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St. Marys, PA, United States

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Sunrise: 6:31 am
Sunset: 7:57 pm
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DuBois PA

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Humidity: 58%
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Potting mix Garden

This worked well for me for many years - it's a simple, weed-free way to grow lettuce, spinach and even radishes. Take a 2 cubic feet bag of potting soil (I used Miracle Grow), rumple it around quite a bit to loose the soil, poke quite a few holes in the back side for drainage, then lay the bag on a smooth surface that will allow drainage and not get too hot, and cut out the top, leaving about a 4 or 5 inch border all around. Lightly rake through the soil to even it out and loosen it even more, then carefully, and evenly sprinkle the seeds around. I put my salad green seeds in an old spice bottle with large shaker holes, added some cornmeal, shook it all up to mix well and sprinkled them out of it. I put the cornmeal in there to allow me to see that I had covered the soil evenly. If doing radish seeds or spinach, just make lines the depth mentioned on the seed pack, plant the seeds and cover appropriately. For salad greens I sprinkled a lite covering of soil over the cornmeal and seeds and then spray-misted to water them in. I put my bags on metal sawhorses and grates to make them waist level. This kept the bags off the hot concrete and I didn't have to bend over when cutting my salad. When harvesting, just use a pair of scissors and cut what you need - don't pull the plants out. Same goes for spinach - they will grow back almost magically overnight, and you can't tell where you cut. Spray mist the seeds and plantlings at first when watering, until they are established, then you can water more vigorously as the plants mature. You will probably need to water more often, since the depth of the bags are not as deep as a regular in-ground garden. I just kept mine moist, but not sopping wet.

 

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Easter Bunny History

As children look forward to a visit from the Easter Bunny, it's interesting to learn a little Easter bunny history about how this legendary rabbit first got its start and how it has evolved into today's beloved character.

Long a symbol of spring as well as fertility, the rabbit was first a part of early Anglo-Saxon pagan mythology. As one of the most fertile animals, the rabbit was the perfect creature to represent new life and rebirth. It was also the animal representative of a Northern European fertility goddess. When early Christian converts continued to celebrate their spring rituals, the story of the rabbit, which represented replenishment, renewal, birth and new life, merged with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

German writings from the 1500s mention the rabbit as an Easter symbol, and German immigrants brought the tradition of edible rabbits with them to America. The first Easter bunnies were made of pastries, with chocolate bunnies not making an appearance until the 1800s. In the eighteenth century, German immigrants to the Pennsylvania Dutch area told tales about an egg-laying bunny to their children.

According to the early legends, the Easter bunny would visit good children and lay colored eggs for them in nests that the children would make out of their hats. As the story of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country, Easter baskets became the tradition. The bunny would also expand its edible Easter gifts to children as the decades went by, with candies, chocolates and even small toys becoming popular deliveries.

The Easter bunny is closely associated with eggs, another early fertility and rebirth symbol used from ancient times. Also, eggs were plentiful in nature during the spring, so they were a perfect item to pair with the celebrations of the end of winter and the beginning of warmth, flowers and new baby animals. Today, the Easter bunny and its eggs remind children and adults everywhere that a new season is starting, and the cold gray days are over.

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