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Gardening in February?

February 2017

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We are heading into the last stretch of winter! Seed catalogues are in mail, the days are getting longer, sun is warmer and the Robins have arrived in Michigan. It’s still too early to start planting outdoors but there is some gardening that can be done. Are you waiting for the warm sunny days of May or June to get out in the gardening again? Well, there’s no need to wait for the unique pleasures of gardening (stiff muscles, sore arms).  Start pruning! Best time to prune many trees, shrubs and hardy perennials is now, when they are dormant and easy to see the branches. Another simple action you can take now to prevent or minimize the presence of bugs in your garden is to use dormant oil (also called horticultural oil) sprays…now is the operative word! What about moles? I will begin applications to reduce that population! When all is done, cuddle up on the couch with a hot cocoa and peruse a good gardening book or Pinterest(that can be hours) for some great ideas on spring garden containers. Or wait until March and see what I come up with!

Pretty and Functional!

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5 Indoor Plants that are Good for Your Health

1. Lily

2. Orchid

3. Rose

4. Lavender

5. Sage


5 Reasons Plants are Good for Your Health

1. Improved Air Quality

2. Stress Relief

3. Reduce Ailments

4. Increased Healing

5. Improved Focus

Flowers have many uses which we often take for granted, even though we consume, wear or ingest them daily. Never overlook the fact they provide us with an abundance of natural cures and make everyday life more enjoyable. Be nice to yourself, pick up some fresh flowers or herbs today!

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Just Simply Tasty!

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Ingredients

  •  1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  •  4 large, ripe peaches, halved and  pitted
  •  1/4 cup local honey
  •  2 sprigs fresh lavender
  •  1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  •  2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons  mascarpone cheese

Preparation


1. Preheat oven to 350°.


2. Coat an ovenproof 7- x 11-inch baking dish with butter. Arrange the peaches, cut side up, in the baking dish. Drizzle the honey over the peaches, and add the lavender and lemon zest.


3. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven, and spoon the honey from baking dish over the peaches. Bake an additional 15–20 minutes or until the peaches are softened and golden.


4. Top warm peach halves with 1 teaspoon mascarpone cheese, and drizzle with some of the honey in the baking pan.


Honey Roasted Peaches with Lavender

And you thought there was nothing to do in February!

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