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APRIL 2014

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Preparing for a Flood Floods are the most common natural disaster in the US ...and average about $42,000 per insurance claim. That means in the last 10 years Americans have spent nearly $4 billion in damages each year*. For homeowners, this is the

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flood source at periods of water discharge. PREPARE FOR This places you A FLOOD at a higher BEFORE A probability of FLOOD flooding and HAPPENS BY increases overFOLLOWING all costs of flood THESE STEPS: insurance. Watch the news Step One: to know when Be Informed you are under a flood watch or Check to see if warning. you live in a predetermined Step Two: floodplain, Stock Up which is an area near a high-risk If you know

How To: How to Compost with Coffee Maybe you're one of many people trying to reduce the amount of trash you produce. Maybe you're wondering why your local coffee shop is giving away its waste coffee grounds to gardeners. Or maybe you're just looking for a free source of fertility for your garden. The answer to all three is that coffee grounds are easy to use in the garden, to make compost or as plant food. To compost with coffee:

Source your coffee grounds. If you can't function without a proper cup of coffee in the mornings, then you may well brew your own. If so then you have a ready supply of coffee grounds to use in the garden. If you're not a coffee drinker, or you don't have a coffee machine, then you'll have to hunt down a local coffee shop that gives its waste grounds away - or maybe there's a coffee machine at work you can empty.

Use them fresh. Because they're damp and full of nutrients, coffee grounds quickly start to go moldy. Moldy coffee grounds are still fine to use, but they don't look as nice so you may want to compost them instead of using them as a mulch. Mulch. If you're after a low-maintenance garden, then you can simply toss your waste coffee grounds onto the soil as a mulch. Their dark color absorbs heat from

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Asparagus Roll Up Servings: 12 rolls Prep Time: 25 min. Cook Time: 20 min. Ingredients: -6 slices bacon -24 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed -8 ounce cream cheese, softened -2 tablespoons finely chopped chives -12 slices white bread crusts removed -2 tablespoons butter, melted -3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Grease a baking sheet. 3. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet and cook over medi-

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um high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel lined plate. When bacon is cool, crumble and set aside in a bowl. Place asparagus spears into a large skillet and pour in about 1 inch of water. Place over medium heat, cover skillet, and simmer asparagus until bright green and slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Remove asparagus and set aside. Place cream cheese and chives into a bowl with bacon and stir to evenly combine. Roll each bread slice with a rolling pin on a work surface until the slices are thin

and flat. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over each slice of bread. 9. Center 2 asparagus spears on a bread slice, and roll the slice around the asparagus into a tidy and compact cylinder. Place seam side down onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients. 10. Brush each roll with melted butter and sprinkle each with about 1 1/2 teaspoon Parmesan cheese. 11. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden brown and hot, 10 to 12 minutes. Courtesy of allrecipes.com 8.

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Preparing for a Flood Continued there is a good chance of flooding, prepare yourself. Buy a hand-crank radio, flashlight and a first aid kit for potential power loss. Have ample supply of necessary medications and medical items on hand and enough food and water to sustain a couple days. Make extra copies of personal documents, deeds and insurance policies. Step Three: Get Ready To Go Listen to the radio and watch the news for warning signs and be prepared to leave at any moment. Once a flood warning is issued for your area, get to high ground and stay away from water. Only a halffoot of water is enough to make you fall. If you’re driving and can’t escape flood

waters, get out and move to high ground; many cars can be swept away by just two feet of swift moving water. Step Four: Wait It Out Do not return home until officials have declared the area safe. Before going inside, make certain all supports are still intact. If you smell gas, leave immediately and call 911. Remove all hazardous materials such as batteries, cleaning materials and fuel containers while wearing protective clothing. Contact your state health department to make sure your water supply is not contaminated. There is a chance you may have to treat the water before using it to prepare food or drink.

Floods are Incredibly

Dangerous ...and can happen anywhere; natural disasters are unbiased. Even a few feet of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to a household. Take precautions to minimize any potential damage. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.


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the sun and can help the soil to warm up, and they'll add nutrients to the soil as they break down. Deter pests. Another advantage of using coffee ground directly on the soil is that it can deter pests. Slugs and snails aren't fond of the caffeine or the gritty texture, and might go elsewhere for a munch. If you have a problem with cats using your garden as a litter box, then a coffee mulch can help to disguise the smell and encourage them to 'go' elsewhere. And if you've got access to a regular supply of coffee grounds, then it's worth experimenting to see whether the smell confuses carrot flies, and other pests that find their way to your plants by smell. Make a liquid feed. Put about a pound of coffee grounds into a bucket or watering can with 5 gal-

lons of water, leave it to warm up for a little while, and you've got a nitrogenrich feed that you can use on hungry plants in your garden. The resulting feed will be slightly acidic good for use on acidloving plants (such as camellias, azaleas, gardenias, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and blueberries). You can use it elsewhere, but keep an eye on your soil pH by testing your soil each season with a soil pH meter or garden chemistry test kit. Add coffee grounds to your compost heap. If you have a compost heap, then you can add coffee grounds - filters and all - to your heap. The carbon to nitrogen ration of coffee grounds is around 20:1, which means that it adds a nitrogen boost to your heap that can kick-start the composting process or compensate for a lot of carbon-rich 'brown' materials (woody plant stems,

crumpled paper or cardboard). The C to N ratio of coffee grounds is similar to that of grass clippings, and because it has been ground up, it has a large surface area and breaks down quickly. Give your worms a boost. You can also add coffee grounds to your worm composter - the worms will love munching their way through them. In a worm composter, you'll need to keep a careful eye on the pH levels to keep your worms happy. Balance out the acidic coffee grounds with some lime, or crushed up eggshells. If you're a real coffee addict, then you'll also appreciate the final bonus it brings to your garden. Everywhere you go in your garden, you'll get that fresh coffee aroma! Courtesy of howtodothings.com


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