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Living The Country Life

Living The Country Life Spring - Summer 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

For her ninth birthday, my daughter, Caroline, asked for laying hens. Willing to give this venture a go, I ordered 25 chicks, while Caroline converted her backyard playhouse into a chicken coop. Imagine our surprise when three of those chicks turned out to be roosters! One big rooster, Fred, was mean and chased me around the backyard and garden. But Caroline loved him, so I let him off the hook. I think of Fred and his lady friends whenever someone tells me they’re going to start raising laying hens. Our chickens were colorful, noisy, useful, annoying, and totally entertaining. And that’s what I tell my friends to expect. If you’re thinking about investing in your own f lock, you’ll want to start with our guide to choosing backyard chickens (page 48). We…

2 min.
fresh ideas for spring

Radio Highlights Tune in to the Living the Country Life radio show this spring to hear about these topics (and more): Soil for Raised Bed Gardening Managing Mud in Pastures Hand-Thinning Apple Trees All About Toads Raising Peafowl Over-the-Counter Soil Test Kits Walk-Behind Tractors Starting a Roadside Produce Stand Installing a Dry Well/French Drain Starting a Sod Farm Growing Watermelon Managing CSA Legalities Grow Light Technology Bat-Proofing the House Child Care Options on the Farm Weed Seed Longevity To find a radio station that broadcasts the show, visit LivingtheCountryLife.com/ radioshow Enjoy These Stories at LivingtheCountryLife.com New Heirloom Seeds Visit LivingtheCountryLife.com/Heirlooms to discover exciting new heirloom vegetable varieties for 2017 as recommended by our friends at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Purple Dragon carrots anyone? Recycle Old Feed Sacks Don’t waste those old feed sacks. Recyle them into new treasures!…

3 min.

Q:Rabbits, deer, and other rodents used my vegetable garden as their buffet last year. What type of fence is best for keeping animals out? An effective fence in your situation needs to fulfill several requirements. First, it must be at least 8 feet tall to exclude deer while hugging the ground to keep out rabbits and other rodents. Dr. Irene Shonle, Colorado State University extension director in Gilpin County, recommends mesh-type fencing for challenging sites. “It is inexpensive and the mesh mostly disappears in the landscape,” she says. Many companies offer mesh-type fencing. Enter “mesh deer fence” in a Google search for several options. If deer are the only animals you need to exclude, polypropylene fencing is a cost-effective choice at $2–$5 per linear foot. To keep rodents out too, go with a…

1 min.
country finds

Attracting pollinators Native bees, honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are top pollinators. Here’s how to help protect them and encourage them to visit your garden. PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS Plant one of these new flowers this spring. ‘Miss Pearl’ Buddleia This easy-care butterfly bush attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. provenwinners.com Lavance Deep Purple Lavender Dark purple-blue blooms attract bees and butterflies. bluestoneperennials.com Foxlight ‘Ruby Glow’ Foxglove Raspberry-hue flower spikes entice bees and hummingbirds. monrovia.com BUTTERFLY HOUSE This stylish Butterfly Biome ($40), right, serves as a butterfly feeder in summer. Fold up the tray in winter to give nonmigratory butterflies a cozy home. Rodale’s; rodales.com SUPER SEED BALLS Just throw these Bee & Pollinator Seed Balls ($16.95), below, on prepared soil and grow a variety of flowers that bees love. Gardener’s Supply Co.; gardeners.com Small Farms, Big Profits Compact Farms by Josh Volk details plans from 15 farming…

1 min.
stylish gear for real life

FOLDING YARD CART The WheelEasy LE garden cart ($119.99), left, rests on the ground so you can sweep, rake, roll, slide, or drag items directly into the canvas barrow—no heavy or awkward lifting required. Allsop Home & Garden; allsopgarden.com STYLISH TOPPER With an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50+ and a wide brim, the Braided Sun Hat in Tea Green ($24.99), above, screens your face from hot sun. Sloggers; sloggers.com MADE FOR MUD The boots, below, are made for soggy spring fields. From left: Women’s Rain and Garden Boot in Mint Cowabella ($39.99; Sloggers; sloggers.com); Breezy Ankle Garden Boot in Black Bandana ($69.99; The Original Muck Boot Co., muckbootcompany.com); Harper Solid Garden Boots in Teal ($95; Bogs; bogsfootwear.com) Photographers: Proven Winners, LLC (Buddleia); Ball Horticultural Co. ( lavender and foxglove); Baldwin Marty (all others).…

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hands-on farm tours

HINCHLEY’S DAIRY Take a trip to this Cambridge, Wisconsin, farm to milk a cow, pet farm animals, and take a hayride. Reservations required. $10 child/senior, $15/adult; dairyfarmtours.com HANSEN’S DAIRY At this Hudson, Iowa, farm, you can milk a cow, feed a calf, make butter, pet kangaroos and goats, and sample fresh milk. $12/person; hansendairy.com VERDANT VIEW FARM In Paradise, Pennsylvania, you can visit a chicken coop, tour the barns, milk a cow, and feed baby calves. $16 for a 90-minute tour; verdantview.com AMY’S FARM Stop by Ontario, California, to feed farm animals, groom a horse, and milk a cow. Age-specific tours are available and reservations are required. $8–$10 per person; amysfarm.com THE JERSEY BARNYARD You can feed a Jersey calf, milk a cow, and take a hayride at this fourthgeneration farm in LaGrange, Texas. $8–$10 per person; texasjersey.com…