1. Reasons Why Gardens Make Us Happy and Healthy

    The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

    There’s a reason or two why gardens make people happy and healthy. And the benefits of a vegetable garden are many. If you’re resolved to live a healthier lifestyle, eat better, and get more exercise, gardening can give you all that and more.

    There are so many benefits to starting even the smallest of gardens or caring for a few green friends:

    A sense of accomplishment

    The world around us may be chaotic but we can bring some sense of order to the garden, even if just for a little while. How rewarding it is to look

  2. Picture a Perfect Picnic for National Picnic Day

    When the warm weather has arrived, images turn to eating outdoors and nothing is more relaxing than a picnic with the sun on your back. National Picnic Day is celebrated each year on April 23. It is the perfect day to enjoy the fresh air with some good food and good friends.

    Whether you want to go to the effort of a cooked barbecue or just enjoy a simple basket of food that is served on paper plates, picnics are the ultimate informal affairs that are intended to be fun and relaxing for everyone involved.


    Organizing a picnic may seem a little overwhelming – having to drag all the food, drinks, blankets, cutlery, and so on to your cho

  3. It's Branding Season

    Branding has symbolized the ranching lifestyle for decades. Branding has long stood as the embodiment of cattle ranching: An old wooden corral, ropers on horseback, cowboys kneeling next to a calf and the big, open sky ahead. April marks the beginning of branding season, where friends and families gather on the ranch to brand and work calves before the summer grazing season begins.

    Every ranch has a story. Every piece of land has a history. Every barn holds a memory. Every family member involved enriches the stories, history and memories of the ranch. Every cow has an impact on the sustainability of the multi-generation business.

    It’s about neighbors helping neighbors.

    The practice of branding livestock or marking the animal with a specific symbol to identif

  4. Staying Fit Through Gardening

    Digging deep in the garden can do wonders for your fitness and health - and it doesn’t even cost a penny!

    Most of us want to spend more time outdoors soaking up the sunshine and less time indoors, especially when you work in an office environment. So, you will be pleased to learn that instead of heading to the gym in the Summer evening you can create a moderate intensity workout while working on your own garden. It’s a win-win situation all round.

    The important thing to remember when embarking on a full-body workout in your garden is that if you do no other fitness the rest of the year, you must start off slowly as the number of gardening injuries go up in the Spring/Summer months, especially back injuries caused by bad posture or moving heavy pots around the garden without assistance.

  5. Creative Ways to Use Mason Jars Around the House

    Mason jars: They’re not just for harvesters and weddings anymore. Yes, you can still use mason jars when your garden is ripe, and you need to preserve, jelly, and pickle your favorite fruits and vegetables. And they still provide the casual-but-elegant vibe for centerpieces and favors at shabby-chic weddings.
    But mason jars can do so much more. That’s because they’re endlessly versatile, and you can use them — and their components — in every room of your house. Turn them into indoor planters and vases, or outdoor bird feeders and citronella candles. Use them to organize your beauty supplies, your spices, and all the bits and bobs in your sewing room. Keep a couple extras in the kitchen as a baking dish for the best single-serve dinner roll you’ve ever eaten — or even a makeshift tart pan. You’ll never run out of uses for them. That’s because mason jars are the perfect size to hol

  6. Colorado Trail Users Require SWA Pass, Hunting or Fishing License

    If people plan to travel a tiny fraction of The Colorado Trail, a Colorado State Wildlife Area (SWA) Pass is required.

    Fishing or hunting licenses are OK, as well. And you pick up a fishing or hunting license at your local Big R Stores.

    The changes affect those who travel The Colorado Trail Segment 12 as the Trail passes through the Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area. It impacts hikers and horsemen but likely not many cyclists because most diverge on the Colorado Peak Wilderness Detour before the wildlife area pass-through. Those affected will include thru hikers choosing the Collegiate East as well as Colorado Trail Collegiate Loop hikers. It will not affect travelers who do only the CT Collegiate West, because they will not encounter this wildlife area with the new license requirement.

  7. Season Woes for Equines: Abscess Season

    There’s an old saying “No hoof, no horse.” If your horses’ feet are not properly looked after then it’s unlikely you’ll be riding him. However, seasonal woes can hinder this, too, and when the winter temperatures change from freezing to thawing out your pastures too quickly, you need to watch out for abscess season.

    Abscess Season

    When: The ice/mud cycle when winter temperatures freeze and thaw leaves your pastures and loafing sheds alternately rock-hard and boggy. Temperatures swing from frozen during a blizzard to warm and ice-melting. As if the weather hasn’t been enough of a drag, today your horse can hardly walk; he has an abscess.

    Why: Frozen ground can

  8. Caring for Baby Chicks: What to Do Once They Arrive

    Bringing home your baby chicks is an exciting milestone in raising backyard chickens. The three key essentials for raising strong baby chicks: Warm, water and feed. Start chicks strong by providing a complete chick starter feed from day 1 through week 18. For those of us welcoming new chicks, how can we give them a solid start? To best transition chicks into a flock, provide comfort, care and complete nutrition from day one. A chick never gets over a bad start. The actions we take before chicks arrive and the care we provide in the first few days can help set-up our chicks to be happy and healthy long-term.

    Before baby chicks arrive: Set up the brooder

    • Brooder: The brooder is the first home of new chicks. Be sure it is comfortable, warm and draft-free with at least 3 to 4 square feet per ch
  9. Shop Now for Your 2021 Vegetable Garden Seeds

    With increased demand because of the pandemic, seeds are selling quickly these days. Here are some tips on selecting varieties for your garden.

    Although it may seem early to begin planning your 2021 vegetable garden, now’s the perfect time. Winter is, after all, meant for resting and preparing for the next growing season.

    With an increase in demand, seeds are selling quickly. And, with the right light and some equipment, it will be easy to grow from seed to harvest.

    Select Your Crops

    The first step in creating your seed order is to select the crops you plan on growing. Begin by writing a list of the crops you grew last year that you can add

  10. How to Start Raising Chickens

    Families across the country are joining the backyard flock revolution. With a coop, some chicks and a long-term plan of action, a backyard flock brings families fresh, wholesome eggs and the enjoyment of watching a baby chick grow into an egg-laying hen. The first step in establishing a backyard flock is creating a plan. We can gain a lot from a backyard flock. Chickens can produce truly fresh eggs and flavorful, healthy meat. And we are able to enjoy watching birds from our back porch and teaching our children responsibilities and how animals grow. Before buying new chicks this spring, here are six tips on how to start raising chickens.

    Select the breed that’s right for you

    Poultry breeds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Families looking to produce eggs or meat are encou