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How to Get Rid of Ticks and Prevent Lyme Disease

About 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that multiply in the bodies of ticks, people, and animals, including mice, deer, and dogs. The largest percentage of human Lyme disease cases are concentrated in only 16 states situated throughout the ...

Barbara Pleasant


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Your Winter Garden: From Season Extension to Microgreens

Winter is a time of rest in the garden throughout most of the country. It’s a time when gardeners traditionally get comfy near the stove or fireplace, delve into the new season’s seed catalogs, revisit the last season’s triumphs and disasters, and plan for next year. But sometimes, gardeners miss getting their fingers in the dirt. They miss those summer ...

Randel A. Agrella

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The Loy Spade: An Ancient Irish Tool

Photo by Adobe Stock/GregoryUse of the Irish foot plough called a loy nearly died out in the 1980s, after centuries of farmers and gardeners using it to dig neat furrows all over the island. From the Irish laí, meaning “spade,” the loy’s fall from grace had been a long time coming: In the mid-18th century, the familiar broad-bladed ...

Caitlin Wilson

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