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Living The Country Life

Living The Country Life Fall 2016

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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Meredith Corporation
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2 min.
editors' note

The crisp, cool days of fall are almost here. Autumn will soon sweep over our country landscape with a gust of exuberance, rippling the acreage, knocking dried flower heads like dusty bells, and flinging its colors—glistening with gold—on the tree branches. There’s a richness to country life in every season, but fall brings a special blend of flavors: • Bonfires on an ink black night, and the warmth they generate—not just from the flames, but from the flickering circle of family and friends gathered near. • The extra playful step in the animals, excited by the nip of coolness. The dogs romp. The goats sass and eat. The horses pace with energy. • The first cool-weather taste of summer’s bounty, when the flavors and scents gratify deeper autumn appetites. The nest of the kitchen,…

2 min.
reader letters

I have an assortment of free-range chickens, and every time I’m out in the yard, they come to greet me. I was trying to take a picture of a rainbow (above), and a few of my chickens wanted to get in the picture, too! —Melody Ryan Herscher, Illinois On my list of things to do this month has been to find a copy of the new Living the Country Life on a newsstand. But where? Then last night, as I was checking out my groceries, ta-da! There it was! And it is lovely! My congratulations to you and all your colleagues on a job well done. I love the choice of paper. The design. And the writing is its usual. Well done! I only have one complaint: “Healing with Horses” [on the back page]…

5 min.
country finds

Gear. Gadgets. Tips. Ideas. Hey, Let’s Party! Nothing’s better than dining alfresco on a refreshing autumn day. These new products help you entertain in style—whether you’re planning a picnic, a cookout, or a relaxing evening in the garden. SMOKE SIGNALS Grill, smoke, roast, or bake with this colorful Pro Kamado Grill & Smoker ($2,475). Caliber Appliances; caliberappliances.com PULL UP A BENCH The three-piece Marion Foldable Picnic Dining Set ($579.99) provides a stylish eating spot—wherever you want it. Target; target.com SUSTAINABLE SEATING The Acadia Adirondack chair ($395) and ottoman ($150) are made by using more of the tree—for less waste. Vermont Cedar Chair Co.; vermontchairs.com LET’S EAT (AND DRINK) This galvanized metal drink dispenser ($15.96) and stand ($7.84) look right at home on the farm. Add festive color to your table with melamine plates ($2.48 each). Walmart; walmart.com FOLDABLE WAGON Transport picnic essentials…

3 min.

Q:I hear that I shouldn’t trim ornamental grasses in fall. But I like to get all of my garden cleanup done before winter. Would it hurt grasses to trim them in the fall? Not at all. The suggestion to leave grasses untrimmed in fall is based solely on aesthetics; many gardeners enjoy the look of dried grasses in fall and winter landscapes. The seed heads can also help attract birds to your garden in winter. But if you choose to trim your grasses back before winter, you won’t harm them. Just let them turn brown naturally before cutting them back. Use handheld shears for pruning smaller grasses and electric or gas-powered hedge trimmers for larger grasses or where the clumps have grown dense. Trim the foliage so you leave at least…

5 min.
lawn & garden tractors

Tackle year-round chores with a versatile machine. Taking care of your acreage entails much more than just mowing the grass—although that’s a big part of the equation. To help you get through nearly any task, there’s been an onslaught of new options for maintaining acreages— everything from ATV-mountable attachments to grass-gobbling zero-turn mowers. But lawn and garden tractors continue to be the most widely purchased small-acreage maintenance machines. That’s because they do a lot of things well: mowing, clearing snow, tilling ground, and pulling wagons and other attachments. If you want one machine that does a lot, you can’t go wrong with a lawn or garden tractor. MAKE THE LAWN VS. GARDEN CALL If you have less than 2 acres to mow, and you want a machine mostly for cutting grass, a…

4 min.
choosing a farm dog from a shelter

Dogs and farms go paw in hand.A capable dog can be a big asset on a country property as a livestock guardian, home protector, or herder. With so many dogs in shelters (3.9 million a year nationwide), it makes sense to look there for the farm dog of your dreams. FINDING A FARM DOG “What kind of dog do you want?” is the first question you’ll be asked at a shelter or rescue, so identifying traits beforehand will help you be matched with the best breed/mix for you. The type of dog you want may depend on the type of property, as well as the area of country you live in. “Typically what people are looking for in a farm dog when they come to North Florida is one that will chase…