Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rural Delivery: Sunday Drive

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1996. All rights reserved.

Folks on a Sunday Drive count livestock, assess crop conditions and take notice of wildflowers. They pause for rainbows, old weathered barns and small animals crossing the road. And they're likely to stop at any yard sale, flea market or roadside fruit stand.

You'll know these folks by their sun-bronzed forearms resting atop drawn-down windows and their willingness to wave at passersby. Sometimes they'll be stopped side by side in the middle of the road facing opposite directions and jawing at each other across the center line.

Continued at... Sunday Drive

Rural Delivery
Outgoing
Holidays and Notable Events
Artwork: Sunday Drive


Monday, May 29, 2017

Rural Delivery: Read the News Backwards

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.

So I've turned off the TV news, which is all about celebrities and monstrosities anyhow. (Ever notice how only celebrities are mentioned on network news when they die?)

I cast my lot with newspapers, the more local and personal the better. It's not that they don't sensationalize, because they often do -- especially on the front page. But newspapers also report on weddings and weed control and local high school sports, and the like, when no one else will bother. And the best way to read a newspaper, I have discovered, is back to front, classifieds first. This way I learn about the weekend auctions and the baseball scores and the city council's new ordinance before I get to the holdups and hijackings and beheadings.

Continued at... Read the News Backwards

Rural Delivery
Out of the Past
Farm Supply
Artwork: Farmer Reading Newspaper

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On the Magazine Stand: 5 Vietnamese Dishes You Must Try

If you like Pho... you should try Bun Bo Hue
Lemongrass is the dominant flavoring in this soup.

If you like Egg Rolls... you should try Goi Cuon (Spring Rolls)
Thin rice paper differentiates this roll from common fried rolls.

If you like Grilled Pork Chop and Rice... you should try Bun Thit Nuong (Grilled Pork and Rice Noodle)
Chilled noodles and hot pork add an extra kick.

If you like Combination Stir Fry Noodles... you should try Mi Xao Don Thap Cam (Combination Deep Fried Noodles)
Crispy noodle dish originated in China, adapted in Vietnam.

If you like these options, you should definitely try Nam Vang's Noodle Soup
Simple soup bowl dish common in Vietnam.

 ~ in current issue of National Geographic Traveler

Travel Magazines
Magazine Stand
Artwork: Goi Cuon Salad Roll


Monday, April 17, 2017

Home Grown: Starting a Garden from Seed.

Growing plants from seed can save gardeners money and vastly increase the varieties that can be grown in a backyard garden. Gardeners can grow several transplants for the price of a few, store-bought plants, and the selection of varieties for sale is often limited.

Choose seed varieties that will mature before frost, survive heat and tolerate present growing conditions in your area. Purchase just enough seed for this season. (Seed can be stored from year to year, but germination and seedling vigor will decline with age and improper storage conditions.)

Read the seed package closely and make sure the seed was packed this season. The packet will also provide information on how to space seed within a row, how deep to sow the seed, how many days it will take for the seed to germinate and more.

Continued in... Starting a Garden from Seed

Home Grown
Seed
Plants and Seeds
Artwork: Seed Starting Kit


Monday, March 27, 2017

Here's How To... Build a Treehouse

Trees should be selected that have large, strongly connected limbs on the lower part of the stem. Selectively prune away branches, sprouts and twigs that, when weighed with rain and propelled by winds, will not slash sideways or up and down into the area of a treehouse. Make proper pruning cuts to remove branches. Do not use pruning paints on any wounds.

Treehouses should be designed to rest upon major branches and to nestle around the trunk. This will minimize the need for any injurious attachments. Remember trees bend and twist in the wind, so simply jamming or wedging boards between branches or into crotches will lead to failure.

Follow the link to... Build a Treehouse.

Here's How To...
How To Do It
Artwork: Treehouse


Friday, March 24, 2017

Home Grown: Arbor Day Tree Planting.

Millions of conservation tree and shrub seedlings are planted each year across the U.S. for windbreaks, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, wood products and other conservation purposes. These seedlings are typically small, bare-root, 1 to 2 years old, and about 12 inches tall.

Spring is the best season to plant conservation trees, from the moment the frost is out of the ground until the weather starts to become hot and dry.

Ideally, seedlings should be planted the same day they are received from the nursery. But if planting must be postponed, choose cool, humid, cloudy days. Early morning or evening generally provides the best conditions for handling seedlings.

Continued in... Arbor Day Tree Planting

Home Grown
Arbor Day
Trees
Artwork: Planting a Tree by Sir George Clausen


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Home Grown: Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance.

Longer days. Birdsong. Growing Grass. These are all indicators that it's time to pull out the lawn mower and get it ready for another season.

It has been sitting in the back of the garage or shed all winter - maybe even under a pile of rags — collecting dust and moisture. There is probably some rust on the metal parts and caked debris underneath.

Of course, all we think we need to do is just top it off with gas and crank it up. We're ready to attack the jungle of grass blades..

Continued in... Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

Home Grown
Lawn Mowers
Home and Garden Center
Artwork: Lawn Mower