Get Ready for January 2017

January is a great time to plan for a new year! Take some time to shape your philosophy and develop a farming or gardening approach. Plan a garden. Discover community-supported agriculture. Learn the pros and cons of gardening in Kansas. Study the farming practices of the Plains Indians. Define sustainable agriculture. Preserve Kansas heritage. Evaluate…

The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide

Looking for a gift idea for a young gardener? Here’s a book that may spark an interest. Practical but inviting, The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide by Rebecca Park Totilo makes the gardening process fun and simple. Besides discussing the basics of planning, planting, and caring for plants, this book offers projects galore: Make seed tape….

The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible

Since fall migration is picking up, some of you may be looking for ways to attract new birds to your yard.  Here’s a friendly book that will give you some ideas. The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible: The A-to-Z Guide to Feeders, Seed Mixes, Projects, and Treats by Sally Roth is arranged alphabetically, starting with accessories…

How to Peel a Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Egg

Of course, it’s great to eat eggs from your own flock of chickens.  You know the eggs are super fresh, and those bright yolks beat anything you’ll ever see at the store. But even farm-fresh eggs are not without their disadvantages.  You will quickly discover one of the cons the first time you try to…

HomeMade

Here is just the thing for the handyman of the family.  Whatever you want to build, whether it is for your home, your garden, or your farm, check out this book for ideas. HomeMade: 101 Easy-to-Make Things for Your Garden, Home, or Farm by Ken Braren and Roger Griffith provides a drawing and a brief…

How to Freeze Eggs

Spring is on its way, and the chickens are starting to get down to business.  The refrigerator is slowly filling up with eggs.  Before long, most of us with laying hens will have more eggs than we can eat. One good way to make use of all those extra eggs is to freeze some to…

How To Plan a Garden

Planning a garden in January? Why not? It’ll give you something to do in those slow, cold days before the spring rush. Besides, depending on where you live and what you’re growing, it’ll be time to start some seedlings indoors before you know it. So grab a pencil and a cup of coffee and start…