Recent Blog Posts

  • Raising Chickens – A Quick Guide to Get Started

    March 1, 2012
    Before you decide if raising chickens is right for you, there are a few things to think about:
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  • Planning a Low-Maintenance Landscape

    February 15, 2012
    Plant perennials that die to the ground in autumn, instead of shrubs, in places where snow accumulates or slides off the roof. Choose plants with features that look good in more than one season, such as flowers in spring, handsome leaf color in fall, and attractive bark in winter.
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  • Keeping Your Dog Clean in the Wintertime

    February 1, 2012
    Few seasons of the year can be more fun than wintertime for a pet owner. Any dog owner knows how much their pet loves to play in freshly packed snow. But keeping your dog clean during this time of year can be a real challenge.
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  • The Garden in Winter

    January 15, 2012
    Winter is the perfect time to inspect the underlying structure of the garden and make any necessary changes to enhance its appeal. This structure is often called the "bones" of the garden.
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  • Winter Finches

    January 1, 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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  • How to Protect Your Landscape From the Hungry Deer & Rabbit this Winter

    December 15, 2011
    Although difficult for the soft-hearted, turning a cold shoulder to visiting deer is the right thing to do…
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  • Caring for Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

    December 1, 2011
    The key to having a safe Christmas tree is to choose one that is fresh and has been properly stored, then keep it that way. Fresh Christmas trees that are kept watered will not combust easily.
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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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  • Equipment for Birding

    November 1, 2011
    It's easy to get started birding by just watching the birds in your yard or neighborhood, but once you start venturing further afield to see more birds, it helps to have the right equipment so you know what birds you find and you can see them more clearly.
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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 1, 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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  • Birds That Use Houses

    August 1, 2011
    Adding bird houses to your backyard is another way to attract birds and enjoy them, but what birds will actually use bird houses?
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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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