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December 1, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Drones are a wonderful technology for seeing your property. These drone photos (thanks to David Ekstrom at our sister publication Successful Farming) show the vast amount of water already backing up into our wetlands.  Half of my family's 400-acre...see all
November 17, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our family enrolled the most flood-prone 200 acres of our farm in the Wetland Restoration part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The project runs for 10 years. Work has begun to turn this area, which long ago was a natural wetlands before...see all
November 16, 2016 | Everyday Gardeners
Crimson may say Christmas, but a coral or yellow—or even a green poinsettia—looks fresh all through New Year’s. Poinsettias now come in colors ranging from creamy white to pink, yellow, orange, and—of course—the classic red. This is Euphorbia ‘...see all
November 10, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Saturday night I was honored to be a guest at an Influencers Dinner in New York City. The Influencers Dinner is a secret dining experience started in 2009 by behavior expert and social engineer Jon Levy. Twelve thought leaders, tastemakers, and...see all
October 31, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
That day of the year when your trees match your barn. The lawn has been green for so long this year, Bob had to upgrade his mower. Raccoons have invaded our barn, so Bob set a live trap. Gotcha. We took Mr. Coon to our corn farm and let...see all
October 25, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
What a beautiful fall. We mowed off the garden last weekend and found a watermelon hiding under the raspberry bush. That was a surprise! I took the last of the tomatoes and peppers to the kitchen and made salsa. The kale just keeps going after a...see all
October 21, 2016 | Everyday Gardeners
“Luther Burbank (1849-1926) was one of America's most famous and prolific horticulturists, developing some 800 new varieties of plants including the Shasta daisy and Burbank potato, a form of which, the Russet Burbank, is now the world's most widely...see all
October 20, 2016 | Everyday Gardeners
The Country Gardens team couldn't be more proud of our former editorial intern Kelly Norris on the occasion of the publication of his beautiful new book, Plants with Style  (Timber Press). Not long ago, we attended a reception for Kelly at the...see all
October 7, 2016 | Everyday Gardeners
From ‘Hungarian Hot Wax’ and ‘Red Savina’ to ‘Elephant’s Trunk and ‘The Turtle’s Claw’, chile peppers come in dozens of shapes, colors, and degrees of spiciness—from sweet and succulent to blow-your-top off hot. A colleague here at work...see all
September 30, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Fall skies are the most beautiful. The sunsets are baby blue and gold, while the afternoon skies are brilliant blue. Don't try this at home. Bob is fixing a leaking roof without using a safety harness.  Two days after his roof work, he was...see all