Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio Pork Producers Council President Duane Stateler, McComb, Ohio, said when the propane shortage was tightest, he lowered the temperature in his barns a few degrees and began to use heat lamps again in the sow nursery and two finishing barns at his hog operation.
man shoveling snow

This winter has been a doozy. If you're handy, here's a couple of ways to make your life in snowy weather a bit easier.

Have a case of the winter blues? You may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here's a few tips to help lift your spirits during the winter months.

Cold weather can stress public utilities. Here's a few ways to stay warm while also keeping utility stress to a minimum.
bottles of seeds

Having a difficult time finding that heirloom tomato you bought at a farmers market last summer? Why not attend a seed swap? And what better time to find a seed swap than National Seed Swap Day?

Many of us have probably thrown away food due to spoilage. Unfortunately, doing this can be wasteful and expensive. Here's how to get the most out of your food by storing it properly.