Recent Blog Posts

  • Troubleshooting Canning Problems

    August 1, 2013
    Sometimes, even those who have been home canning for years may run into problems with their food-filled jars. Some problems are related to the condition of the jars or lids and/or how they were filled. Others relate to spoilage of the food or changes the food may have undergone during processing.
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  • Gardening Tips for July

    July 15, 2013
    Sit back for a moment and enjoy the fruits of your labor in the garden!    There are still tasks to perform in the garden, however your primary concern will be assuring an ample supply of water for your plants.
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  • Creating A Compost Pile

    July 1, 2013
    Starting a compost pile is as easy as following a cooking recipe. Just get the right ingredients together, mix well, and let it cook. In a matter of months you'll have finished "black gold" to mix into the soil of your flower, herb and vegetable gardens.
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  • Deterring Aggressive Birds

    June 15, 2013
    Birds may face dangers in their everyday lives both while eating, flying, or perching. The danger may be from one of their own kind who feels his territory has been invaded.
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  • The Low-Down on Lawn Weeds

    May 15, 2013
    Weeds in your lawn are usually the result of poor grass growth. They invade lawns that are not thick enough to choke them out, so the first step in keeping weeds out of your lawn is correct maintenance of the grass. First, determine why your lawn hasn't been growing well.
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  • How to Care for New Chicks

    May 1, 2013
    More and more hobbyists each year are interested in raising a small flock of chickens in their backyards or on a small farm. Most owners know that the brooding period, a chicken's first 8 to 10 weeks of life, is crucial, but what's the best way to get your flock off to a good start?
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  • Container Gardening: Anytime, Anywhere

    April 15, 2013
    Container gardening offers many advantages that people can tend to overlook: containers can be less work because they can be placed closer to a water source; they offer a smaller soil area to have to weed; they can be placed at a height that can minimize bending for watering and tending.
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  • When to Put Up Bird Houses

    April 1, 2013
    Knowing when to put up bird houses can help you attract nesting birds to your backyard so you can enjoy the experience of being part of a growing bird family.
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  • Planning Your Garden

    March 15, 2013
    To create a garden with beauty and balance, begin with planning, not digging. A way to start a plan is by drawing a sketch of all garden areas.
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  • Protecting Your Landscape From Deer

    January 15, 2013
    Although difficult for the soft-hearted, turning a cold shoulder to visiting deer is the right thing to do…
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