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October 5, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
A splash of color in the front yard is such a cheerful greeting. Fall colors are really starting to pop. Bob uses an apple peeler to make thin layers for apple crisp. So many apples this year... Janis Gandy, copy editor for Living the...see all
September 29, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Every fall for the past 21 years I have released an exclusive report on the swine industry called Pork Powerhouses. It includes a ranking of the largest 25 pork producers in the U.S. To celebrate the release of the report I flew to North Carolina...see all
September 21, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
There are still tons of apples on the tree at the pond. Bob is using the fruit picker pole to snag the highest apples and those hanging over the pond. I have two huge bags of apples waiting for me to cook down for applesauce. I will make another...see all
September 16, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Somehow, somewhere, Bob found more hay to bale and a corner of the barn to house it. Besides a fourth cutting of alfalfa at our place, which was green, wet, and heavy when stacked in the barn (we'll use it quickly), he baled the empty industrial...see all
September 9, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Early fall is such a busy time on a farm or acreage. There is so much to harvest and so much to kill. We started with the thistles in the pasture. Sure, the yellow flowers were full of bees, but those noxious weeds had to go. We cut them and threw...see all
September 1, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob finished plugging every nook and cranny of the hayloft on August 13th (above). It was our 32nd wedding anniversary, so I remember the date. Last week he baled the west half of the pasture and filled two baskets and five racks. That hay was...see all
August 25, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
All the rain this summer turned my (so-called) landscaping into a jungle. Vines covered the lilacs and bridal wreath spirea on the west side of the lawn, even climbing the nearby evergreen to the top. I could see poison ivy hiding in some of the...see all
August 19, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I have tomatoes coming out of my ears. That's okay. BLTs and Caprese salad every other night. Yum. I also had a bumper crop of peaches from my little tree. I froze several bags and made peach crisp four times. Yum. It's a delicious time of year...see all
August 12, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob got a chicken emergency call the other night, and it wasn't a disease issue with a flock. It was one pet chicken. He explained the cost to the owner up front and she readily agreed. This hen, named Louise, was three years old and perfectly...see all
August 5, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
When your grown kids come home to visit, you fire up the old John Deere and bale hay until the sun sets. That's Nowlan and his childhood friend Tyler on the rack. In other family news, our niece, Brittany, got married over the weekend and the...see all