Straw Bale Gardening in 4 Easy Steps

With little effort and expense, you can have your own garden growing from bales of straw. (BIG keyword there: straw works best, not hay! More on the difference
here.) This method works well for those with limited gardening space or poor soil conditions and eliminates most of the tough back-work "normal" gardening requires.
In Gardening, Agriculture, Farming, Food, Planting, Flowers, Vegetables

Are You Ready for the 2015 Invasion?

If you planted a young fruit tree or small shrubs this Spring,
you may have unwanted visitors clinging to them this Summer. Many areas across the United States will be infested with billions of periodical cicadas waking from 13 and 17 year slumbers. That’s right, not one, but TWO broods of periodical cicadas will emerge from underground in 2015; filling the air with their incessant mating cries and inflicting irreversible damage upon young trees. Here we’ll take a look at how this natural phenomenon occurs, and offer a few tips to help you, and your trees, survive the month-long period of infestation.
In Gardening, Landscaping, Insect Prevention, Lawn

Fruit Trees: 101

Throughout the spring months, Orscheln Farm and Home carries many container-grown varieties of high-quality fruit trees, including apples, cherries, peaches, pears and plums, that are ready to plant immediately. Growing your own edibles is extremely gratifying and cost effective. If your family consumes a lot of fresh produce from the grocery store, and you have the space to allow you to plant a tree or two, why not try your hand at growing your own? With a bit of knowledge, time, and hard work, you can have an abundance of fresh (and free!) fruit to harvest.

In Gardening, Landscaping