What are Christmas decorations without some beautiful ivy wrapped around a stairway or wreath? Many people have used this delightful greenery as a Christmas decoration, but have you ever wondered why? Maybe you are familiar with the old 17th – 18th century Christmas carol, The Holly and the Ivy. How did this unique plant make its way into Christmas songs, traditions, and decorations?
When you begin to study the characteristics of plants, you begin to see what sets them apart from others. There is always more than meets the eye, and ivy is no exception. This climbing plant stays lush and green even when the weather outside is frightful.
Have you ever found yourself under a mistletoe and wondered what it is and how did we came to practice this strange holiday tradition that involves kissing?
Washington Irving’s words in the 1800s describes it best by saying, “young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under [mistletoe], plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”
But, why the mistletoe? Is it just another clever way for boys to steal kisses from their crushes? What does it have to do with Christmas? Let’s take a moment to step back and try to understand the mystery of the mistletoe – what is it, where did it come from, and how it came to be a holiday tradition today.
Throughout recent years, there has been a movement related to the food we eat. With the more information available that we as consumers have, we continue to grow in our understanding and education that helps us to make healthy food decisions.
Each year, the EWG investigates which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides on them so as consumers, we can make the best decisions about foods we eat. The EWG’s goal is to make your food as transparent as possible. They created a Shoppers Guide to help consumers. Buying organic food is expensive, so knowing which foods are the most contaminated with pesticides might help you as you decide which organic foods to buy.
The EWG Shopper’s Guide has been published for 2015. The EWG Shopper’s Guide informs consumers all across America which fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of pesticides.
The EWG is the Environment Working Group. Every year they produce a shoppers’ guide. This guide is based on laboratory tests conducted by the USDA Pesticide Testing Program and the Food and Drug Administration.
It is finally time to start getting dirt under your fingernails in your garden. Spring is here and it’s time to get planting. Today, we are sharing 5 delectable vegetables for your spring garden that are excellent choices for your family.
What happens if the temperatures dip into the 20s?
The temperatures in the Southwest Region of the U.S. can take a nosedive in January. While it may be chilly outside, there are items to check off your gardening list of things to do this month. The following gardening tips and tricks will help you to get your landscape off to the right start.
Happy New Year everyone! The year 2015 is finally here and before we start looking ahead, we wanted to take a moment to look back and reflect. We want you to know how much we appreciate all you support. We also wanted to check what our most visited articles were in 2014. This way, we can create more articles that you might find helpful. To that end, here are our top most visited articles in 2014 according to Google Analytics.