Here it is, the second Sunday in May. By a presidential proclamation in 1914, Woodrow Wilson made this day a national holiday to honor our moms...
Rhubarb has been around for many years although today it is not consumed as much as in the past. It is a native to Siberia and was used for medicinal purposes in Asia for over 5000 years...
Purple coneflower, native to the Eastern and Central U.S., is tough, drought tolerant, easy to grow, and attracts wildlife to the garden. In 1998, E. purpurea ‘Magnus’ was named “Perennial Plant of the Year” by the Perennial Plant Association. Since then its popularity has exploded.
After our prolonged winter and cold spring, we are all looking forward to the warm days of summer and the colorful flowers and tasty fresh vegetables which they bring. However, the excessive heat and lack of rain that often occur during the summer months will require watering our gardens.
Since almost all insects found in the typical lawn are beneficial and since those which are harmful rarely appear in the quantities required to create noticeable damage, the list of insects we as homeowners need to worry about is fairly limited. The white grubs, however, often appears at the top of this list. If left unchecked, it can appear in sufficient numbers to cause detrimental harm to our lawns.
There are more ticks in more places than ever before and numbers are soaring. The presence of ticks is being tracked by TickSpotters. In the northeast, deer ticks are loaded with pathogens. One in every three deer ticks transmits some disease agent.
How does a gardener know when it is the best time to plant? Too often we get the urge to plant before conditions are favorable for good plant growth. There are a few principles that should be followed...
Preparing a meal for a family or guests often brings a sense of accomplishment, but making a dinner you'll be eating alone can seem like a big effort with small reward.
Collecting and cooking with native flowers can add a whole new dimension to your culinary palate.
1. Do all vegetable leaves have the same vein pattern? 2. Methods for Drying flowers
Do you remember celebrating Arbor Day when you were in grade school and you were given a seedling to plant? There are many of us that can and some that are getting lots of benefits from those tiny seedlings we planted years ago. Arbor Day isn’t just for kids!
When children misbehave in public, others are watching parents discipline their children. Parenting is a tough job, but it’s even more difficult when there is an audience...
It’s been cold, then warm, then cold. Intermittent rain, snow, harsh winds, what is a gardener to do now? It is too early for most annuals and vegetables to be planted outside. We recommend after Memorial Day to formally plant around the home. But, we need signs of better days ahead.
How can you know if your favorite restaurant is following safe food practices?
At times cleaning products can be a bit pricy. Common and safe household ingredients such as plain soap, baking soda, and vinegar or lemon juice can be low cost ingredients for a number of household friendly recipes, including floor cleaner. Make your own cleaning solutions to “be green” and save money too.
Health professionals recommend that adults eat 2 servings of fish a week to prevent heart disease. However, for adults most fish just isn’t in our weekly food selection. For kids, it’s eaten even less. It may be difficult to prepare and serve fish twice a week.
On today’s store shelves, shoppers can now find new whole grain flour—Whole Grain White Wheat. Some may ask, it’s white, how could it be whole wheat?
Is the word milk in your or your family’s daily vocabulary? Do you know how much calcium you or your child needs everyday to maintain or grow healthy bones? If milk isn’t a household item in your house, then do you know what foods help you get calcium into your diet?
It is time to get those cool season vegetables planted. We can finally get out in the garden and start bringing it back to life. Cool season vegetables include spinach, lettuce, peas, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, radish, turnip, kale, and beets...
Now is the time of year when churches and other non-profit organizations start to hold food fundraisers. Cooking for crowds is not the same thing as cooking meals for your family. There are potentially hazardous foods that volunteer food handlers may be preparing and they need to know what to do to keep them safe...