Every gardener should grow annual sunflowers—but not just for their good looks. Yes, sunflowers are cheery and gorgeous, but there are a lot of other reasons why these beauties should find a permanent a home on your farm. With a broad assortment of flower colors and forms, as well as an incredible diversity of plant heights and growth habits, sunflowers have a broad appeal.
Home /Barns /Barn BuildingPole Barn Construction TechniquesMarch 25, 2016One of the most common modern barn styles, pole barns have a lot of construction options so you can build the barn that best serves your property.Re-Raising The BarnFebruary 28, 2016When one farmer finds the barn on his new property in shambles, his solution is to take it apart and rebuild it from the ground up.
Home /Crops /Fennel: Shoots, Seeds … and MemoriesPhoto by Rick GushFennel: not just an herb. Fennel’s fat lower stems can be added to salads and munched much like celery.In the foothills of California where I grew up, wild fennel is widespread.When I was a kid I often ate a bit of the green shoots during my wanderings in the woods.
Home /Recipes /Fromage FacileCourtesy Matthew BensonFromage Facile is a mild, creamy, multiuse cheese that is simply great to have on hand. Its name means “easy cheese” in French, and it is easy to make, easy to use and easily one of my all-time favorite cheeses. The buttermilk gives it a slight tang, and the result is something between cream cheese and ricotta.
Home /Crops /ChrysanthemumsPhoto by Rick GushAs far as I can see, the two countries in the world that grow the most chrysanthemums are Japan and Italy.Japan grows some spectacular mums, and my favorites are the cascading plants that can hang down 30 feet or more. Pretty amazing when one realizes that the plants are cut back to stubs every year and must grow all that length every year.
Photo by Judith HausmanFish soup is warm and comforting.It’s snowy and cold this time of year, just the right weather to call on the half-gallon of lobster broth I cosseted home from summer vacation months ago. I had to nestle it in bags of ice in a large cooler, and even then, one bagful tore open and leaked away, making quite the fishy mess.