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#Living

Harvest and enjoy Mint from the garden

Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages, meals and desserts this summer with homegrown mint. Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream. Add spearmint to your tea or use the leaves to season lamb and jelly. Or try chocolate mint for a unique, sweet and refreshing flavor ...

Let’s Cook: Parables of Pie Crust and Rhubarb

Upon entering the kitchen at First Lutheran Church, I heard the clinking of tin pie plates as they are taken from a stack. Next comes the rhythm of the rolling pins as they clap with the counter while flattening pugs of ivory dough into circles. Occasionally a pug becomes a heart, a perfect ...

Create your own Backyard Paradise

You don’t need a plane ticket, tank full of gas or train ride to enjoy a bit of paradise. Create your own in a small alcove, large patio, or deck in your own backyard. Start by visualizing what paradise looks and feels like to you. A table and chair surrounded by beautiful plants makes a ...

Summer harvest, care of raspberries

Easy care raspberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C, making them a healthy snack as well as delicious in jams, jellies, and desserts. Enjoy the best flavor and reduce pest problems with proper harvesting and summer care. Pick raspberries when the fruit is firm but soft, deeply colored, and ...

Buy or make a rain gauge to get watering right

In my experience, gardeners often overestimate rainfall. A cloudburst might seem to have thoroughly saturated the ground, but scratch down an inch and you might find bone-dry soil. Because watering — not too much and not too little — is one of the keys to a successful garden, it pays ...

Still time to plant vegetables

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden. Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick ...