May
31
2009
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How do you grow rosemary for cooking and fragrance?

Rosemary growing in Spain   (Photo by soltenviva - CC-BY)Rosemary is delicious in all kinds of savoury cooking, and it’s simple to grow in climates not too different from its home base around the Mediterranean. If you plant it near a path not only can you enjoy its scent when you brush past on sunny days, but on rainy days you can easily pick [more...]

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May
30
2009
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Why are there seven days in a week?

Nighttime sky.Nobody knows for certain, but chances are that our seven-day week is historically connected with the fact that the Babylonians and other early astronomers recognized seven celestial bodies that weren’t in fixed positions like the stars — the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. In fact, in English the names of three [more...]

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May
30
2009
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Is the Labrador Retriever the most popular dog breed in the U.S.?

Labrador Retriever (Photo by OakleyOriginals - CC-BY)The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide. According to American Kennel Club (AKC) dog registration statistics, the Labrador Retriever has been America’s top registered breed for the last 18 years. Ranking of the most popular dogs in the U.S. (2008) 1. Labrador Retriever 2. Yorkshire Terrier 3. German Shepherd Dog 4. [more...]

May
29
2009
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Who owns the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You”?

Photo by telachhe - CC-BYIt’s hard to imagine that such a commonplace song as Happy Birthday to You is still under copyright, but in most countries that’s the case. The copyright is owned by the Time Warner conglomerate, and if you sing it in a public place (such as at a restaurant) you are liable to pay a royalty [more...]

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May
28
2009
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Can I re-use the photos from Quezi?

Found photograph by anyjazz65 - CC-BYMost of the photos at Quezi are either public domain, or are licensed to allow re-use. However, please don’t hot-link to Quezi’s copy of the images. That would steal our bandwidth and we might serve pictures of a donkey’s bum to your website’s visitors instead! So please right-click on the image and save it to [more...]

May
28
2009
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How can I grow Chives to use in cooking?

These chives are ready to be split (photo by answerfinder CC-BY)Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are perhaps one of the easiest herbs to grow in your garden or in a container. They require little attention and bring a late-spring colour to the garden. Chives are part of the onion family. You can eat the bulb, leaves and even the flower head. Most people just use their leaves [more...]

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May
27
2009
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Why do gardeners tie daffodil leaves into knots?

Daffodil knot (photo by Roger Browne - CC-BY)It’s an odd custom. Some gardeners will fastidiously tie all their daffodil leaves into knots at the end of the flowering season. What gives? Actually, the purpose served by the knots is more social than horticultural. Daffodils burst into bloom each April (or October south of the equator). The petals then fall off and, provided [more...]

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May
27
2009
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How much alcohol is there in nonalcoholic beer?

Nonalcoholic beer looks like the real thing. Plindberg photo. CC-BY.Nonalcoholic beer, sometimes known as near beer, is made in the same way as the regular beer is, but after it has been brewed the alcohol is distilled off. Bottlers typically heat the beer at a relatively low temperature under low air pressure, so the alcohol can be removed without “cooking” the beer. Because alcohol [more...]

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May
27
2009
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Can you use flowers in food and drink?

Nasturtiums on colourful composed salad  (Photo by Sancho Papa - CC-BY)The first flower salad I ever saw was covered with bright nasturtiums like the visual treat in the photo. It impressed me with the idea that some garden flowers are not only edible, but look wonderful on food. You can grow them as well as the better-known herbs to add interesting colours and flavours to [more...]

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May
27
2009
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What are ants good for?

Ant Sugar (photo by asobi tsuchiya CC-BY)Getting antsy about ants? They bite and make your skin itchy. They invade our food and spices. Whenever we see ants inside or outside our homes, we either smash them with our thumbs or use insecticide to get rid of them. If the problems get too serious we hire an exterminator to eliminate them. However; [more...]

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