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I hereby dub thee "Apricot Gate"

 
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Last summer I made four gates for our property.  Three were for spots that didn't have any access before, one was to replace a chunk of wire mesh that was hanging on a pair of screws with a pallet leaning against it.  

So gates were a huge improvement.  This post is about Apricot Gate.

Apricot Gate is the entrance to our young food forest.  It was going to be called Peach Gate until the nearby peach trees died.  They were replaced with baby apricots and the rest is history (recent history at that).

The gate has hinges on both sides so a truck can drive through but I doubt one ever will.  I can get the garden tractor through by just opening one side.  It's so nice to be able to get in and out without moving a pallet and unhooking a chunk of mesh!

As you enter through the gate, three apricots are on your left with the garden shed and garden beyond.  Ahead and to the left is one "field" that we've grown oats, sunflowers, corn and amaranth in.  Last year I planted all my Sepp Holzer rye in it and none sprouted  To the right is the majority of the food forest.  It includes 7 apples, 3 mulberries, 4-50 hickories, 2 butternuts and a couple hundred berry bushes and hazelnuts.  I planted the taller stuff along the South side and plan to keep expanding each planting area as I get new ideas.

Some day there may be a sun scoop for a zone 6 or 7 plant.  There may be a pond.  There may be paths.  There may be benches.  There may be a resident domestic animal or two.  There might be a rocket powered hot tub.  I'm just letting it develop as I learn more about permaculture.

The gate was made from cedar slab wood from a friend, some remesh (reinforcing mesh for a slab foundation), chicken wire and some screws.  So it's very light and you can see through it.  I can't find the pics from constructing it but I took some today as I put up its sign.

The food forest is great but it was hard to get to without...     Apricot Gate
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Old gate on the left with the bulk of the food forest stretching to the right
Old gate on the left with the bulk of the food forest stretching to the right
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Dead peach (later replaced with apricot) on the left, field planted with corn
Dead peach (later replaced with apricot) on the left, field planted with corn
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View from opposite end of food forest
View from opposite end of food forest
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See the hazelnuts silhouetted against the dark treeline?
See the hazelnuts silhouetted against the dark treeline?
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Lupine came from broadcast seeds, remaining flowers came with the property
Lupine came from broadcast seeds, remaining flowers came with the property
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Gate in winter with a spiffy new sign
Gate in winter with a spiffy new sign
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Left side
Left side
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Right side
Right side
 
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Very nice, Mike!  Love it.
 
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The gate looks great,  and both the packet wood and wire mesh fences look great as well!
 
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Thanks William!  So far the pallet fence and the wavy wire fence have kept the deer out for two years in a row (knocks on wood).
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