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Pumpkin decorating ideas for Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Carving a Jack-o’-lantern is no longer the most popular way to decorate a pumpkin for Halloween.

Winterize your rain barrel in four steps

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prepare your rain barrel for winter to make sure that it’s still usable come spring.

Building a compost bin for backyard recycling

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How do you compost? Here’s some information about building your own compost bin.

How to winterize your car – 6 tips to keep your car going this winter

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Prepare your car for winter before the snow starts to fly.

Fighting off the flu

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Flu season is upon us. Learn more about prevention and the vaccine to lessen the likelihood of falling ill.

All about apples: Tips for using, picking and storing

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This time of year, farm markets will advertise their fresh apples for sale and u-pick opportunities.

Firewood basics: Tips for drying, storage and safety

Saturday, September 13, 2014

As fall’s cool, crisp air settles in and the season changes to winter, a warm fire is a welcoming thought.

Estimating corn and soybean yields

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Worksheets, formulas and online calculators can help to estimate potential corn and soybean harvests.

Three ways to extend your gardening season

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are several options for extending your gardening season into the fall and winter months.

Preserving food with boiling water canning and pressure canning

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There are two ways to preserve food: using a boiling water canner or using a pressure canner.

Making homemade ice cream

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Making homemade ice cream can be as easy as using an old-fashioned hand-crank freezer or using the utensils and tools already found in your kitchen.

Hot weather health: How to treat and prevent heat stroke

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s hot outside, so you should keep a close watch on your health. You can easily become susceptible to hyperthermia, which is when your body temperature is unusually high, according to the National Institutes of Health.

How to pick ripe tomatoes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In most of the country, it’s time to pick the tomatoes you’ve been growing in your garden since spring.

How to keep pests out of your garden

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rabbits, groundhogs and insects can relentlessly nibble at fresh leaves off of tomato plants and sunflower sprouts. Here are some tactics to keep your garden pest-free.

How to Tuesday: Identify poison ivy, oak and sumac

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You know the old adage “Leaves of three, let it be.” It’s referring to poison ivy and oak, and it’s true. With summer comes much more time spent outside, thus increasing the risk of coming in contact with these poisonous plants – and poison sumac – if you’re not careful. Here’s how to tell them […]

What can I do about dead grass? Here’s a few options

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A patch of dead grass on an otherwise lush lawn can be a frustrating eyesore for homeowners. Whether lawn care is your passion or just something you do to maintain the value of your home, dead grass can be exasperating.

How does your garden grow? Only after much preparation

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well.

How do I know if the soil in my garden is healthy?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Upon first glance, a garden may appear to be the picture of health. However, further examination may reveal that the garden isn’t all that it seems, and perhaps that healthy facade is artificially manufactured.

How do I test my soil?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring is a perfect time to take a soil test to measure your soil’s fertility. Testing your soil is an easy and inexpensive way of maintaining good plant health and productivity. Remember: Healthy soil will result in healthy plants.

Watch your step: Stay safe on the farm with proper lighting and footwear

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the region continues to experience one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent years, growers and producers can take measures to ensure their safety in increasingly hazardous outdoor conditions.

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