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January 11, 2017 | Everyday Gardeners
Too often we think of nature as something we have to seek out, a remote place far from the city limits. But nature is, in fact, much closer than we realize. Check out these recently published titles that encourage us to pause for a moment and...see all
December 28, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
I visited my parents on their Maryland farm at Christmas and helped Dad cover the strawberries for winter. First, he used his Haybuster to blow on old straw.  Next, we covered the rows with white tarp and anchored with sand bags. This is done...see all
December 16, 2016 | Everyday Gardeners
My holiday cacti never bloom when I want them to. Mind you, I’ve tried to coordinate when I bring them indoors from their summer vacation on a ledge of my front porch, but I’m always a bit late and the cooler evening temperatures of late August and...see all
December 14, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
The first snow of winter is greeted with joy. The tenth snow not so much, but for now we enjoy. I bundled up and grabbed photos of the sheep, who were not fazed by the white stuff and looked at me as if to say, "Where's our fresh hay?" My...see all
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