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Success is many things to many people, but I can't help but adopt this definition presented by Dr. Angelou. We're not out to climb career ladders or become world famous. She exuded a love for her calling to farm—it's a part of who she is—and she was...
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Philadelphia
Enthusiasm is Contagious
The culture of loving and giving they've created in our community is felt and noticed, and changes are being made. « More Farm Inspiration » Tags enthusiasm , farmers , farming , inspiration , passion
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Philadelphia
Winter is Temporary
It's not even what I'm used to as a Yankee transplant, despite growing up in northeastern Ohio and going to college in Cleveland's Lake Erie Snowbelt. Every time I climbed into my car in some new creative way, dropped my keys because my hands were shaking...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
What is Homeopathy?
Do you use complementary veterinary therapies on your farm? Send me your question! Please keep in mind that I receive a lot of questions, so I won't always be able to answer each one immediately.
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Philadelphia
Is Winterberry Toxic?
Animals that show symptoms of winterberry poisoning should be seen by their veterinarian. Humans who ingest berries can suffer symptoms associated with caffeine poisoning. Caffeine is in high concentration in the berries.
California
Santa Monica
Dreaming is Planning
I currently live in a second-floor apartment that doesn't get direct sunlight, so my chicken-keeping and gardening endeavors are on an indefinite hold, but that doesn't stop me from playing through scenarios in my mind where I wake up in the morning and...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
What Is Ashitaba?
Sometimes it's a new supplement. It seems that people enjoy the flavor of ashitaba more. And then every once in a while, we catch wind of a new plant. Growing a plant yourself will be the only way to get to try this out, as everything on the market right...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Is That Bug What I Think It Is?
While the immature nymphs of assassin bugs and leaf-footed bugs look quite similar, several clues helped pinpoint the proper identification. Leaf-footed bugs are a confirmed garden nuisance in many regions of North America, including portions of California...
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Philadelphia
Is Ground Frozen Solid: Determining If Soil Is Frozen
Several very warm days in a row may lead you to believe that the ground is ready to be worked. Frozen soil is dense and rigid. Keep reading to find out how to tell if ground is frozen or not.Although it may seem as if spring has arrived, it's important...
Ohio
Willoughby
What Is Damping Off?
On rare occasions, however, the sudden death of seedlings may be caused by other factors. Once transplanted, only those seedlings known to be especially sensitive to damping off need be misted with fungicide daily until the first or second seed leaves...
Ohio
Willoughby
Is Your Compost Safe?
This is the Organic Materials Review Institute, an international nonprofit organization that determines which products are allowed for use in organic production and processing. Levels may not be high enough to make anyone sick but I don't believe that...
California
El Segundo
Is Your Turkey Green?
The important thing is to prepare enough brine to cover the turkey completely. Turkey is traditional holiday fare for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in households across the U.S. and Canada, with over 280 million turkeys produced each year.
California
El Segundo
Laurel Is a Keeper
When buying groceries supplies for the store, our uncle had to get large quantities: whole boxes, containing dozens of packages or bags. Therefore, I don't need to buy laurel very often.
California
El Segundo
Is Lucky Bamboo Poisonous?
The leaves often have silver or white strips through the center. It is not native to Asia, and is closely related to the lily. Lucky bamboo is not, in fact, related to true bamboo plants.
California
Santa Monica
What Is Plant Diversity?
American culture values the neat and the familiar in home landscapes, and nurseries offer the plants consumers seek; as a result, the biodiversity of the nation declines.Biopests are usually picky, relying on only one species or a handful of closely related...
California
Santa Monica
What Is Fallow Ground?
Each plant species leeches something from the soil while giving something else back. Farmers divided their fields in half, planting on one half in one year and then the other half the following year.
California
Santa Monica
What Is Okoume Wood?
Imports to the United States are mainly in the form of veneer and plywood, especially for use in decorative paneling, hollow-core doors and furniture. The grain is straight to slightly wavy and may be slightly interlocking.
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Santa Monica
She ... Is a He!
We are really enjoying them, but to our surprise, one of our ladies has grown up to be a gentleman! He's a beautiful Rhode Island Red rooster that has taken nicely to his little harem of hens.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Pleasure is a Novelty
The sky's the limit—but let's leave the coconuts behind. As an only child with no older siblings to coerce me into adventures and no younger siblings to dare, I was content to sit quietly and read from an early age.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Is Bougainvillea Deer Resistant?
Deer will eat just about anything if they are hungry enough, according to Oregon State University's Extension website. Fungal diseases, which are often caused by overly wet soil or letting water sit on the leaves of the plant, can also harm bougainvillea.
California
Santa Monica
What Is Alkaline pH?
Hydrogen chloride (HCl) becomes hydrochloric acid when dissolved in water to form H+ and Cl- ions. Although plants tolerate a small range of soil pH quite well, extremely acidic or alkaline soils need to be adjusted for good plant health.The easiest to...
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Santa Monica
Why Mulching Is Important
Before you plant your spring crops, prepare your garden soil with a healthy dose of mulch. It won't look the prettiest, so consider topping it with compost soil if aesthetics are a concern.
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Philadelphia
Avast! Insulation is Complete!
I know, I know … you're still scratching your head. I was curious to see how the insulation could be contained, knowing that spray foam expanded once sprayed. Arrrggghhh! I've been waiting for a chance to use some pirate-ease on this blog.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Which Chick Is Which?
As time passed, it was clear she didn't have sex links because three of them were roosters. The Australorp will feather out with black iridescent feathers, and the Black Sex Link will be black but with brown neck/hackle feathers.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
What is Sugar Cane?
The syrup is then transferred to another pan, where the water is completely boiled to the point when sugar crystals can then grow. Each joint has a node (band) and an internode (area between nodes).
California
Santa Monica
Is Vinca Deer-Resistant?
Heatwave Pink is a low-growing plant that will remain small all its life. After planting vinca in well-drained, slightly acidic soil, it can withstand droughts and prefers to remain fairly dry.You needn't deadhead vinca flowers because they drop off on...
California
Santa Monica
What Is Vegetable Ghee?
It is also used as a spread on bread or vegetables.Both traditional ghee and vegetable ghee have a texture and appearance similar to lard. The liquid is then separated from the solid and packaged as ghee.Vegetable ghee is a vegetarian alternative to this...
California
Santa Monica
What Is Deer Corn?
Corn stalks generally grow tall enough so their tops are accessible above the snow, making them easy for the deer to get at.Deer corn is also sold as a component of seed and grain blends used to feed deer during the fall, winter and early spring before...
California
Santa Monica
Is Agave a Cactus?
This includes species like the well-known century plant, Agave Americana, which may live as long as 30 years or more -- but never a whole century -- before flowering. Many agave leaves -- again, dependent on the species -- are edible, provided they are...
California
Santa Monica