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Moles are driving me crazy….

Posted at 12:57pm on August 03, 2017 in GARDEN CENTER

It is a confession I must make. My lovely brick walk way has been raised a few inches in some spots. The outer edge of my patio is covered in dirt, and I have more ridges in my lawn than the Rockies! I am a vegetarian, and I am on the mission to kill. I find myself missing my old dog Sam (a.k.a the greatest mole hunter that ever lived). There are ways, however, for a frustrated homeowner to find solace. Moles are not all that terrible of pests. They are actually very beneficial to an environment since they eat many unwanted insects such as grubs and earwigs. I wouldn't mind them a bit if they stayed in their deep burrows. The problem is that they tunnel towards the surface to feed on those unwanted insects I was talking about. They typically do not cause much damage to plants, and can help loosen heavy clay soils. With all the great things they do I am still not convinced at keeping mine around. I am sick of tripping over mounds or ridges of dirt, and I want to keep my gras...



Fused vs. Infused Oil

Posted at 12:51pm on August 03, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

Are you con-fused?A couple walks in to Twisted Trunk on a mission. I greet them, "Hello. Are you two looking for anything in particular today?" The classic response is that they are on the hunt for olive oil. This is when I begin to point out the different oils we carry. This is also the point in time many customers look a bit bewildered. To make it a bit easier, the 25 different kinds of olive oil we carry can be broken down into three basic categories. First, the U.P. extra virgin olive oils are labeled according to olive variety like Hojiblanca and Arbosana. The flavor of this oil comes from the olives alone as it is 100% pure. The next groups of olive oil take on flavors from the addition of other ingredients. Fused and infused olive oils make up the majority of our oil varieties. This is where everyone gets quite confused. So, what is the difference between the two? How are they made? What do I do with them? These are the common questions to follow my explanation. ...



Ultra Premium Olive Oil

Posted at 9:07am on June 27, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

Raising the BarThere is no doubt that fresh, pure olive oil is healthy and delicious. Quality EVOO has been found to have some of the highest amounts of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants. Research on the effects of high antioxidant foods show they are excellent cancer fighters. Antioxidants bind to free electrons in the body, helping to protect and repair cells. Getting the most nutritional benefit from everything we eat makes for a healthy lifestyle. When we eat well, we feel great. This makes it all the more important to know the authenticity of what we buy. When it comes to olive oil, certification is everything. In the olive oil industry there are few regulations for producers to follow. Independent testing has found some market bought "Extra Virgin" oils to be rancid or fraudulent (cut with palm, canola, or hazelnut oil). According to the National Consumers League, 6 out of 11 oils tested were unsatisfactory (http://www.nclnet.org/evoo_testing). Unfortunately, this makes a c...



PERENNIAL PLANTING TIPS

Posted at 12:41pm on June 03, 2017 in GARDEN CENTER

Planting perennials is an excellent way to add season-to-season color and fill to any landscape. Shrubs and trees add structure, height and definition to gardens. Perennials make a statement all their own. Colorful blooms that change with the seasons, and textures that make a garden really come to life. Once a perennial bed is established there is little care necessary. This makes perennial gardens a great choice for carefree coverage and color. There are a few steps that will help in making the perfect perennial garden.First, Always Plan Decide where the garden will be located. Tweaking an existing bed, or are you installing something entirely new? If a new bed is in order, take rope and outline the area to be planted. Then, remove the sod and place edgers at the border of the garden. New bed or existing, add a high quality compost to improve soil texture. This process is known as amending the soil. It is my first step any time I plant because it provides adequate drainage, nutrient...



Olive Oil Differences

Posted at 12:35pm on June 03, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

Refined, Virgin, Extra Virgin... what's the difference? I have always loved olive oil. It was a staple in my mother's house growing up. The mere smell brings back memories of watching her simmer eggs in the morning. She always said to only use extra virgin olive oil. For a time, I bought "extra virgin" purely on my mothers say-so, but my curiosity drove me to look in to where this philosophy came from. Was it just another wives' tale or family tradition? It turns out that mama does know best. The categories refined, virgin, and extra virgin are a clue to the quality and flavor of an oil. Extra virgin olive oil historically has been the most sought after. What is at the pit of all this? It all comes down to how the crop it grown, harvested, processed, and stored. Variances in these factors will lead to difference in over all purity. When it comes to olive oil, quality is everything. Buying inferior oil is a waste of money, and can even be costly to our health. Refined, Virgin, and Extra...