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Growing Rainbow Vegetables
By: Admin    June 05 2018 , 11:32 pm
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Category: Vegetables , Garden
Vegetables come in all sorts of colors. When you think of standard supermarket vegetables like corn, you probably have set ideas of what colors they are. Corn is yellow, carrots are orange, and cauliflower is white. However, this is not always the case. There are actually an extraordinary range of varicolored vegetables, such as purple cauliflower and rainbow carrots. Best of all, you can grow many of these vegetables right in your backyard! Flint Corn Flint corn, or as it is commonly nicknamed, “Indian corn,” has been around for centuries, but it is not used as often as it was 300 years ago. Flint corn is a variant of maize and has a slightly different taste than the popular yellow variety. Though not as sweet as yellow corn, it is uniquely tasty and nutritious. Growing flint corn is not too different from growing yellow or sweet corn. Corn needs to grow in temperatur...
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Spring Garden Preparations
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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Astronauts Grow Plants in Space to Relieve Stress
By: Admin    November 25 2017 , 08:18 pm
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Category: Sustainability , Garden
Galactic Gardening Gets its StartA recent study investigates whether growing plants in space could significantly improve astronauts’ moods and help them with stress management. It would appear that gardening in space has helped some astronauts fight the blues already. An article from Geek.com interviewed astronaut Peggy Whitson:“It was surprising to me how great [six] soybean plants looked,” Peggy Whitson wrote in an email, describing her reaction to an agricultural experiment aboard the ISS in 2002. “I guess seeing something green for the first time in a month and a half had a real effect,” she continued. “From a psychological perspective, I think it’s interesting that the reaction was as dramatic as it was.”NASA has been taking this very seriously. They have been growing plants aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for years now. According to NASA’s website:"Gr...
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All About Skunks
By: Admin    November 16 2017 , 12:57 pm
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Category: Animals , Nature , Garden , Videos , Advice
All About SkunksSkunks are often teasingly maligned throughout popular culture. Whether as the insufferably romantic Pepe le Pew cartoon character or an army of skunks in the family comedy Furry Vengeance, skunks are not exactly known for being man’s best friend.In reality, skunks are very friendly creatures that only spray their signature smell when they are threatened. Most of the time, skunks enjoy being around humans. According to Slate:    It is the skunk's confidence in that potent defensive weapon that makes its personality appealing. The critters, the size of a     small cat but with a wider rump and a bit of a waddle, are the opposite of aggressive. Most of the time they're curious,     playful, fearless, and calm (though in late winter, mating season, the males go haywire). A devil-may-care attitude does not     ...
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A History of Coffee
By: Admin    November 13 2017 , 04:15 pm
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Coffee is a delicious part of everyday life around the world. Whether it is a morning cappuccino, an afternoon coffee break at work, an evening espresso date, or a decaf café au lait before bed, coffee is so deeply ingrained into civilization that it is hard to imagine a world without this precious bean. But where did coffee originate, and how did it become such a phenomenon?Most historical records point to coffee’s originating country as Ethiopia. Legend has it that about a millennium ago, a goatherd named Kaldi found his missing goats acting hyperactive after eating berries from a nearby plant. The berries turned out to be a cherry-like fruit whose seeds are now known as the famous coffee bean. Kaldi brought the berries to some monks nearby to have the abbot investigate. The abbot made the berry seeds into a drink that kept him awake all night for evening prayers. News of the energizing berry spre...
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