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Purple coneflower is a welcome addition to a butterfly garden, attracting species such as painted lady, monarch and fritillary. Freeuse photo

Growth in Gardening: Purple Coneflower, an American native

Coneflower, or Echinacea, may just be my favorite native American plant. This rugged pollinator magnet comes in so many colors, shapes and sizes that it is easy to fit into almost any garden design.

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The iconic Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain has opened its doors to the public via virtual online tours, along with many other world-famous museums. Freeuse photos 

Museums open their doors virtually

Museums nationally and internationally were some of the first places to shutter their doors when COVID-19 emerged — and for good reason, most of these bastions of the arts are in the world’s larges

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Parents are having to find more ways to keep housebound kids entertained, educated and fed. But all this at-home time could be an opportunity to teach children about nutrition and eating right. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Taking time to teach at-home nutrition

With a lot of parents facing the challenge of keeping housebound kids happy and healthy, this is the perfect time to teach kids the basics of nutrition and eating right. 

The Journey Continues: Fear & Anxiety

My journey this week during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic reminds me of other times when scourges brought fear and anxiety to our lives. Examples like the polio epidemic which, before the creation of the 1954 vaccine, brought fear to every mother with small children. In Vietnam, besides fear of being maimed by the enemy, the spread of malaria transmitted by anopheles mosquitos created great anxiety because nobody knew who would be next to become ill. Out of the 200 soldiers I served with, 38 men and five officers contracted malaria — I was the only officer who did not get sick.

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Though there are a few important tips and tricks to it, growing tomatoes ina container garden can be just as good as traditional tomato gardening.. Freeuse photo

Growth in Gardening: Growing tomatoes in containers

Last week, I mentioned a bit about gardening in containers and raised beds. After the article appeared, several folks contacted me about the suitability of containers and raised beds for growing their tomatoes, “surely it wouldn’t be as effective as growing them right in the ground,” they asked.


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