Monthly Archives: August 2014

Make Your Own Infused Water

There are plenty of good reasons to drink more water. Good hydration improves circulation, helps fight illnesses, aids in digestion and weight loss, keeps hair and skin looking younger and reduces fatigue. Although the old “8 x 8” rule of drinking eight … Continue reading

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Using Sea Kelp In the Garden

Seaweed isn’t necessarily the first thing that leaps to mind when it comes to plant care, but that may be changing. A marine algae found growing in shallow ocean waters, kelp is not a new idea in gardening. Although the … Continue reading

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How to Can Potatoes

When summer canning is underway, most people don’t include potatoes. That’s reasonable. Potatoes are available all year long, they’re cheap to buy and they can be stored in a cool place for a fairly long time without the need for … Continue reading

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How to Check Trees for Asian Longhorned Beetles

The Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), native to Korea, China and Japan, is an invasive insect with no natural predators and a voracious appetite for a range of trees including maple, willow, poplar, ash, birch and elm, among others. Since … Continue reading

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9 Tips for Shopping at a Farmers’ Market

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares are all the rage these days. Those who sign up pay an upfront fee to purchase a stake in a local farm’s seasonal crops. Each week, a box contains whatever happens to be ready to … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Freeze Fresh Herbs

Using fresh herbs straight from the garden is a summer pleasure even the most casual cook can appreciate. Sadly, like summer itself, it’s all too fleeting. Once picked, their shelf life can be extended a bit, but fresh herbs are decidedly … Continue reading

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How Christopher Columbus Changed Modern Farming

Although Christopher Columbus was not the first European to reach America (Leif Ericson predates him by hundreds of years), the arrival of Columbus in the “New World” (on a quest to open new trade routes) changed everything. Although it wasn’t … Continue reading

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