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Living The Country Life

Living The Country Life Fall 2015

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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new contest and much more!

Daily Radio Show on 300+ Stations Living the Country Life® is one of the largest rural radio networks in the U.S. If you can’t hear the show in your area, please contact your local station and request it. For a list of stations that carry the show, visit livingthecountrylife.com/radio. The Living the Country Life show is also on Rural Radio (SiriusXM80) Monday–Friday at 8:55 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7:25 p.m. (Eastern). Radio topics for this fall include tips on storing canned produce, planting flower bulbs, keeping mice out of the house, saving perennial seeds, fencing goats, getting rid of groundhogs, controlling Canada thistles, raising German shorthaired pointer dogs, using drones on small farms, caring for koi in cold weather, raising turkeys, protecting winter roses, caulking exterior spaces, and much more. Living the…

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from my place to yours happy harvest

Fall is the best season for country life. Spring is too frantic, summer is too hot, and nothing grows in the winter. Fall is when you reap what you sow and enjoy what you grow. If a crop didn’t perform well, you try something different next year. Pollinator Garden Lessons I planted a pollinator garden for the first time this year. Common lambsquarters loved my experiment and grew to the size of small trees in the patch. A few flowers thrived around the edges and I could see bees and butterflies in there, but I learned a lesson: Weed heavily in May and June. I planted my potatoes next to the pollinator patch. When I dug the spuds, I noticed many had chunks missing. Bite marks don’t help entries for the county fair.…

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comments from the country

“We won day-old chicks two years ago at the county fair, and now we have 120 chickens in 25 breeds. We also have three goats, 10 rabbits, two hedgehogs, two cats, and a dog. Everyone should live the country life.” – Melissa Libal, Casco, Wisconsin Starting with Chickens We love living the country life and love your magazine! We started raising chickens last year on our little farm. We have 11 laying hens, and my boys love to play with the chickens (Samuel, 8, is shown below). We also started keeping bees. That has been a super fun adventure. The boys all have suits. We love the honey and hope to see that enterprise grow. Of course, we garden. The boys love eating what they’ve grown. – Sarah Richardson, Avon, IN Flag Blanket I was…

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country chatter

INSTAGRAM: Nordic Santa Followers loved this photo by Mitch Kezar of folk art carved and painted by Larry and Nancy Johnson in Cable, Wisconsin. (See the story on page 26 of this issue.) Follow Living the Country Life Mag on Instagram. Hashtag your images #lovecountrylifestyle so we can share them. TWITTER: 7 Chicken Questions How long do chickens live? Six to eight years is possible. A link to a slideshow on 7 Common Chicken Questions was popular on Twitter. See more at livingthecountrylife.com/chicken-questions. Follow us on Twitter:twitter.com/SmallFarming FACEBOOK: Hay Baling Video Fans of the Living the Country Life page loved a video showing farmers baling hay and stacking a rack. The video was viewed more than 27,000 times, reached 89,000 people, had 1,986 likes and 124 comments, and was shared 489 times. See more of…

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country view fall crop

On Display My daughter, Grace, 12, created this pumpkin patch for local kids to visit and enjoy her harvest. She grows jack-o-lanterns, pie pumpkins, French heirloom squash Galeax d‘Eysines (in front), and much more. —Dawn Edlin, Boyceville, WI Drop In Our land has been in the family for more than 100 years. I love to garden, and my husband loves to work the land. We do quite a bit of canning and give produce to our neighbors, family, friends, and the local food pantry. This is our grandson, Isaiah, 7. — Sherry Georgeson Camp Douglas, WI Big Patch My husband, Tyler, and I live with our kids on a 160-acre farm in Nebraska. Our kids love tending to our farm animals as well as gardening. Left to right are Kaitlyn, 13, Kinslee, 9, and Dysen,…

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hit the trail

The demands of training can leave horses worn down, sour, and bored. It’s time to get out of the arena and onto the trails! Horses are naturally roamers, says trainer Wendie Holt O’Brien, and being away from familiar places is rejuvenating. “It’s like taking a vacation for them.” Exploring a new place introduces horses to different sights, sounds, and smells. This exposure can help prevent spooks in the future. “Back in the arena, they’re not going to look around as much because their senses were triggered on the trail,” says O’Brien. Besides helping to spook-proof horses, trail riding provides stimulation. Since they’re having fun, they’ll hardly notice they’re working. The extra spunk horses have in a new environment can be used to build strength and agility. Riding in large figure eights gets horses to…