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Budgeting

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Gone are the days when a nice green lawn, a few flowering trees, some evergreen shrubs, some flowers come spring and summer, and some sort of patio or deck, represented a site with great curb appea...
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Gone are the days when a nice green lawn, a few flowering trees, some evergreen shrubs, some flowers come spring and summer, and some sort of patio or deck, represented a site with great curb appeal. Today, with so much interest in spending time outdoors, the sky’s literally the limit for how much you can include in even a tiny site and spend. An outdoor kitchen? Check. A shaded terrace with Italian-style pergola draped in wisteria? Check. A water feature? Check. Both a vegetable garden and colorful English-style cutting garden? Check, check.

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Got the Blues? Eat More Kale

Got the Blues? Eat More Kale | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers find a link between optimism and carotenoid levels in blood.
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Humans have long turned to substances—from beer to Prozac—to improve their outlook on life. But there's another possible remedy to the rigors of existence that doesn't get nearly as much attention:

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Stop and Smell the … Our List of the Most Fragrant Roses

Stop and Smell the … Our List of the Most Fragrant Roses | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
By Jacques Ferare and Kristen Smith Recently, one of our Facebook fans asked us to list our 10 most fragrant roses. What a good question! We put our heads together and came up with 10 – plus two mo...
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By Jacques Ferare and Kristen Smith

Recently, one of our Facebook fans asked us to list our 10 most fragrant roses. What a good question! We put our heads together and came up with 10 – plus two more. Plant any of these in your garden and enjoy their lovely fragrances all season long!

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4-1-1 on Conifers for Your Landscape on #treechat

4-1-1 on Conifers for Your Landscape on #treechat | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Join garden tool experts @Coronatools and other industry experts each week at 11AM PST via Twitter for #treechat.
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Conifers are some of the most interesting trees and shrubs in gardens and landscapes. With such a wide assortment of colors, textures, sizes and shapes it can be challenging to find the one that works best for your landscape. Coming up on this week's #treechat, we're discussing conifers with Ronald Elardo, co-author of "People and Plants: The Harper Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers"

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Bestowing Beauty on Connecticut Properties Is New Milford Designer's Job - L C T Monthly - The Litchfield County Times

Bestowing Beauty on Connecticut Properties Is New Milford Designer's Job - L C T Monthly - The Litchfield County Times | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Litchfield County Times is your source for all Litchfield County 24-hour breaking news, local news, life, community, arts, entertainment and more. View weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with News and local happenings.
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Richard Schipul’s job, one might say, is to bestow upon his clients the gift of beauty.

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P. Allen Smith Garden Home

P. Allen Smith Garden Home | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
This homemade moisturizing balm is perfect for anyone who's into gardening or who just wants to take better care of their hands.
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A Pickled Path.

A Pickled Path. | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
In the picture “The Vinegar Tasters”, Confucius, Buddha and Lau Tzu stand around a pot and taste vinegar. Confucius tastes sourness as he perceives the world is out of order, therefore ...
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My personal supply of sour, sweet and bitter. All delicious!

In the picture “The Vinegar Tasters”, Confucius, Buddha and Lau Tzu stand around a pot and taste vinegar. Confucius tastes sourness as he perceives the world is out of order, therefore the world is sour. The Buddha tastes bitterness, as he sees only people with too much desire,  so they drive themselves to a bitter life. Lau Tzu says, “The vinegar is perfect as it is.

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Chris Kerston’s history becoming a farmer

Chris Kerston’s history becoming a farmer | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
How Chris Kerston went from being a city kid to becoming a full time sustainable grassfed beef rancher
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My name is Chris Kerston and I’m one of the three managing partners of Chaffin Family Orchards.  I did not grow up around agriculture.  I lived the first 12 years of my life in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles.  My mom is a high level manager at a Fortune 500 company. 

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Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
It's a tired turn of phrase, but the grass is always greener on the other side. And for gardeners, it's not just the grass -- it's the flowers, the shrubs, and the trees. No longer! Pining to grow lilac but lack the full sun?
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It's a tired turn of phrase, but the grass is always greener on the other side. And for gardeners, it's not just the grass -- it's the flowers, the shrubs, and the trees.

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Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe | Friends Drift Inn Recipes Gardening & Hot Flashes | Recipes Gardening and Hot Flashes

Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe | Friends Drift Inn Recipes Gardening & Hot Flashes | Recipes Gardening and Hot Flashes | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Arrestingly acidic and disarmingly sweet, Shaker Lemon Pie will become a warm weather classic for Sunday Dinners and afternoon picnics. Easy recipe with simple ingredients.
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Not Your Momma’s Lemon Pie Recipe
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Alaska Nature Photography

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still". Nature Photography by Nancy Stewart

Photography is my passion and living in Alaska there is beauty and wildlife just steps from my door.
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9 Gorgeous Gardening Pinterest Boards to Follow Right Now

9 Gorgeous Gardening Pinterest Boards to Follow Right Now | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Blehhh, winter can be so ugly some days. It's an incredibly gray day here today and I think the sun itself has seasonal affective disorder and is...
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Blehhh, winter can be so ugly some days. It's an incredibly gray day here today and I think the sun itself has seasonal affective disorder and is hibernating. I've almost forgotten what green plants look like. Remember summer gardening? Your yard a riot of reds, yellows, greens of every shade? Those were the good old days. Spring seems so far away.

