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Garden temptations

gate building for a farm perimeter to block out invading deer

This new gate is our biggest one yet, which prompted me to think about adding a diagonal brace thanks to comments from our most recent chicken pasture gate last summer.

A small turnbuckle ended up costing about 2 dollars, which can barely be seen in the photo near the center point. A short stretch of 14 gauge electric fence wire connects the end of the turnbuckle to a hole drilled through each corner.

The gap at the bottom should be sufficient to let Lucy through. What we're not sure about is if it's a big enough temptation for our invasive, white tailed friends looking for a big snack.

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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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