It's my forth year in my veg garden and until now I've been using three bits of weld mesh as temporary gates to keep rabbits out of my garden.
Each year I say I'm going to make some gates and I kept thinking I was going to make some fancy ones to show off my skills. This basically meant that they just didn't get built because I've never got the time to dedicate them.
So I decided to just knock up some quick and cheap ones so I get to use gates over the summer rather than struggling with mesh panels every time I leave the garden.
|My littlest helper sorting screws|
For the wood I stripped some old fencing apart (this fencing was in turn made from some pallets I'd taken apart a few years ago) and I just made up some simple ledges and braced gates. The slats are spaced so no rabbit can't fit through (hopefully).
|Spacing the boards out|
|First gate hung|
|Good chunky hinges|
|Second gate - the main one|
If your ever hanging anything with a brace on the back make sure that the brace points down towards the bottom hinge, otherwise it's not doing anything.
|Bottom gate into the soft fruit garden|
Although I didn't spend any money on the wood, I did splash out on the hinges and brought some good quality hoop and band hinges. This means that if I want to lift the gate off for any reason I can and if I ever get around to building some better gates I can reuse the hinges. Cheap ironmongery is a waste of money, I find cheap T-hinges the worst as the knuckle rusts up in no time and you end up replacing them anyway.
|Back of gate, added by request!|
Anyone else done a job you've been putting off because you wanted to do it properly?