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How to make a low budget garden gate

lucygateThe total cost of this garden gate was about 4 dollars thanks to some lucky salvage finds. The support posts are some fresh cedar trees and the frame for the gate was once a large window. I found it with most of the glass broken out.

The hinges came from an old door in the barn. I used medium sized lag bolts for both hinges, which accounted for almost all of the 4 dollar budget.

I decided to use a top support post because the post closest to the tree is only down in the ground about 10 inches due to some large roots being in the way. The support post is held to the tree by a common lumber bracket which was another salvaged item. It all comes together at the top with a piece of scrap tin cut to the right size and held in place with some dry wall screws.
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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I've used old metal bed headboards and footboards for gates around our homestead. They work great. The Gates are held in place with metal post hammered into the ground and the headboard leg slid over the post.
Comment by Mona Wed Mar 14 21:27:23 2012
Mona --- Great idea! I wish you had a picture to post to show the exact use the found materials.
Comment by anna Thu Mar 15 08:28:28 2012

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