Friday December 6, 2013
Remember when we played on metal slides that sat in the hot sun all day and ended in a slab of concrete? Today's kids will never know that thrill. Rod Brouhard, About.com's Guide to First Aid, can help protect your kids (and your pets) from a few less thrilling threats around the holidays - namely poisonous holiday plants. Contrary to popular belief, the poinsettia is relatively safe to have on display. In fact, as Rod's list of poisonous holiday plants points out, most of the plants and shrubs we use for decoration will cause only minor stomach irritation or rashes - unless you make a holiday feast of them. Still, it's better to be forewarned; those holly berries can be pretty tempting.
Rod has more on the hazards of Christmas in The Grinch's Christmas Decorating Tips
Photo: hotblack (morgueFile)
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Here are the finalists from our Fall Color Photo Challenge. What a beautiful season. This will be a hard one to decide. Take a good look at each submission in the photo gallery, then come back here and place your vote. You can only vote once, so be certain before you click.
The poll will remain open through December 15th and we'll announce the winners on Monday, the 16th. Enjoy!
Monday December 2, 2013
Most gardeners who grow herbs do so because they love to cook. This holiday season, why not share a few of your seasoning secrets with your friends. You can mix up some special blends, package them in a nice container and add a recipe card or two. Here are 3 of the popular herb blends to try and some ideas for mixing herbal teas. You probably grow all these herbs in your garden. Mix up a batch and share it.
Sunday December 1, 2013
I know that just about the last thing on anyone's mind in December is gardening, no matter where you live. But just in case you need to get outdoors to clear your head of all those lists and too much eggnog, here are a few garden chores that can be done now, without taking too much time from your festivities. And if you're lucky enough to have plenty of evergreens and berries in your yard, now is a good time to prune and have them do double duty as decorations. Happy December Gardening!