Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Home Grown: How to Mulch a Tree

A number of things can be used for mulch. Most commonly used are bark chips, wood chips, composts and pine needles.

The best way to mulch is using a two to four inch layer of mulch. Then be sure to mulch a large area.

When it comes to mulching trees, the larger the better. You might even consider mulching to the drip line of the tree.

Continued in How to Mulch a Tree...

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Artwork: The Tree by the Road Side by Jon Macadam

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Home Grown: Moving Houseplants Outdoors.

Nature never created a houseplant. The plants we call houseplants are native to various, generally tropical, areas of the world, and in all cases their natural habitat is outdoors. It’s not surprising, then, that houseplants moved outside during the warm summer months grow better and more vigorously than those kept inside.

Moving houseplants outside can be a little tricky. The plants become accustomed to lower light conditions while indoors. Initially, move houseplants outside to shady locations where they receive no direct sunlight. Plants that like low-light conditions will stay in those locations all summer. Others that prefer more light can gradually be introduced to some direct sun over the next couple of weeks.

Continued in Moving Houseplants Outdoors...

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Artwork: Plant Stand

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Plant of the Week: Easter Lily.

One of the traditional signs of Easter is the Easter lily with its large white flowers and its sweet aroma that fills the room. If you have one or more lilies from Easter, you can extend the joy of your plants with a little care.

The Easter lily is native to southern Japan. Prior to World War II, the bulbs were imported from there. Today more than 95 percent of all Easter lily bulbs are produced on just 10 farms along the Pacific coast in a half-mile wide and 12-mile-long strip of land on the California and Oregon border.

Most of the bulbs are the 'Nellie White' variety that James White named after his wife. Every few years, each grower selects a few plants to determine if a new variety can be developed with desirable production qualities.

continued at the Farmer's Market Online Guide to Easter Lily

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Artwork: Easter Lily Vine

Friday, March 16, 2018

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.

Unfortunately, most lawn mowers are not given the adequate attention they need in spring. Little thought is given to the actual mower itself. Most people have probably not thought about the mower since they bought it.

Continued in Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance...

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Artwork: Lawn Mowers

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rural Delivery: Rural Economics.

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

Here it goes again, that compulsion to count and figure and cut and scrimp. Like some actuary, I'm compelled to calculate the costs and consequences of every action and exchange.
Air-drying laundry on a clothesline saves nearly 50 cents a load.
Add two weeks between those monthly haircuts and save at least $60 a year.

Buy heating oil in midsummer and save another $50 or more.

April is a month for adding up; the government makes it so. After laboring over investment tax credits and itemized deductions and capital loss carryforwards a person's perceptions change. I'm consumed with frugality, obsessed with prudence.

Continued at... Rural Economics

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Artwork: Laundry on a Clothesline

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rural Delivery: Winter Visitors

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1994. All rights reserved.

Among the most common sounds of winter in the country, along with rustling leaves and crackling fires, is the scratching and scurrying that can be heard inside walls and rafters of almost every rural dwelling.

These are the sounds of the house mouse, mus musculus, one of the least welcome of guests and most difficult to dissuade. This uninvited visitor will eat, or chew on, almost anything and defecate everywhere. He contaminates food, causes damage to structures and property, and  carries dangerous diseases.

Introduced by 16th century pilgrims in the holds of their Atlantic-crossing ships, house mice followed the progress of Europeans in the New World, traveling in wagons and rucksacks and saddlebags and trains and trucks and planes across the continent and back, occupying pantries from Maine to Malibu.

Grayish brown with a naked scaly tail, the pointy-snouted house mouse puts down 50 droppings a day, on average, and gives off 300 squirts of urine in between. Messy, ugly, and presumptuous, this uninvited guest inspires desperate measures.

Continued at... Winter Visitors.

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Artwork: House Mouse - Mus Musculus

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Recipe Archive: Kentucky Beef Wellington

from Kentucky's Best: Fifty Years Of Great Recipes

This recipe featuring Maker's Mark bourbon comes from from "That Special Touch" by Sandra Davis.

Preheat over to 425 degrees. Put tenderloin on rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 30 minutes. Mix liverwurst spread, mushrooms, and bourbon. Set aside....

full recipe in The Recipe Archive

Artwork: Beef Wellington
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