Don’t Throw It Out!

This is not a post about recycling—at least not the type that involves saving up plastic bottles for the local recycling center. This type of recycling is quite a bit more interesting because it seriously challenges your creativity. If you’re keeping a close eye on your spending, there is one key question that will arise…

Extending the Growing Season

Fall is almost upon us! And with fall comes the first frost and the end of the gardening year.  Maybe. Haven’t you ever thought that it might be nice to keep growing some of your own vegetables in the winter?  Yes, you can always go to the grocery store and buy what you need, but…

Links: Zone and Frost Maps

When is it time to plant lettuce? When do you sow wheat? It all depends on your local climate. Some of you may be scurrying to hunt up frost information for your area in preparation for some late-season planting. Here are three resources to help you out. They’ll come in handy next spring, too.  …

Ozark Plateau

The Ozark Plateau, located in the very southeastern corner of Kansas, is characterized by rolling hills and forests. Occupying only 55 square miles in Cherokee County, this is the smallest physiographic region in the state.   Soil The soils on the steep slopes of the area are moist, but they are also thin, rocky, acidic,…

Planting Vegetables the Easy Way

This gardening trick will save you countless back-breaking hours of toil on your hands and knees, poking one tiny seed after another into the dirt.  It will also reduce the amount of money you spend on seeds annually.  And it comes in time for the fall crop. What must you do to reap these benefits…

Link: Online Bird Guide

Ah, the joys of country living.  Spending time with the animals, discovering that overgrown cucumber in the garden, listening to the birds…. Kansas is blessed with a gorgeous array of bird species—songbirds, hawks and owls, herons and egrets, and even a surprising number of sandpipers, seagulls, and other birds we tend to associate with coastal…

Osage Cuestas

The Osage Cuestas (pronounced Kwestas), encompassing nearly all of eastern Kansas south of the Kansas River, are a region of hills and ridges, steep on one side and gently sloping on the other. Because the Osage Cuestas cover so much area, there is plenty of variation in the terrain, though not as much topographical relief…

The Old-Fashioned Windmill

Harnessing the power of wind is by no means a novel concept.  Those little old farm windmills, dwarfed by modern wind turbines, have their roots in the Middle East, where they were used as far back as the 800s.  From there the idea spread to both Asia and Europe, and then traveled to American shores…

Diatomaceous Earth and Parasite Control

Both internal and external parasites can be the bane of a livestock owner’s existence. They make your animals’ lives miserable, increase the risk of disease, reduce performance, and just look nasty. Unfortunately, drugs are proving to be increasingly ineffective as parasites adapt to modern chemicals. Isn’t there some natural remedy out there that will consistently…

Free eBook: Home Vegetable Gardening

Don’t you just love old books that are still relevant today? Here’s one for the gardener of the family: Home Vegetable Gardening: A Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing For Home Use by F. F. Rockwell. This book is about a hundred years old, but is…