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By Dr. Heather Stein - Over 4000 species of bees are native to North America. Bumblebees, digger bees, carpenter bees -- to name but a few -- pollinate not only as many as 75% of the plants that grow on our hillsides and in our forests, but also many of the crops that grow in our fields and home gardens -- like pumpkins, tomatoes, and blueberries. The imported honey bee, however, is responsible for the bulk of our agricultural needs. Indeed, California's almond crop alone relies on over 2 million colonies...

By -Georgia Lund-  Fresh garden tomatoes are in abundance right now. The juicy, ripe flavor of a home-grown tomato is hard to beat. Unfortunately, the harvest season will soon end, and we will be left with nothing but flavor-less hothouse tomatoes from the grocery store. But there are some tricks to storing fresh tomatoes, so the eating season will last even after the harvest season has ended. Use these tips on how to save garden tomatoes so you can enjoy fresh tomato flavor for a few more weeks. Green Tomatoes...

  -By Dr. Heather Stein-  Easy Aromatherapy Plants have always played an essential component in healing and medicine across cultures and eras.  Aromatherapy is just one of the many branches of such ancient and established methods of curing both mind and body of ailments, and essential oils are they basic building block of an aromatherapist’s toolbelt. Because the olfactory receptors in our noses transmit information to our hypothalamus – the part of the brain that controls, among other functions, feelings of hunger, anger, and sexual desire -- aroma allows us...

   -By Dr. Heather Stein-  When midsummer finally arrives and my neighbors’ gardens begin producing mountains of tomatoes, zucchinis and other fresh yummies, I inevitably regret not having invested more in my outdoor space. Herbs to the rescue! Whether you’re an amateur chef, DIY beauty product chemist or just want to enjoy the fruits of the long, hot days, it’s not too late to acquire some already sprouted aromatic greens for a flower box or containers on your balcony. What to Grow Parsley, thyme, basil and chive will grow happily...

The pour over method was invented during the 1950’s and is known as a fantastic way to brew coffee, especially in smaller amounts. First invented by Melitta Bentz, the pour-over is now manufactured by dozens of different companies. They can vary greatly in style and form, from one hole at the bottom, to several. Proper pour-over brewing requires a special style kettle, known as a gooseneck kettle. This style of kettle has a long thin curved neck that allows for easy and precise pouring. To make coffee with a pour-over,...

Ever since the late 1950’s, the French press has been touted as one of the best ways to get a flavorful cup of coffee. The French press uses a steel mesh filter, as opposed to a paper one, which allows the oils found naturally in coffee to pass through, giving the cup a more pronounced flavor. The different French presses may vary in style and materials used in construction, but pretty much all have the same three basic parts: a steel mesh filter attached to a plunger, a cover and...

  An americano is a simple beverage to make, requiring only espresso shots and water. To make a 12-ounce Americano, simply pull two shots of espresso into the mug, and add 10 ounces of hot water. This drink can be made hot or iced, and resembles brewed coffee.  A cappuccino is a very traditional espresso beverages, composed of a big pillow of foam, and a double shot of espresso. To make a traditional cappuccino, pull two shots of espresso into a small mug, and steam enough milk to create 4...

 -by Lynsey Grosfield- There are a few Christmas plants that consistently hit the stores every year, and they couldn’t be more different from one another. Here is the low-down on taking care of the three most popular seasonal botanical all throughout the holidays. Poinsettias Poinsettias ( Euphorb ia pulcherrima) are actually native to Mexico, where they have beenused as both a dye and as a symbol of Christmas since the 16th century. Poinsettias aren’t grown for their flowers but actually for their bracts—which are a specializedform of leaf—that stop the show,...

  -by Connie- Hоuѕерlаntѕ and gоrgеоuѕ gаrdеnѕ аrе thе рrіdе оf mаnу hоmеоwnеrѕ. We ѕреnd hоurѕ аnd lоtѕ оf mоnеу selecting thе реrfесt рlаnt, tilling thе soil аnd hеlріng thеm tо flourish. Plаntѕ іnѕіdе thе home have been ѕhоwn to reduce іndооr pollutants and freshen the air. Cut flоwеrѕ frоm thе flоrіѕt саn show someone thаt you care аnd саn brіghtеn uр the rооm. But all of thіѕ bеаutу саn be dеаdlу... іf you hаvе a саt or dog. Many houseplants are tоxіс tо both саtѕ аnd dogs. Some саn...

-by Gabe McNab- Growing beautiful flowers in the garden is a job with obvious rewards. With all the hard work that goes into creating a garden filled with beautiful flowers, it is sometimes hard to leave it all behind to go back indoors. Many garden flowers make great choices for vases and arrangements, but it is important to properly understand how to best remove them from the plant. Stems that are not properly cut can cause damage to the plant, and to the stem that you have removed. If you...