After gazing out over the neighboring farms from my promontory those first days, my initial sense of a generalized vista refocused to a more precise mental mapping of the surrounding terrain. As a scientist I began to break down what was laid out before me. Most elements were pretty clear, and repeated in different versions on each rectangular property. There were tractors and other farming implements scattered over large corn and grain fields, and cattle grazing smaller fenced-in areas. Farmhouses and their outbuildings appeared in the midst of the few remaining older-growth trees. I could trace the line of the creek fed by my spring through four or five farms before I lost its trail beyond the hills. It turned out to be a tributary of Spring Creek, which was located downstream of my property, about one mile away to the north. My land was less manicured, not having been actively farmed for two years, but the same essential landscaping remained.
Although there were many differences among countries in the organization of their agricultural sectors prior to reform, in most cases farm production units shared several key characteristics (Lardy 1983 Pingali and Xuan 1992 Lerman, Csaki, and Feder 2004). Prohibiting private farming, Socialist ideals favoured large, corporate organizations. In some nations state-owned farms dominated the landscape. Those that worked the land on state farms typically were paid a wage, drew a pension, and performed work assignments handed down by managers, which were often part of a larger national or regional plan. Farms were theoretically organized on the same principles as factory enterprises and farmers became workers. The state made investments, set planting plans, purchased inputs through planning channels and remitted profits up through the ministerial system. In other countries, farms were run as collectives. Like state farms in most respects, the main difference was that instead of drawing a...
More often than not Thanksgiving has fallen on sunny days, with perhaps a blush of clouds to the south or a breeze that makes the grasses bow to the north. The kids watch wildlife, frolic about, or get busy with their food harvest. One year a pheasant bolted upward from behind the house, gliding a short distance before suddenly descending into the dense prairie cover. Seconds later, a Cooper's hawk dived into the same spot in pursuit. We were all awestruck by the predatory display, which made for excellent conversation over the turkey feast. Another year the children found tracks south of the house, just above one of the tributaries of the spring. Following the tracks, they found a large oval hole beside a freshly dug mound of sand and gravel. This landscaping, coupled with the elongated toe and claw prints, confirmed that badgers had moved in and had already begun pushing up soil around the entrance of their den in anticipation of the coming winter.
Homeowners Guide To Landscaping
How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.