Food Waste – A topic we should be addressing

Feed the world!  We keep hearing how the population on earth will be increasing substantially in the next 25 years. What if we look at the current food stream and look at the food waste we are creating. Are you aware that the United States throws away  more than 34 million tons of food a

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Well Water – Is it safe to drink?

This time of year, a number of people drop off water sample to check and insure that their well water is safe to drink. It is always a good idea to regularly test your water, at least once a year. I really like how this video goes through step by step to give you the

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Three Spring Lawn Care Tips for April & May

It’s late April and temperatures will be in the 60’s and 70’s over the next week.  It’s time to turn on the sprinkler system and check it out to make sure its working properly.  As noted, I have applied a pre-emergent and just recently over-seeded my lawn. Now I am watching my lawn get thicker

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Calorie Counts – Accurate or not?

Check out this study conducted by Consumer Reports in the May 2013 Edition, “How accurate are chain restaurant calorie counts?” There is a very nice chart which lists the findings from Consumer Reports with respect to several restaurants. The study brings out some interesting information about how some calorie counts were not accurately reported for

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Workplace Kitchens Worse Than Toilet

Check out this study it revealed the following, …half of surfaces in workplace kitchens are contaminated by dangerously high levels of coliforms … it also showed that the handles of shared fridge-freezers were bacteria-rife, with a third carrying high levels of coliforms …30% of microwaves are contaminated. Source: dailymail.co.uk by Emma Innes The research was

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Corn Planting Delays

Check out this video how farmers are losing valuable top soil with the recent heavy rains. Going from one extreme to the next; from drought to flooding. How is your spring planting coming along? A lot of growers like to plant in late April. It appears that this last cold front with accompanying snow should

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Spring Lawn and Garden Update

In this part of the country, Omaha, Nebraska the weather has been unusually cold, highs in the 40’s and at least 2-3 days of rain the past three weeks. Obviously with last years drought, the rain is very welcomed, however as we get toward the end of April, this is presenting some problems. I stopped

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Soil Testing as Part of a Fertilizer Program

Soil testing is clearly the differential when it comes to understanding your crops and soils.   I would encourage you to check out programs like the one mentioned in this video and make sure soil testing is a part of the program. A soil test will help you identify any soil nutrient deficiencies. This information can

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Thinking about Container Plants

Check out this video and see if container gardening is for you. I think this video does a good job of introducing you o the concept of container gardening and some things to remember, like having enough sunlight. In addition, if weeding a garden has become a topic of concern at your house, container gardening

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Germs and Birthday Cakes

Are we taking this “germ” thing a bit too far? Check out this story out of Australia. A ruling is being enacted for daycares that prohibit kids from bringing in a birthday cake. They suggest individual cupcakes  with candles to stop the spread of germs. Along with blowing out the candles, the law also states

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