How to Get Started Mowing Hay

We use a 4230 John Deere tractor and Kuhn disc mower. The Farm News Reporter shares his knowledge of how to get started mowing hay and about the equipment we use in the video below.

Amish Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

Amish Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

 

Amish Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

A lot of Amish live in our area and I often go to their stores, roadside stands and produce auction. I love stocking up on produce we don’t grow ourselves and other yummy treats like their bread. They also have a country store that carries spices in bulk. It’s a great way to save some money and get fresh spices.

Want to re-create their buttermilk biscuits? Enjoy this Amish Buttermilk Biscuit recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. (1-3/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed for shaping the dough
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 2-1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) very cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup very cold buttermilk

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Fixing a Water Gap

Fixing a Water Gap

Fixing fence is no fun job. It has to be done to keep the cattle on your land or keep them from getting on the road. My husband had worked on this water gap a lot just a few months ago but we’ve had quite a lot of rain for this time of year. We run steers (79 to be exact) on this pasture and they can be pesky little burgers to keep in. They are constantly walking along the fence. Besides… to them the grass is always greener on the other side.

We had a nice neighbor stop yesterday and tell us one of the steers was out. This was definitely not a place we wanted them out because it was along a busy blacktop road. My husband and son were gone stacking hay bales so my parents came over and we went to work. Okay, my dad fixed the fence and mom and I handed him the supplies and took pictures…

The steers patiently waited. I wonder what they were thinking… They are always right up in your business.

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Raking and Baling Hay in Missouri

Corn Fields in Missouri

The corn fields in Northern Missouri in August.

Tips for a Beautiful Garden

Tips for a Beautiful Garden

Tips for a Beautiful Garden

Backyard gardens can look beautiful. Not everyone is born with a green thumb. Be prepared to put a lot of work into getting your garden just the way you want it. Here are some tips on obtaining a garden that is beautiful and the envy of all of your neighbors.

Beautifying Your Garden

  1. Know Your Garden Size- It is important that you are aware of the size of your garden. You will be able to tell the nursery employee the dimensions so that they will be able to advise you on the amount of plants that you will need. Making sure that you talk to a nursery assistant will ensure that you do not waste your money on purchasing too many plants.
  2. Choose a Color Scheme- Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Not all colors go well together. Too much color can make your garden look like an eyesore. Make sure that you choose either a warm or cool color scheme and add one or two plants of the opposite color hue to provide contrast. [Read more…]