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Plant-Based Diet— Essential to Superior Health

Although I have been writing about food and plants for quite a few years, I have never written an article about a plant-based diet even though I have focused on eating a plant-based diet for a long time. Fifteen years ago, with increasing health challenges, I searched out healing modalities in Continue Reading

World Bee Day: Is it too late?


We posted a blog last year about World Bee Day and sadly, bees, bats and hummingbirds are increasingly under threat from human activities. We’ve added additional things to think about this year for WBD. Our ecosystems cannot survive without pollination. Did you know that nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plants depend, entirely, or […]

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Tips for Saving the Planet— Earth Day 2021

When we started eating a more plant-based diet a few years ago, it was because we wanted to improve our health and manage weight. We also had some concern for the planet as well and as we approach Earth Day 2021, we thought we would take a look at tips from our friends, Jake and […]

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Tips for Better Health from Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side

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Three of my favorite food related quotes are, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Michael Pollen from his 7 Words & 7 Rules for Eating.

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

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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! […]

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Tips About Onions, Shallots, Leeks and Scallions

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“When, Hippocrates said, ‘Let food be thy 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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