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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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By: Admin    November 01 2017 , 01:08 pm
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Bring Fresh Produce to Your Thanksgiving TableAutumn vegetables can easily be a part of your Thanksgiving festivities this fall. Your autumn garden or farmer’s market will have abundant fresh choices of produce to be creative with and incorporate into holiday meals. Examples of autumn produce include carrots, beets, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, radishes, scallions, and of course pumpkins. BeetsFiber and vitamin C-rich beets make a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish. This recipe from Allrecipes is simple and has a few ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. An even simpler variation of glazed beets is this recipe from Genius Kitchen – all you need are beets, a lemon, maple syrup, and margarine.RadishesRadishes are plentiful in vitamin C and numerous other vitamins and minerals as well as being low calorie. The radish can eas...
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By: Admin    October 25 2017 , 02:29 pm
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Indoor Winter Gardening TipsOnce cold weather arrives, you can still put your green thumb to use!Caring for plants in the winter is relatively simple, but there are a few factors to keep in mind:Plants needs less water in the winter because they tend to slow down their growth rate or even become dormant. Because of this, they will need less fertilizer (or none at all!).Your home environment will probably be much drier with the heat on, and plants need 50% humidity levels in the air to thrive. Keep the air humid with a humidifier, or by grouping the plants next to each other so they can exchange the moisture they produce. Also consider moving your plant to a moist room like the bathroom.If you are too cold or hot, your plant probably is too. Plants thrive in 65-75 degrees during the day, and no colder than 50 degrees at night. Keep this in mind and do not keep plants too close to cold windows or hot ven...
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By: Admin    October 18 2017 , 09:51 am
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Fall Floral FunFall is here, but that does not mean your flower garden needs to dry up. Let this handy guide to fall flowers lead the way in your autumn garden preparations!Using the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to identify what plants grow best in your area is the first way to start planning your autumn flower garden. Once you discover your zone, you can plot which flowers you will plant this fall! If you want to give some of these popular fall varieties a go, here is a little background on each one.MumsGarden mums (also known as chrysanthemums) are a classic fall addition to any garden. If they are planted in late summer or early fall before the first frost, mums can establish a strong root system and have the potential to last through the winter. With numerous varieties of shapes and colors, they can elevate any landscape to suit your style and color preferences. When you buy mums, make sure to buy...
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By: Admin    October 13 2017 , 08:55 pm
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Category: Food , Seasons , Horticulture , Nature
Gourds, Pumpkins, and Squash, Oh My!When fall rolls around, pumpkins and gourds are a standard feature in homes and markets everywhere.Have you ever wondered if you can eat a gourd? Have you pondered if decorative pumpkins are edible? Are autumn squash like acorn and butternut squash similar to pumpkins and gourds? What are some uses and health benefits of all these pretty plants besides decorations and pies? Well, pull up a chair by the fire and grab a cup of apple cider as we learn all about gourds, pumpkins, and squash!What Are They?Pumpkins, gourds, and squash all belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. The Cucurbitaceae family also includes plants like melons and cucumbers in its family of 975 species. According to an article by Organic Authority: “The difference, as the Missouri Botanical Garden explains, comes from the leaves, stems, seeds, and fruit of each plant – but we mostly recognize ...
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