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Are Older Seeds Still Good?

Have you been looking over seed catalogs deciding what to grow this year? Before you spend money on new seed do an inventory of what seeds you have from the years before. Some seeds store better than others. High Mowing Seeds has a helpful chart listing the longevity of different seeds. For example, turnip seeds are good for 5 years but corn seed may only last for 2. Here is a link to High Mowing Seeds chart.  Vermicompost has been shown to increase the viability of seeds. In a research study done by Michelle Wills and Gary R. Bachman, Tennessee Technological University, they found that vermicompost added to a coir based potting mix had a positive effect on seed germination of Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower). More...

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Warm Beet Salad

2 pounds of beetsAvacodo or olive oil1/2 cup pecans, chopped1/2 cup feta cheeseSweet onion, thinly slicedBalsamic vinegarSpinach or favorite greens, washed and driedWash, peel and cut beets into bite-sized pieces. Put beets in roasting pan. Pour 2 tbsp oil over beets and toss. Roast beets in 350 degree oven until tender about 30 minutes. Remove beets from pan and place in mixing bowl. Use same pan to toast pecans about 5 minutes being careful not to burn. Break pecans into smaller pieces if desired. Add toasted pecans, feta cheese and sliced onion to beets. Sprinkle with a couple of tbsp of balsamic vinegar and mix. Arrange spinach on serving plates. Spoon beet mixture over spinach. Sprinkle more balsamic vinegar over all. Adjust amount of pecans, feta,...

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Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs—new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance

Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs—new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance What if your soil contained the newest antibiotic? Researchers are hopeful that is what they found in this soil from Ireland that has been traditionally used as a folk medicine. In the past, this soil has been wrapped in a cloth and used to treat a toothache, throat, and neck infections. Now, it's been shown to inhibit the growth of multi-resistant pathogens including MRSA. Here's the link to the article. I highly doubt that this ancient soil was ever farmed conventionally. But maybe there have been those who tended the soil lovingly as we do in our gardens. And who knows what soil life miracles...

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Healthy Tonic

For the past two years, I have drunk this tonic over cold and flu season. I used to get a nice case of bronchitis almost every winter or at least a really bad cold. Since I've been drinking this tonic - no bad cold for me. When I start to feel off I take a shot and follow it up with some water with a little apple cider..

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