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By: Admin    February 16 2018 , 11:55 am
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Category: Gardening , Plant Care
Where to Find Quality HouseplantsWhether it is from a grocery store or a local nursery, here are some tips to selecting the best houseplant for your home.Grocery StoresWhat more convenient way is there to find a houseplant than while grabbing milk on the way home from work?You have probably seen a display in your local grocery store with houseplants or fresh flowers. There are pros and cons to sourcing your plants from grocery stores.  The convenience of grocery store plants is a positive aspect. You can also observe the plant and see how healthy it looks right there, rather than blindly trusting an online seller. Grocery stores can have good deals on houseplants, although the selection might not be consistent. Sometimes the plants at the grocery store are packaged attractively to make easy gifts, which is also convenient.One downside about grocery stores is that the plants might not be well taken...
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By: Admin    February 16 2018 , 11:12 am
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Category: Seasons , Gardening , Nature , Garden
Spring is just around the corner…It is time to start prepping your garden! During the winter months, our gardens tend to become rather messy without maintenance. It is important not only to prepare the land, but also to set aside time to plan your crops, make sure you have the right equipment and supplies, and repair any gardening fixtures such as fences or greenhouses.Caring for Existing PlantsBefore thinking about all the new and exciting plants you are going to grow this spring, do not forget about any winter plants that are in need of attention! If you have perennial flowers such as roses, and you live in a warmer climate, January and February are great times to prune them. If you live in a colder climate, it is best to wait until closer to April. Start by using a sharp pair of pruners at the base of the plant and cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outs...
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By: Admin    February 15 2018 , 12:00 pm
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Category: Food , Facts
February 16th is National Almond Day! Almonds are much more than just a humble nut these days. In addition to providing great health benefits, they can be made into milk, flour, butter, oil, candy, and cosmetics.The almond is not technically a nut, rather it is the seed of a fruit. The fruit they produce is a type of drupe fruit which is similar to a peach. It is still perfectly fine to refer to them as a nut because according to FARE, they are still labeled as a tree nut – allergy-wise – along with pecans and cashews.These little “nuts” are packed full of vitamin E and manganese. They are also known to improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart attack, and heart disease if eaten regularly. Almonds, like most nuts, contain a lot of fat. There is a difference between good and bad fats, and almonds are definitely a good fat to keep your body in shape!Another product you can g...
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By: Admin    February 05 2018 , 11:46 am
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February 5th is Western Monarch Day! This is a day to celebrate the annual migration of the Western Monarch Butterflies back to the west coast for the winter months.Due to recent population declines, a successful migration is certainly something to celebrate! Within the past 10 years, the population of the monarch has declined up to 74-90% in some areas. Monarch butterflies give many benefits to the environment and balance local ecosystems. They provide vital pollination and are a source of food for birds and other small predators. Not to mention they are strikingly beautiful! These stunning butterflies contribute to the local economies during the migration by attracting tourists from around the country.When monarch butterflies reproduce, the milkweed is the only plant from which the caterpillars will eat and survive. The disappearance of these plants is part of the main reason we are seeing less ...
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By: Admin    January 31 2018 , 10:05 pm
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Category: Road Trips , Nature
Visiting Monterey, CaliforniaThis gorgeous location on the California coast is a tourist destination, an ecologically significant part of the state, and an historic boon to the United States economy.Immortalized in John Steinbeck’s famous novel, Cannery Row, Monterey is more than just a book setting or the home of a popular type of cheese. Read more to learn all about this beautiful destination!Cannery RowThis historic area of California provided economic growth in fragile times.Cans of sardines - like this one - were a huge part of Monterey’s historyMonterey is located on a thriving ecological powerhouse known as Monterey Bay. “Due to the upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, funneled to the surface via the vast underwater Monterey Canyon...” sardines thrived off the coast of Monterey.  Chinese immigrants took their junks across the oc...
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