Running a Small Farm

  • How to Get a Healthy Lawn

    14 December 2016

    A healthy lawn does not just happen on its own. You need to do a little work to achieve a lawn that you can be proud of. To make things easier on yourself, you will want to check out the following tips. Keep the Lawn Mower Blades Sharp Do not make the mistake of assuming that the blades on your lawn mower are going to be just fine for your grass as long as they move.

  • 4 Ways GIS Can Help Your Farm

    20 September 2016

    Geospatial information systems (GIS) is changing the way farming is done. GIS is the collection of geographical and spatial data sets that is then stored and analyzed. This detailed information makes managing your land and making decisions easier. GIS has invaluable uses in many industries, including agriculture. Here are four ways GIS can aid in agricultural practices. GIS Can Analyze Soil Data The GIS system can take the data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the government agency responsible for doing soil surveys, and analyze what crops would grow best on that particular soil profile.

  • Things For New Farmers To Think About When Planning Field Drainage

    6 June 2016

    As a new farmer, you are still getting used to the many responsibilities that you have to take care of on a day-to-day basis. You may have only just started to notice that portions of your land seem to drain slowly, which can affect the health of any crops you're growing in the area. You might be checking out different agricultural drainage systems, but before choosing one, it's important to think about the following things.

  • How To Use A Hose To Supply Water To An Outdoor Fountain In Your Garden

    14 December 2015

    Ceramic fountains can add beauty and ambiance to most backyard gardens. If you lack plumbing skills, you can use a garden hose to operate the fountain. Here is how to use a garden hose to operate a fountain in your garden. You Will Need:                                            Ceramic Fountain Pedestal Garden Hose Three-Way Spigot PVC Piping Step One: Pick Location The first thing you want to do is choose where in the garden you want to place the fountain.

  • Three Ways To Protect Your Fruit Trees From The Perils Of Winter

    3 November 2015

    Biting into a juicy, freshly harvested peach or a crisp, shiny apple is one of the joys of summertime. If you can pick this delicious fruit from trees in your backyard, the pleasure is even greater. However, unlike oaks and some other types of trees commonly planted near the home, fruit trees require a bit more attention and preparation to help them deal with the stress of winter weather. Whether you have just one of these trees in your backyard, or an entire orchard, the following tips will help you keep each one strong and healthy through the coming winter season.

  • Is Your Yard A Mess Because Of Heavily Compacted Soil? You Still Have Time This Fall To Fix It

    30 October 2015

    If the soil on your property is heavily compacted, you may hate stepping outside. Instead of a nice grass lawn, you're stuck looking at a yard full of moss, mushrooms, bare spots and weeds. Now that fall's here and winter is coming, is it time to give up on the grass again? Do you just resign yourself to hoping that the snow will be heavy enough to hide your existing lawn over the winter until you can start trying to coax some grass out again in the spring?

  • St. Augustine Grass For Your Pasture

    13 October 2015

    If you are raising horses or cattle, you need a fast-growing and durable grass to meet the needs of your animals. Although you can choose from many grass varieties, you should consider using St. Augustine, a time-tested grass that can meet your coverage and animal nutrient needs. Here's why: Climate St. Augustine grass thrives in the southern United States where temperatures remain temperate all year long. It does not do well in cool temperatures but absolutely thrives in the heat since it comes from Africa, the Caribbean, and Mediterranean areas.