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March, 2009
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Garden Gloves on a Rope
Keeping track of garden gloves is like trying to catch minnows one-handed. They slip through the fingers, between the rocks... behind the holly, under the fertilizer bag. Here's a neat, helpful option. Hang a long rope in your shed, mud room, on your porch. Use spring-loaded clothes pins to attach pairs of gloves, one above the other. Leave plenty of room between pairs so it's easy to pull off one at a time.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Yes, we like our fresh garden veggies. Fruits of the Sea certainly though can round out a tasty, healthy meal. At the fish counter, how can we know which seafood is safe for us AND enjoyable with a clear conscience? Which fish, crustaceans, sushi are grown or available for harvest with minimal or no negative human health impact or environmental damage to the oceans? Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Web site has pocketsize, downloadable regional and sushi seafood guides -- also immediately accessible by Iphone. Production and source differences are important considerations. For example, wildcaught salmon from Alaska and the West Coast is definitely preferable to farmed or imported salmon. On the other hand, U.S. farmed-raised channel catfish is noted as sustainable and ecologically responsible.

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