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  • St. John's wort: Medicine or fluke?
    Ripe and ready: St John's wort
    St. John's wort, also known as Klamath weed, is traditionally harvested on the first day of summer. This tradition comes from old superstitions; it may be harvested all throughout the season. So, now is the perfect time to go on a nature walk...
  • Growing catnip for your feline friends
    Growing catnip for your feline friends
    Cats love catnip, and gardeners love gardening, so it males sense if you love cats and gardening, to grow your own organic catnip! Fortunately, this perennial herb is easy to grow by seed, transplant or division. It is reliably hardy to zone 3....
  • 5 questions for a food entrepreneur for food entrepreneurs: Bob Burke
    5 questions for a food entrepreneur for food entrepreneurs: Bob Burke
    As more food entrepreneurs enter the marketplace with designs and new options for us eaters, more ‘food entrepreneur services’ – incubators, accelerators, workshops, summits and certificate programs – are appearing to...
  • Is a vitamin regimen necessary?
    Essential nutrients: Vitamin B one through three
    Supplements have their place, but a generally healthy person need not be on a vitamin regimen. The best way for the body to utilize vitamins is in the form of food. The B-complex is essential for the body to function properly.Furthermore, people...
  • Food-business accelerator Food-X launches its second cohort
    Food-business accelerator Food-X launches its second cohort
    Tuesday in New York, food-business accelerator Food-X hosted a Launch Day celebrating the start of its second cohort of start-ups. This Examiner has referenced Food-X before, but has never been inside, so she jumped at the invitation to attend as...
  • Pomegranates - cold hardy
    Growing pomegranates in Ohio and southern Michigan
    One of the oldest known fruits, found in writings and artifacts of many cultures and religions, the pomegranate (punica granatum) is an original native of Iran, Turkey and Northern India. The fruit of the pomegranate is refuted to contain...
  • Hardy kiwi can handle Madison's winters
    Hardy kiwi can handle Madison's winters
    Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) can be grown in Wisconsin, adding a touch of tropical flavor to our backyard organic gardens.Hardy to - 25 degrees, it is necessary to have both male and female plants to produce flowers and fruit. Typically it takes...
  • French Ecology  Minister bans the sale of glyphosate
    French Ecology Minister bans the sale of glyphosate
    French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced Sunday, June 14, 2015 a ban on the sale of weedkiller Roundup from garden centers, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. "France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of...
  • 10 questions for food entrepreneur Wenzday Jane of Metro Pedal Power
    10 questions for food entrepreneur Wenzday Jane of Metro Pedal Power
    Earlier this year, Modern Farmer declared that ‘Combined, Boston and Somerville may be the most urban agriculture-friendly metro area in the country.’ Beyond the progressive zoning in Somerville, Metro Pedal Power no doubt had a major...
  • Yarrow, an easy to grow perennial
    Yarrow, an easy to grow perennial
    Yarrow (Achillea milleffolium) is a native plant that is quite easy to grow, just give it some sunshine and water (not too much!) and it is good to go. It is planted in gardens and natural landscaping with diverse climates including desert and the...
  • Celebrate Summer June 6 at Circle Sanctuary
    Celebrate Summer June 6 at Circle Sanctuary
    On June 6, 2015 the annual Celebrate Summer Festival will be held at Circle Sanctuary. This festival celebrates the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. This year the actual date of the solstice, also known as Midsummer's Eve, is June...
  • Tesla's Powerwall: Is battery-powered energy the answer?
    Tesla's Powerwall: Is battery-powered energy the answer?
    Elon Musk has recently introduced Tesla's Powerwall, a battery-operated solar power system that he hopes will eventually take the world off of the electrical grid. View the introductory video here.The Powerwall can be mounted on a wall in the...
  • Garden Harvest
    Growing food in the city
    Even though the weather here in Jersey City has been erratic, it's great to see more community plots and gardens popping up. The time is right for these gardens as food prices start climbing due to the drought in California and other areas of...
  • 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...
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