then I will be able to begin working on my veggie garden area. This stretch of new fence is necessary to contain my garden area. Of course there remains the other 40' run of fence on the side that must be stripped of vines, disassembled, torn out, footings dug up, holes dug deeper and aligned, etc. and then on to the 60' fence along the back of the yard, and then on to the next section..........
I am seriously thinking of using some of my "old" fence posts (cedar 4x4) that rotted out at ground level but are "good" as to what was above grade to make a picket fence from the corner of the house to the privacy fence to define the garden area. This would serve to 1. help keep the dog (collie) out of the garden area, 2. provide a cosmetic separation between the "yard" and the "garden", and 3. provide an "edge" against which a "flower" (?) garden can be located. Of course, this is (A) top priority to enclose the space so I can put in the garden, and (B) low priority since I have way too many other top priority things that MUST be taken care of ASAP.
So, I'm just updating my progress. I will continue to do so from time to time on this thread. I suppose this could have gone up under "Landscaping" or some other place, but hey, the whole reason I'm working on it (other than the fact that I have to) is so I can get in the veggie garden!