Acreage Living Newsletter
|Spring into Safety
Spring is officially here which means everyone is out and about enjoying the warmer weather. While we all love being outdoors more, we need to keep in mind some general safety guidelines when working around the farm.
|Clean and Maintain Garden Tools
Garden tools will last for many seasons if they are maintained properly. Although tools should be cleaned after every use, most gardeners are busy and usually just return them to the shed or garage. Fortunately, neglected tools can often be rejuvenated.
|White Grubs in the Lawn
Spring is here and the grass looks as good as it is going to look all summer. Since you want to keep it that way you have probably been considering treating for white grubs.
|Recommendations for a Snake-free House
This article provides tips for making a house unattractive to snakes.
|The Beauty of Basil
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) has long been considered the “King of the Herbs” – not only because of its popularity, but also because the name “basileus” literally means “king” in Greek. Basil has a long history of cultivation around the world and has been used as a culinary herb, aromatic herb, and ornamental herb for centuries.
|Make Your Own Birdseed & Suet Cakes
If you live on acreage, there is a pretty good chance that you also love to feed birds and other wildlife. Most bird enthusiasts feed suet in the fall, but having it out all year will attract woodpeckers, nuthatches and the occasional brown creeper at your feeder. Making your own suet cakes for birds is easy, affordable and customizable.
|Small-scale Dairy Information
Looking at dairy cattle as an alternative enterprise for your operation? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has compiled information that may be of assistance.