Archive for February, 2013

How To Make Your Own Seed Packets

You need a piece of card or brown paper that measures at least 7 inches (18cm) x 6 inches (15cm). Use the template below to draw your seed packet outline. Cut out your template, then make folds along the dotted lines. Stick tabs A and B to the back of the packet. Stick or draw […]

How To Save Seeds From Your Garden

After flowering, all plants produce seed. This is one way in which plants reproduce. Seed comes in many different types, shapes and sizes. Seeds are also spread in many ways. Seeds in pods – when ripe, the pods such as those on Broom can explode and split open and the seeds shoot out. Hooked seeds […]

Health Benefits of Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye. The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a […]

Edible Wild Plants: Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus Tuberosus)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used […]

How To Be Prepared For Blackouts

Have you thought about how you’ll be able to complete important tasks during power blackouts? You’ll need to eat, drink, stay warm, sleep and even entertain yourself. It’s easy to take these simple things for granted when you have electricity, but you need to be prepared to do them without power. Blackouts can occur at […]

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca Sativa)

Once one of the most important vegetables in the American diet, the Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca Sativa) has fallen increasingly into obscurity over the last hundred years. Home-cooking has been replaced by fast food and pre-packaged meals, while gardening has become more of a curiosity than a norm-and both of these trends have conspired against this […]

Methods For Preserving Meat

When we think of preserved meats, the thought is usually associated with packaged meats from the supermarket. However, with just a little bit of knowledge, meats can be preserved safely and effectively right from the comfort of home. There are several ways to preserve meat. Some of the most popular methods are as follows. Storage […]

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm or Blizzard

With an impending storm slated to arrive this Friday, February 8th 2013, it is a good time to discuss how to prepare for a winter storm or worse, a blizzard. Major nor’easter could bring well over foot of snow Storm moves in Friday through Saturday February 6th 2013 http://www.wmur.com/weather/stormwatch/Major-nor-easter-could-bring-well-over-foot-of-snow/-/17328920/18428730/-/skc0xuz/-/index.html A developing storm to the south […]