Farm and Garden
Plants and produce from rural America

DIY Birds' Nest Wreath

Make a charming, rustic birds' nest wreath with fallen nests.

Agriculture and Farm School

Agriculture-based schools provide students with farm know-how that complements their more general academic education.

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What Homesteaders Need to Know About Mulching

Blogger James takes a look at the importance of mulch and how to apply it in your yard and garden.

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HOW TO MAKE FROZEN YOGURT

Most frozen yogurt recipes produce a hard dessert that's not much fun to eat, but with Nicole Weston's unique technique (using a simple meringue and your ice cream maker) the result is creamy, smooth and delicious. Weston shows you her method and then offers recipes for 56 irresistible flavors, from classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to mango, coconut, key lime, chai, honey, ginger and cardamom, white chocolate raspberry, dulce de leche, avocado, maple bacon, and mint julep. She even offers festive flavors for the holidays, including candy cane, spiced pumpkin, cranberry, eggnog and gingerbread!

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THE BEEKEEPER'S PROBLEM SOLVER

While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as hives management, breed choice, and health requirements. There is plenty to think about for those getting their first bees, and careful planning is the key to a successful initial experience. One thing that complicates matters is the bees' ability to disguise problems. Although this might seem a useful ability, it actually makes recognizing trouble in the crucial, early stages that much more difficult, even for experienced owners. And although bees are remarkably resilient creatures, they remain vulnerable to predators, disease and climate changes. There is plenty of potential for things to go wrong and, unfortunately, it's always the bees that suffer when problems strike.

Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime bee keeper and apiary expert James E. Tew guide you through 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of beekeeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. A subject-specific index is also included for easy reference.

$19.99