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October 15, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
We planted our first cover crop, a field of radishes and turnips, on August 20. It didn't rain for the next three weeks. The crop emerged slowly and unevenly. I took the first photo on September 21. Two nice rains after that made a huge difference....see all
October 11, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
September and October are my favorite months in the country. I wanted to share a few photos from my trip to Mom and Dad's farm in Maryland. I've never seen Dad's fields looking better. I couldn't find one weed in the strawberries. The red...see all
October 9, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
First we lost our old cat Marvin, who died of natural causes at age 18 in July. Our other cat, Mario, 7, seemed depressed after his buddy Marvin left, wandering around aimlessly, but still eating well. In August, our oldest son, Nowlan, brought us...see all
October 9, 2013 | Lisa's Kitchen
It's amazing how food really connects us. Families pass recipes down from generation to generation, like jewels. Certain foods remind us of loved ones, or of places or special times in our lives. Food is more than just sustenance. It's a way to...see all
October 9, 2013 | Lisa's Kitchen
One of my favorite parts of my job is putting recipe slideshows together. It's so much fun to look through all the photos and recipes here at Meredith, and choose the ones I think sound best. I recently posted the slideshow 12 Easy Slow Cooker...see all
October 7, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Every fall I write an exclusive report on the swine industry for Successful Farming magazine called Pork Powerhouses. This is the 19th year I have collected data on the largest 25 pork producers in the U.S. There is always a new issue confronting...see all
October 3, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
My dad loves to go to auctions. He and Bob went to a few last week while we were visiting. Dad's specialty is tools -- he buys boxes and tubs of tools, sorts through them, and creates sets that he resells. He also buys items for the annual church...see all
October 1, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
I was visiting Mom and Dad on their Maryland farm last week. Mom and I cleaned the attic. Cough, cough, sneeze, sneeze. We found lots of junk and some really fun stuff. My favorite was a box of old postcards from the early 1900s. More on those in a...see all
September 19, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Our home is almost 100 years old and it came with a root cellar or storm cellar, which we've never used. Cracks under the door allowed raccoons and feral cats to go down there, so I stayed out. This month I decided my potatoes needed a better...see all
September 16, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
My tomatoes were late this year, so that means they are booming now that everyone is tired of them. Fresh garden tomatoes are so yummy in July and August. By September people run when they see you coming with a basket. I love to make a simple salad...see all