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  1. Almost Eden

    Answer Neg Reviews?

    The problem is that she saw me at the hospital taking care of its interiorscaping, so in her mind, the whole social distancing thing was a lie. What she failed to notice was the time of day, which was the evening when people weren't in the lobby. I wore gloves and a face mask. I took care of...
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    Help with buttercups....that are sure to grow in my pastures

    Even though I don't use herbicides, I've noticed that some weeds are incredibly tenacious and have a strong sense of self-preservation lately. We didn't have a hard freeze this year and I wonder if that might have something to do with it. I appreciate you coming back to share an update. I...
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    What Do You Do With Cows When They Stop Producing?

    Maybe you can find another use for her. Back in the day those cows worked as draft animals on the farm (oxen) if they weren't going to be slaughtered. If she has a good temperament, she could also be used to keep another lonely herd animal company.
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    The Economics of Container Gardening

    I maintain a few gardens at some local businesses and when you use very large containers or raised garden beds the soil doesn't get replaed each cycle. That especially true if the planting space doesn't have a bottom to it. You're right, it's not really economical to do so. Instead, the soil...
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    Answer Neg Reviews?

    Do you guys read your online reviews? Do you ever respond to the negative reviews? I just had a customer leave me a scathing review because the shop was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic at a time when she needed flowers for her mother's memorial service. I want to be sensitive because I...
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    Fire Extinguishers for the Farm

    My insurance requires us to have several of them throughout the property. The firefighters came out and did an inspection and gave me tons of extra tips for how to best maintain fire safety. It was interesting, and they gave practical tips for fire prevention and how to lessen the impact if...
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    Thanks for the warning! Yep, we all get attached to them as well. Birds of all kinds have such big personalities that it's hard not to get attached to them. It seems like a bad idea to get peacocks during mating season. I think I'll wait this one out until the timing is better.
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    Most versatile tree crop

    When it comes to raising trees, which type do you believe is the most versatile? I'm leaning towards walnut trees. You can harvest the walnuts for years and once the tree is spent, you can harvest the wood. The shells are also usable. They can be sold for crafting, for cat litter, and for...
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    Avocado outlook strong

    That's fantastic for avocado growers. I love to eat them and can't imagine turning them down because of price. They're just so versatile and flavorful. I've tried growing them in one of my greenhouses to no avail.
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    Shasta daisies won't bloom

    Are they getting enough sun? They love sunlight! Check the foliage and if it's leggy, then you'll know that's your problem. Some varieties don't bloom until June or July depending on the region so it might not be time for them to bloom yet.
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    I know. That's what I said. After reading what you said about roosters, I bet the peacocks will also be fine as long as there is no peahen around to fight over. Fowl is fowl. But then again, I know that not all of them behave the same, so I thought it prudent to ask in case peacocks are...
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    I'm thinking about adding some peacocks to the shop for added interest. I'm not interested in peahens. The peacocks would essentially live as pets. The shop sees a lot of people during the busy seasons. Is there a particular breed of peacock that does better with people than others? Is it...
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    Worst chicken and duck predator

    Hawks and raccoons the biggest problem around here. Raccoons are crafty little things and they're persistent. @RichZ Oh, so you live close to THAT neighbor. I would die of embarrassment if my pets were hassling the neighbors, but we recently had a neighbor move away whose dog barked day and...
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    Cooking Substitutions

    I forgot my shopping list when I went to the store yesterday, so of course, I failed to buy some stuff we needed like cornmeal and brown sugar. What can I use in the place of those two ingredients? I don't want to brave the store again.
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    Free-ranging and Egg Collection

    I wait until 11:00 am to turn my chickens out and most of the girls have all laid by then. The ones who don't lay early in the morning typically do a good job about coming back to their nesting box to do their laying. I consider myself lucky, because when I was growing up we had hens that would...
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    Go-to flowers to deter pests

    Flowers not only draw pollinators to the yard, but some of them also deter pests. French marigolds are great for warding off destructive nematodes and whiteflies. Chrysanthemums actually contain their own insecticide (pyrethrin),so they're great for repelling fleas, ticks, flies, and other...
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    Is anyone else struggling right now to handle homeschooling along with all the other work that running a business and farm entails? We normally send our kids to public school, and let me tell you, I'm not cut out to be a teacher. I admire the people who homeschool and run their business and...
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    Rooster Bachelor Pads

    I always thought that no two male roosters could live together because they'd fight to the death. Apparently that must be a myth because I was talking to my mother's health aide (from an appropriate distance of 6 feet mind you) and she takes in unwanted roosters. She has about eight roosters...
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    Gardening Video Tutorials

    There are tons of fantastic videos that are already out there. I don't mean to discourage you, but if you aren't planning to earn money off the videos then I wouldn't spend time making them. How many people are likely to tip through a tip jar? Will YouTube even let you post one? It's...
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    Is Marketing Even Needed?

    Well, considering that many marketing methods are cheap or free, it seems foolish not to take the opportunity to get your name out there and to let people know what services and goods you provide. For instance, a small business owner could print some fliers and post them on bulletin boards...