I often recall spending time on my grandparents’ farm in rural Missouri, and my grandfather’s meticulous garden - sitting in the porch swing snapping green beans, shucking sweet corn, and running through the mud barefoot during the routine watering. Now that I’m older, I realize how much work was put into reaching the wonderful end result. You probably have a handle on the basics of gardening - pull the weeds, give them a home with lots of sunlight & water, and keep the bugs away. Simple science, right? But aside from the essentials, there are many tips and tricks that will help get the bountiful harvest you’re hoping for. Here are a few that may help you obtain the best harvest possible.
If you have the good fortune of living in a rural area, you’re probably accustomed to sharing your space with a variety of critters. Topping the list could be the very common, unwelcome guests – mice. While they are far less of a threat to your flock than predatory coyotes or a sly fox, they’re not ideal candidates for your chickens to socialize with either. There are multiple reasons to kick them out of the coop - leaving messes, carrying diseases, and breaking into their feed are just a few. Avoid the escapable sticky traps, toxic poisons, and other means of dangerous extermination by trying Fresh Cab in your coop, available at Orscheln Farm & Home. Simply hang Fresh Cab in and around the coop to begin controlling the problem immediately, then replace every month or so for long-lasting results.
My grandparents had an itch for traveling. They saw all 50 states in the US and across the rest of North America. That's not including the foreign regions they had visited.
They met in Nebraska and later moved to Missouri, where I'd come to be born and raised. I traveled by their side throughout my childhood and teen years. We'd travel west sometimes and we'd make our trips back to the family in Nebraska often.
I remember, or so I was told, my overbearing question from the backseat as a child was "Grandpa, are we there yet?" So grandpa, being the clever fella he is, found just the solution to keep me from doing more than whining about the drive.
He showed me a game - counting windmills. Well actually when I was a child I pronounced it windshields, on accident.
If someone asked you what you use your 5 gallon buckets for, what would you say?
We had camped in an awesome spot by the beautiful clear Jacks Fork River in south Missouri many times. We had a nice living quarters horse trailer that had a 40 gallon water tank. When you have a couple of people taking showers that doesn't last very long.
This article is about freeze branding and the family that offers custom made brands from right here in the Midwest. Laura Smith and her husband Travis own the business and she tells the story below.
Here's a blog post written by co-worker Eddie Nashan who is a buyer with our company. He has a passion for Antique Tractors as you will read below.
Mindy McIntosh-Shetter AKA Mindar the gardening gnome and guest blogger is back! Mindy has a graduate degree in Agriculture Education from Purdue University and is presently finishing her Masters from the University of Louisville in Environmental Education and Urban Planning.She shares with us below how to transplant your seedlings.