So with one child here and another on the way and everything that is going on wrong with the children in todays time, the wife and I decided to move out in the country for a simpler life and to give our children something to do while growing up instead of sitting in front of the TV or computer. I know I got in trouble growing up because I was bored. Anyway, some of you might find my learning experiences this summer pretty funny. I didn't at the time, but as I reflect... what was I thinking? You might find some of this funny since maybe you didn some of the same things! I found this site and have decided to learn things the easy way! ----------------------------------------- I found out about blight. My thinking... I like salsa and maybe I will learn to can. So I had planted about 65 tomato plants and the whole first crop was bad. Good thing the chickens eat tomatoes! I found out that you don't just go out and pick corn when you need it. I wasted about 75% of that because it either rotted on the stalk or was so hard you needed a hammer to eat it. (Good thing the chickens like corn too!) Corn also likes to be planted close to one another and sometimes corn doesn't sprout... plant two to three in every hole! I found out when pressure canning, let the pot boil for at least 10 minutes before sealing the lid. About 25 jars are bad since there wasn't any water left in the jars. Also, don't think you are saving money by reusing lids. Oh, and I found out not to run over a yellow jackets nest with the lawn mower. This is not an effective way to kill them, but rather a good way to increase your dancing ability and you long distance sprints. No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to run over a field mouse with a bush hog. The newer tractors with seat belts should be used. They help keep you in your seat after you run over that hidden yellowjackets nest and you put it in high gear to get the heck out of dodge. Yellow jacket stings itch very badly. No matter how manly you think you are, when you step on a 3 foot snake you will scream like a 10 year old girl and dance like a mad man. The bigger the squash does not equal the better the squash. Super large squash can be used as a wiffle ball bat for about 20-30 swings. Squash seeds will sprout in mulched areas as well as in the middle of your yard. One does not need 25 squash plants to feed a family of 3. Bag worms will kill a Lealand Cyprus in about 15-20 days. Not one of those things to put low on the priority list. Consider the roll bar on a tractor when leaving a barn with a roll up door. I now roll up what is left all the way before leaving. I am sure there are more, but this is all I could think of now. A lot of city folk think moving to the country is easy... I guess that is why they are still in the city!