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Grit

November - December 2020

Grit Magazine has celebrated rural American lifestyles since 1882. Each bimonthly issue combines practical articles, product reviews, do-it-yourself building plans, beautiful photos, reader advice, humor and a healthy dose of fresh attitude to offer a complete guide to life beyond the city limits.

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United States
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English
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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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Bimonthly
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2 min.
feed the birds

My partner and I put up bird feeders just outside the kitchen window, mostly for our own entertainment while washing dishes—a task that’s somehow self-perpetuating in our house. Perhaps it’s all the home cooking … but I digress. The feeders have so far attracted a ravenous horde of sparrows, franches, and starlings, along with a little family of cardinals and the odd blue jay. Meanwhile, the zinnias in front of our living room window and the cardinal climber vines out back seem to be hummingbird favorites. As the year winds down to winter, I’m looking forward to the juncoes that’ll soon be coming through, and the winter robins flying south from Canada, while our summer robins take off for points even more tropical. The juncoes tend to stick close to…

3 min.
wit & wisdom

Cyclamens for the Holidays For a unique alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia or Christmas cactus, consider giving florist’s cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) a try. These attractive houseplants offer an array of showy, brightly colored flowers in white, vivid red, pink, purple, and bicolor. Plus, they’re easy to care for, and they’ll bloom continuously throughout the winter. Given the right conditions, cyclamens brought in to bloom for the holiday season will continue blossoming for 2 to 3 months. As each flower fades, remove the entire flower stalk from where it attaches to the tuber by giving it a sharp tug. The trick to growing healthy cyclamens is to keep them in a cool room with bright light and good air circulation. Daytime temperatures of 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit and nights at 50…

6 min.
lessons learned in hardship

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year to remember. The whole world has been affected in one way or another, and the list of tragedies seems to grow longer each passing day. As I write this, there are still a few months to go before 2020 blows out, and I can only imagine what’s still in store. However, as difficult as this year has been, our family has had revelations and learned lessons along the way. Here are a few of the most significant things we’ve encountered so far, which we’re already using to better prepare for the next wave of uncertainties. Self-Sufficiency Provides Security Perhaps the hardest lesson for many of us this year has been losing our illusions of safety. While security looks different for each person,…

3 min.
catching up with our social circle

JOIN THE CONVERSATION “To Mow or Not to Mow?” (www.Grit.com/Why-Mow) Kirby Sabbatini: Our township will _ ne you for not mowing. Since the property is separated by a road, the chickens kept one side in check, but we still had to mow the other side. Charlene Meeks: Mowing keeps bugs and creatures at bay from around the house. I also notice increased bird activity, and I think it makes it easier for them to access ground food. POPULAR ON GRIT.COM “Raising Chickens and Poultry for Home Pest Control” By Pam Maynard Did you realize that birds on the farm aren’t just for eating; they can also play an important part in keeping all kinds of pests at bay? Chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guinea fowl are not only entertaining and beautiful, they can supply fresh eggs daily, offer effective…

1 min.
diy projects

6 min.
anti-critter garden solution

Living in the California desert means dealing with an inundation of creatures, including rabbits (cottontails and jacks), two or three species of squirrels, and many varieties of birds—all of which are hungry. What a perfect opportunity, I told myself when we moved here, to raise enough vegetables to feed our family, with some to spare for neighbors. Instead, in the first year, I fed the rabbits, squirrels, and birds! Each morning, my heart fell when I witnessed what these little critters had devoured. Livid, disappointed, and sad, I was determined to outthink and outsmart these creatures. I researched, I read, and I talked with gardeners, but wasn’t satisfied with their solutions. Not easily dissuaded, I signed up for a lecture with the promise of enlightening me on “Gardening in the Coachella…