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Canned Pumpkin Pickles Recipe

Our pie pumpkin harvest last year numbered 21 absolute beauties in the 7-8 pound range. We traded some with friends and family, and made pumpkin pie, soup, and bread. We even tried a to-die-for pumpkin trifle. But by late-October we we were still looking at over 100 pounds of pumpkin to use ...

Fall: When Hope Turns To Thanks

Fall has arrived very quickly and put an abrupt end to a rather short summer. Where did it go? It seems as if I just put all those plants in the ground. It is the summer that never was. Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the ...

How to Manage Chickens in the Garden

Keeping chickens isn’t rocket science, but doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver (Quarry Books, 2015)by Chris Graham contains 100 common problems ...

Year-Round Gardening Tasks

“The Backyard Gardener” by Kelly Orzel (Lyons Press, 2017) is a comprehensive gardening guide that offers useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This excerpt from chapter 6 shares what to do in each season and month to prepare and tend to your garden. Buy ...

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DIY Garden Projects

Here are three do-it-yourself projects that’ll make it easier to sow seeds and label your plants, as well as add beauty to the garden. They’re crafted with items most people have on hand, and they’re so simple to make, you’ll want to make extras to share with friends and ...

DIY Garden Projects

My mantra is "reuse, recycle, and recreate," so before I start a project of any kind, I take a good look around to see what I can use. This includes items from my garden, yard, and house. There are always opportunities to repurpose an item and creatively use it in another way. I encourage you ...

Flowers in Bloom

It's now May. Spring is here and flowers are blooming. I am so thrilled!After such a long winter and now a wet spring, I find myself sad from watching all the flooding that is going on. So I try to take some comfort in going for walks with Jake and Buddy. This is s the time of year when I ...

Meanwhile, Back on the Farm…

Things have been busy on Old Home Farm. Two sets of twin lambs were born last week. Mothers and babies are doing fine. I learned my lesson from last fall, and gave the mothers plenty of time to bond with the new arrivals. So far I have one ewe and three rams. Evie has yet to lamb (she's always ...

I Love a Rainy Day

I love a rainy day! Especially after the drought we've been experiencing here in Northwest Arkansas. Rain to the farmer is a mixed blessing. Rain means our gardens are watered, our ponds are getting filled, our pastures are nourished, and we can finally burn that brush pile.It also means that ...

Cylindrical Tomato Cage

The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects by the Editors of Storey Publishing (Storey Publishing, 2010) is a collection of DIY projects for your garden. From how to make a compost bin to building a lawn chair, you’ll find instructions on how to make your garden more productive and ...

Handy House

Handy HouseMounted to a post near your garden entrance, this house-style box will come in handy for holding items you may now lug around in your pockets. By the Editors of Storey Publishing December 2017 This handy house will keep your gardening accessories and tools organized. Photo by John ...

Of Fur and Feather

One of the joys of living on a farm is the animals. Each has his own special place and usefulness. But sometimes I have my doubts about the farm cats.Oh, I love my cats. I'm very much a cat person. But farm cats are hunters, and occasionally they like to share their successes.My oldest cat is ...

Spring Has Arrived

Who's ready for spring? I know I am. Warm weather, longer days — no wonder I was so excited to wake up on Monday morning to the official first day of spring. Granted, the temperature here is still going back and forth from warm to cool, but it won't be long now before I can get out and start ...

Sweet Smells and A Pale Green Thumb

I don't know about anyone else, but I love the smell of flowers. I often take the saying, "stop and smell the roses" to heart. I do that every time I go to the post office — once when I go in and again when I leave. At home, I have a honeysuckle vine. A pen pal sent it to me several years ...