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:

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How to Use a Soil Blocker

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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:

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Garden Planning

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.

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Food Politics

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.

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Nutrition Diva

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:

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Kath Eats REAL FOOD

For week two of National Nutrition Month, we’re continuing our call out of great food and nutrition blogs. This week we’d like to shine the spotlight on Kath Eats REAL FOOD, a blog that began as one woman’s struggle with weight loss and continued on to follow her journey to become a Registered Dietitian. Her philosophy of food revolves around real food and her posts give some fantastic advice on making good nutrition work with realistic expectation for life. Here are a few posts you might enjoy:

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Food Insight

During National Nutrition Month, we’ll be using our regular Wednesday column to call attention to some of the great nutrition sites on the web. First up: Food Insight. This is a project of the International Food Information Council Foundation, and their mission is to promote effective communication of science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety.

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Healthy Cooking Resource Roundup

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Making a commitment to healthier eating is easier when you’ve got a strong team at your back. It’s easy to get bored of making the same old, same old every week, so having some great sources of inspiration for healthy cooking can be an important part of succeeding. We’ve put together a list of a few resources to jumpstart your culinary imagination. And remember: if you see a recipe you like that’s high in sugar, saturated fat or salt, use the healthy cooking tips we’ve shared this month to make the recipe more nutritious.

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