worthy links

We all know it would be easy (and enjoyable) to spend far too much time watching Internet videos and prowling through the various links that are offered. We give you links to ones that we have found or those that have come our way, recommended by friends. We offer a brief summary (a gloss) to inform you of the delights that await on the Internet. 

CLICK HERE for a link to two women and a hoe, an entertaining and inspiring garden blog.

Click HERE. As the threat of wildfire looms for those of us in the Black Hills, as the fire season matures each year, we also see (and breathe) smoke from distant fires. Master Gardener Harley Paulson sent this link from the government that gives up to date information about ALL USA fires.

The video site, TED is a project that presents "ideas worth spreading".

Explore TED on your own. We have entered 'botany' in the search box, but treat your eyes, ears and mind and explore the site on your own!

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination, a film lasting 7.40 minutes, given by Louise Schwartzberg, is a good place to begin. Explore  the TED site for more engaging, informative, often astonishing video presentations.

Frans Lanting, nature photographer and acclaimed National Geography photographer shares on a TED talk a 16.20 minute slide show he describes as "the story of our planet." His interpretation is stunningly beautiful.Click here.

CLICK HERE. You may not think that learning  how to use a paper towel  correctly really pertains to gardening or sustainability or being a worthy  custodian of our natural resources. But think again!! This short  video, one of the Ted Talks (TED Ideas Worth Sharing) is entertaining, informative and, if you follow the directions....IT  WORKS. Drying one's  hands  wisely saves an astonishing amount of paper (which is trees saved, which is manufacturing costs unspent, which is  transportation costs unspent....you get the idea. (Watch, enjoy, learn...show it to the kids!)


Click this for 2.29 minutes of time-lapse photography of flowers opening. The background music is very upbeat. This is a bring-a-smile-to-your-face-video. We received it from several friends. It is a pleasure to pass it on.

Admit it! Most of us would like to spend several lifetimes at the Chelsea (England) Flower Show. We offer this report from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) sent us by Anne LaChette. Click here to view 5.24 minutes of floral beauty...The Chelsea 2012.

Leave it to the BBC to add stunning 'message' content to their program promotions. Beautiful, uplifting, and important...Enjoy the beautiful images of our beautiful world and the voice of renowned naturalist, world traveler and eco-advocate, David Attenborough in this 2 minute BBC video clip.


Summer Food in Wintry February


16 Popular Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze

1. Garlic – You can freeze whole garlic, garlic cloves or chopped fresh garlic. Frozen garlic does lose some of its texture, but the flavor remains intact.

2. Corn – You can freeze fresh-picked corn on the cob for up to one year. Pack it in freezer bags — husk and silk and all. For store-bought corn, husk and blanch it before freezing.

3. Avocados – The bad news is that frozen avocados lose their consistency. The good news is that they do not lose their taste, so you can use them for guacamole or dressing. Wash and halve them before peeling. Freeze as halves, or puree them with lime or lemon juice and then store for up to eight months.

4. Mushrooms — You can freeze raw button, creminis and portabellas mushrooms for later use. Chop and slice mushrooms and then spread them on a cookie sheet. Freeze. Then transfer the pieces to bags or containers.

5. Onion – You can save chopping time – and tears – by freezing onion for cooking later. Store peeled, chopped onion in plastic freezer bags. The best part is you can just toss them into your recipes without thawing them first.

6. Hummus – Scoop your fresh hummus into plastic containers. Then drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on the top to keep it from drying out. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before mixing and serving.

more such winter gardening from Off the Grid News