Monthly Archives: April 2013

Baking Seasonally: Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes

“Do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb?” “Not if it’s in cans.” -Origin unknown This old nonsensical exchange was once used as an idle conversation starter or topic changer, as one might ask “How’s the weather?” Asking about … Continue reading

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Weed Whacker: How to Level Pesky Plants Organically

Unwelcome vegetation is a simple—but unwanted—fact of any healthy growing environment. Weeds are especially irksome to home gardeners because they compete for nutrients, water and sunlight, stealing those resources away from the plants you want to grow. Conventional gardening makes … Continue reading

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Homemade Insect Repellents

I recently watched a parent coping with a minor panic attack before sending her child off to a day of fun and frolic at day camp. Bee sting? Separation anxiety? Nope. It turned out she had accidentally brought the regular … Continue reading

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Roasting the Harvest

Here in the South, we’ll put sauce or gravy on just about anything. If you’ve got a meal, we can top it with barbecue sauce, comeback sauce, hot sauce, sawmill gravy, butter bean gravy, red eye gravy, tomato gravy…the list … Continue reading

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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

It may seem like a simple piece of chalk, but it is the beginning of a million activities taking place every day on playrooms, sidewalks and playgrounds. It unleashes hopscotch. Foursquare. Tic-tac-toe. It is the brush that paints portraits, landscapes … Continue reading

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The Other Orange Juice: Carrot Juice

As any cartoon rabbit will tell you, carrots are a spectacular garden treat. Vibrant in color, flavorful and positively loaded with health benefits, carrots are considered by many to be one of the coveted “superfoods,” where nutritional value outweighs its calorie count. … Continue reading

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How to Make Mustard from Mustard Greens

Champing at the bit to start planting in the garden? Cold-resistant and easy growers, mustard greens can be planted up to a month before the last frost date and the first wave will be ready to harvest just about the … Continue reading

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