Get Ready for June 2016

June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work. Brush up on your mandolin technique. Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days. Discover the story of the Stetson hat. Make a strawberry shortcake. Collect five things…

Thoroughbred

Horse racing was long a popular pastime among the royalty in Europe, but in no country did the sport of kings influence the culture as it did in England.  Britain was home to horse races as early as the Middle Ages.  When King Henry VIII took the throne and founded the royal racing stables, however,…

5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise

Every truly dedicated birdwatcher wants to perfect the art of bird identification.  He wants to be able to look out the window and say with complete confidence, “Yes, that’s a female Prothonotary Warbler.  Rare in these parts.” So how do you master your craft? Take heart!  There’s no magic formula or special talent needed to…

Prairie Star Flowers

Looking for attractive but tough ornamentals to adorn your garden?  At Prairie Star Flowers, K-State maintains a growing list of tried-and-true varieties that can handle whatever Kansas weather throws their way. The flowers and ornamental grasses listed at Prairie Star Flowers have been tested at Olathe, Wichita, Hays, and Colby for at least two years. …

Suffolk Punch

The story of the Suffolk Punch is that of a quiet farm worker, lacking in incredible incidents, but nevertheless important.  The breed’s lineage is obscure, but ancient, with written records tracing back to the 1500s, yet already referring to the horse as the “Old Breed.” For centuries the Suffolk Punch worked the heavy clay fields…

Lenexa: Spinach Capital of the World

When most of us think about what makes Kansas cities and towns unique, spinach is usually far from our thoughts.  Learning that Lenexa was once hailed as the Spinach Capital of the World may come as a bit of a surprise. The first white settler of Lenexa was none other than Wild Bill Hickok.  However,…

Dustin-Mizer

If you use diatomaceous earth (DE) to beat your garden pests, you will probably appreciate the Dustin-Mizer. This is a hand-powered device that will help you apply a fine dusting of DE to your plants. Operation is simple: Assemble the Dustin-Mizer. Fill the bin with up to one pound of DE. Point the nozzle toward…

Standardbred

The multipurpose horse was a common fixture in early American society.  Few could afford to keep a horse simply for pleasure.  Those who took time out to indulge in an informal race against a neighbor expected their horse to go back to plowing, hauling, or providing transportation afterward. But not all races involved galloping full…