1Cut chicken into small pieces and sautée in oil2Toss chicken with soy sauce when cooked (omit this step for less salty pizza)3Use oyster sauce to top the pizza crust.4Spread the oyster sauce evenly to taste.5Sprinkle cashews on crust. (Use less salty cashews to cut back on the saltiness, if you want.
Home /Crops /Invasive Plants: What To Do About Wild Apple Trees In Your FieldsPHOTO: J. Keeler JohnsonKeeping fields clear of invasive plants is a challenge many farmers face. It’s part of nature that any wide open field is an invitation to a wide assortment of shrubs and trees that would love to get started reclaiming the area and turning it back into forestland.
1My heart sank a bit when I deflated the balloon. The doilies did stick a bit to the balloon, but was finely persuaded to let go.2Once the balloon was removed the doilies regained the shape I wanted and it looked just as I had imagined , beautiful .3Then I needed something to hold the light bulb fittings in side the lampshade, I had an old test attempt on weaving a metal basket lying waiting just for this.
Home /Recipes / Dessert Recipes /The Real Deal, Old-fashioned Pound CakePhoto by Stephanie StatonThis is pound cake the way pound cake was meant to be: with 1 pound of everything, including the eggs. We’re sure there’s a way to add even more butter to this recipe. When we figure it out, we’ll let you know.
PHOTO: ilovebutter/FlickrHands down, a key barrier for fledgling farmers remains land access—the most important piece of your farm start-up. You can’t sow a seed or let the cows graze until you plant your boots on that piece of soil you’ll call your farming home. If you’re a beginning farmer without the cash reserves or financial track record to readily purchase land, you’re not alone, which is why increasingly farmers starting out are exploring creative options for land access, including leasing.
PHOTO: ShutterstockVarmint war stories—we all have them. For me, it was the time our 15 Barred Plymouth Rock pullets had just begun to lay. I went out to gather eggs one morning and found six headless corpses with little else consumed. Or the time I stepped out the door and flushed a hawk from the outdoor run after it had snacked on a laying hen.
PHOTO: Lisa MunniksmaIf you’ve ever been captivated by the scent and sight of a field of lavender in full bloom in mid-summer and thought, “I want to start a lavender farm,” you aren’t alone. In the same family as mint, this herb is not as easy to grow as its cousin. Lavender is particular about its growing requirements and has specific harvesting and preservation needs, making growing lavender commercially a focused—yet rewarding—endeavor.
Home /Crops /How To Trick Tulips Into BloomingPHOTO: Jessica WalliserNothing kicks the winter blahs to the curb like thoughts of spring. If winter puts you down in the dumps, take a giant proactive step right now by forcing tulip bulbs to be in bloom just in time for Easter’s arrival.Tulips are one of the easiest plants to “trick” into blooming early.
Courtesy Maria Dryfhout/iStock/ThinkstockAs you finish up your Christmas cards and put your last batch of cookies into the oven, join the Hobby Farms editors for some story-telling, as we share our favorite holiday traditions.Piano-side CarolsFor as long as I can remember, it’s been a tradition in our family to gather around the tree, turning out all the lights except those twinkling on the tree, and revel in the beauty and peace that the season brings.
1you need a few peppermint leaves2you can take any kind of mint3i like to mix different. Only choose good leaves4wash the leaves carefully and give them with boiling hot water in a glass jar5I like to add 2 sweetener tablets. You can drink it after 5 minutes as a tea...6or how i prefer cold from the fridge the next day.
VisiondivisionTrees, vines, and shrubs are focal points in any garden, but most backyard orchardists aren’t blessed with enough acreage to match their ambitions. It’s a constant fight to cram all those spectacular specimens spotted in the nursery into increasingly crowded plots, and to do it beautifully.
PHOTO: PERO studio/ShutterstockA backyard laying flock is one of the easiest types of livestock to care for, requiring little more than predator-proof housing, food, water and maybe an earthworm or two. In return, the hens provide the family with farm fresh eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.That is, until the high heat of summer kicks in and heat-stressed chickens take a sabbatical and drop egg production to next to nil.