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Adventures in Orange Oil Ant Killer

Add to Favorites By Lisa Jansen Discovering my orange oil ant killer was a triumphant epiphany after a lengthy battle with ants. I’m an old farm girl. As a child, …

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Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may …

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Protecting Raspberries from Birds

Add to Favorites By Jarrod E. Stephens, Kentucky, Zone 6 Don’t let years of hard work go to waste. Protecting raspberries from birds saves berries for your kitchen! If I …

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Natural Aphids Control in Your Garden
March 14, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites If you are an avid gardener like I am, likely at some point you will have the need for aphids control. Aphids are a common garden pest …

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How to Get Rid of Bagworms
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites You may be wondering how to get rid of bagworms that you’re finding on trees in your yard. The first step is to make sure what you’re …

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How to Make a Scarecrow That Actually Works

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – The best yields and the best quality of corn come from planting short-, mid- and long-season varieties all at once, not from planting …

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IPM: An Ideal Approach to Natural Pest Control in Gardens and Farms

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Pests and diseases are an unavoidable reality in agriculture. In this immensely diverse biosystem that we call Earth, humans must share with other …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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The Biology of the Rumen

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Ruminants have a special function in our world’s complex ecosystem. They consume grasses grown in pastures and on rangeland along with fibrous shrubs and …

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Hiring a Farm Sitter for Your Homestead
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Hiring a farm sitter may be a reasonable answer to getting away for vacation while owning a farm or homestead. But who can you call to do …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how …

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From Famine to Feast

Add to Favorites By Annie Flanzraich, Nevada The sun beats down on Laura Leonard’s toned, tanned arms as she rips a three-foot tall weed from the ground. She tosses the gnarly …

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Revisiting the Past with Sorghum

Add to Favorites By Ed Dane It was a warm October afternoon in Hanover, Michigan, a small rural community on the south edge of Jackson County. People were gathering for …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and …

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