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Farm and Garden

Plants and produce from rural America

Outdoor Hay Storage Solutions

By Tim Nephew

From hay tarps to proper stacking techniques, here’s how to best store your hay outdoors to maximize quality and longevity.

Putting the Garden to Bed

By Lois Hoffman

After the gardening season is over, there are still a lot of things that you can do to ready it for winter that will make next season less of a chore.

How to Choose, Keep, and Grow the Perfect Christmas Tree

By Ricardo Elisiaro

Choosing a tree is an excellent family-friendly holiday tradition. But once your tree is home, how do you keep it looking its best? Find a few tips for taking the best care of your living Christmas tree.

Killing Poison Oak, Ivy and Sumac

By Nebraska Dave

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac are pesky problems typically found in the woods. However, if you homestead, you'll soon discover that these vines can creep into your garden and yard—making it much easier to for those allergic to their volatile oils to experience an extremely itchy rash. Learn how to remove them without the use of harsh chemicals.


12 Mysterious Indoor Plants for Halloween

By Ricardo Elisiaro

Add a little spookiness to your indoor garden with these 12 plants. Are you up for growing these odd-looking plants?

Tips for Saving Seeds

By Lois Hoffman

Saving your own seeds, from your vegetable and flower gardens, not only gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each planting season is a part of something bigger, but it is also practical in so many other ways.

Free Food in the Winter Woods

By Bruce Ingram

Learn how you can forage a medley of plants and fungi from the winter woods, even during the bleakest months of the year.

Espaliers: Train a Tidy Fruit Tree

By Andrew Weidman

Improve the quality of your fruit harvest, and the look of your landscape, by training trees to grow in flat, fanciful forms known as “espaliers.”

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