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  • Poison ivy!
    Poison ivy!
    Gardeners can be at risk of contracting a rash from poison ivy, as do hikers and campers. A substance called urushiol, found in poison ivy causes the rash., and fortunately is not contagious. However, the plant can still cause a rash even if it is...
  • 10 questions for food entrepreneur Steph Zabel of Herbstalk
    10 questions for food entrepreneur Steph Zabel of Herbstalk
    If you live in Somerville and haven’t heard of Herbstalk then you haven’t had your head up. There are flyers and postcards everywhere, and the Somerville Scout just put Steph Zabel on its May/June cover. This Examiner has known two of...
  • Is chemical-free the same as organic?
    Top five chemical-free DIY household products
    If you are anything like the people at OrganicsPark, you try your best to avoid chemical-laden products.That is not always an easy thing to do. There are unwanted chemicals in virtually all household products that big box stores sell.Not every one...
  • Goat, located in Fiesch, Valais (Switzerland)
    Goats love silvopasture
    My son Joel is embarking on his dream of creating a permaculture homestead for himself in the Nashville TN area. His recent purchase of the land was only the first step. While taking his Permaculture Designers Course training, it ignited a passion...
  • Simon says plant me a tree.
    Simon says plant me a tree.
    If fact Simon says plant me several trees. I am speaking about the Simon’s Plaza Hotel located in Grevenmacher Luxembourg and their parking facility. There I was fortunate enough to spend several days working in the area while staying at...
  • Hollyhocks, a true cottage garden favorite
    Hollyhocks, a true cottage garden favorite
    Hollyhocks are truly is an old cottage garden favorite, with a long blooming season from midsummer to early fall. The flowers come in many colors and shades, from cream to yellow, pale blush pink to deep cerise, dark purple that nearly looks black...
  • Josie Gibson and Slimmables
    Inspirational series: Interview with Ashley, Part two
    Ashley is a thirty-four year old married mother of two young children who works as a call center representative. In her own words, she lives a normal life, pay check to pay check, and is mostly concerned with trying to raise her children into good...
  • Chives, an easy to grow herb
    Chives, an easy to grow herb
    Chives are an easy to grow perennial herb that is useful in the kitchen and decorative in the garden.While chives are frequently grown from divisions or baby transplants, they are very easy to start from seeds. Chive plants can be started indoors...
  • Planting potatoes in your garden
    Planting potatoes in your garden
    Planting potatoes in your garden is really quite easy, and there is nothing that compares to your own freshly dug potatoes. There are some steps involved before you plant, however.1. Buy seed potatoes from a greenhouse, big box, co op or on line...
  • How to be a vegan
    How to be a vegan
    Pressed to define, this Examiner would check in as a “vegetarian with vegan leanings” (fitting with the notion of food as the new religion or the new psychology at least). The past twenty years have been one lean after another-- out of...
  • For moms who like to garden, here are suggestions for Mother's Day gifts
    For moms who like to garden, here are suggestions for Mother's Day gifts
    Choosing a gift for your mom is easy if she is passionate about gardening. Here are some ideas that can help make your mom's garden her delight.How about a subscription to a gardening magazine? There are many to choose from, some with general...
  • 5 questions for a food entrepreneur for food entrepreneurs
    5 questions for a food entrepreneur for food entrepreneurs
    Food, as topic, sector and system, is only getting hotter. As it does, increasing numbers of food entrepreneurs are entering the market with new designs and ideas. To serve them is a segment of food entrepreneurship this Examiner calls food...
  • Madison area plant sales for the month of May
    Madison area plant sales for the month of May
    Gardeners in the Madison area have ample plant sales to choose from in May. A bonus four frequenting these sales is your dollars help to benefit area plant societies and garden clubs, arboretums and city parks. The gardeners on hand at these...
  • League of extraordinary women: The force behind Toklas x Boston today at o ya
    League of extraordinary women: The force behind Toklas x Boston today at o ya
    Today was Toklas x Boston, dedicated to mentorship for and by local women in both the front and back of the house. At the ever-magical o ya in Boston’s historic Leather District, it was an electric afternoon of warmth and wisdom, and the...
  • Body transformation using Paleo
    Body transformation using Paleo
    Angelo Coppola, host of podcast Latest in Paleo, succeeded in losing nearly one hundred pounds. What he did was not just a weight-loss effort; it was a full-body transformation. See his before and after pictures here.So, how did he do it? The...
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