Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice

For the home gardener, summertime means tomatoes. We’ll make salsa and sauce. We will top sandwiches, make tomato pie or summer soups. Finally, we will get down to the business of preserving the harvest through canning, freezing or drying the favorite backyard crop. And then there’s juicing. Juicing … Continue reading

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Favorite Tweets: How to Select a Bird Feeder

When the weather is warm, my screened-in porch becomes the primary office space at my house. It’s one of the perks from working from home, but there are distractions. My favorite is the flapping of wings as birds of all … Continue reading

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Fresh Herb Dry Rub

Grill masters all have their favorite techniques for flavoring meat, fish or vegetables when working the coals. Some swear by a tried and true sauce, lovingly basted over a favorite cut of beef. Others rely on a marinade to get … Continue reading

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Candied Citrus Peels

Although the flavor found in the rind of lemons, limes, oranges and other citrus fruits is loaded with bright, bold flavor, it’s hard to get past the overwhelming bitterness that comes with it. Don’t throw those citrus peels  away! Instead, … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Drought Stress for Trees

During times of drought, homeowners often focus attention on lawns, flowers, ground covers and other plant life that are quick to show the effects of insufficient water, but the landscape fixtures most likely to suffer long-term effects of unavailable or … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Get Rid of an Unwanted Inground Pool

An inground pool can be a fabulous centerpiece of backyard living, but there are situations in which having this  recreational fixture on the property becomes a source of frustration for the homeowner. A longtime owner may face costly repairs to … Continue reading

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Farmer Secrets: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Farming

Award-winning children’s book author and family farming advocate Rebecca Crownover grew up in the farming community of Sunray, Texas. As a kid, she would lend a hand on her grandfather’s farm, irrigating crops and driving the tractor. For a time, … Continue reading

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