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Hog History

From 16th-Century Spain to the Creation of Wall Street, Pigs Paved the Way

Author Philip Hasheider knows a thing or two about raising pigs*. In his book How to Raise Pigs, Hasheider guides readers through everything we need to know about raising pigs for pleasure or profit, from figuring out which breed to buy to properly housing, fencing, feeding, breeding, showing, marketing, and butchering animals. He also shines an interesting light on the history of pigs, from ancient paintings to the development of America's "Hog Belt." Continue Reading »

Deep South Gardening

Super-Hot Weather? Time to Plan your Garden and Prep for Fall Vegetables

August starts at the end of next week! It can be hard to talk yourself into going into the garden when the REAL heat hits in August, especially in the languidly humid states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi. Nellie Neal, author of Deep South Month-by-Month Gardening, shares a few tips and tricks that anyone can use during the dog days of summer. Continue Reading »

Making (and Choosing) the Best Indoor Gardening Soil

Here's a little tidbit of reality that gets me every single year: while tenacious weeds will gladly thrive (and I mean THRIVE) in seemingly any old patch of dirt, it takes intentional planning and a fair dose of effort to nurture the flora that you want to grow. Those lovely seeds you plant on purpose, I mean. They need balanced care at every turn, and at the beginning of it all, they need good soil. Continue Reading »

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Ceiling Fan-tastic

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

We try to use the air conditioning as little as possible. When you have to be cooped up in a closed up house all winter (about six months here), it's nice to have open windows and a nice breeze. But a nice breeze needs a little augmentation, especially when, apparently, the dog is not as hot as you are and wants to cuddle! Continue Reading »

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A Perfect Summer Recipe As Simple As A Haiku

I hope I'm not the only one who just wants something simple once in a while. I love this beyond-easy recipe because it can be anything you want. A little decadent. Fast. Even gluten-free (if you use gluten-free bread, of course). Continue Reading »

Country Skills

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Organic Alternatives to Conventional Fence Post Treatments

Pressure-treated boards and posts can leak poisonous arsenic into the soil. Continue Reading »

Sustainable Living

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Teach Your Kids About Garden Cuttings

And Get "Free" Plants, To Boot!

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Home How-to

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Deck Skirting, Quick and Easy in 5 Steps

A friend of mine had the very odd lean-to/garage that was tacked onto the back of her house removed and installed a great deck in its place. Continue Reading »

In the Garden

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5 Tips for More Sustainable Lawn Care

Do Less and Still Enjoy a Beautiful Yard

According to the EPA, the average American household uses 320 gallons of water per day, about 30 percent of which is devoted to outdoor uses. Continue Reading »

In the Kitchen

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Farmers Market…Fish?

Oh yes, don't resist. Continue Reading »


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The Red-Winged Blackbird, At A Glance

(Agelaius phoeniceus)

Noble Proctor, author of North American Songbirds, gives us the skinny on one of the few birds that looks like its name and almost anyone can identify: The Red-Winged Blackbird. Continue Reading »