Outdoor ideas for an attractive gate, moving chickens, and more
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I built this swinging gate out of red cedar limbs. It's part of a fence along the property line of my timberland. The gate sits by a footbridge that leads to the neighbors' (who are good friends) place across the creek. They tell me it adds enjoyment to their visits.
Moveable chicken house
To keep my young chickens out of the cold, I put a wire cage on a sheet of plywood with a rope pulled through two holes at one end. With this portable keeper, I can move them outside in the sunshine and back into the shop under a warming light at night.
Gifts from fish grace gardens
I like to use the old, stale water from my fish aquarium for watering my tomato plants. The aquarium water contains all sorts of nutrients.
Sawdust adds flavor
I save some of the coarse sawdust left by my power saw when I cut hickory or other hardwoods such as oak, apple, or maple. I put the sawdust in with the coals in my charcoal grill. It gives meat a tasty, smoked flavor.
J.B., North Carolina
Illustrations: Thomas Rosborough
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