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  • Last-minute thoughts on Thanksgiving

     Each year as I write this pre-Thanksgiving column, I wonder what else can be said about holiday foods. I know the column will be published the day before, but with all the pre-holiday prep and houseguests arriving, I’m guessing that some of you are reading this after Thanksgiving.

    So here are a couple last-minute thoughts and recommendations on that holiday meal. If you’re reading this later in the weekend, I hope you’ll keep these in mind for another year.

     

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  • A gardener’s gratitude

     

    Most of us spend our time racing from one thing to the next in an attempt to keep up with all of life’s demands. But our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving is this week affording most of us the opportunity to eat too much and then fall asleep on the couch watching the Tony Romo-less Cowboys lose another game. More importantly, this is a time to reflect on the good times and people that make our lives richer. With that thought in mind and as a guy who likes to play in the dirt (OK, soil), I wondered, “What am I thankful for as a gardener?”

  • Vegetarian Thanksgiving

     What does a vegetarian eat on Thanksgiving? As this big eating holiday approaches, we are inundated with recipes for how to thaw, dress and season a turkey, the main dish and delicious centerpiece for our holiday tables. But what if you have a vegetarian coming to dinner?

  • Ornamental grasses in the home landscape

     By Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    You have likely seen the vibrant pink plumes of muhly grass this fall, now a much-used and vibrant addition to home landscapes. Ornamental grasses are quickly establishing themselves as a common addition to landscape beds and along roadsides. And with good reason. Grasses afford interesting texture and graceful, arching foliage that adds movement to an otherwise stagnant landscape.

  • Ornamental grasses in the home landscape

     By Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    You have likely seen the vibrant pink plumes of muhly grass this fall, now a much-used and vibrant addition to home landscapes. Ornamental grasses are quickly establishing themselves as a common addition to landscape beds and along roadsides. And with good reason. Grasses afford interesting texture and graceful, arching foliage that adds movement to an otherwise stagnant landscape.

  • Understanding genetically modified foods

     

    By Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

     

  • Maintain, don’t gain, this holiday season

     The big question is: Will you weigh the same on Jan. 1, 2016, as you do right now? Weight gain during the holidays is common with many Americans gaining between one and five pounds. While that doesn’t sound like much, too often these extra pounds aren’t lost after the holidays. And this goes on year after year.

  • Figuring out what really matters to our plants

     If asked what truly matters in the world, most of us talk about real friends, family and doing something positive in the world. Rotarians speak of “service above self,” something that might make this crazy world we live in a little less crazy. As much fun as sitting around waxing philosophical is, you came here looking for something about gardening.

  • Pumpkin is more than just a pie

     I’m continuing on my quest to get people to eat more pumpkin. That pumpkin on your front porch can be more than just a doorstop or seasonal decoration. It can give your diet a real nutritional boost. The bright orange color is a dead give-away that pumpkins are full of important nutrients, antioxidants and beta carotene. The Produce for Better Health Foundation says that just one cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 50 calories. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for proper health of eyes, respiratory tract, skin and tooth enamel.

  • Do you want what you have?

     By Linda Arnold

    Even though it’s early, we’re starting to see glimpses of the upcoming holiday season. Retailers remind us to get our wish lists together and to get an early start on shopping.

    This got me thinking about wishes. And, as often happens when researching my column, I’ll hear something that results in an “a-ha” moment for me. True to form, this happened the other day when I read a proverb by the philosopher Philemon: “It is better to want what you have than to have what you want.”