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And full of historical riches, not to mention delicious food. Happy to meet someone else who loved Nantes as much as I do. Until then, your cocktail sounds delicious, Victoria. Victoria : Thank you very much, Angie! I was even thinking that one can do a very interesting non-alcoholic cocktail by blending orange, tangerine and grapefruit juice with a little orange blossom water to emphasize a fruity-floral facet. Annikky : Such a lovely post and the cocktail sounds and looks dreamy. Cannot thank you enough for making me aware of the Maloufs and their cookbooks. I rarely cook from the books written by professional chefs, but while some of his recipes are complicated, he shares his knowledge of flavors so generously that you can experiment within your time and abilities.
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Plants such as holly, hemlock, rhododendrons, and laurel should be grown in filtered sunlight. They can be protected from wind and from browsing animals by installing barriers of snow fence or staked burlap. Not all plantings can be perfectly situated, so often it is necessary to afford them some winter protection. First and foremost, make sure plants are healthy as they head into winter.
Keep watering all plants as late into the fall as possible, especially the evergreens. Plant roots grow and take in moisture long after the air temperature drops below freezing. Fall feeding should be done with a low-nitrogen fertilizer so that new growth is not stimulated.
Use mulch where you can on all plants. Many perennials favor the lightness of salt marsh hay over a heavier bark mulch. Apply hay 8 inches thick over all beds. It is weed free and easily removed in the spring. Sunscald, caused by rapid heating and cooling of bark, can kill a newly planted tree quickly. Protect against scald by wrapping the trunk with tree wrap or burlap. Be sure to remove the wrap in the spring because it may harbor insects.
European mistletoe is a partial parasite that has no roots and lives on the trunks and branches of host trees. Because mistletoe keeps its green color and persistent white berries into winter, it became a symbol of life and fertility.
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In the Middle Ages, mistletoe was hung over the doors of houses and stables to protect those inside from evil spirits. The Scandinavians believed that mistletoe was a symbol of peace: When enemies met under it they could throw down their weapons and declare a truce, and quarreling couples could kiss under it and make up. During the Christian era, mistletoe was brought into the home for decoration.
The 18th-century English are credited with creating kissing balls adorned with mistletoe and ribbons. It was said that no young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe could refuse to be kissed. Nowadays, we know that mistletoe berries are poisonous, especially to children, so artificial berries adorn the sprigs sold for the holiday season. These traditions came to North America with the settlers and were bestowed upon American mistletoe, commonly called Christmas mistletoe.
Christmas mistletoe can be found on trees from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas. Like its European cousin, it is a semiparasite that rarely kills host trees but may stunt them and slow their growth. Birds spread mistletoe from tree to tree by eating the white berries, which contain sticky seeds. From the earliest times, mistletoe has been considered an aphrodisiac. Perhaps this is due in part to its kissing connection. In any event, kissing under the mistletoe is one tradition that we feel will be around for a berry long time.
Beyond the Bog. The berries, rich in vitamin C, were a welcome fresh autumn fruit that could be dried for winter use. As a medicine, they were eaten to fight colds and fever and to prevent scurvy.
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Today, cranberry juice is a known diuretic and is commonly used to treat urinary infections. High in antioxidants and flavinoids, the tart red berries may play a role in preventing cancer. Cranberries are low-growing evergreens, hardy to Zone 2, that send out runners much like strawberries. Each runner may grow up to three feet long and send up numerous uprights that bear thumbnail-size fruit. The plants thrive in the moist soil along the edges of bogs and wetlands.
The ability of cranberry plants to survive under water for long periods of time has helped growers protect the blossoms and berries from spring and fall frosts. Cranberry bogs are constructed so that they can be quickly flooded when freezing weather is predicted. Water is often left in bogs throughout the winter to protect the plants from severe cold.
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A 5xfoot plot will yield up to ten pounds of delicious berries every September and October, just in time for holiday sauce and desserts. For best results, cranberries should be grown in full sun in a mix of garden soil and peat moss. If your soil is sandy, remove the top eight inches and line the bottom of the bed with a sheet of six-mil plastic. Poke plenty of drainage holes in the plastic, and then fill the bed with the soil mix. Scratch in one-half pound of fertilizer, and you are ready to plant. Cranberries are best planted in late April through the end of May. Six three-year-old plants spaced evenly throughout the bed will grow together to form a thick mat and should produce during the first season.
A light mulch of sawdust or sand will help to root the runners. Water the new planting every day for two weeks and then as you would the rest of your garden. Fun to grow and easy to care for, cranberries are one crop that shouldn't bog down any gardener. A Cellar to Root For. This was usually a separate room that was built into the north coldest corner of the basement and vented to the outside to provide circulation and to help regulate the temperature to just above freezing. Often there were two vent pipes: One brought in cold air close to the floor, while the top vent let out lighter, warmer air.
Rock walls and a dirt floor provided enough moisture to create the high humidity needed to keep many stored crops from drying or shriveling. Apples, cabbages, and root crops such as carrots, beets, and potatoes could be kept for months when properly packed away. Even though fresh produce is now available year-round from supermarkets, many gardeners still find that a root cellar provides a convenient way to store a bountiful harvest and lower their grocery bill.
Modern basements are warmer and drier than those in older houses with fieldstone foundations, but they can still be fitted with a root cellar. To provide humidity, lay two to three inches of crushed stone on the concrete floor and keep it moist with frequent sprinklings.