Posts By: melissa

Garden Pest Control

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When pests start poking their noses into your garden, you want to protect your food, but many of us prefer to choose minimally toxic methods. Whether for concern about what’s going into the soil, or for the safety of children helping, or for the benefit of harmless species, it’s an understandable worry. Organic Gardening has a great post with seven solid ideas for keeping your garden free of chemicals and invasive pests. Here’s a sampling:

Garden Pest Control

How to Use a Soil Blocker

by in Best of the Web, From the Garden

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If you’re an avid gardener who prefers to start your plants from seeds, you may have heard of a handy item called a soil blocker. Pros use these gadgets to quickly create uniform blocks of soil with divets at the right depth for each type of seed. The blocks can go directly into the garden, without having to buy peat pots every year or save egg cartons or create waste from plastic trays. Jason Beam’s Soil Blocker Blog offers a great list of tips for beginners, outlining common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. Here are a few particularly useful tips:

How to Use a Soil Blocker

Garden Planning

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Spring is here, technically, and while many of us have been slowed in our gardening endeavors because of the extreme cold and excessive snow, it’s not too early to start planning what you’re going to plant. As always, Mother Earth News is full of great ideas for getting your garden growing. Here are a few ideas we like from their extensive tips list.

Food Politics

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We can’t end our month of pointing out great nutrition blogs without including Marion Nestle and her Food Politics blog. With a Ph.D. in molecular biology and and M.P.H. in public health nutrition, Nestle is exactly the sort of person you want to listen to for the explanation of the convoluted policy decisions that impact our food and nutrition. Always up with the latest news, Food Politics is a must-read for anyone interested in keeping tabs on how Washington is influencing our eating options.

Nutrition Diva

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Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS, is the Nutrition Diva for QuickandDirtyTips.com. As both a nutritionist and a chef, she offers a perspective on nutrition that’s grounded in both science and a love of food. Her award-winning writing on the subject of healthful eating is well worth adding to your list of blogs to read. Here are a few tips we like:

Making Banana Pancakes

by in Healthy Tips

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I love pancakes. They’re such a cozy way to start the weekend, and having extras on hand to heat in the toaster makes the work week easier to manage. The problem is that I prefer pancakes covered in butter and syrup, which is not the most nutritious way to start the day, especially given that pancakes are typically not what you could call nutritionally dense to begin with.

I’ve been learning a lot about improving the nutrition of my favorite recipes while working with Guiding Stars, so I decided to try modifying the buttermilk pancake recipe in my favorite cookbook. The result was completely delicious (without syrup!) and earns 3 Guiding Stars…this is the process I used to get there: