By Carol Ekarius, John Barbagello and Heather Smith ThomasSpring is truly a joyous time on farms. The grass starts turning green again, the flowers begin to bloom, and for most of us who have breeding animals, spring is when the babies arrive. Birthing season is a period of hard work, but also a period of great reward.
Home /Bees /21 Plants that Feed Spring-Feverish BeesCourtesy iStock/ThinkstockOne of the first signs of spring on a honey farm is a particular buzz in the air. After spending all winter cooped up indoors with several thousand family members, the worker bee understandably has a serious case of spring fever.
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry HeartNow that those spring days are here, I’m finding myself with a lot of jobs to do in the garden: new growth to tie in, branches to prune back and endless weeds to pull up. Normally I find myself scattering tools all over the place, never having the correct one to hand when I need it.
I recently visited the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and as I walked through the outdoor display gardens, I spotted three shrubs that have been on my list of personal favorites for a very long time. It was great to see them in such a public setting, where they can be admired by tens of thousands of visitors every year.
Home /Animal Care / Ducks /6 Winter Boredom Busters For Ducks & GeesePHOTO: Kirsten Lie-NielsenBoredom busters are important for poultry, especially birds kept in the confines of a run. They help to keep your fowl amused and prevent bullying in the flock. There are plenty of popular toys for chickens to keep them amused, but ducks and geese also need to be kept entertained and there are some fun waterfowl boredom busters you can put together for them.
So perhaps you were adventurous and picked up a six-pack of that esoteric craft brew with the appealing label, only to find you can& 39;t stomach the taste. Maybe you bought a seasonal selection and half the beers are so hoppy you& 39;re unhappy. Don& 39;t pour it out or give it to that annoying neighbor who starts his leaf blower every Sunday morning at five.