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Living The Country Life

Living The Country Life Fall 2017

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.
editor’s note

Early fall always finds us busy with the last hurrah of gardening season. The tomatoes are laden with their final burst of fruit and the butternut squash are ready to be harvested for baking or making into soup. We have three horseradish plants on our farm (two more than we need), so I’ll be busy making homemade horseradish sauce after the first frost. Our old apple tree on the bank of the pond bears fruit every other year. We use a fruit picker pole to snag the highest apples and those hanging over the pond. Then, of course, it’s time to make applesauce and apple crisp. Whether you’re harvesting apples from your own acreage or heading off to a nearby apple orchard this fall, we share some creative recipes for using apples…

2 min.
helpful tips for fall

Radio Highlights Tune in to the Living the Country Life radio show this fall to hear about these topics (and more): Building a Wren House Choosing a Cover Crop Root Cellars Harvesting Walnuts Direct Marketing Beef Fencing for Goats Fall Beehive Care Making Apple Cider Saving Perennial Seeds Building a Brush Pile for Wildlife Controlling Gypsy Moths To find a radio station that broadcasts the show, visit LivingtheCountryLife.com/ RadioShow Enjoy These Stories at LivingtheCountryLife.com In the past year, we’ve had 1.4 million visitors to our website. Thanks for visiting us online! Be sure to check us out if you haven’t already. You’ll find lots of tips, ideas, and inspiration. Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes It just wouldn’t feel like fall without pumpkins! Go to LivingtheCountryLife.com/Pumpkin to find tempting recipes for pumpkin pies, cupcakes, soup, and more. Harvest Party Ideas As…

3 min.

Q:What fall maintenance is needed for my small farm equipment—a tractor and implements? A few hours of maintenance now will go a long way toward getting you into the field or garden early next spring. Annual end-of-season maintenance also has the potential to add decades to the life of your equipment. We talked with Rich Taber, a grazing, forestry, and ag economic development specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, about end-of-season best practices. He shared six fall maintenance tasks he recommends doing now. • Begin by changing the engine oil and oil filter on tractors and small machines. Do this timeconsuming task now and you can hit the ground running in spring. • Change the fuel filter on small machines. • If you live in a cold climate, get the correct grade of fuel for…

5 min.
country finds

Harvest Celebration Showcase your garden’s surplus at an outdoor dinner party. Dress the table with simple fabrics and textural trays. NATURAL BEAUTY Stick with simple jute or cotton table runners, right, to create a neutral backdrop that lets fresh flowers and produce shine. From top to bottom: Better Homes & Gardens Trunks Runner ($14.42; Walmart; walmart.com); Sedum Table Runner ($145; Sweetgum Textiles; sweetgumtextiles.com); Maralena Stripe Table Runner ($26.64; Joss & Main; jossandmain.com); Better Homes & Gardens Table Runner in natural ($13.96; Walmart; walmart.com) REDEFINE RUSTIC The copper flatware set with wood handles ($40), right, adds elegance to any farmhouse fete. A Cottage in the City; acottageinthecity.com TIERED DISPLAY Made to look like industrial light shades repurposed as bowls, the Grange 3-Tier Tray by Creative Co-Op ($97.99), above, will charm guests. Wayfair; wayfair.com SET THE TONE Create an authentic country…

4 min.
raising rabbits

Mention the perfect family pet and a rabbit might not be the first animal that comes to mind. But these big-eared, bushy-tailed balls of fur can make wonderful companions. “Bunnies can be very endearing and engaging pets,” says Jason Dickman, rabbit manager at Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill animal shelter in Kanab, Utah. They’re smart and playful, and they can even be trained to do tricks and use a litter box. However, Dickman warns that bunnies can also be little tricksters who sometimes show their naughty sides. Each rabbit has its own distinct personality, which can range from friendly and affectionate to aloof and sometimes grumpy. Here’s what you need to know before bringing a rabbit home. FINDING A RABBIT Rabbits can be adopted through shelters and rescue groups or purchased through breeders.…

1 min.
welcome fall

Salvage Decor Drape feed sacks over the rungs of a ladder, opposite, for vertical interest near your front door. Screw jacks— once used to elevate machinery—provide the perfect lift for favorite pumpkins. Autumn Bounty An ideal landing place for a rich harvest of gourds, the window box, above, received a refresh after the summer growing season. Frost-friendly violas, in spooky shades of deep purple and cheerful sunset orange, grow alongside a vintage colander filled with easy-to-grow hens-and-chicks. Striped gourds round out the display. Tools of the Trade Vintage rakes take center stage in the shock of field corn, right. Tied together with an orange burlap ribbon, the rakes and cornstalks make a bold decorating statement. Look for old rakes at flea markets—the more colorful, the better! Sweet Garland Whether you twirl it around a column or drape…