Recent Blog Posts

  • Getting Gardens Ready for Winter

    November 15, 2011
    With the first blasts of arctic air from Canada comes the cold, hard truth that winter is right around the corner.
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  • 5 Tips For Exercising Your Dog

    November 1, 2011
    Dogs need exercise. They don't just want it, they need it. Some breeds in particular are bred in a way that guarantees they will have enough energy to pull a sled, herd sheep, or track down animals for hours at a time.
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  • Turning Gourds into Works of Art

    October 15, 2011
    The best known and most versatile of gourds are the hard-shelled gourds (Lagenaria siceraria), so named because their shells dry to a hard surface that can be treated for many different uses.
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  • Frost Tolerance of Vegetables

    October 1, 2011
    In early fall, it pays to keep an eye on nighttime temperatures. Don't get caught off guard by frost. Make sure to get the last of your crops harvested in time. To help you, here's a simple list of common vegetables and their frost tolerance.
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  • Squirrel-Proofing Your Bird Feeders

    September 15, 2011
    Squirrels can hog all the seed at your bird feeders if you don't take preventive steps. Here's some tips to keep the furry bandits away and the seed reserved for your feathered guests.
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  • Fall Overseeding

    September 1, 2011
    The best time of year to reseed your existing lawn is in the fall. In most areas of the United States, the ideal is to sow the grass seed in late August or September. It will germinate while temperatures are relatively warm, then grow and mature as temperatures begin to cool.
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  • Rain or Shine: Always Be Prepared

    August 15, 2011
    Farmers are accustomed to dealing with summer droughts that affect plant growth, but even plentiful rain can provide challenges and opportunities for action plans.
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  • Step-by-Step FreshPreserving™ of High-Acid Foods

    August 1, 2011
    Because they are relatively easy to preserve, foods containing high amounts of acid are a popular choice for fresh preservers. These foods provide you with the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a wide array of creative recipes, from excellent side dishes to delectable desserts.
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  • Preventing Rose Diseases

    July 15, 2011
    It's no surprise that roses are among the most popular ornamental garden plants: they're beautiful, fragrant, and easy to grow in most climates.
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  • Attracting Bluebirds

    July 1, 2011
    Bluebirds can be found throughout most of the country and are easy to attract with the right nest box placed in an open habitat. There are three species of bluebirds in North America. The Eastern Bluebird lives throughout the East.
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