How to build a garden gate.

A basic plan in pictures.

The first garden gates I built were very difficult for me. Not so much difficult I guess, intimidating. It must be difficult! Not really, it turns out. Use predrilled holes for deck screws, and use deck screws. Nails come lose after a few years. Use decent hinges, light hinges fail.

Gates need a cross angle, usually against the hinged side, but it doesn't have to be. ched to the cross angle. The Gate post must be set at least 2 foot into the soil and braced. If you have the option, hinge from a solid wall. Gates have leverage, the wider the gate, the better your gate post needs to be supported. Never nail the hinges in, always use deck screws or screwed hangers in the case of metal gates.

Simple picket fence gate. Gates do not have to be hard to build. - grid24_12 You can find panels like this at hardware or lumber stores. Add a cross brace and you have a gate.

Short scraps of 1X12 redwood made this gate.

Matching all to components perfectly is not that important. (You will do a better job if you build it on the ground, then hang it.) The brace, deck screws, older dry wood, and good hinges matter more. Notice that every vertical has at least three screws.

a simple wooden garden gate - grid24_12

Source: www.laspilitas.com


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NYC Metro Garden Design - Submit Garden Pictures

The purpose of this picture thread is to encourage everyone to submit pictures of and discuss gardening and gardens in the New York Metro Area.
One of the most interesting topics in the area is about Green Roofs. Because the area has such a high density of population, the NYC Metro area is considerably warmer than the rest of Zone 6. This is because of the heat from buildings and the lack of green surface area.
Because of this, there is a movement to build Green Roofs in Brooklyn and Queens.
Though Chicago has some projects on the forefront of technology transforming roofs into grow areas, there seems to be less of that happening here in our area

Climate of change ahead for gardening  — Newsday
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come. .. FLOWERS.

Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief  — Irish Times
And go for a walk in the garden. Examine the dead plants and the frosty clay that was so full of flower last August.

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