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 out…

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…

Introducing New Chickens to Your Flock

Spring is here at last! For some of us, one of the best parts of spring is the anticipation of chicks.  Soft chirps, downy fuzz, tiny wings, bright eyes…. But those little chicks grow so fast.  Before you know it, it will be time to take them out of the brooder and send them outside….

The Power of Humus

As we peruse our gardening books every spring, we frequently contemplate ways to improve our soil.  One of the words that we often stumble across in the soil context is humus. Somewhere in the back of our minds, we typically associate humus with good, rich garden soil.  However, there is more to it than that….

Quote of the Week: Three Essentials

The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. —Thomas Edison

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 mark…

Radish

If you have never enjoyed the fresh taste of a well-grown radish, you really ought to give it a try.  Radishes are delicious to eat raw, either by themselves or with vegetable dip.  But they can also be sliced to increase their versatility.  Use them to top a lettuce salad, or make radish salad. Even…

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 in…

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. So…