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Rain Water Filtration: The Options and the Necessities

Rain Water Filtration: The Options and the Necessities

From a personal perspective, one of the smartest things anyone can do to increase your access to adequate water supplies is to set up a rain capture system that will allow you to harvest the water that falls from the sky for your own use. Of course, when you begin to collect rainwater using the basic, time-tested design of gutter to spout to rain barrel to storage, it will be necessary in most cases to treat the water by filtering it before you...

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Growing Beautiful Melons

Growing Beautiful Melons

Melons have been enjoyed for more than 4,000 years. They originated in the hot valleys of southwest Asia, specifically in India and Iran. Early American settlers grew honeydew and casaba melons from seed brought with them from home as early as the 1600s. The first mention of melons in recorded history was found in John Ayto’s Dictionary of Word Origins in 1395. It suggests that the word was derived from the word Melos (the Greek Cyclades Islands, best known for...

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Natural Pain Relief

Natural Pain Relief

Many people suffer with chronic pain. If you do, you have probably tried over-the-counter treatments, prescription medications, and other treatments, but the pain goes on. You may be asking if there are natural treatments for chronic pain, but lets try to understand a little something about chronic pain before we discuss treatments....

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Saving Seed For Future Harvests

Saving Seed For Future Harvests

Maybe you are too young to remember, but there was once a time when packaged seed was rare. In those days, next year’s harvest depended on successfully harvesting seed from this year’s vegetables. Saving seed may not be as necessary ...

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The Beet Family

The Beet Family

Some of you probably looked at the title of today's column and cringed a bit as you remembered those nasty beets you faced in school cafeterias or were served from a can. That's also a shame. Beets got a bad reputation with many people because they've never had them prepared properly. We'll get back to that point in a few moments. As part of my continuing series on vegetable families, I'd like to introduce you to the beet family.

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How To Get Your Business in The News

How To Get Your Business in The News

In recent weeks we’ve shown you how editorial coverage can help promote your business for free. We’ve covered the steps to writing a quality press release, and we’ve given you tips for scoring more PR in your local area. Today we’d like to help you find some unique ways to get your business noticed by the media....

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How To Get P.R. For Your Business, Part 2

How To Get P.R. For Your Business, Part 2

Writing your first few press releases can be a little tricky, especially if you’re new to the concept. One little mistake such as a weak headline or a simple typo can turn the reader off immediately. Well-written press releases, however, can catch the attention of the media, resulting in free, positive press for your business. Last time, we talked about the importance of a good headline. And it bears repeating once more: whatever you do, do your best to write a catchy headline...

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How to Get P.R. for Your Local-Service Business (Part 1)

How to Get P.R. for Your Local-Service Business (Part 1)

Local businesses often find themselves operating with lean advertising budgets. This makes finding affordable, quality advertising a challenging task for even the most seasoned marketer. Adding to this challenge is the current climate and how today’s consumers feel about advertising in general. Consumers today are more cynical than ever before. Only a small percent of them have confidence in traditional advertising methods. Current research shows that less than 14% of consumers trust traditional advertising messages, while over 90% of people still trust

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