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3 Steps to Survive the Pandemic (and still fit into your pants…)

Many thanks to Jake and Joy Kelly for allowing me to repost this excellent article. by JakeandJoy | Apr 21, 2020 I grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota back when they still got lots of snow! Snow days were a common occurrence every winter and, for the most part, I remember them as fun! They Continue Reading

3 Steps to Survive the Pandemic (and still fit into your pants…)

Jake & Joy photo for articleMany thanks to Jake and Joy Kelly for allowing me to repost this excellent article.

I grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota back when they still got lots of snow!

Snow days were a common occurrence every winter and, for the most part, I remember them as fun! They were an opportunity to have leisurely mornings with hot chocolate with whipped cream, maybe some pancakes and then bundle up and play outside all morning. Then we’d tumble inside and have grilled cheese sandwiches and cream of tomato soup. Yum!Continue Reading

Tips About Onions, Shallots, Leeks and Scallions

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“When, Hippocrates said, ‘Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food,’ he was probably giving a toast with a goblet of red wine during a meal that was redolent with onions and garlic. Garlic onions, shallots, scallions, chives and leeks — the allium family — have been celebrated throughout history as savory vegetables, […]

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Top 7 healthy vegetables

We all know that what our moms and grandmothers told us about eating vegetables, “they’re good for you,” was right. But some of them are much higher in good things and lower in calories than others. What’s exciting to me about this list is five of the seven listed can be grown in a Tower […]

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Need an innovative science project for home schooling?

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It’s fun to plant with children and now with school starting, why not use growing food as an innovative science project? For parents working at home and also doubling as teachers, it’s more important than ever to find easy ways to engage children in fun learning activities.

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Organic Sprays to Control Garden Pests

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Tim Blank shares some useful tips on growing a healthier garden. Organic Sprays to Control Insect Pests “For APHIDS, Mites, Thrips, Whiteflies, and Other Small Insects This is one of my favorite sprays because it provides different ways to kill the various stages of insect development (and even serves as a mild fungicide). Neem oil […]

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Who Remembers the Old Farmer’s Almanac? Basil, chives and cilantro

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Most herbs are perfect choices to grow in a tower garden. They will thrive provided you offer them the right growing conditions and that is so easy to accomplish with a tower garden. But there are many opportunities to grow a tower and a traditional garden side-by-side. Today we present basil, chives and cilantro with […]

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Tips on Making Mushroom Bolognese

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For the past several months, I have been experimenting with eating more vegan meals. This Mushroom Bolognese looks really good to me and I’m excited to try it. I found an interesting discussion of Bolognese sauce and its origins on Wikipedia. Since this is my husbands favorite sauce for pasta, it will be interesting to […]

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WHAT’S SEED CHOICE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

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How to grow vegetables in high heat. It seems like a simple concept right? Cool weather crops grow best in cooler weather and warm weather crops like really warm weather. However, it’s been my experience that most of us need to drill down a little deeper.

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More Tips on Aphid Control

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Most of this article was posted originally in September 2018 but guess what! Aphids are here to stay. I’ve added some experience I’ve had recently with ladybugs.

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Gardening— America’s new hobby

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Gardening has been one activity that lots of people are doing while spending more time at home. It’s an activity in which the whole family can participate. Let’s take a look at the concept of the Victory Gardens.

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