Monthly Archives: July 2014

What Is Photosynthesis?

It’s the ultimate symbiotic relationship. Tending to plants and trees is so much more than a hobby or beloved past time, it is a strategy for survival that affects all humankind and goes well beyond the food it provides. Way … Continue reading

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Homemade Tomato Jam

Making jams and jellies from fresh fruit is one of the great joys of summer. Peach, strawberry and grape are always popular and we often put up a little jalapeno jelly when garden crops permit, but one of of our … Continue reading

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How to Make Chicken Nesting Boxes

During much of the year, the average hen will lay an egg nearly every day. Although we might like to think chickens are happy to provide us with breakfast, the truth is they are only interested in finding a safe … Continue reading

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How to Grow Ginseng at Home

The name ginseng derives from the Chinese word rénshēn, meaning “man root,” because the shape of the fleshy root resembles the legs of a man. Ginseng root has been coveted by the Chinese for thousands of years as an herbal … Continue reading

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Spring Onion Growing and Cooking Tips

Spring onions may refer to any onions picked in the spring before reaching maturity, but generally refers to an early harvest of young common bulb onions (Allium cepa). Often confused with green onions or scallions (Allium fistulosum), spring onions may … Continue reading

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Kudzu Bugs

A relative newcomer to the parade of pests found in the United States, the kudzu bug, also known as bean plataspid (Megacopta cribraria), first landed near Atlanta, Georgia in 2009. Likely a stowaway on an international flight from Asia, the … Continue reading

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Homemade Toaster Tarts

Launched by cereal giant Kellogg’s in 1964, Pop-Tarts were conceived as an easy, on-the-go breakfast alternative. With a hip name (a nod to the burgeoning Pop Art movement led by Andy Warhol), the new creation spoke to a nation on the move … Continue reading

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