10 Resources for Beginning Gardeners…and a Bonus!

Spring is in the air at last! Are you ready to start gardening? If you have never planted a garden before, you may still be doing your research, hunting for resources that will get you off to a good start. We’ve pulled together a short list of posts, links, and books to help you outContinue reading “10 Resources for Beginning Gardeners…and a Bonus!”

Squash (Summer)

Fortunately for gardeners, summer squash is almost as versatile as it is prolific. Slices can be cooked in soup or sautéed and added to pasta. Raw squashes can be peeled and cut into sticks to serve with dip. Both zucchini and yellow squash can be shredded for cooking and baking purposes, as well. Preferred ConditionsContinue reading “Squash (Summer)”

The First Trans-Continental Railroad

The construction of the the Transcontinental Railroad was an event that had a profound effect on America.  It was symbolic of a young nation’s desire to stretch from sea to shining sea.  The result was the settlement of the West. Although the main line passed north of Kansas, the Transcontinental Railroad still left its markContinue reading “The First Trans-Continental Railroad”

H5N2 Bird Flu Confirmed in Leavenworth County

On Friday, March 13, laboratory samples from a backyard poultry flock in Leavenworth County, Kansas, tested positive for the H5N2 form of avian influenza. The backyard flock, which consisted of ducks and chickens, showed increased mortality rates prior to testing. Samples were sent to a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) laboratory inContinue reading “H5N2 Bird Flu Confirmed in Leavenworth County”

What is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)?

Although an understanding of biology is not essential to raising plants or animals, it can make the process even more enjoyable than it already is.  Biology can help us interpret the phenomena that we see and experience every day.  It can also help us think up creative solutions for the challenges that we face. SoContinue reading “What is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)?”