Beneath the Branches

The Crooked Forest Nowe Czarnowo, Poland Nestled within a pine forest in western Poland, there’s a strange thing happening to the tree trunks. A group of about 400 pines was planted in the 1930s, and they all curve to the north. No one is exactly sure how or why the trees grow this way. According to the Polish National Tourist ...

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Breaking Down Bokashi

A different way to compost could change how you treat your kitchen scraps Composting has long been a great way to turn trash into treasure, converting food scraps into a rich soil amendment. And even better than that, it keeps food from making its way to the landfill where it not only takes up space, but also releases harmful methane ...

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The Proper English Garden

Open vistas, enclosed spaces. Brick walls, curly vines. A successful English garden will delight the senses, offering fragrant, colorful flowers, but with some sense of order. Unlike Japanese gardens that are defined and refined, English gardens are loose, open and naturalistic, says Heather Sherwood, senior horticulturist for the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Like an English estate, ...

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Homegrown Summer Citrus

Grow the vibrant colors, delectable smells and delicious fruit of citrus year-round right in your own home If you’ve never seen citrus anywhere but the produce department, the idea of plucking a lemon or lime from your own tree can either spark a pang of jealousy or inspire you to try your hand at growing citrus indoors. Citrus trees thrive ...

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The Organic Conundrum

How to tell what’s right for an all-natural garden Many garden supplies have gone the organic route in the last few years. But what exactly does “organic” mean these days? How do we sift through all the latest terms and products to make sure our choices are “really” organic? It can be a bit confusing, what with terms like organic, ...

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Interact The Gift of a Green Clean

Get shine and sparkle for the holidays without toxic residues Cleaning goes hand-in-hand with the holidays, whether you’re spiffy-ing up the house for arriving guests or reclaiming it after they’ve all gone home. But with windows shut to chilly weather, cleaning confined spaces with chemical-based products can be an unpleasant, even unhealthy, experience. Household cleaners can irritate your skin, eyes, ...

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The Secrets Behind Healthy Foods

Five popular staples with controversial backgrounds When trying to improve your diet, there is a myriad of health food options bombarding you from all directions. Reduced fat, sugar-free, low fat and other “healthy” foods, whether packaged or not, might be marketed toward the health-conscious eater, but many of them have hidden secrets.   Soy Products When soy first appeared on ...

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Manage your Migraines

Prevent and treat migraines with these natural solutions For migraine sufferers, pounding pain and sensory symptoms can drive them to a cool, dark bedroom for up to a few days at a time. Exposure to light and sound can be unbearable. More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraines, according to the National Headache Foundation. Women are affected three times ...

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Seasonal Scents

Simmer a pot of potpourri on the stovetop to fill your home with some of winter’s most wonderful aromas Scents have power: the power to instantly improve your mood, to call up memories of people or events important to you, to refresh or relax you after a long day. That’s why a whiff of lavender growing along the sidewalk, the ...

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A Healthier Heart in Every Clove

There’s just no substitute for this bulb Garlic is one of the most essential ingredients used in savory recipes for which there is no substitute, and the piquant bulb associated with warding off disease, the occasional vampire and first kisses is packed with nutrition. Now garlic is a staple in cooking, but it was once considered a scanty substitute to ...

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