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Franklin Park Conservatory

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A gardener wearing a wide-brimmed hat has just mulched an intricately designed outdoor bed and is gently sweeping excess mulch off the interconnected walkways in short soft strokes. When visiting a public garden, it’s always the attention to detail that converts the landscape from interesting and fun to spectacular. The gardener who painstakingly cleaned those […]

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Ask The Gardener: Tomato leaves, planting after garlic, zucchinis and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Ask The Gardener: Weed or flower, day lilies, saving basil and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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6 Foods astronauts aren’t allowed to eat

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Astronauts have to eat while they’re in space, but that doesn’t mean they always enjoy the rules required for consumption in zero G. A healthy and balanced diet is a necessity for astronauts staying for long periods at the International Space Station, but unfortunately, many of their favorite foods might not be allowed to make […]

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NASA Astronaut John Glenn and the first meal eaten in space

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John Glenn was a true American hero in more ways than we might recognize. The small-town Midwesterner grew up to marry his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. He flew more than 150 combat mission as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He served as senator to Ohio for 24 years […]

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25 Tasty facts you never knew about ice cream

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In 1984 summers got a little sweeter. Then President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan’s proclamation declared that all people of the United States observe the holiday with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Challenge accepted. This year National Ice Cream Day […]

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Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

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This time of year, I just can’t get enough fruit. I like eating it fresh most of all, but I also find it impossible to pass on delicious, fruity baked goods. Last week, I came across a killer deal on strawberries at the market, so I was inspired to use some of my stash to […]

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The best way to wash your strawberries

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Is there anything more delicious than a bowl full of fresh strawberries? But hold up just one second! Before you bite into those ripe, red beauties, you should make sure you’re cleaning off any nasty residue that could make you or your family sick. You don’t want to bake bugs into your perfect strawberry rhubarb […]

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Ask The Gardener: Marigolds, slugs, hydrangeas and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Ask The Gardener: Garlic, Japanese beetles, mystery plant and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge (The questions may be lightly edited for grammar/clarity/etc.) Question […]

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Finding the right rail trail for you

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You might never convince her. A cousin of mine loves to explore the outdoors. It’s a passion that’s grown in recent years especially, and taken her to some really beautiful places on foot and on a bike. But she’s got one condition. She does not want to see snakes. Of any kind. Ever. So when […]

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Hiking safety key no matter how short the trip

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It’s not who you think it is. Each year, park and forest rangers, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other search and rescue personnel take to the woods to save people in dire straits. There’s never a shortage of people needing help. Yet rarely are the rescued backwoods wanderers, exotic, high adventure explorers who roamed […]

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Fisheries surveys show the mighty Susquehanna is fine for channel catfish

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a paddling tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Stay Put Company: Sawyer (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-stay-put-sunscreen-lotion-spf30.html) Gear type: Sunscreen Product description: I’ve turned my wife into a paddler. She doesn’t fish, but she loves taking her kayak out and cruising rivers and lakes. Unfortunately for her, the same sun that leaves me […]

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You might be storing your ice cream all wrong

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It’s extra hot outside, but that doesn’t have to bother you — mostly because it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy an extra scoop of ice cream. (Is there really anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day?) But before you go and load your freezer full of pints of your favorite flavors, you […]

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8 Mistakes you make when cooking fish

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Fish on the menu tonight? If you’re guilty of doing any of these 8 things, you should adapt your style before you take to the stove tonight. YOU CHOOSE THE WRONG PAN Most people instinctively reach for the non-stick cookware pan, but the secret to cooking fish is a hot pan. Stainless steel or cast […]

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Growing Hardy Bananas

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Damian and Gloria Ondo are dwarfed by the huge banana trees in their beautiful garden as they walk through with their dogs Simba and Caesar. Even though the original tree Damian started with was from Florida, all the subsequent trees it’s produced are hardy in his landscape in Monroeville, about 10 miles outside Pittsburgh. “The […]

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Camping essentials to make every trip memorable for the right reasons

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Like the old gray mare, my memory ain’t what she used to be. Oh, I packed the sleeping bags on our last camping trip. The pillows, though, never made it to the Jeep in the driveway, let alone the campground five hours from home. They were sitting on the couch, right beside my wife’s forgotten […]

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Examining changing turkey populations in connection with West Nile Virus

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How would this be for a twist. Across the country, hunters can pursue turkeys twice a year, in spring and again in fall. Yet, perhaps, the most dangerous time for the birds might be late summer. That’s not hunting season. That’s bug season. Researchers are looking at whether mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are […]

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Fisheries surveys show Delaware River holding wild brown, rainbow trout

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Senate bill 147, which would expand Sunday hunting, faces obstacles yet

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The battle is not yet over. Pennsylvania state Senators recently approved, by a 36-14 vote, an amended Senate Bill 147, which calls for allowing hunting on three Sundays each year. Supporters called it a victory, albeit a smaller one than they envisioned. But it remains far from a done deal. Questions remain, both regarding if […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a look into fishing’s butterfly future

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Lure of the week Lure name: Butterfly Float’N Harness Company: Northland Fishing Tackle Lure type: Crawler harness Sizes and colors: Available in two blade sizes, 7/8- and 1 3/8-inch, and 12 color combinations, including blue shiner, clown, electric perch, Wonderbread, pink lemonade and purple tiger. Target species: Walleyes and yellow perch. Technique: This is just […]

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Chuck Leavell Rolling Stone and Environmentalist

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As Mick Jagger performed a powerful version of “Angie” last week on stage in Canada, the beautiful, melodic piano lines weaving through the song were deftly being played by The Rolling Stones’ musical director and keyboard player Chuck Leavell. He’s been with the band 37 years and has also played with musical legends Eric Clapton, […]

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Summer farm stand fresh juice

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You know you’re solidly an adult when you find yourself looking forward to the Friday evening farmers market. I love leisurely meandering through the aisle, comparing produce and the homemade offerings of one vendor to the next. I usually leave with fresh cut wildflowers, a new jar of jam, some Amish baked goods, and a […]

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How to choose the best cantaloupe

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Is there anything more disappointing in the world of food than getting home from the supermarket with a bunch of fresh produce only slice it open and find you’ve literally picked a bad apple… or pineapple.. or cantaloupe. Cantaloupe can be particularly tricky because they pretty much all look the same from the outside. So […]

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How Arnold Palmer invented his namesake drink

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How exactly did a mixed glass of iced tea and lemonade come to share a moniker with the late legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer? There are countless rumors, including the most common that it was a happy accident — like the Slinky or Penicillin. But a few years before his death in 2016 at age 87, […]

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