Autumn Leaf Management: Tools to Make That Backbreaking Job Easier

Autumn Leaf ManagementWhen the blustery, fall winds kick up, a cascading display of leaves takes over the sky. Autumn is a beautiful time of year, even though it does mark the end of summer. Until next spring, you’re not going to see rich colors in nature for a while, so it’s worthwhile to relish in the changes before the white of winter sets in. Raking leaves might not be the way you envision enjoying a crisp October day, but it’s a task you will want to tackle if preserving your lawn is important to you.

Ever watch your neighbors working outside during the changing seasons? Some are lackadaisical with the yard maintenance while others seem to be out there every day working on something whether it’s mowing, raking leaves, snow blowing, etc. Of course, every homeowner is different — some prefer to bag the grass clippings while others don’t mind and the same goes for leaves. For some people, it’s true that raking leaves is an aesthetic choice, but the reason behind collecting the fall foliage is more than just that.

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The Green Gardener’s Guide to Greenhouse Pest Control

oilytextControlling pests in a greenhouse can be a green gardener’s nightmare.  Many greenhouse pesticides end up being bug bombs that require HAZMAT suites and respirators in order to safely apply.  The residue left in the greenhouse can have questionable effects on the greenhouse manager, employees, hobbyist, and consumers.  All these individuals plus more become exposed to chemical pest control when the greenhouse door opens and products are sold. Greenhouse owners and operators have a green option that uses one of the oldest technologies that has existed since the beginning of time.  This technology is solar energy.

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How to Pick the Right Spigot Using One’s Animal Totem

butterfly spigotThe concept of following symbolism through one’s dreams or during meditation has a vast history.  Shamanisms, Greek Mythology, European Farmers during the Neolithic period, Hermetic, Kabbalistic, yogis, and Native Americans have all followed some form of the Underworld or Otherworld.  An animal many times guides the traveler through this sacred place and for the Native American this animal was represented on a totem.

Totems through history have been used to represent a tribe, clan, family, or individual.  An individual totem, believed by Native Americans, is linked to each person.  Throughout one’s journey it is believed that one central animal totem will be the primary guide with other animals joining in to help that individual during their life.  These secondary animals can come and go depending on what is happening in one’s life.  While there are thousands of animals only nine are recognized as animal totems.

Described below are the directions on how to mediate and find your animal totem.  But some believe that the process of merely choosing an animal either at the zoo, through a collection, or as simple as picking a garden spigot can give one insight into the animal that would represent an individuals totem.

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The Diverse History of the Fleur-de-lis Symbol

Fleur-de-lisIt may bring visions of fabulous French countryside or notoriously lavish French rulers to mind.  But the Fleur-de-lis symbol has a history that goes well beyond your initial thought.  This classic symbol is used with pride all across the globe and has intriguing, mysterious and even glorious stories behind it.

Translation

Fleur-de-lis means literally the (de) Lily (lis) Flower (fleur).  In Elizabethan times the iris was also called the fleur-de-lis and strangely enough, the symbol resembles the iris much more than a lily.

Historical Symbolism

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Salt encrusted Prime Rib for the Big Green Egg from Richard in FL

Untitled-1Another recipe submission from Richard Howe in Melbourne, FL.   Richard bought his first kamado grill in SE Asia in the 60s and has been hooked ever since.  With a recipe database that EGGceeds 100 and four Big Green Eggs, Richard is a bonafide expert in cooking kamado-style.

To submit your own original recipe to the Outdora Big Green Egg recipes contest, email your recipe to biggreeneggrecipes@outdora.com.  You can win the official Big Green Egg cookbook and also have your recipe featured at Sonoma’s first annual Eggfest.  Read all about it here.

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Turkey Gumbo Recipe for the Big Green Egg from Richard in FL

Turkey Gumbo for the Big Green EggA couple of years ago, a friend of Richard Howe’s who owns a BBQ joint gave him the legs and wings of four barbecued turkeys.   As a result of that exchange, Richard came up with this original of Turkey gumbo concoction.  Richard is a bona fide Egghead.  He bought his first Kamado-style grill in SE Asia in the 60s.  Richard currently lives in Melbourne, FL along with his four Big Green Eggs and a database that Eggceeds 100 Big Green Egg recipes.

If you have your own original Big Green Egg recipe you’d like to share, please email it to biggreeneggrecipes@outdora.com. Read the contest guidelines for more information.

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OLDE MAN ‘N SEA (Shrimp Stuffed with Crab) recipe for the Big Green Egg from Richard in FL

Olde Man 'N SeaThanks once again to Egghead Richard Howe in Melbourne, FL for submitting his Olde Man ‘N’ Sea (or Shrimp Stuffed with Crab) original recipe for the Big Green Egg.  Richard has a database of over 100 Big Green Egg recipes and has submitted quite a few to the Outdora Big Green Egg recipes contest.  Back in the 60s, Richard purchased his first kamado grill in SE Asia and has been savoring the moments of cooking kamado-style ever since.  Today, Richard owns four (yes, four) Big Green Eggs.

If you have your own original Big Green Egg recipe that you’d like to enter into Outdora’s original Big Green Egg recipes contest, email it to biggreeneggrecipes@outdora.com along with your name/location.   Contest guidelines can be found here.

INGREDIENTS:

Large Shrimp, The Bigger The Better, These are 5 per pound

Bacon Strips to Wrap

1 Cup Crab Meat

1/4 Cup Mayonnaise

1 Egg

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Meat Loaf Recipe for the Big Green Egg from Richard in FL

MeatloafHere’s another recipe from Richard Howe in Melbourne, FL.  Richard has a database of Big Green Egg recipes EGGceeding 100.    He bought his first kamado grill in the 60s in SE Asia and presently owns four Eggs.  You can view many of Richard’s recipes along with our other contestant recipes by browsing the Big Green Egg recipes contest section of our blog.

If you have your own original Big Green Egg recipe that you’d like to submit to Outdora’s Big Green Egg original recipe contest, email it to biggreeneggrecipes@outdora.com along with your name/location.  You can read contest guidelines here.

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Get Your Fallscaping On: Extend Vegetable and Flower Gardens into Autumn

Autumn GardenAs a dedicated gardener, the last thing you should do is slow down once fall comes into the picture. Of course, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate, but in any case, you shouldn’t let the season take the wind out of your sails. Now is a better time than ever to extend your vegetable and flower garden. Some even say that the best crops are grown during the warm days and cold nights. A touch of frost can add sugary sweetness to collards, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and sweet corn.

Fall gardening does require some adjustments on your part, but as long as you have the right equipment and an open frame of mind for learning tips and tricks, it can be a fun and rewarding time of year.

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Big Green Egg inspired Crawfish Pizza recipe from Steve and Traci in Louisiana

Crawfish Pizza for the Big Green EggThanks to Steve and Traci Munster from Covington, Louisiana for submitting this interesting Crawfish Pizza recipe.  Steve and Traci are the proud parents of two Big Green Eggs on which they frequently cook pizza.   For those of you who are in a no-crawfish zone, you can use shrimp as a substitute.  The crust was inspired by Chef Emeril.

If you have an original Big Green Egg recipe that you would like to submit in the Big Green Egg recipe contest, please email it to biggreeneggrecipes@outdora.com along with your name/location along with any pictures or information you would like included in your post.  The recipe with the most Facebook “likes” wins the official Big Green Egg cookbook and will have their recipe featured at the first annual Sonoma Eggfest.   Details for submission can be found here.

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