The Summer Garden Activity is not as you would think with a gardening enthusiast like myself. Well, maybe I should not call myself a garden enthusiast then…Decided to test myself and see how much I would normally do in the garden without ‘forcing’ myself to. Over the course of May, June, July and August the average amount of days I spent in the garden were about two! I am not kidding, two times a month! I am outraged by myself, but I’m not listening, so, whatever.
I did spend some time in the garden this weekend – because of our newly acquired furry friend, the dog, Mango, I needed a gate on the deck to be able to contain her when moving cars around in the back yard where we normally park. This project, surprisingly, was pretty simple especially compared to last years chicken coop from last year. Home Depot knew exactly what I needed. I bought two garden gate hinges, a latch and an expensive 20′ 2X4 of heart redwood.
Here’s the brief description of the process: Cut up the redwood 2X4 to put together the frame with long wood screws. Next, I searched around the yard for scrap wood for the slats. Tried using some old wood from some other deconstructed project, but it just looked ugly, so, upon finding dried up plum branches, I thought of an idea from a cousin of mine. She uses manzanita branches that she finds around her sierra cabin for handles on doors and cabinets. I sawed up the plum branches into straight slats for the gate and used the long wood screws to secure them in place. I was a little skeptical, but kept on, and am pleased with the results. See what you think:
I’m a teeny bit concerned about the pokey things on the plum branches being painful to someones knee or shin, so I may get motivated to sand those off. Also, it should be stained and varnished before the weather gets bad and we just have a rotten gate.