12 Chicken Ornaments To Decorate Your Pool-Tree

‘Tis the season to deck the halls with holly, mistletoe and all the trimmings of the holidays. for many, Decorating a tree is one of the chief holiday traditions. Some celebrants hang heirloom ornaments, while others use their crafting skills to string popcorn and cranberries, create colorful construction-paper chains, and even crochet intricate snowflakes. Themes … Read more

Protect Your Chicken Coop From Common Predators

It’s unfortunate, but it will happen: one day, you’ll walk into your chicken coop and find the worst-case scenario. Something has killed your chickens. It’s a nightmare scenario that happens to anyone who raises poultry. While it’s impractical to think that you can eliminate the threat of something preying on your chickens, you can do … Read more

Ducks Can Bring Real Value To The Backyard

The duck has earned an important—yet underestimated—place in the American psyche. From Donald and Daffy right through to the exploits of Duck Dynasty‘s Robertson family, the humble duck plays a central role. So I found it somewhat surprising that the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy lists a whole host of duck breeds as in serious trouble. … Read more

More Guidance For Moving Chickens Across State Lines

So you’re moving! Congratulations on the new chapter of your life. A great adventure awaits you, and guess what? Your flock can join you at your new home. Yes, there are ordinances, home owner association guidelines, and government regulations to observe. But once you’ve verified that nothing legal stands in your way, you can prepare … Read more

To Stop New Viruses Infecting Humans, We Must Protect Bat Habitat

This article is republished from Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article. Bats have lived with coronaviruses for millennia. Details are still hazy about how one of these viruses evolved into SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID in humans. Did it go directly from bats to humans or via another animal species? When? And … Read more

States Mull Limits on Foreign Ownership of Farmland

This story was originally published in Investigate Midwest. Amid growing concern about Chinese investment in US agriculture, there has been a renewed push to limit and more closely monitor foreign ownership of farmland across the country. At least eight states considered implementing a new limit on foreign control of agricultural land, and one, Indiana, passed … Read more

Check Out The Hobby Farms Podcast, Growing Good!

The holiday season is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning expansive meals, hunting for holiday decorations or fixing up the farm and home for visits from family and friends, you’ve no doubt got some big plans ahead for the season. And you know what’s great to help pass the time while testing string lights … Read more

These garden veggies are root cellar rock stars

FIrst-rate vegetable storage begins with the soil, as root cellar storability is influenced by growing conditions. Root vegetables grown in soil with an excess of nitrogen will have watery growth and store poorly. Excess watering and watering near harvest time will lead to the same undesirable results. Conversely, an abundance of organic matter (and particularly … Read more

Build A Winter Greenhouse For Year-Round Growing

With visions of year-round food production, many gardeners stumble upon online resources about the walipini, or pit greenhouse, only to discover they are designed for equatorial geographical locations. If, like me, your romantic visions of year-round fresh greens aren’t stifled by this, then you’ll probably keep searching and discover other options: geodesic domes, heated hoop … Read more