June Garden Planner

      June is a beautiful time in the garden. Cool season crops are peaking while summer crops are just starting to produce with herbs in full swing.    What’s Growing in Our Zone 6 Garden Now?      Most of the lettuce that are planted at the end of April are now ready to harvest with all of my spinach and kale bolting. Cabbage and broccoli heads are forming so harvest is close for them. Be sure to keep...

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Grow your own pest control, and perhaps never buy bug spray again! Look: mosquitoes are awful. They may be great food for birds and bats, but you don’t want them hanging around your backyard. You also don’t want to cover yourself in harsh chemicals to repel them. So, aside from making your property less friendly to the buggers by getting rid of any standing water (including those rain gutters!), what can you do to keep them away? It turns out...

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Lantana

Heat Loving & Hearty Fun Summer Colors Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in the Australian-Pacific region. The genus includes both herbaceous plants and shrubs growing to 1.6–6.6 ft tall.   Lantana’s aromatic flower clusters (called umbels) are a mix...

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Hot News About Peppers

Hot News About Peppers

Are Hot Peppers Good for You? If you like to put hot spices or hot sauce on your food, you may be doing yourself a favor. Capsaicin, the alkaloid responsible for the spicy flavor in hot peppers, may offer benefits in the treatment of some diseases, according to an article published in 2011 in the journal “Molecules.” Peppers that contain capsaicin include jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne, serrano, cherry peppers and even bell peppers....

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What’s Your Favorite Fruit?

What’s Your Favorite Fruit?

Health Benefits of Fruit Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. USDA’s MyPlate encourages making half your plate fruits and vegetables for healthy eating. Fruit are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber,...

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