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Updated July 20, 2017. I've been buying these traps every season since this review was posted. Sadly, they're being temporarily taken off the market... for being too good. Read more about this new development here. This is one of those rare occasions where I get to share an item with all of you that is supposed to accomplish a very...
Earlier this month, I posted a quick news item about STORY LAURIE, and some free tracks that were made available for download from her new GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN album. After running that item, Laurie McIntosh got in touch and we exchanged some emails... and then a package arrived here last Friday. Inside that package was a CD, a...
If the crazy weather wasn't enough to make you nuts this year, maybe you're like me and the Great Dandelion Explosion of 2012 has done the job just fine.  Sure, Dandelions can be useful, edible, and they've been known to help out other plants from time to time, but in what's supposed to be a beautiful, flowing sea of...
Memorial Day is coming. Father's Day is looming. With outdoor activities about to ramp-up, families will be hitting the yard and the deck for some gardening and grilling, and for those looking for something a little bit... different, here's a selection of five crazy items that you won't find at the local "Big Box" (sorry Walmart & Target), but...
The weather here in Northern Illinois continues to be weird. Maybe those wacky Mayans were right... but at this point, anyone that wants to deny Global Climate Change is a real blockhead. We skipped Spring and went straight into Summer in mid-March, and while we've hit proper Spring temperatures for the first week in April, it's supposed to freeze...
THE ROCK FATHER™ has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product at a reduced price or for free. UPDATE: February 4, 2018 - Our dishwasher (like our washer and dryer) has broken down. We will not buy another Samsung product. PERIOD. When it comes to the house, I'm pretty "domestic," but keeping Rock...
When we last left the Growums, Tomicio, Baby Basil, Regan O., and Belle Peppa were comfortably settling into their coco pellets for a healthy dose of sunlight and warm water. It's been just over a week since the first installment of The Rock Father's Growums Adventure was posted, and this morning an email arrived here at Rock Father HQ from...
The quintessential American dream involves having a house with a beautiful lawn and having man's best friend by your side. Unfortunately, many homeowners find that these two elements don't always go well together. Pups like to dig in the dirt, roll around in the grass, and mark their territory -- all of which can wreak havoc on your lovely...
I've been gardening nearly my entire life, but vegetables are still a tricky thing here. As we prepare for another growing season here at Rock Father HQ, we'll be planting more veggies, and part of the challenge is always the harvest. What's properly ripe? Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables (out May 8, 2017 via Cool Springs Press) aims to...
It was nearly two years ago exactly that I first posted about Fall Creek Farm & Nursery's BrazelBerries, a fantastic collection of berry plants that are designed to be both edible and ornamental. Specifically, BrazelBerries are specially-bred Blueberry, Raspberry and Blackberry plants that can thrive in containers on a deck or patio, or be planted in-ground, depending on where...