Monday, January 31, 2011

Pie Carrier Baskets from Mansfield, Ohio

Amish Pie Carrier Baskets now available from Mansfield, Ohio

This is a Round Double Two Pie Carrier Basket with a wood bottom and lid.

Great for home, garden or kitchen decor, this is a useful baskets for picnics and church functions.

The Amish craft each basket with colors that will match the buyer's cabin or country decor. Baskets can be signed by the crafter on request.

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Organic Golden Flax from Lakeside, California

Raw Organic Golden Flax Seeds now available from Lakeside, California

Flax seeds are thought to have originated in the ancient Middle East during biblical times. They are an important source of polyunsatured fatty acids, including Omega-3, plus Magnesium, Zinc and dietary fiber.

Flax oil from flax seeds is the richest known source of linolenic acid. It contains protein, mucilage, phytosterols and lignans, which are naturally included at 100 times the level of the next best source, wheat bran.

Make flax crackers or add to salads and smoothies. Breads made with coconut flour are light and soft and have a wonderful taste and texture.

Sold in two-pound bags.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Here's How To... Build Snowshoes

A snowshoe is an oval wooden frame strung with thongs and attached to the foot. It enables a person to walk across a snowfield without sinking by distributing the person's weight over a large area. It looks something like a big tennis racket without the long handle.

Eskimos and other native people of North America made snowshoes by forming a frame from wood and weaving animal hide or sinew into the center, making a strong net. The frames were tied to boots with leather straps.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Home Grown: Ferns Freshen Flats

Ferns bring life into a room any time of year.

In airtight winter homes, they also can be champions at filtering the air. Of 86 plants tested by researchers, ferns topped the list at formaldehyde removal. In fact, seven of the top nine performers were ferns.

The other great filterers of formaldehyde were (#7) lavender and (#9) geraniums (Pelargonium sp.) These findings were reported by Kwang Jin Kim and associates in an article published in the October 2010 issue of HortScience.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Home Grown: Add Silicon in the Greenhouse

Modern greenhouse production methods have often eliminated conventional earth as a growth medium and, with that, eliminated silicon, a mineral naturally found in soil.

Greenhouse growers should consider adding silicon back to their nutrient applications, irrigation or potting mixes, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. A growing body of research suggests that silicon boosts yields and protects plants from toxicity and fungal diseases. Silicon may reduce the need for plant growth regulators and disease-control pesticides.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Coir Pots with Soil Wafers in Home and Garden Center

Coir Pots with Soil Wafers now available with Germination Equipment in the Home and Garden Center

Just pop the wafers into the pots, add water and stir. The neat little wafers expand to become exactly the right amount of soil for planting seeds.

In addition to being less messy than potting soil, these soil wafers promote quick growth of plants. And the all-natural pot makes re-potting the plant simple!

Ten coir pots and soil wafers included in each package.

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Certified Organic Coconut Flour from Finland, Minnesota

Certified Organic Coconut Flour now available from Finland, Minnesota

Coconut flour is uniquely different from all other wheat alternatives. It is naturally low in digestible carbohydrates and contains no gluten. It has less carbohydrates than soy or nut flours while high in fiber and a good source of protein.

Coconut flour is 4 times higher in fiber than oat bran, 2 times higher in fiber than wheat bran, and 3 times higher in fiber than ground flaxseed. Unlike other fibers, coconut flour/fiber can be used as a flour to make delicious bakery products and main dishes that are much tastier than other wheat alternatives. Coconut flour also contains more protein than white or rye flour and cornmeal. It has about as much protein as you find in buckwheat and whole wheat flours. Breads made with coconut flour are light and soft and have a wonderful taste and texture.

Sold in 1Kg (2.2-lb) bags.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Holiday: Tu B'Shvat

Today is Tu B'Shevat, sort of a Jewish Arbor Day, a New Years for Trees.

In the Hebrew calendar, Tu B'Shevat is the date for calculating the age of a fruit-bearing tree.

The Torah states that fruit from trees which were grown in the land of Israel may not be eaten during the first three years (called orlah); the fourth year's fruit is for God, and after that, the fruit can be eaten. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B'Shevat, no matter when in the year it was planted.

The 15th day of the month of Shvat marks the beginning of the "new year" for trees. It is customary to plant trees and partake of the fruits of the land of Israel to mark the occasion.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Barks of Winter

In the lush green of summer, the bark of woody plants is barely noticeable. Winter strips all that away, though, and invites us to pay more attention. A close look at the bark of many trees reveals far more intricacy and complexity than simple protection would require.

Although it takes many years for bark to reach its mature stage, some trees are worth planting for this characteristic alone. In some cases, the texture is so unique they can be identified simply by touch.

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Nutrition Bars from Chicago, Illinois

Nutrition Bars now available direct from the producer in Chicago, Illinois.

With exciting savory flavors like Parmesan Romano and Coconut Curry, these all-natural nutrition bars offer a healthy alternative to ordinary sweet nutrition bars.

And, since they were created with the traveler in mind, they have a unique, easy-to-eat texture which means they can handle riding around in a backpack or purse without melting, crumbling, or getting squashed.

Available in cartons of twelve 1.8-oz. bars.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Holiday: Valentine's Day

February 14 is the day when candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones in the name of St. Valentine, a legendary a priest who served during the third century in Rome. Some folks even propose or get married on Valentine's Day.

When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men in order to ensure his supply of soldiers.

Valentine, it is said, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When word of Valentine's matrimonies leaked out, Claudius ordered that he be put to death on February 14, 269 A.D.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine".

Whatever the truth may be, Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine in 496 A.D. and, gradually, February 14 has became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine the patron saint of lovers.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Home Grown: Potted Perennials in Winter

Taking care of your potted perennial plants over the winter will ensure they are around next season to provide another year of enjoyment.

While perennials can be treated like annuals and replaced the next season, many gardeners prefer looking for ways to overwinter their potted perennials so they can have these plants survive the winter and come back next spring.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tractor Books: J.I. Case Agricultural & Construction Equipment 1956-1994

Now available in Tractor Books: J.I. Case Agricultural & Construction Equipment 1956-1994

Authors Tom Stonehouse and Eldon Brumbaugh offer an insider's account of the Case Company. Find out why the focus shifted to the larger tractors; what influenced the design and manufacture of construction equipment; how the acquisition of IH in 1985 impacted the Case line; and how Case went full circle to become one of the leading full-line ag manufacturers in the 1990s.

This is an engaging story, told in a text illustrated with over 500 photos (more than 250 in color.

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