6 Things You Didn’t Know About Watermelon

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Watermelon

Living Well! Health & Happiness Story at-a-glance Watermelon contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than fresh tomatoes; one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene as a raw tomato L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, seems to protect against muscle pain Watermelon rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh; citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, which is important...

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9 Surprising Ways You Can Use Onions

9 Surprising Ways You Can Use Onions

Living Well! Health & Happiness As delicious as onions are, they have even more possibly surprising handy uses. Here’s nine that you may have already known. The next time you’re picking up onions from our Garden Centers keep these handy tips in mind! Clean Rusty Knives Have rusty knives lying around that you are hesitant to use? Plunge your knife into a large raw onion and this will immediately remove rust. Soothe a Bee Sting If you are...

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Tips for Gardening with Dogs

Tips for Gardening with Dogs

We Love'em Our Fine Furry Friends Ways to Include Them Sometimes gardening with our pets can be, well, troublesome.  Here’s some thoughts and ideas to help include them into your routine so that everyone enjoys the gardens you work so hard at. Play with Your Dog Dogs need physical and mental stimulation each day. So carve out time to give your dog a long walk or playtime each day. Active breeds like this Border collie can cause...

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Rose of Sharon – Care & Pruning

Rose of Sharon – Care & Pruning

Rose of Sharon is a Beautiful Summer Loving Plant Colorful, showy flowers appear in summer in shades of white, red, pink and purple on the rose of Sharon bush. Growing rose of Sharon is an easy and effective way to add long lasting summer color with little fuss. The large, showy flowers attract birds, butterflies and other useful pollinators. How to Grow a Rose of Sharon Care for rose of Sharon, botanically named Hibiscus syriacus, is minimal....

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August Lawn & Garden Check List

August Lawn & Garden Check List

Follow these steps to ensure success …. The work in the garden never seems to end.  It is a labor of love, even in August.  Here’s some tips for this month: Continue monitoring watering needs of plants. Scout for diseases and insects. Prune and deadhead roses by mid-August to help promote fall flowering. Also, apply the last fertilizing to them. Toward the end of the month, divide and replant spring-blooming perennials...

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Best-Ever Cucumber Dill Salad

Best-Ever Cucumber Dill Salad

Putting those cukes in your garden to good use! This recipe is a fun twist on a classic. Cool and delicious, it’s perfect for these hot Summer days in Kansas. Ingredients 1/2 cucumber, very thinly sliced salt and ground black pepper to taste 1/4 cup sour cream, or to taste 1/4 cup vinegar, or more to taste 1/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 lime, juiced 2 teaspoons white sugar 1 teaspoon dill 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1/2...

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