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Preserving Your Harvest

I harvested my first pinto beans yesterday to try a new baked bean recipe. It was good but not as good as my wife's recipe. That's the best way to use those vegetables you been growing all...

 

Farm to Table Vegetables

In 1985 the Air Force decided to move me from Rapid City, South Dakota to Spokane, Washington. Just a routine assignment as far as the base goes but the experiences outside of work were out of this...

 

Preparing for Winter

Although it's hard to believe, it's September and winter is right around the corner. Today I'm expecting another 90 plus degree day with no rain in sight and low humidity. That we're already dry is...

 

Fall is Coming and So Is Harvest Part 2

This is the first year I've tried potatoes so I'm completely unfamiliar with growing and harvesting. So far, the growing piece of the equation seems to be going well. The plants are about two and a...

 

Fall is Coming: And So is Harvest

Where has the summer gone? It seems like I just planted a few weeks ago and now it's the end of August and harvest is just around the corner. I've been harvesting tomatoes and peppers for the last...

 

Live Fire Farm to Table

Saturday night I had the unique opportunity to attend the Live Fire Farm to Table event presented by Visit Cheyenne and the Wyoming Department of Tourism and hosted by Rabou Farms north of Albin,...

 

The Sights and Sounds of the 2022 Laramie County Fair

Lowing cows, squealing pigs, bleating sheep, clucking chickens and the delighted screams of kids being squirted with water and jumping in the bounce house fill the air with a cacophony of sound only...

 

Plants are Nature's Air Freshners

Have you ever wondered why you can walk into some homes and they just smell fresh? Not heavy with scents, but just fresh? If you look around you will most likely find several plants around the house....

 

Squash is Versatile and Healthy

Whenever I mention the word "squash" most people I talk to immediately think zucchini and roll their eyes. It's almost like I'd said a dirty word. I think it's because zucchini is so prolific that...

 

Not Caring for the Prairie Has Lasting Affects

As I drive past some of the homes in our county housing developments, and even visiting with people, I'm often disheartened by the poor prairie management practices I observe. Last year about this tim...

 

Invasions of the Body Snatchers

At least it feels like it sometimes. No, there aren't any body snatchers around. At least that I know of. But at this time of year the noxious weeds seem to be taking over. As I walked through a...

 

Growing Garlic

Last week I discussed the health benefits of garlic. This is one of the more fascinating plants I've grown, not just for health, but for flavor as well. It's a plant that anyone can grow with little e...

 

Garlic - Healthy and Delicious

It's just about the season to start harvesting garlic so it's time to talk about this fascinating plant. Garlic is an herb that's not only good but it can make a dull dish exciting. People have added...

 

Soil Health and You

This past few weeks I've been traveling the county, mostly the eastern side, and I've noticed signs that soil health is deteriorating. Mind you, I'm not seeing these signs from the road necessarily....

 

Everybody Loves Tomatoes

Kinda', somewhat, maybe. Or not. With downcast eyes and a cowed demeanor, I have to admit that I never liked tomatoes. Everybody around me would put raw, sliced tomatoes on their sandwiches or even...

 

The Laramie County Fair - Wyoming's Oldest and Largest County Fair

It's that time of year again. Time to submit your entries for the Laramie County Fair. The Laramie County Fair is the largest and oldest county fair in Wyoming. And guess what? It's not just for...

 

Companion Plants in the Vegetable Garden

When I first started gardening, and I mean something besides just zucchini, I just planted whatever seeds I wanted directly in the ground and expected them to grow and produce the vegetables that I...

 

Gardening with Children is Great Fun

As the gardening season gets underway I've found a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment watching my granddaughter learn about plants and working in the garden. She's about two and a half now and...

 

Potatoes - a Native American Staple

French fries, mashed potatoes, hash browns, baked potatoes, potato chips...few vegetables have a greater diversity that the potato. This is my favorite vegetable and with as many as are sold in this...

 

Irrigation System for Home Gardens and Flower Beds

I'm feeling pretty good about the work I've done on my garden and flower bed irrigation systems since last year. We have several rose bushes that were transplanted from my in-laws farmstead in...

 

Trees are ready for Planting

It's spring and everything seems to be coming to life. Birds are nesting, yards are turning into jungles, and trees and shrubs are budding out. This is the perfect time to plant new trees. Actually...

 

Spring Time Honey-Do List

Last year we had consistent warm weather by now and this year I'm hot one day and freezing the next, always looking for more rocks to stuff into my pockets. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything...

 

Asparagus

This week I finished one harvest. Asparagus. Besides green peas, asparagus is one of my most favorite vegetables. In fact, just because the harvest is done doesn't mean that I'm finished cutting it....

 

Lawn Care - Maintenance and Diseases

Earlier we talked about getting a lawn started and annual fertilizing. I did forget to mention that when sowing your seed, make two passes at right angles to each other. You'll get better coverage....

 

Food for Thought

If there was ever a time to start growing your own vegetables this may be it. Joe Biden has recently informed us that we will face food shortages this year. Not "may", but "will". What does he know...

 

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