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Gardening with Jack: Root Crops

Root crops are a valuable addition to the vegetable garden. Beets and sweet potatoes are staples in Bahamian gardens but there are many other root crops that deserve attention. Beets can be yellow or red but red is favoured locally. The seeds are contained in knobby capsules that make sowing …

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Sweat it Out: It’s Not About “Skinny”

This past month I was told in more or less words that I shouldn’t be telling people to exercise when I am getting bigger myself. It was hurtful, but more so it was a reality check that unfortunately many people still think this way when it comes to fitness and …

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WHOA Seeks Volunteers

It is with great pleasure that WHOA, The Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society, announces another step towards the restoration of the Abaco Island Horse and establishment of an equine therapy program. WHOA will be announcing its new Board of Directors and Advisors soon. We are working on the first …

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Noise Pollution

When one thinks about pollution it is often in terms of solid waste (garbage) and other visual perceptions. Rarely would one think of noise as a pollution. Noise pollution refers to sounds in the environment that are caused by humans and that threaten the health or welfare of human or …

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Sweat it Out: Better Sleep

As we get older, sleep becomes less of a priority in our lives, and we begin thinking that we can function on less amounts of sleep. While we all know that a good night’s sleep is important, we usually don’t make it a priority. You know exactly what I mean. …

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Gardening with Jack: Lettuce and Greens

Gardeners rarely count the cost to figure out how much they are saving by growing instead of buying but when it comes to salad makings the economics are obvious. Lettuce and greens are simple to raise and by growing them yourself they are always fresh. If your lettuce of choice …

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Gardening with Jack: Fruitful Vines

The group of plants that are mostly vinous and produce garden staples such as cucumbers, melons, squashes and pumpkins is generally known as cucurbits. Most of the cucurbits share the same growing requirements: well-drained soil, plenty of compost, and warm conditions. Our fall and winter temperatures are just fine for …

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Gardening with Jack: Early Tomatoes

We are into the hottest month of the year yet it is time to start tomatoes from seed and tomatoes do not like heat. Warmth, yes, but not heat. Experienced gardeners will be able to cope with the conditions and less experienced practitioners will learn along the way what works …

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Gardening with Jack: Garden Teas

Teas are both healthy and refreshing and if you collect your makings from the garden they are also very cheap. Teas are usually freshly made and drunk hot but can also be prepared, cooled, and used ice cold. You can also use the sun to make your teas. Place your …

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Gardening with Jack: July Gardens

If all has gone well your vegetable growing areas are covered with clear plastic to solarise the soil, your potted herbs are in the shade for protection against the summer sun, and the main jobs left in July are mowing the grass, maintenance weeding, and picking mangoes. During an inspection …

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