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Growing Great Vegetables

Vegetable garden by Lee Ruk.jpgThere is more to vegetable gardening than putting seed in the ground. It involves seedbed preparation, selecting seeds of varieties that everyone in the family will enjoy, and deciding what will get planted where and when, what to seed and what to be set out as transplants. These and other decisions are all part of realizing a successful vegetable gardening season. Vegetable garden photo by Lee Ruk.

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Fertilizing Trees


Because trees have the greatest need for nutrients in the spring, fertilizer should be applied between leaf drop in the fall and leafing out in the spring. The health and vigor of a tree may be improved by fertilizers up to July 1. Beyond that time, new growth stimulated by fertilizer may not have sufficient time to harden off before winter. Oak tree photo by Deb Collins.

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Choosing Annual and Perennial Flowers


Perennials often are used to solve troublesome spots in the landscape. Some of these areas might be wet, dry or shady, or possess infertile soil. Annuals are used for their continuous flower color throughout most of the growing season. Here are some suggestions for planting flowers in specific locations in and around the landscape. These include low-growing and tall plants, and plants for shade and full-sun/dry locations, massing, naturalizing and fragrance. Perennial verbena photo by Patrick Standish

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Biotechnology Primer


Biotechnology and its use to modify the genetic makeup of living organisms has become a topic of heated discussion in recent years. Confusion is plentiful on the topic of biotechnology and genetically modified organisms. Flickr photo by Scott Smith.

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What Color is Your Food?


People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of daily physical activity. Scientists are regularly reporting new health benefits associated with fruits and vegetables, so eating more fruits and vegetables is a worthwhile goal. Eating a variety of different colors of fruits and vegetables every day is a new way of thinking about meeting the goal. Flickr photo by Vmiramontes.

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Sports Drinks: R They Needed?

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Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade and All Sport, contain carbohydrates and electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium and chloride. They are made for physical activity, to help rehydrate and to keep energy levels high. Are sports drinks really necessary? Not always. You can get these same benefits from other sources. A sports drink is not better for you unless you are active for 60 to 90 minutes or are exercising in very hot conditions. Anything less, and water should be the drink of choice. Flickr: Q. Speaks.

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Pulse Foods in Your Diet

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Pulses are a type of legume characterized by seeds that grow in pods and include chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), lentils and dry peas. Pulse foods are rich sources of protein, fiber, vitamins such as folate, and minerals such as iron and potassium. They are low in fat and sodium, and are naturally gluten- and cholesterol-free. Researchers have reported that regular consumption of pulses may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

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Colon Cancer Prevention & Screening

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The North Dakota Cancer Coalition estimates that about 400 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year. Colorectal cancer is very treatable when detected early. When detected late, it often is a very serious and fatal disease. If undetected, colorectal cancer cells may spread to the liver and other organs. Once symptoms develop, the five-year survival rate may be as low as 8 percent.

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Safely Heating Baby Food


It is always important to use safe heating practices to keep your baby happy and healthy. Although you may be an expert at feeding your little one, remember that babysitters and family members may not know how to heat bottles and food correctly. Leaving complete instructions in a handy location, such as on the refrigerator door, may help you and the caregiver feel comfortable and relaxed come feeding time.Flickr  photo by Sami Kelnanen.

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Manage Stress for Better Health

stress 2Constant stress can lead to many diseases. For example, high blood pressure as a result of stress can cause heart problems, including heart attacks. Stress also can cause headaches, migraines, back pain and ulcers. Research also has associated stress with a weak immune system. Because the immune system is responsible for fighting diseases and germs that attack the body, a person with chronic stress could become ill more frequently. Photo by Amanda Tipton.

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