This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

new garden gate

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Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

Wow that looks brilliant. I bet your chomping at the bit to get the soil in and get growing. I am a little behind this year with seeding etc, but could work to my advantage as the weather forecaster are warning farmers and growers to watch out as we are getting ground frost and colder temperatures this week.
Marian (LondonUK)

April 28, 2014 3:44 AM

Blogger Margaret said...

I really like the design of your gate - I have to "fence" my beds as well, but I'm only using chicken wire & 3' U-posts as my primary problem is with rabbits - no deer around here so far. I've been up in the air, however, about how to attach the gate to the fence. From the photo, it looks like you attached it directly to the post, is that right?

April 28, 2014 12:51 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I had no idea Steve would make such a nice sturdy garden gate. It does have a different sort of attachment approach. He use 4 climbing cleats /clamps to attach the gate to the fence. Regular large clips would work well too. This way, I can totally remove the gate by undoing all 4 clamps. Or I can remove only 2, leaving the other two attached and swing the gate on them as if it were hinged.

April 29, 2014 12:15 AM

Blogger Margaret said...

I looked at the pictures again and now I see the clamps you are talking about. That is actually a great idea! Building a bunch of new beds this year is more than enough without the added expense & work involved in using posts, hinges, etc. I will definitely be giving your clamp idea a try. Thanks!

April 29, 2014 8:28 AM

Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

Well thought out then! A gate that can be removed to get stuff in and out, then a swing to allow Kathy, and hairy gardeners access, brill!
Marian (LondonUK)

April 29, 2014 1:48 PM

Anonymous Ralph said...

Gate has an interesting design and looks quite practical. Great, to have such an ingenious carpenter around the house.

I've been putting in fence as well so I know all about the frustrations of hitting rock. Usually you can dig around it and lift up the rock with a crowbar or other tool, but in New England, I know, that's often impossible.

Local farmers in our area use split oak for posts. Oak, naturally resistant to decay, lasts many years and after a while has a wonderfully weathered look.

A good alternative is a hedge, but hedges do affect air circulation, not to mention sunlight exposure.

April 30, 2014 1:21 AM


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