While I’m usually expounding the virtues of free stuff, here’s one great buy that everyone can afford. Gates are among the most common built elements in gardens, but are routinely neglected. Wood gates become instant focal points if you use cheap Mexican hardware. I found a great selection online at Direct From Mexico that’s filled with some excellent “clavos”, hinges and handles that turn ordinary into ethnic cool. http://www.directfrommexico.com/rustic-hardware.html Clavos are those metal buttons on old Spanish and Moroccan gates that can also look Celtic if you apply them right. With prices running from 75 cents to 3$ apiece, this is a great way to makeover an ugly gate. Oh, and don’t forget to consider wood stain to give it that age old patina!