A common host gift we take to Holiday parties are Poinsettias. If you receive one for Christmas this year, do you know how to care for it? Poinsettias are a staple for the Christmas season, but they don’t have to be a short-lived gift that is thrown away at the beginning of the year. Poinsettias... Continue Reading →
How to Deal with Overwintering Pests Indoors
Sometimes insects mistake our homes for a place they are welcome to spend the winter. If you encounter any of these wintertime bothers, what should you? Check out the infographic below for more information!
Holiday Plants: Lore, Legends, and Plant Science
From trees and wreaths to bulbs and cacti - plants are at the center of many holiday celebrations this year. Many of these traditions come from ancient, pre-Christian rituals and religions that celebrate the solstice to commemorate that the darkness of winter is only temporary and the days will start getting lighter. Over the... Continue Reading →
It may be cold outside, but your chickens don’t have to be.
Winter can be a trying time for all animals. Limited food sources, dropping wind chills and copious amounts of snow all contribute to a miserable winter for animals. Yet in all actuality, your flock would rather be cold than hot. That's not to say that don't require at least some help staying warm and illness... Continue Reading →
Time to Order Tree Seedlings for Spring Planting
Diseases, insects, drought and age take a toll on windbreaks, resulting in the need for renovation or tree replacement. For example, the windbreak above is compromised by the loss of Scotch pine trees to pine wilt. Winter is a good time to assess your windbreak and order trees for spring planting. Most windbreaks, even those... Continue Reading →
On The Fence – November/December 2018
I won’t even offer a feeble excuse, but this will be the November-December “On The Fence” for several reasons. The greatest of these is there is not a lot to write about what is happening on farms at this time of year. Almost all harvest has been completed. I have some farmers locally, and I’m... Continue Reading →
National Wreaths Across America Day!
Christmas Tree Trivia
Let’s talk trivia thanks to some facts from the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers Association webpage:
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Q: For every real Christmas tree harvested, how many seedlings are planted in its place? A: 2 to 3
Q: How many acres are in production for growing Christmas trees in the U.S? A: About 1 million acres
Q: What is the average growing time for a tree to reach average retail height of 6 feet? A: 7 years
Q: What are the top selling Christmas trees? A: Balsam Fire, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pin, White Pine
Q: How many Nebraska counties have Christmas tree growers? A: 15
I wish you and your family a very blessed Holiday season!