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Stevia herb

Sugar

My friend Cindy and I were discussing stevia sweetener the other day and this got me to thinking about all the various sugar products that we often use during the holidays. The white table sugar we use comes from two different plants: sugar beets or sugarcane. Worldwide, 65 percent of our sugar comes from sugarcane. Sugarcane is a tall grass that grows in tropical areas...

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Decorate Christmas tree for the birds after holidays

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Once the Christmas holiday is over, the chore of taking down and disposing of the cut Christmas tree remains. However, Christmas tree disposal does not have to be a problem, because there are several environmentally sound recycling methods available. People who maintain bird feeders can help the winter residents by creating a small windbreak with a single tree. Put the old Christmas tre...

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Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

The Norfolk Island Pine is commonly sold as a holiday plant. It is sometimes even used as a small indoor Christmas tree. Often the small trees are sold already decorated with little balls and tinsel. Norfolk Island Pines are very formal looking plants. The branches are horizontal forming tiers of foliage around the branches at regular intervals along the stem. It has a...

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Give Rosemary as a Sign of Love and Remembrance

On a recent trip to Austin Texas to attend their state Master Naturalist conference, I saw the most beautiful prostrate rosemary plants. I was awestruck by its lush, long growth descending down steps and draping over tall walls. Rosemary is a wonderful herb. It not only looks and smells great, but makes a great addition to many culinary dishes. Rosemary is often found at Christmas time in wrea...

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Decorate Safely for the Holidays

I love decorating for the holidays with live plants. To me just the smell of fresh evergreen wreaths and trees says Happy Holidays. The holiday season has almost no limitations from a decorative standpoint. In addition to the live Christmas tree and traditional wreaths, many decorate with poinsettias, door swags, garlands, centerpieces, roping, and decorative berries. However, when usin...

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