Vegetable gardens are sometimes separated from other parts of a garden for reasons of vegetable security where, for example, free range chickens, ducks, goats or sheep might get in and help themselves to whatever is on offer. They are cases where they are kept separate for aesthetic reasons or as part of an overall design. In either case, whether separated by fence, trellis, walls or hedge, a gate is generally a good way of getting in and out whilst restricting access to any undesirable elements.
A garden gate should be wide enough for a wheelbarrow to go through – allow a few extra inches on either side to make sure you have room for arms and elbows as you pass through. A self-closing gate with a latch is especially handy for a gardener laden with tools and trays of seedlings. Gates can be purely functional and they can also have an aesthetic contribution to make – especially where they form the entrance to an ornamental vegetable garden. Try and use materials that are in harmony with the other structural elements you have in your garden. If recycling is your thing then a cut down door might do the trick – or perhaps a modified cast iron bed end. The sky is the limit – as long as whatever you choose opens and closes with relative ease.