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Hosting Fall Migration in Home and School Gardens

Stopping to smell the flowers

From mid-August to mid-October, the peak of fall bird migration, 350 species of North American birds migrate to wintering grounds in central and South America. Birds migrate in fall from areas of low or declining food resources to areas with increased foraging opportunity. One way to host long-distance migrants is by planting annuals and perennials, shrubs, vines, and trees with […]

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Fall Recipes Like Grandma Made

Grandma’s Vegetable Soup 1 pound ground beef 1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice 2 potatoes, peeled and diced 2 carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 (14.5 ounce) can green beans, undrained 1 (14 ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained 1 pinch ground ginger, or more to taste Salt and ground black pepper to taste Gather ingredients. Cook and stir ground […]

Praying for camouflage

South Carolina’s state insect, the Carolina Mantis grows to about two-and-a-half inches. They nymphs can change color to their background during molting to help with camouflage.

Early Bird Walk

City of Columbia Park Ranger Program, Early Bird Walk: Observe migrating birds along the Saluda Riverwalk with a park ranger every Wednesday, 7–8 a.m. at Saluda Riverwalk, 650 Candi Lane. Bring a pair of binoculars or borrow a pair from the rangers. Registration is required, columbiasc.gov/early-bird-walk.

Plan an October weekend getaway

Fans of fall know few things can beat the crisp, sunny afternoons of October. The early days of the month bring with them comfortable temperatures and beautiful vistas. Summer’s heat and humidity often are things of the past, and time spent outdoors, whether raking leaves or tailgating at a football game, can be quite pleasant. Early October is home to […]

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Mini Ham And Cheese Rolls 2 Tbsp. dried minced onion 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds ½ cup margarine, melted 24 dinner rolls ½ pound chopped ham ½ pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine onion flakes, mustard, poppy seeds and margarine. Split each dinner roll. Make a sandwich […]

Geckos in the Garden

Stopping to smell the flowers

Most home gardens in the Midlands host green anoles, broadhead skinks, five-lined skinks, ground skinks, and glass lizards. These native reptiles to the southern landscape work by day consuming insects like crickets, roaches, flies, moths, spiders, slugs, and other invertebrates. At night they bunker down on trees, rotten logs, or brush piles. Evening moonlit garden parties bring out another lizard, […]

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Weeknight Casseroles Kids Will Love

Hamburger Potato Casserole 1 pound lean ground beef 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup ¾ cup milk ½ cup chopped onion Salt and ground black pepper to taste 3 cups peeled and thinly sliced potatoes 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef […]

CHNA August Yard of the Month

Cross Hill Neighborhood Association’s (CHNA) August Yard of the Month goes to the Gabriels of Burwell Road. Taziki’s Mediterranean Café of Cross Hill Market gave a generous donation of a gift card.

Preserve basil for winter meals

Don’t let a bumper crop of basil go to waste. Preserve its flavor and zest with proper storage and preservation. Extend the life of fresh basil by removing any discolored leaves and cutting the bottom of the stems off at an angle. Set the stems in a jar with an inch or two of water. Loosely cover it with a […]

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