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Echinachea

On My Walk: Echinachea (Purple Coneflower)

On my walk I discovered the native North American Purple Cone Flower otherwise known as Echinachea spp. It’s also known by many other names such as Black Sampson, Black Susan, Hedgehog, Indian head, Rock-up-hat...
Summer Riches

Summer Riches: Coal Oil Lamps, Cool Well Water, and Blackberries with Cow’s Cream

Summertime brings back memories of the smoky smell of coal oil lighting, the feel of cool dank air rising from the well with the scent of the wet hemp rope, and the warmth of...
Red Clover

From My Walk: Red Clover

From my walk today, I discovered this pretty little gem the Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) also known as purple clover or trefoil (three leaflets). The leaves and dark pink blossoms can be eaten raw...
Farming

Farming in The 13 Colonies

Today, we have all the modern equipment to make farming an easier task. However, this was not the case when the Puritans and Pilgrims made their way to the New World to start a...
Honey Color and Flavor

Honey Color and Flavor

Honey color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on where the honey bees buzzed.
Softwoods

Know Your Softwoods

This article discusses softwoods used in home furnishings. While they need more care and are high maintenance, they are also cheaper. Most furniture manufacturers of repute use hardwoods so that the furniture is long...
Tea Herbs

Selling Home-Grown Tea Herbs

There are numerous ways to package dried herbal teas for sale, from tea-themed gift baskets to home spa tea collections.
Country Life

No Regrets: 10 Key Things to Consider Before Moving to the Country

The country lifestyle is not for everyone. Every day I commute into my job in the city I hear at least one fellow commuter complaining about the ferry service. Or about logging on the...
Land Clearing

Different Land Clearing Methods

Land clearing will involve the removal of trees as well as a brush on a certain piece of land. Depending on the location, size, and purpose of the land, the excavation might need professional...
Bee Keeping

Small Mites Causing Big Problems for Honey Bees

Honey bees play an important role in our communities and our gardens because they work hard to collect nectar and pollen, making honey and pollinating many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy. In...
Aquaponics

Farming with Aquaponics

What species or types of fish can be used in the aquaponic system? What fruits, vegetables, and plants can be grown with this system? It is said that farming with aquaponics can be done...
Mushrooms

To Shroom or Not to Shroom – Know Your Mushrooms

Mushrooms, toadstools, fungus. They may look alike but if you're an amateur, you should refrain from picking them in the woods. Many fragrant tasty species grow wild and add a pungent flavor to soups,...
Packaging Your Honey

Packaging Your Honey

Once you harvest your honey you will need to store it. This article will talk you through what kind of containers to use.
Bleberry Farn

How to Start a Blueberry Farm

Everything you need to know about starting a blueberry farm. How long it takes to produce blueberries, the soil, space, water and care.
Apples

The Real Granny Smith – A Passion for Apples

You know it, you love it -- the Granny Smith apple. The gleaming chartreuse skin. That brilliant crunch. The perfect balance of juicy-sweet and tongue-curling tart that makes it the ideal eating and cooking...