Country Gardens: The art of tomato pruning

August 2, 2015
When growing tomatoes you may notice side shoots, otherwise called “suckers,” that form on the main stems and leaf stems. You may have heard that you should pinch those off, and many have told us this is the way to ...
A clever way of re-purposing an old mattress box-spring, used in the gardens of Caroline Petefish of Alexandria.

Boomer’s Journal: The ultimate recycler

July 29, 2015
A clever way of re-purposing an old mattress box-spring, used in the gardens of Caroline Petefish of Alexandria.
My mother recycled “tin foil” and bread bags like there was no tomorrow. I continue that recycling trait with pride. I just ...

Country Gardens: Many Faces of Marigolds

June 29, 2015
Marigolds are available in three varieties: African, French and signet. From grand and flamboyant to diminutive, marigolds add an unparalleled burst of color to the sun garden and attract pollinators. Marigolds are often used to deter pests, such as rabbits ...

Featured Pet: Buchanan

June 29, 2015
Buchanan is a male, tabby kitten who arrived at the Brown County Humane Society with his siblings in June. He is still nursing with his mother and will be available in the middle of September. Check with Brown County Humane ...
Rachel’s dad playing softball on the farm. Contributed photo

Softball on the farm

June 29, 2015
Rachel’s dad playing softball on the farm. Contributed photo
Home plate was the bald spot on the lawn, in front of the old wood shed. First base was a rock that should have been taken out before the grass started ...

In Your Garden: Garden monsters

June 29, 2015
     Petunia has had it with her present flower bed. She has weeded and weeded and still those darn weeds pop up some other place. Being a novice gardener, she was happy to take any plant people wanted to give her. ...

Country Gardens: Grow your own salad

June 1, 2015
Flowers and ornamental plants may be a feast for the eyes; a salad that is grown in your yard is a feast for the body. One of the best parts of growing your own salad garden is versatility. You can ...

Boomer’s Journal: Water from the well

June 1, 2015
A tin cup filled with water from the well…I can taste it. There was nothing like it for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Our old tin measuring cup hung on the windmill, dangling from a hand-formed wire ...

Trapping gophers

May 1, 2015
Minnesota, aptly named “the Gopher State,” clearly had its start in Grant County where most pocket gophers resided during my childhood and teen years. My father’s idea of paying for a post-secondary education had everything to do with gophers and ...

The great haircut

April 1, 2015
Between the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railroads in downtown Hinckley was Main Street. It was where many railroaderes and passengers did a lot of business, especially through the first half of the 20th century. This was where the railroaders’ ...

Country Gardens: What’s new for planting?

April 1, 2015
This is the time of year that gardeners are getting anxious to be in the dirt. Gardeners can look forward to some exciting products. Check your local garden center for some of these newbies. Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower is one that ...

Boomer’s Journal: We were ‘groovy’

April 1, 2015
The designers of the fashion industry had a heyday in the mid-’60s and on through to the disco age. As we look back at old photos, we may wonder, “What were we thinking?” Yet, at the time, we looked pretty ...