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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

By | 2018-06-05T13:08:47+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Categories: Birding, Flowers|

Birders who want to host hummingbirds in their backyards need to plan bird-friendly landscaping, especially flowers that attract hummingbirds. Just any pretty bloom isn’t enough, however, and the flowers that are most attractive to hummingbirds have certain characteristics in common. The best hummingbird flowers... Produce large amounts of nectar for the birds to drink Are [...]

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When Is Hummingbird Migration?

By | 2018-06-05T13:03:39+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: Birding|

Hummingbirds are some of the most highly anticipated backyard birds in North America, but when do hummingbirds migrate? Knowing when these small birds make their seasonal movements can help backyard birders be prepared to welcome them to and from their yards, gardens and feeders. About Hummingbird Migration Even though hummingbirds are the smallest birds in [...]

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Sharpen Up On Scythes

By | 2018-05-30T10:18:03+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Farm|

Looking for a more sustainable option for your mower or weed whacker? The scythe could be your answer. Scythes are no longer the domain of Grim Reaper costumes. They are returning to favor as farm tools for small-scale farmers and homesteaders wanting to move away from gas-powered machines. Scythes can be used in any [...]

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Clean And Refurbish Cast Iron

By | 2018-05-01T12:42:48+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: |

Have you ever dreamed of finding a buried treasure? Many of us have, but the reality is that not too many pirates’ chests are still waiting to be found. However, “treasure” can be defined in many ways. In the farm kitchen, cast-iron cookware is treasured by many. Cast iron pots and pans have been used [...]

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How To Start Flowers From Seed

By | 2018-05-01T12:05:06+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Categories: Farm, Flowers, Gardening|

There's nothing more rewarding than starting your own seeds. The benefits include getting a jump on the season, having access to hundreds of specialty varieties that you won’t find at your local nurseries or garden center and it’s the most inexpensive way to fill up your cutting garden fast. [...]

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A Brief History of Cast-Iron Cookware

By | 2018-05-01T12:21:35+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: |

Cast iron has held a revered place in household kitchens for centuries. Find out why this historical cookware is seeing a revival. If you take an inventory of your kitchen cupboards, you’ll discover that your cookware and gadgets are made from many different materials. There are items made of plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, wood and [...]

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Green Salads: The Basic Formula

By | 2018-05-01T11:33:21+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Greens, Kitchen|

A perfect green salad strikes just the right balance of textures, flavors and colors. If you're the kind of cook who finds formulas reassuring, this basic salad formula takes all the guesswork out of making a perfect salad. 1. Use Two (Or at Most, Three) Types of Lettuce The main ingredient in a green salad [...]

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Big-Town Birds: Keeping Chickens in the City & Suburbs

By | 2018-04-26T09:51:55+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Farm|Tags: |

After growing your own backyard vegetable garden, keeping chickens can seem like the next logical step toward sustainability. Before building a coop, selecting breeds, setting aside space for a run or purchasing chicks, it’s important to know the regulations and restrictions in your area. HOA on Arrival Homeowner associations are the first line of authority [...]

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Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings)

By | 2018-04-06T09:36:53+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Recipies|

Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings) 4 tablespoons butter1 1/2 pounds fresh spinach (cooked, squeezed dry, and chopped)3/4 cup ricotta cheese2 eggs (lightly beaten)6 tablespoons flour3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (divided, plus more for serving)3 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepperPinch ground nutmeg4 tablespoons melted butter (divided) Melt the butter in a large [...]

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The Best Way to Store Lettuce to Keep it Fresh and Crisp

By | 2018-04-01T21:44:00+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: |

One of the keys to making a good salad is ensuring that your lettuce is fresh and crisp. Nothing makes for a disappointing salad like a plateful of limp, wilted greens. There are two things salad greens need to stay crisp: moisture and air. You may have heard otherwise. Specifically, many people seem to think [...]

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