Monthly Archives: July 2015

Lawn Care During Drought

Bob Mann, corporate agronomist for regional lawn care company Lawn Dawg and member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals sees a well-maintained lawn as a canvas upon which a beautiful home landscape is built. As drought takes its toll, … Continue reading

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Spicy Dried Okra

Okra is a staple in gumbo. It’s popular when deep-fried or pickled. It’s great for thickening soups and stews and is a staple of backyard gardens and Southern cooking. Still, when it comes to crunchy, airy snacks, okra has never been high on … Continue reading

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Peach Granita Recipe

Not quite sorbet, snow cone or Italian ice, granita makes a fancy-sounding dessert out of ice flakes scraped from flavored ice. Its origins lie in Sicily, where everything from coffee to lemons and mint were used to add flavor to … Continue reading

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How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice

For the home gardener, summertime means tomatoes. We’ll make salsa and sauce. We will top sandwiches, make tomato pie or summer soups. Finally, we will get down to the business of preserving the harvest through canning, freezing or drying the favorite backyard crop. And then there’s juicing. Juicing … Continue reading

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Summer Peach Salsa Recipe

  Spanish for “sauce,” salsa comes in many forms. Pico de gallo, an uncooked salsa made with tomatoes, onion and peppers, comes to mind quickly, but salsa can be made with a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including corn, … Continue reading

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Favorite Tweets: How to Select a Bird Feeder

When the weather is warm, my screened-in porch becomes the primary office space at my house. It’s one of the perks from working from home, but there are distractions. My favorite is the flapping of wings as birds of all … Continue reading

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Nontoxic Mosquito Control

Hiking, camping, barbecuing and long afternoons spent by the pool are the stuff summer is made of, but all too often mosquito bites are the price we pay. A pest that can result in itchy injury or even worse as … Continue reading

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