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How to Pick the Perfect Pepper

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How to Pick the Perfect Pepper

Whether it’s salsa or chili con carne, doesn’t it sometimes seem like a shot-in-the-dark when you’re adding hot peppers? As you’re carefully chopping and mixing, you’re always wondering if the salsa is going to end up bland or flaming hot and you won’t really know until it’s all put together and ready to eat. Of course, a few surprises are fun in life but picking the right type of pepper will help you take the guesswork out of home cooking and gardening. To begin your pepper education, we’d like to introduce you to the Scoville Heat Unit Scale (SHU). Every...

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Garden Designs

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Garden Designs

Choose these naturally mosquito-repellent plants for any patio garden or high traffic outdoor space. In warmer zones many of these plants will grow perennially. Bug Free Kid Zone & Patio Garden A. Lemon Grass B. Lantana Camara C. Citronella Geranium D. Any Mint E. Lavender F. Butterfly Bush

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Cooking with Lemongrass

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Cooking with Lemongrass

  Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups Recipe created by Chef Katie Chine and served at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll. Ingredients: 2 TB olive oil. 2 tsp. peeled, minced fresh ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 1 TB lemongrass, finely minced ½ lb. ground chicken ¼ cup mushrooms, finely chopped ¼ cup water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and finely chopped 2 TB fresh cilantro (chop 1 TB finely, reserve remaining leaves for garnish) 1 TB green onion, finely chopped 1 TB fish sauce Season with salt and pepper to taste 8 large butter lettuce leaves Directions: Heat oil in skillet and...

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Hardening Off Garden Plants

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Hardening Off Garden Plants

This one simple gardening step guarantees healthy, hardy plants that will thrive all summer long. So what exactly does hardening off mean and how do you do it properly? Whether you’ve grown plants from seed, bought a flat at your local nursery, or plan to move your indoor plants outside for the summer, this change of environment is a shock to their system. They’ve been living in a fairly cushy atmosphere where every condition from wind to rain to light is controlled by you, their doting parent. So you just can’t plop them into the garden and leave them on...

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Bring the Outside In with Unique Garden Photos!

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Bring the Outside In with Unique Garden Photos!

The beauty you’ve worked so hard to create outdoors can easily be turned into gorgeous wall art, all for a fraction of the cost of decor store prints. And all you need is one good digital photo of the one-of-a-kind subject matter right outside your backdoor! Whether you have an expensive multi-lens camera or a simple smart phone, you can freeze frame that beauty with just a couple clicks. Getting a good shot doesn’t require advanced skills. Just remember these simple garden photography basics: Look at the subject matter with an artistic eye. Instead of trying to capture the entire floral arrangement, select by...

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