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Jewelweed Pain Relief for Stinging Nettle and Poison Ivy
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Take the sting out of stinging nettle and itch out of poison ivy with the help of Jewelweed.   This North American native plant can be found growing in moist partially...
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Give Houseplants a bit of TLC this Summer
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Even your houseplants need a bit of protection from the heat, air conditioning and intense sunlight of summer.   The longer days and more intense summer sun streaming...
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Scarlet Lily Beetle
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Holes in lily leaves may mean the scarlet lily leaf beetle has moved into your garden.           This European native was first...
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Starting Clematis from Seed
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Looking for a way to expand your clematis, or should I say as some prefer KLEM-a-tis collection? Try starting new plants from seeds this summer.   Once the seedheads turn...
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Improve your Lawn and Save Time by Sharpening the Mower Blades
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Save time, fuel, water and improve the look of your lawn by sharpening your mower’s blades. Dull blades tear the grass instead of making a clean cut. This results...
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Downy Mildew on Basil
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Yellowing along leaf veins, black spots and fuzzy gray growth on basil may mean downy mildew has infected the plants. This fungal disease is carried on seeds, infected...
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Blanching Cauliflower and Celery
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Cover the heads of cauliflower and stalks of celery for that creamy white appearance and less bitter flavor.   This technique, called blanching, prevents sunlight from...
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Managing Picnic Beetles
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Don’t share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest.   Picnic beetles are...
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Anthracnose on Ash, Maple and Oaks
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Irregular shaped brown spots on the leaves of maple, ash, oak and sycamore trees could mean your tree has anthracnose.  This disease is caused by several different fungi...
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Don’t Step on a Bee Day – July 10th
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. July 10th is Don’t Step on a Bee Day. Celebrate this fun holiday by taking a moment to watch the bees busy at work in your garden.   Did you know bees use dance to...
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How Can There Be a New Dr. Seuss Book?
Dr. Seuss, the man behind "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs & Ham" and so many other childhood classics, passed away almost 25 years ago. So when you hear there's a "new" Dr. Seuss book, you sort of scratch your...
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Keep Your Enemies Close
There's a lot of buzz about Johnny Depp's upcoming film, Black Mass, and there's a new trailer out for it. He's playing Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters of our time, a kingpin in the Boston crime scene before becoming...
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"Are You Ready for This, Scully?"
Fans of The X-Files have been waiting for the return of The X-Files for years. With the announcement that the show was returning to Fox in 2016, said fans went a little nutty. Nutty that it's happening, and nutty that they have to wait until...
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This Time, Kate Winslet's the Queen of the World
Kate Winslet, the actress who rocketed to fame as Rose in Titanic, taped an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls recently. She did some flying, and some climbing, and at one point, recreated a famous scene from the movie. No, not the charcoal...
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Happy Pottermas, Harry!
Today marks Harry Potter's 35th birthday, according to his creator, JK Rowling. And what better way to celebrate the beginning of his 36th trip around the Sun than with a special greeting from his old friend, Ron Weasley. Okay, it's not...
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Most Expensive Selfie Ever?
Okay, these stories keep popping up. There's the woman taking the selfie with the lion that ends badly. Then the woman taking the selfie with the bison that ends badly, but not as badly as the lion selfie. And now this. A guy in San Diego...
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All This Over a Stroller
So there's some controversy afoot about an ad for a high-end baby stroller company called Bugaboo. It features a model in a pretty small running outfit - almost a barely-there swimmer's two-piece - pushing a stroller with her own two-year-old...
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Teaching Center, with Key & Peele
Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele are behind the best sketch-comedy show on TV right now. Their latest sketch applies the metrics and showmanship of ESPN's Sports Center to the world of teaching. What if teachers got as much interest and as...
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Mystery Solved?
"A huge break in the biggest aviation mystery in decades," says NBC News reporter Tom Costello. Debris likely from an airplane has surfaced on Reunion Island, about 600 miles away from Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Investigators from...
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You WILL Have Fun at the Beach
It's summertime, so that means beach time. For those without kids, no big deal. For those with kids, you need a degree in project management to pull that off, and even that won't help. Freelance writer Robyn Welling, a New York Times...
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