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Weeds and wisdom in the Middle Ages

Many plants that we call weeds today were essential food in medieval times and they can still offer important benefits – nectar for helpful insects and protection for crops<p>Our medieval ancestors actively encouraged weeds in their vegetable plots. The Fromond List, compiled by Surrey landowner …

Soil report shows we should all grow more of our own

New research confirms that soil in allotments and back gardens is richer - and more productive - than on farms<p>Soil is one of the great failures of modern intensive agriculture. Healthy soils, beneath natural grasslands and – especially – woodlands, contain lots of organic matter. This organic …

Recipe: Green Goddess Smoothie

Many a child would prefer avoiding greens, but gardens have a gentle way of convincing children otherwise. Have them pick their own greens, and …

Get into the habit of growing salads

Fresh seasonal salads are one of the delights of summer and they’re easy to grow yourself, even on a small windowsill<p>If there’s one thing that’s really worth sowing in your garden or on your windowsill, it’s successional rows or trays of easy-to-plant and easy-to-pick greenery, straight from the …

Architect Visit: A Kitchen Garden on Cape Cod

For my aunt–architect Sheila Bonnell–designing a house for herself and husband Mon Cochran (see page 108 in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered …

Why composting is the ultimate way to reuse and recycle

Dark, rich, crumbly and nourishing, compost leaves nothing to waste. It's time to let the rot set in during International Compost Awareness week<p>What do you want to know about composting? Put your questions in now and join Wednesday's live chat here<p>My mother had some funny habits as far as …

3 Moves That Work Your Core AND Arms

Try these three multi-tasking moves, recommended by MacDowell and Ator, to see double the toning results: Add them to your regular routine two to three times a week, doing two to three sets of 10 reps each time.<p><b>Pushup Row</b><br>Start in pushup position with your arms straight, your hands gripping …

39 Jumping Jack Variations

39 Ways to Jack Up Your Cardio<p>Get your lungs pumping and your muscles burning with these awesome versions of an old-school calisthenic<p>Squeezing in a full-blown cardio workout can feel like a chore. We’ve got a solution: jumping jacks.<p>Don't worry, we're not talking about the boring standard jumping …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

<b>Rows</b> <br>So much of what we do and how we move involves the muscles on the front of the body—the chest, abs, biceps, etc. But pulling exercises like rows strengthen your back to improve posture and balance out the body. Plus, you'll look that much sexier in halter dresses. The bent-over row uses …

Muscle

Q & A: How Can I Turn Exercise Into a Permanent Habit?

<b>The answer:</b> There isn't a magical way to do it, or a magical number of days it takes to do it—it really varies per person. In a 2009 study published in the <i>European Journal of Social Psychology</i>, for instance, researchers found that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to make behaviors happen …