Recent Blog Posts

  • Winter Finches

    January 15, 2012
    Winter finches are interesting members of the finch family, such as Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, and Purple finches, etc. who usually live in more northern areas, but leave those areas in years of poor food availability and "irrupt" down into the lower U.
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  • Starting amaryllis from bulbs in containers

    January 1, 2012
    Season after season, bright and bold colors, big blooms and lush leaves emerge from amaryllis bulbs. Good quality amaryllis bulbs may produce single or multiple flowers on a single stalk. The larger the bulb, the larger the flower. Large bulbs may produce up to three flower stalks.
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  • Fall and Winter Cattle Care

    December 15, 2011
    Fall and winter are traditionally the toughest seasons for animals that spend the majority of their time outside. For farmers there are choices to be made as to just how many and which beef or dairy cattle that they want to carry through the winter.
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  • 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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