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August 4, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
Summer is such a great time to hit the road. Our extended Freese family all traveled to Austin, Texas, for the wedding of niece Jenna. It was super hot, but wonderful. The photo below is from the Ag Media Summit in Snowbird, Utah. Thank you to...see all
July 20, 2017 | Everyday Gardeners
  If you haven’t tried a cordless garden tool, now is the time. Over the last few years, power tool companies—such as Ryobi, Black & Decker, Craftsman, and Husqvarna—have been coming out with their own cordless string trimmers, leaf blowers,...see all
July 13, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
My garden is bursting with produce. The sunflowers have grown another foot since I took the photo below in early July. Mom flew out from Maryland to visit and attend the opera with Caroline and me. Three different operas by the Des Moines Metro...see all
June 26, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
This is the summer of the Big Mow for us. Besides the lawn (small potatoes), we have alfalfa, grass hay, and, new this year, 200 acres of conservation wetlands to mow. Bob mowed weeds on that ground yesterday for 11 hours and still has 40 acres to...see all
June 23, 2017 | Everyday Gardeners
  Kids respond really well to the familiar taste and fresh, perky scent of mint. Even my three picky eaters enjoy the herb and willingly harvest leaves for fruit salads, lemonade, and, most importantly, ice cream. Fortunately, mint is exceedingly...see all
June 13, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
Last week I flew to New York City to attend an awards luncheon. I was honored to be named to the 2017 class of Folio: Top Women in Media. My college friend Janine Stewart, who also works in ag media, came along to support me. She asked about my...see all
May 24, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
Every spring, we create a to-do list of things that need to be done around our small farm. The electric fence charger gave out last fall. The ewes are contained by the vinyl fence around the grove, but the live wire underneath keeps tiny lambs from...see all
May 18, 2017 | Everyday Gardeners
The humble wire tomato cage has much more potential than simply bracing up a rambling tomato plant. It can have other special roles in the garden. Not long ago, I passed a stack of tomato cages in a garden center. The stack, turned upside down,...see all
April 27, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
Spring is in full bloom around our small farm. My happy place is in a lawn chair next to the lilac bushes. The only problem is the orphan lambs see me sitting there and start bleating for a bottle. Teaching the smallest orphan lamb how to take...see all
April 13, 2017 | Betsy's Backyard
We have 25 new lambs and counting this week, so the barn is hopping. Bob makes sure they all get off to a good start by milking the ewes and giving each lamb a belly full of colostrum through a stomach tube. Any weak triplets may get a bottle, too...see all

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