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The benefits of meal prepping

“Why meal prep?” Meal prepping saves us time. By spending a little time preparing meals at the beginning of the week, we will spend less time cooking during the busy work and school week. Meal prepping also helps us to eat healthier. With pre-portioned meals made of healthy choices, we are able to follow healthy guidelines and stay on track.

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Is wood ash safe for the garden?

Homeowners often ask if wood ash is safe to use in the vegetable garden, ornamental flower beds, lawns, and around trees or shrubs. There are many opinions; some warn wood ash damages tender roots, yet others know they saw their grandparents mix a handful to each vegetable transplant hole. Which is right?

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                                Not sure how long to run your irrigation for an inch of water? Set out tuna or cat food cans throughout your lawn, to measure the output.
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Gardening in a Sandhills Summer

What a summer we’re having so far. Wait: It’s still technically spring, and we’re experiencing high temperatures and little rain, more similar to summer weather than spring. Plants are very confused with the yo-yoing of temperatures, long periods of rain followed by drought. And we’re just in May!

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Bo Wagner | The key to a safe and stable society

When video first emerged of former officer Derrick Chauvin kneeling on the back of George Floyd’s neck until he died, I said both in print (See my column “On Riots And Righteousness”) and from the pulpit that it was murder, and I stand by that evaluation. A jury has now determined that to be the case, though what will happen on appeal, especially given Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ foolish and incendiary rhetoric and other pressures on the jury aforetime is anyone’s guess.

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Leon Smith | A vehicle I could trust

A couple of weeks after I said “goodbye” to the most dependable car I ever owned, I drove to Charlotte to look at some SUV’s. They would be easier to get in and out of than my 2007 compact, and getting stuff into a hatch would be easier than onto a back seat. Four-wheel drive was an option I might consider.

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