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Master Gardener: January garden notes

So thankful we’ve picked up over four inches of moisture here in Scranton in the few weeks since Christmas. All of it soaked in nice and slow.

Had to chuckle at the recent news insert that showed elephants at the Berlin zoo playing with and later eating donated, unused pine Christmas trees. Would never have guessed the tree’s scent would be so attractive to them.

A certain lady named Pulitizer moves from New York to Palm Beach. Peddles fruit and juice from her citrus groves at roadside stands. Makes a flashy, colorful dress to hide her “splashy” accidents. Dress goes on to become a fashion statement, aided by lady’s high profile friends. Only in America.

Just what we didn’t need: another tick-bom illness is making headlines. Cases arise between the months of April and October. The disease is caused by a tiny parasite related to the one that causes malaria. As with other tick- related illnesses, use the same common sense practices to protect yourself outdoors. The name of the disease is babesiosis.

And finally, we hear a lot about the nutritive benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables. Did you know that there are many “white” foods that are also body-boosters? No, not white bread and sugar. How about cauliflower (not my favorite) which is high in fiber and vitamin C. Also contains healthful phytochemicals. Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fats and contain protein and minerals such as calcium and iron. White onions are rich in the flavanols that are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant. Can’t forget potatoes, which are a good source of potassium, high in vitamin C and contain phytochemicals. Check out some other “white” foods to see how they can boost your health.

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