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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
July 24, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Our county fair is this week, and I'm showing flowers and vegetables. Our family was also in charge of working the pork producers' food stand one night, so Caroline came home to help. Our oldest son, Nowlan, also came home for a visit and helped me...see all
July 20, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Caroline just completed a fascinating art project in our farm shop. She made a self portrait (of sorts) as a collage made out of 20,000 Skittles. This is an Iowa State University focus grant and the final result, once framed, will hang in the...see all
July 14, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Last night, Bob and I hosted the Drive Across America team from American Agri-Women (AAW), the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch, and agribusiness women. It was so nice to meet Sue McCrum (right), AAW president, Doris Mold (left),...see all