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Living The Country Life Summer 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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what’s new?

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 summer include growing rabbit-resistant flowers, choosing a pressure washer, fitting show cattle, controlling squash bugs, making fruit syrups, and much more. Living the Country Life Digital Editions All the stories you love in Living the Country Life magazine are right at your fingertips! Anywhere. Anyway you want them. Visit NextIssue.com or Zinio.com to learn more about Living the…

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making hay

The smell of freshly cut alfalfa is one of my favorites, second only to lilacs. How about you? If you grow alfalfa or grass hay, you know the old saying, “Make hay while the sun shines.” That’s no easy task when you dabble in farming while working full time. The first cutting of alfalfa on the small sheep farm my husband, Bob, and I own is usually overgrown and weedy due to frequent spring rains (for which we are grateful). The second cutting (shown below) is king of the crop and is often saved for lactating ewes. The third cutting can be light from drought, hitting at the height of summer. Droughty alfalfa means more concentrated protein, as we learned in 2012 when the ewes got too fat eating the normal…

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comments from the country

“One pasture on our Kansas farm has a 2-acre pond we use as a swimming hole and to kayak. Recently we added a 500-foot zipline that ends with a plunge into the cool water.” – Matt Carpenter, Ada, KS Teaching About Food I am a full-time farmer and a part-time agriculture teacher in Wisconsin. I started a summer school gardening course called “A Little Dirt Never Hurt,” and I have over 120 students enrolled in it, ages K-6th grade. This will be my second year teaching the course. This gardening program is teaching students the importance of growing their own food and learning where their food comes from. We show how to plant vegetables and even how to make homemade fries and salsa with the produce. I am trying to promote my agriculture department…

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country chatter

PINTEREST: Marigolds Pinners loved the marigolds below, from the story “9 plants that repel mosquitoes” at livingthecountrylife.com/plants-repelmosquitoes. Keep your yard mosquito-free with natural plant and flower repellents. Follow us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/lifecountry TWITTER: Upcycled Bicycles Don’t throw away old rusted bikes! Twitter followers loved these ways to reuse a bicycle, including as a rustic plant stand in the garden. See more at livingthecountrylife.com/reuse-bicycle. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/SmallFarming FACEBOOK: Spotted Lambs Fans of the Living the Country Life page love baby animals! This photo of a young ewe with her speckled twin lambs was a hit. The picture reached 204,672 people and had 11,742 likes, 1,326 shares, and 844 comments. Please join the fun and share your photos at facebook.com/livingcountry. Contact Us! Send letters and photos to staff@livingthecountrylife.com. Include name and address. PHOTOGRAPHS: BETSY FREESE, MEREDITH CORPORATION…

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bird flu news

Millions of chickens, turkeys, and other birds across the U.S. are being euthanized this year because of spreading infections of H5N2 avian influenza. Migrating waterfowl is one source of the disease, says K-J Yoon, a professor of veterinary virology at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Local waterfowl and other wild birds such as sparrows may be carrying the virus, but it’s not known yet if they are spreading the disease. Most of the poultry infections in the Midwest have been on large commercial farms, but owners of backyard flocks should also be vigilant in protecting their birds. Keep any possible source of the virus away from your poultry. “All visitors should change their clothes and shoes if they come in contact with your poultry so there is no potential of…

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animal antics

Bucky This button buck was found in Princeton, Missouri. Concerned citizens took him to Lake Paho, a fishing lake by our farm. He started sleeping under our deck and eating cat food. We named him Bucky. He would wait for my son to come home on the bus. He stayed around for two months and then was gone. We never knew what happened to him. – Elizabeth Boxley, Princeton, MO Don’t Move The beef cattle were so tolerant and patient as I laid in the middle of their freshly delivered hay to take this image. We began raising them six years ago when my father transitioned from dairy cattle to beef. – Courtenay Goff, Biddeford, ME Wake Up! This picture was taken on my family’s farm in Bloomfield, Kentucky. The rooster belongs to my 94-year-old grandmother, who…