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New use for bales, ladders

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Straw garden

Our home did not have good soil for planting a summer garden, so we planted our tomatoes in bales of wheat straw. We had to water more often, but our kitchen was supplied with a bounty of tomatoes.

– Hal Lanier, Cumming, Georgia

Coops and ladders

I built a roost for the coop with a section of wood ladder. It attaches to the wall with two chains and two hinges so it swings up when cleaning. A screen door hook is mounted to the wall to hold the ladder.

– Jay Betemps, Batavia, Ohio

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