Recent Blog Posts

  • Winter Finches

    January 15, 2012
    Winter finches are interesting members of the finch family, such as Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, and Purple finches, etc. who usually live in more northern areas, but leave those areas in years of poor food availability and "irrupt" down into the lower U.
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  • Alternate Heating Sources

    January 1, 2012
    More people are looking for alternative forms of home heating including stoves that burn wood, corn or pellets.  What are the alternatives and which fits your needs, time and budget best?
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  • Keep your pets warm this winter

    December 15, 2011
    Cold-weather tips for pet ownersBecause our furry friends rely on their owners for safety and comfort—particularly in the winter—dog and cat owners have a heightened responsibility to take precautions to protect their pets during the colder months.
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  • Protect Your Property from Mouse Damage

    December 1, 2011
    When the weather starts getting colder, that’s when house mice start looking for their new winter residence. These unwanted house guests can enter your home almost anywhere, squeezing through cracks and holes as small as a dime.
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  • Equipment for Birding

    November 15, 2011
    It's easy to get started birding by just watching the birds in your yard or neighborhood, but once you start venturing further afield to see more birds, it helps to have the right equipment so you know what birds you find and you can see them more clearly.
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  • Frost Tolerance of Vegetables

    October 15, 2011
    In early fall, it pays to keep an eye on nighttime temperatures. Don't get caught off guard by frost. Make sure to get the last of your crops harvested in time. To help you, here's a simple list of common vegetables and their frost tolerance.
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  • Gardening Tips for October

    October 1, 2011
    If you didn't get to it in September, there's still time to take care of the lawn and garden before winter sets in.
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  • Fertilizing your Lawn in the Fall

    September 15, 2011
    It's not unusual to fertilize your lawn in the spring, but don't let the cooler temperatures of autumn fool you. Fall actually is the best time to fertilize the grass, even better than springtime.
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  • Fall Overseeding

    September 1, 2011
    The best time of year to reseed your existing lawn is in the fall. In most areas of the United States, the ideal is to sow the grass seed in late August or September. It will germinate while temperatures are relatively warm, then grow and mature as temperatures begin to cool.
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  • Step-by-Step FreshPreserving™ of High-Acid Foods

    August 15, 2011
    Because they are relatively easy to preserve, foods containing high amounts of acid are a popular choice for fresh preservers. These foods provide you with the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a wide array of creative recipes, from excellent side dishes to delectable desserts.
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