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...
Fall is just around the corner.This season is when nature’s bounty really makes an impact, and now is the perfect time to get a little bit of insight into the unique skill of foraging. In this modern age where fresh food is readily available at the nearest grocery store or farmer’s market, foraging – or the ability to detect and gather edible food in the wild – has become a bit of a lost art.Being able to find your own edibles in the great outdoors is both a survival technique and an admirable commitment to sustainability that you will not regret learning! Among other benefits, foraging grants you a deeper respect for nature, exposure to new and exciting tastes away from the typical produce aisle palate, and an easy way to fit exercise and outdoor time into your schedule.Getting StartedThe most important rule of foraging is to never eat anything in the wild unless you have verified its identity...
A landscape lighting system does not have to be costly and most
certainly does not need to be installed by a professional. A hands-on homeowner
with a cache of everyday tools is all that is needed. The best bang for your
buck is to take a trip to your local big box store like Home Depot or Lowes.
The aforementioned stores will have everything you need for your landscape
lighting project. This article will focus on the use of LED light fixtures.
LED light fixtures last quite a long time with the added benefit of not having
to replace a bulb. An additional benefit of LED light fixtures is they use less
wattage than a standard bulb fixture. If you are interested in comparing the
watt usage of lights, the usage is usually found on the packaging of the LED
light fixture.Path Lights:Path
lights come in various styles and colors. Path lights are used to
illuminate an entry, driveway, steps or walkway. It is b...
“All Creatures Great and Small”One of the many perks of landscaping is seeing your efforts pay off with beautiful visitors coming and enjoying your hard work! Butterflies, bumble bees, and hummingbirds are all coveted visitors that many people love hosting in their yards. While your gardening efforts might summon some of nature’s beloved inhabitants, the unfortunate catch 22 of your beautiful greenery is that you can also attract some more pesky critters as well. Luckily, there are natural ways to both attract and repel creatures that are as simple as just planting a particular shrub! Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are all natural pollinators. All three are attracted to the flower appropriately known as “bee balm”. Bee balm is a flowering plant that has red, white, and pink buds and can grow as tall as 4 feet. Plant bee balm in the spring or fall in a sunny yet ...