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Uncategorized,  May 3, 2014


The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is the only almshouses founded in medieval Amsterdam and located within the Singel. It is unclear when the Begijnhof was founded. Originally the Begijnhof was entirely surrounded by water (the Damrak, the Spui and Begijnensloot) with the only access a gate at Begijnensteeg (with a bridge over the Begijnensloot). It was more like a monastery, although the Beguines had more freedom than nuns in a convent, the Beguines laid like a vow of chastity, but were allowed to leave the court at any time to get married.

July 2013 –
Give a Third, Get a Third

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Rita's Monthly Gardening Tips,  July 5, 2013

It is a commonly known fact that you can thank a pollinator for one out of three bites of food you eat. We understand that we need pollinators. We hope for them to create our wonderful bounty of edible crops. We wait for them. We worry about if and when they will come. The service that pollinators provide is part of a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with plants. The bee ensures plant species survival by moving around the male pollen to the female flower. In exchange, the bee receives nectar and pollen to ensure its own survival.   Continue reading

June 2013 – Gardening Myths

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Rita's Monthly Gardening Tips,  June 5, 2013

ritaIn the informational world how do we know how to separate fact from fallacy, the wheat from the chaff? How do we take old wives’ tales with a grain of salt? How do we practice a healthy dose of caveat emptor when being presented with miraculous claims by a snake oil salesman?

The answer is to arm yourself with factual knowledge. Knowing what products and practices are truly beneficial will save you money and help to increase your success in gardening. The links below will lead you to research-based evidence by experts in the horticulture field. Under each link there is a list of the myths that are discussed so you can look at all of them or pick and choose ones that you want to know more about.   Continue reading