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Living The Country Life

Living The Country Life Early Spring 2106

Whether you live on a small acreage or just dream of it, this magazine collects and celebrates everything you love about the lifestyle. Outdoor entertaining ideas, farm-to-table recipes, inspiring real gardens, and home decor ideas that showcase modern farmhouse style—Living the Country Life delivers inspiration for every aspect of your home and property.

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1 min.
coming to newsstands!

Magazine is Switching Formats Starting in May 2016, Living the Country Life magazine will be available on newsstands! The next issue will include more pages than ever before. We’ve expanded the magazine to include more decorating, gardening, and recipes. Plus the homegrown topics you’ve always loved. Look for our summer issue at your favorite grocery store, newsstand, or bookstore starting May 17. (Note: With this change, Living the Country Life magazine is no longer available by subscription and won’t appear automatically in your mailbox after this Early Spring issue. The magazine will be available exclusively on the newsstand.)…

2 min.
first blooms

I am holding a few of the flowers from my pollinator garden in the photo at right, taken last summer. I say a few because the pickings were slim. This was my first time trying to grow plants to attract bees and butterflies. I’m told my experience is typical. Pollinator gardens can be weedy until they are established. See those tall plants in the background? Those are lambsquarters and pigweed. I needed to mow them down in the spring when they were tiny sprouts, but I was afraid to kill the flowers I had seeded. My husband grumbled about my “weed patch” all summer and then took the mower to it before frost. I will try again this spring. I did see a lot of butterflies and bees in the…

2 min.
comments from the country

Pollinator Garden Tips In Betsy Freese’s column, she asked for “tips on how you manage your pollinator garden” [Fall, page 3]. In my 2½-acre garden, I planted perennials native to my region. I wanted to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as songbirds and frogs. I added milkweed for the monarch butterflies and an herb garden with larval plants like rue, cat mint, butterfly milkweed, and comfrey. I planted a large wildflower meadow on our 5-acre property, complete with bluebird boxes, a large bird feeding bed with flowering and fruiting shrubs, and a monarch butterfly way station. With a native plant meadow, all I have to do is mow it down in the fall. Once established, native perennials require little or no watering and almost no fuss. – Donna Allgaier-Lamberti, Pullman, MI Love…

3 min.
how to train a horse

Everything you accomplish in a training program hinges upon how well you establish the bond of trust, says George VanGuilder, horseman, farrier, and owner of Morgan View Acres in Dewey, Arizona. Start with grooming, because being brushed is generally a pleasurable, relaxing experience. It familiarizes the horse with your touch, and it conditions the animal to being handled all over without anxiety. Brush, comb, or fondle from muzzle to tail tip and from ears to hooves. Never rush or use abrupt movements. Use a hoof pick to clean debris from hooves. If you are uncertain, contact a certified farrier. The last thing you want to do is frighten, injure, or cause pain. Bomb Proofing Once your horse is at ease with your touch, you can begin to desensitize or minimize the animal’s negative…

3 min.
charming chicken coops

Tennessee Delight I built this coop for my daughter, Lacey [her daughter Audrey, 3, is shown]. She had been shopping for prefab coops, but I told her I could build one that would be stronger and cost less. The coop has 2×4 frame walls inside 4×4 in-ground treated posts at the corners. It is completely skinned with chicken wire and roofed with corrugated fiberglass panels. It cost $500. – Mike Jackson, Cottontown, TN Easy Cleaning This portable coop is my own design and is easy to clean and move. The small door on the side is for feeding and watering without opening the front. There are four egg boxes in the back with doors. There is a roosting pole inside. – Marsha Wieting, Milbank, SD Coop de Ville This is Carol’s Coop de Ville. The coop is…

2 min.
taking pride

For years, Roger and Dawn Hubmer grew grain and raised hogs on their sixth-generation Prairie Pride Farm near Mankato, Minnesota. In the 1990s, they took a realistic look at the hog industry, which was moving toward bigger operations. “We didn’t want to go that direction,” says Dawn. They needed a niche to remain relevant. They decided to stay small, add chickens to the farm, and focus on meat quality and direct sales. “Today’s consumers are looking for meat from local, small family farms,” Dawn says. “We wanted to offer the whole package: quality meat, growing our own non-GMO corn, and creating healthy, clean feed. Basically, we wanted to have control of all aspects.” Hitting the Market With a desire to sell directly to consumers, Prairie Pride Farm became a member of the St. Paul…