Yard And Garden


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How to Use Heirloom Flowers

How special is it when the botanical art in your home comes from the flowers in your heirloom garden? Luckily, it can also be a simple process. Start by removing the flower heads from the plants. Pick the flowers in the late morning on a dry day. By 11 a.m., the dew on the plants will have evaporated, yet the afternoon sun won’t have had time to wilt the flowers. Pressing ...

Staff | Jun 3, 2020

Vegetables Fruit and Herbs

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Harvesting Horseradish

We transplanted our two-year-old horseradish plant in April and crossed our fingers that it would survive the move. Great news — the plant has flourished in its new location. We put it next to our driveway, far from our main garden plot, as we know that horseradish has a tendency to invade large areas if left unchecked. We harvested our horseradish over the weekend and ...

Erin Sheehan | Feb 26, 2021

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Lawn Care

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Fight Pollen Allergies With a Low-Pollen Landscape

If you are one of the millions of people with allergies or asthma, The Allergy-Fighting Garden (Ten Speep Press, 2015), by Thomas Leo Ogren, is for you. This book shows you how to avoid plants that trigger allergies and how to create a garden that will actually protect you by trapping pollen and cleaning the air around you. Ogren’s revolutionary approach combines the best of his ...

Thomas Leo Ogren | Apr 11, 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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It’s the Most Prune-able Time of the Year!

Armed with my trusty pruning shears and humming my little made-up ditty to the tune of that holiday classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,"my leaping, cavorting dogs and I make our way to our fruit trees. We have persimmons, nectarines and pomegranates. The trees need pruning and this is the time of year to do it. The trees are dormant and all the pesky leaves have ...

Renee-Lucie Benoit | Mar 15, 2021