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10 Easy-to-Grow Plants that Repel Bugs Naturally

10 Plants That Repel Bugs Naturally When we moved to the country, my mom gave me sprigs of her heirloom peppermint. She told me how peppermint was a double-duty herb, used in cooking and to keep pesky bugs away. I followed her advice and put pots of peppermint outside the doors of our home to …

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Honeysuckle Flowers Perfect for Wild Flower Jelly

Today my neighbor, Erin and I picked honeysuckle flowers, which are abundant and oh so fragrant, to make jelly. Here’s a photo of my harvest in my Mom’s ancient colander:

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How to make an Onion taste milder, or stronger: It’s all in the cut

Cook’s Illustrated says it perfectly. For a milder flavor, cut with the grain (top to bottom) and use the outer layers. This ruptures fewer cells in the onion, keeping the strong smell and taste somewhat confined. Nice in salads or sandwiches. For a stronger flavor, cut against the grain (crosswise) and use the inner layers. …

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Join Ron and me at Turner Farms Monday May 21!

I hope you’ll join Ron Wilson and me at Turner Farms Monday May 21 at 6:30 for our annual class “Everything you wanted to know about “yardening”, landscaping, herbs, flowers, you name it. Ron will put on his plant doctor’s cap and I will put on my herbal chef coat. You’ll enjoy my recipes and …

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Dulce de Leche Pan Bars THE Perfect Cinco de Mayo Treat

  Dulce de leche pan bars For Connie, who wanted an easy but yummy dessert for Cinco de Mayo. Ingredients 1-1/2 cups flour mixed with 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups oats 1 cup dark or light brown sugar, packed 8 oz. butter, softened a bit 1 cup English toffee bits 1 can, 13.4 oz. dulce …

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Fried Kibbi a Staple on Sunday

Most Sundays I fry up a batch of kibbi just to nosh on – ground lamb, bulghur wheat,spices, onion, bell pepper (Mom used to call bell peppers “mangoes” – I guess it was a Cincinnati thing…). Grandson Will and son Jason came over to help till the gardens, work in the wood pile, etc.so the …

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Can’t Get To The Derby for Famous Pie? Try This Version

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Authentic Kentucky Derby pie is a closely guarded secret and even the name is copyrighted. The version I’m sharing is probably my most requested recipe this time of year. I’ve made different versions of this, and here’s my latest. The flour is optional but helps set the pie nicely.   Ingredients …

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Salmon En Papillote (Salmon in Parchment) & Wine Tips

WINE Genesis: 9:20  After Noah and his sons came out of the ark, Noah, a husbandman, began to till the ground, and planted a vineyard.  JOHN 2:1-10  – Jesus performed his first public miracle at Cana in Galilee turning water into wine. Wine is mentioned a lot of times in the Bible.  Did the people of Bible Days …

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When Will Humming Birds Appear in Your Area? Here’s the Map

From friend and colleague, Ron Wilson. Check out his site for a larger photo of the map. Ron Wilson – Gardening Tips From Ron Wilson Ron’s Blog Listen to Ron Anytime Ron Recommends Contact Ron Ron Wilson

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Is it Creeping Charlie or Henbit? Or Purple Dead Nettle?

Such confusion abounds in early spring when these three spring edibles grow at the same time. And Henbit and Creeping Charlie look alike so even I sometimes have to refresh my memory. And I did just that by taking photos, and gleaning information about each.   Henbit Look closely and the leaves look very lacy. …

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