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Wood ashes are not beneficial in the garden. They have no nutrient value and only a limited value as a deterrent to slugs and snails.

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The cute little kiwifruit doesn’t mess around when it comes to keeping your immune system happy and healthy. One large kiwi provides 80 mg of vitamin C, which nearly meets the daily requirement. Besides being an excellent immunity booster, kiwi is great for your eye health — its nutrients help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

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Papaya is famous in skin care for its anti-aging properties, but it also boasts anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory abilities. Like the other tropical fruits on this list, you can usually find it in a Latin American grocery store if you can’t find one at your local supermarket.

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"Most contemporary landscapes lack diversity, so gardeners should choose a variety of plants that flower and fruit," Badurek said. Plants with berries attract birds, and layering plants of varying heights provides hiding places for other species.

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The Japanese macaques in Jigokudani Monkey Park begin most days with a relaxing dip in their own private hot tub.

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Post-divorce, they still jointly own the Miraval estate and vineyard in France’s Provence. In partnership with the Perrin family, Miraval is known for roses. Its Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose has an aroma of fresh fruit and spring flowers. $27.99. Chateau Miraval Studio is a pale pink with notes of fresh fruit and citrus fruit. $18.99.

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If you have a hard avocado and you need it to be soft in a day or so, simply place it in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple and fold the top to close it up. The natural ethylene gases emitted by the other fruit will cause the avocado to ripen faster. Depending on how hard your avocado is, it might take a couple of days.

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Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossoms are expected to look their loveliest in early April, according to their stewards, the National Park Service. Here's a guide to the blossoms and the festival celebrating them. What: The National Cherry Blossom Festival, a chance to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of the cherry trees planted along Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin. The original trees were a gift of ...

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Highly nutritious avocados are a favorite summer fruit for good reason. Whether you crush one up to make guacamole, slice it for a sandwich, mash it on toast, or top a salad with it, avocado provides a burst of flavor and healthy fats. It’s also surprisingly easy to grow this fruit at home from the leftover pit—a fun indoor gardening project for kids and adults alike—though most avocado trees take several years to mature and grow fruit. Here’s how to grow your own avocado plant.

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Another common misconception is that avocados should be kept away from dogs at all costs. Avocados contain a toxin known as persin, which at h…

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April is a great month for working in and enjoying the garden. Danger of frost is past, but the weather and soil are still relatively cool, wi…

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We’re one week into the new year and it’s full steam ahead for our long lists of resolutions. Many of us get burnt out, distracted or just plain bored by February, so it’s important that your goals are actually attainable and, at the very least, interesting. Whether you want to lose some weight, get organized or practice sustainability, here are 10 products to keep you motivated through 2018.

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To cats, a Christmas tree is one giant toy, with branches to climb, and shiny ornaments to bat around. However, cats can easily be injured on broken ornaments, by a falling tree, or after coming into contact with toxic additives. If you want to keep your Christmas tree and your cat safe this holiday, try these cat-proofing methods.

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It's the color of the Emerald Isle, the hue of sickness and envy, and a shade associated with grotesque monsters. And its most universal interpretation conjures imagery of nature, a vibrant symbol of the environmental movement and healthy living.