Ha! Ha! It was ~1998 when the Wife and I had gotten our new Rhodesian Rigdeback pup that I was required to fence in the kitchen garden plot.
He’d rip and tear run through and pull up the new corn plants. BIG feet stopple to much of the other.
I used T posts and self standing 52" high, welded 1/4" rod, by 16 foot long cattle panels. (I need to take these down every year to rototill back the grass encroachments.
Wifie found that first year she could plant her green beans and climbing peas against this rigid fencing. Years later I took out the south and north permanent concreted posted in, old, old, sagging wire hinged joint fences and converted over to my rigid seasonal panels.
Now she cleverly plants pumpkins and squashes to climb these side fences. They get more sun, warm better, mature better. We are after maturity versus huge sizing. Ground contact here in a one-in-three years “cool-wet” summer and these can rot in ground contact.
I know I may bore with my claim of challenging gardening. I am really trying to show if I/we can with only 50-100 days growing, and 88-122 inches of rain - no excuses!!
Oregon/Washington coasts and Vancouver Island westside is worse/more challenging yet. Some of those 1870’s to 1930’s Light house and coastal Forts folks DID do vegetable gardens. Only way they had some seasonal fresh. Versus always Gov’mint supplied canned and dried foods.
On do more, with less.
I at best annually can make ~one cubic meter/one cubic yard of aged chicken manure/bedding/kitchen scraps/coffee grounds compost. We have virtually have no collectable amounts of desidous trees here for Fall leafs. Not enough “brown” adds, to balance out the available “green” adds, for good composting. And putting fir needles into the chicken pens will make it even MORE end results acid. Drive me to having to buy out ground powered AG-lime or another Dino fuel made/delivered buy-out to try and ph balance.
So . . . been pretty futile to spread out my limited no-weed-seed, well rooted manure mulch across the whole garden as I have in the past. Why in the past; every 3-4 years truck loads of bought-out fryer-house (chicken)/cow/horse/goat manures onto the garden. Never really aged well. Then 3 years of commercial animals feed weeds growing and slaving out to get back to a clean garden plot.
This year I read much widely. Learned a little, and now trying to in-row deep dig mix my manure mulch ONLY in the deep root crops planting rows. And will side dress later the heavy feeders like the table corn, tomato’s if they make it.
S-t-e-t-c-h out my own known “good” to just the roots zones.
Ha! 90 miles from the salty ocean coast or I would be washed sea weed harvesting and become a wastes fish emollient user.
Every place is different.
Has it’s own set of challenges.
“One-size fits-most solutions; will fit most poorly” s.u.