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May 29th, 2017

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Gardening With Amanda: Things I Learned the Hard Way

By Amanda Legare •Sharpie permanent markers are not permanent. Those plastic tags may last, but the writing on them doesn’t if you are using “Sharpies”. In terms of duration I have had the best luck writing with number-two lead pencils. Sharpie has come out with oil-based paint markers which should be much more permanent. I haven’t tried them yet....

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Gardening With Amanda: Tomatoes — The Most Popular Garden Crop

By Amanda Legare According to the National Gardening Association web site, nine out of ten gardeners will grow tomatoes this summer, making them the most popular garden vegetable (although technically they are fruits). If I could give just one piece of advice for growing tomatoes, it would be to get LOTS of compost into the soil. Whether it is from...

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Gardening with Amanda: Low Maintenance Perennials for Beginners

By Amanda Legare Gardeners who are just starting out with perennials often think it will be an easy solution to landscaping. It is not that simple. Some perennials are lovely for a few years and then fade away. Others are self-seeding maniacs or invasive garden thugs and crowd out neighboring plants in no time. Some are pretty when blooming, which...

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Gardening With Amanda: Award-Winning Annuals — Best of the Best?

By Amanda Legare The best known award for new annual plants in the US is the All American Selections (AAS) program (http://all-americaselections.org). New flowers and vegetables are grown side-by-side with comparable available varieties and are evaluated by garden performance, size, taste, disease-resistance and any other characteristic important t...

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It’s Seed Catalog Season! Let Me Help You Choose the Best

By Amanda Sessel Legare The arrival of seed catalogs helps us deal with cabin fever. In choosing my catalogs I consider the selection, the price, the descriptions and past experiences with germination and service from those companies. Some catalogs seem to be written by a PR company. I want to sense that the person writing the descriptions has actu...

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Visiting a National Park Could Change Your Life

By Helen Hossley I was introduced to our national parks on December 10, 1989. I remember the date because it was the birth of my enchantment with our national parks. I landed in Yellowstone National Park while on a skiing journey with a friend, Ginger. Ginger’s friend, Arden, was a geologist and a seasonal park ranger at Yellowstone during the summ...

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Get adventurous before busy fall routines set in with these 5 fun family activities

Summer is fleeting and schedules are filling up quickly, so take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It’s tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and g...

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Mother Nature knows best: How natural elements in the home make you healthier

When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design – the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood or plants, can actually improve overall health. In reviewing existing research f...

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Gleaning Takes Off in Central VT Thanks to CHCV

By Aaron Retherford Gleaning has been growing in popularity and for good reason. On paper, it seems like a logical way to feed the hungry – take the surplus food from farms and give it to those who need it. It’s better than letting it go to waste, right? But it’s not that easy, and that’s why groups like the Community Harvest of Central Vermont are...

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Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen

Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers – it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. – from farm to fork – is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, pa...

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