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Top 10 reader-submitted ideas

Living the Country Life readers submitted some of the incredible ideas they've developed at their place. Here's a slide show of this year's top 10!
  • Garden trellis

    Need more garden space? Try trellising more of your fruits and vegetables. Build the trellis at least 5 feet high and wide. Nail strong wire or fencing to posts that are placed firmly in the ground. Be sure not to block sunlight to other plants.
    K.W, Illinois

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Grown-up swing set

    Do you have a children's play set sitting in your yard that never gets used anymore? I changed a children's swing set into an adult version by taking off the children's swings and adding a log swing, plants, wind chimes, and other decorations.
    D.B, Wisconsin

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • ATV lift

    My lift's 2-1/2-foot-long horizontal feet are made of 1 1/4-inch square tubing. The structure has 4-foot-long uprights that support the 10-inch-wide by 12-inch-long top plate. A boat winch is mounted on top of the plate with cable and chain.
    H.F., Minnesota

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Country drive

    If you are fortunate enough to have a country driveway, plant a seed mixture of alsike clover and rye along the shoulders. The local wildlife will love this treat, and you won't have to mow as often. For additional beauty, add some native wildflower seeds to the mix.
    M.W., Wisconsin

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Cleaning gate

    We built a removable grate out of 1-inch strap iron and put it in holes cut out of cement near every door of our shop and barn. Now the dirt falls through when we scrape our shoes. This saves us a lot of time when sweeping the floor.
    J.K., South Dakota

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Super soaker

    When we watered our new trees last summer, it was disappointing how little soaked in. So I cut 5-inch-high rings from an old 20-gallon metal barrel and easily pushed them into the ground. Now the water completely soaks into the ground.
    B.E., South Dakota

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Bucking post

    Limbs and tree stems may be more easily cut to length when using a simple bucking post. Two notched cross arms position the pieces above the ground, reducing back strain and saw chain dubbing that occurs when cutting on the ground.
    J.G., Pennsylvania

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Garden tool holder

    Screw 12-inch PVC pipes to two furring strips nailed to a garage wall. Place shovels, rakes, hoes, and other garden tools in the PVC pipes, handle end first. This system is better than drilling holes in each tool handle and nailing each tool to the wall.
    C.G., New Jersey

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Winter waterers

    Cold winds can cause even heated waterers to freeze. My husband removed the parts and cut the bottom off an old water softener and placed it over the waterer to provide a wind block. It's buried for stability and cut to allow the horses to drink.
    V.R., Ohio

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Branch cutting

    To keep a limb from tearing a strip of bark when cutting, first cut from the underside a short distance out on the limb. Next, cut from the top a bit farther out. The cuts should intersect causing the limb to snap. Finally, cut just outside the branch collar.
    E.F., New Hampshire

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012

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