Living the Country Life

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Pay attention to water quality, keep animals out of the garden, and always wash your hands
Whether you have a small vegetable garden or acres of produce, there is the risk of harmful bacteria causing a foodborne illness. However, there are steps you can take to reduce that risk....
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The right location for fruit trees gives them a good start.
My neighbors have three apple trees and a pear tree. And, they enjoy sharing their fruit with my family. You don't have to have a large open space for fruit trees, especially if you choose dwarf...
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Proper, consistent pruning maintains healthy production
Fruit trees are not meant to be shade trees. Proper pruning opens up the canopy, lets the sunlight in, and increases the chances of a quality harvest. Brad Bergefurd is an extension horticulture...
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Turn rain into a liquid asset
Radio interview source: Linda Naeve, Horticulture Specialist, Value-Added Agriculture, Iowa State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Fruit and vegetable growers who use...
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My peaches are ripe! I have one small tree in the grove and it is ready for harvest one month ahead of last year. The tree blossomed very early this spring and didn't get frosted, so here we...
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If variety is the spice of life, then Rich and Wendy Tobiasz's Evergreen Oasis Farm will certainly appeal to the taste buds.
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Growing raspberries Ripe, juicy raspberries are one of nature's delicate pleasures. Grow your own for endless dessert possibilities – or just to pop in your mouth. Radio interview...
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Growing blueberries The blueberry is considered a super food. This means blueberry production is on its way up. This fruit takes time to develop, but will reward you for years. Radio interview...
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After several years of research and growing, a low-sugar watermelon variety has been created
Radio interview source: Angela Davis, plant geneticist, Agricultural Research Service                           Listen...
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Betsy Freese talks about starting and maintaining your own patch
Radio interview source: Phil Johnson, owner, Walnut Springs Farm         Listen here for the radio story Editor Betsy Freese grew up toiling on her father's strawberry...