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Shenandoah Valley Homesteader

Shenandoah Valley Homesteader | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Adventures of a rookie homesteader in the beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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The air is cool and the leaves are falling! I really love this time of year…when the bugs are no longer eating me alive when I’m outside!

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How to Store Fresh Asparagus

How to Store Fresh Asparagus | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
It’s asparagus season! I love asparagus. In the spring, I find myself with a frig full of it from my food co-ops. In the past, if I didn’t eat it within a day or two, it would sadly go ...
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I love asparagus. In the spring, I find myself with a frig full of it from my food co-ops.

In the past, if I didn’t eat it within a day or two, it would sadly go limp and brown. Then I’d have to throw it away before I could roast it up with a little olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt/pepper.

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Good News For Rose Growers & Exhibitors

Good News For Rose Growers & Exhibitors | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Great news for rose growers! A new website dedicated to miniature and miniflora variety roses that promises to be a "one stop shop" for the best exhibition and garden variety roses. Continue readin...
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I am excited about a new place on the web for roses! A “one stop shop” for miniature and miniflora varieties; ForLoveOfRoses.com is a new website that combines the best exhibition and garden roses in one awesome website. From their site:

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Video | NBC New York

Video | NBC New York | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Get the latest news video clips from NBC New York. Check out breaking video news and clips, including the most popular sports, entertainment, and weather videos.
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Everyday Roses - Paul's New Book - Pre Orders Now on Amazon

Everyday Roses - Paul's New Book - Pre Orders Now on Amazon | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
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Dear Rose Family

I must admit it's quite a feeling to go to sites like Amazon and see something you've created. I've always wanted to do a book but thought in this digital age, it would be unlikely.
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GrowVeg.com - Crop Rotation for Growing Vegetables

GrowVeg.com - Crop Rotation for Growing Vegetables | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
How to rotate crops from one year to the next to prevent nutrient depletion and build up of pests in soil. Crop rotation is an essential part of organic gardening.
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The sight of large fields full of one type of crop ripening in the sun may now be a quintessential part of the countryside, but this mass-production method of cultivating a single species has long been known to cause problems:

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Garden Friends: Christopher Tidrick of FromTheSoil

Garden Friends: Christopher Tidrick of FromTheSoil | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Because so many gardeners I know are doing such inspirational gardening I wanted to introduce you to them.
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Winter. It’s 8 degrees in the Chicagoland area where I live and snowed a sweet precious dusting on the ground, perfect for a trip over to the Morton Arboretum. My Illinois garden adventure buddy, Christopher Tidrick, dropped by for lunch this week and we grabbed our cameras and headed out into the arctic tundra of the north. Christopher has taught me a lot about photography over the years. Below are a couple of the photos I took of the snowy nature scenes while Christopher and I chatted about life, blogging, and the endless possibilities of our 2013 gardens.

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Common pesticides 'can kill frogs within an hour'

Common pesticides 'can kill frogs within an hour' | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
New research suggests the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the global decline of amphibians
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The scientists behind the study said it was both "astonishing" and "alarming" that common pesticides could be so toxic at the doses approved by regulatory authorities, adding to growing criticism of how pesticides are tested.

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Northwest Flower & Garden Show–Favorites — J Peterson Garden Design

Northwest Flower & Garden Show–Favorites — J Peterson Garden Design | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
I spent a whirlwind couple of days at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in early February–and I do mean whirlwind! I flew in on a Wednesday and flew back out on Friday. But I got in a lot of
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Our first night there, I met up with a group of wonderful friends from the garden world for dinner down by the market area–Rebecca Sweet, Teresa O’Connor, Robin Haglund, Jayme Jenkins, Lisa Jensen and Robin Horton and I shared an awesome evening of cocktails, entrees and decadent desserts before rolling back to the hotel to get some sleep before hitting the show the next day.

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Grow Agapanthus For Bi-Colored Foliage

Grow Agapanthus For Bi-Colored Foliage | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Agapanthus, or Spider Lily, is an herbaceous perennial and has always been a bit of a mystery to me because it performs best in zones 6 and higher and I have been living in zone 5 for the last 20 years.
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Agapanthus, or Spider Lily, is an herbaceous perennial and has always been a bit of a mystery to me because it performs best in zones 6 and higher and I have been living in zone 5 for the last 20 years. Of course, the powers-that-be keep changing the garden zones just to keep me confused

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Clean Eating Recipes | Clean Eating Almond Flour

Clean Eating Recipes | Clean Eating Almond Flour | Annie Haven | Haven Brand | Scoop.it
Clean Eating Recipes | Clean Eating Almond Flour
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So as many of you know, I have recently given up grains. This produced a HUGE dilemma for me, especially right before the holidays when typically, I bake up a storm.

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