Yard And Garden


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Planning a Cutting Garden

Learning to grow and savor what you produce is what makes farming a lifestyle not just a living. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011), from husband and wife team Michael and Audrey Levatino, provide a working example of how to live sustainable lives while protecting the land. In this excerpt from the sixth chapter, titled “The Flower Garden”, the authors tell of the ...

Michael And Audrey Levatino | Apr 14, 2021

Vegetables Fruit and Herbs

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Easy Growing Vegetables for the Permaculture Garden

Not every aspiring homesteader has access to 5 gently sloping acres of rich, loamy soil. Author Jenni Blackmore presents a highly personal, entertaining account of how permaculture, "permanant agriculture", can be practiced in adverse conditions. Permaculture for the Rest of Us (New Society Publishers, 2015), by Jenni Blackmore, describes how to retrofit even the smallest homestead, ...

Jenni Blackmore | Apr 15, 2021

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Lawn Care

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Oh, deer! What can the matter be!

It's that wonderful time of year when the garden is bursting with life. You wake in the morning and rush out to water if needed, check for bugs, pull weeds, and dream of the harvest of vegetables that awaits you in a few weeks.But, wait! Where are the new buds on the green bean plants? Where is the spinach? Where is the lettuce? A few chewed remnants of the luscious plants you saw ...

Kathryn Randall | Jun 26, 2021


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The History of Farmall Tractors: 1930-1935

Discover the complete history of Farmall, from the early days of McCormick and Deering to the latest models, in Farmall (Voyageur Press, 2015) by Randy Leffingwell and Robert N. Pripps. The following excerpt discusses the various changes to Farmall tractors between during the early 1930s, including increased horsepower, redesigned engine components and more.You can purchase this ...

Randy Leffingwell And Robert N. Pripps | Feb 4, 2021


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New Beginnings for a New Gardener

Hope and joy fill my heart as I ponder what is in store for the New Year. As a wife and mother, there are so many hopes and dreams that I pray for my family as we begin this new year, things like happiness, good health, success and safety, just to name a few. And as a novice gardener I’m excited about all the things I want to accomplish outside. There’s the raised garden ...

Amy | Apr 6, 2021


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The Treasure of Grandchildren

Dear friends!It was a Friday evening, and we were more than excited while waiting for our two grandchildren to come. Katie, 18, just graduated from high school; and Caleb, 16, will be a junior this fall. How brave of them to take a 10-hour trip with our country home as their destination. They were a little late, and we were afraid that if they didn't arrive soon, they might get ...

Mary Conley | Aug 8, 2014

Trees And Shrubs

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Berm Building and Mulching for Water Retention

I come from a long line of people with soil under their fingernails from playing in the garden or in the fields. My father's parents' families were farmers for a couple of generations before him. He was a nursery owner, landscaper, an agronomist, crop adviser and farm consultant. I learned a lot by watching, listening to, and helping him.To me, building berms around trees and ...

Nana | May 16, 2021