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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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Home Grown: Preventing Herbicide Horrors.

An herbicide designed to kill weeds in turfgrass can also kill neighboring trees and shrubs.

Herbicides in the phenoxy chemical class provide broadleaf weed control in lawns, pastures and hay forages. Some of the more common chemicals in this class include 2,4-D; MCPP; dicamba; clopyralid; and triclopyr.

These chemicals are considered very safe and leave very few toxicity concerns for animals. In fact, many of these herbicides are labeled for pasture use and allow for livestock to continue grazing without any restrictions.

However, pesticide labels should always be read and followed to determine if any special precautions should be taken for specific site uses.

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Artwork: Tree of Life by David Lozeau

Monday, February 19, 2018

Recipe Archive: Asian Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

25 Essentials: Techniques for Grilling Fish
by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig

Adapted from "The Great Big Burger Book" by Jane Murphy and Liz Yeh Singh, this recipe can also be made with salmon or shrimp.

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a grill. Oil the grill grate or a perforated grill rack.

To make the wasabi mayo, combine...

full recipe in The Recipe Archive

Artwork: Asian Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Mayo
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Home Grown: Seed Catalogs.

It won't be long before your mailbox is filled with seed and plant catalogs of every description. These messengers of good things to come arrive at a time when most of us are up to our ankles in snow and ready for the escape these publications offer.

However, as you thumb through the pages you might run across words that are unfamiliar. These words translate to 'horticulture speak' and are put there to help you make decisions in buying the right seed or plant for your garden.

Although words in seed catalogs might seem unfamiliar, it is important to understand their meaning. Knowing what these words means can add a lot to your horticultural knowledge and make you a better informed consumer.

Continued in... Seed Catalog Terminology

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Artwork: Vintage and Antique Garden Catalogs