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Creating willow and hazel hurdles for your garden--make a small twig fence to edge the flower bed by the shop

How to Make a Wattle Fence - I like this photo - uses stakes, fence only 2' high - this is what I need for berries and better than the wattle fence I made today. :)

Weave a raised bed of stakes and flexible twigs.

woven fence. WOW. The time, the amount of willow...Just doing a small one tooks me all day!

Wattle and daub is one of the oldest building techniques dating back to the Bronze Age and beyond. Wattling is a way to build walls by weaving long flexible sticks in and out of upright posts. Hazel, which is pliable and grows naturally long, is a good species to use for wattle. It is also the preferred wood used by straw bale builders to pin bales together.

Vegetable garden with wattle fence - Hyland Wente Garden, CT by, via Flickr

beautiful Pansy tower! Pansies grow well in the Winter here..I must remember this next year.

I wonder if we could do a design like this but actually use stones and concrete to stick them together. Would be one of the more permanent houses we ever made for May Day. The carved clay is a good idea too though. Much easier. Each kid could build a floor.

"Pleaching or plashing was common in gardens from the late Middle Ages until the 18th century. This technique is a kind of weaving of the branches of deciduous trees or shrubs to form a living fence. Sometimes branches woven together grow together, a natural grafting known as inosculation. Sir Walter Scott brought the technique back to popularity in England when he described such a fence in The Fortunes of Nigel."

Adam gives you a tour of the Museum of Wooden Architecture | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

You could make the planters different heights and decorate with plastic wrought iron stair steps or half circles