WHAT THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH THE VACUUM SEALER?

Some types of food such as flour, jam, sugar and pasta… can stay for a long time if it is stored properly. By using the best vacuum sealer for these foods, you can make the airtight seal so that it can keep the food fresh more than 5 times.

The best ways to store some powder and dry ingredients is to use the vacuum sealer. Rather, this machine can be used to preserve other different foods such as salad, breakfast, fruits or grains…

How to store, seal and savor your foods?

In order to begin, you set all series of empty and clean jars out on the counter. Then, you take a piece of label or tape and a permanent marker, stick it on each jar and write down the contents of each jar. This step can give the efficient storage for the foods as well as you can able to keep the dry ingredients separated with the wet ingredients when you seal and store the foods. Read more

10 super summer shrubs: fragrance, intriguing blossoms, color even bird and butterfly appeal (2)

Simply Stately

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

This exotic beauty thrives in moderate climates. Its tropical-looking pink, lavender, or white funnel-shaped blossoms revive any faltering midsummer garden. At full height, the Rose of Sharon is V-shape. But be warned: This beauty can be invasive, shedding seed capsules that spur weedy seedlings. Remove the capsules before they mature or look for sterile hybrid varieties, such as lavender ‘Minerva’, dark pink ‘Aphrodite ‘, or pure white ‘ Diana’. Mulch well in cooler winter regions. In winter or early spring, cut away last season’s growth (for bigger blossoms).

Growth: 10 to 15 feet tall

Conditions: full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil that’s neutral to slightly alkaline

Zardy: Zones 5 to 9

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10 super summer shrubs: fragrance, intriguing blossoms, color even bird and butterfly appeal (1)

Spring-blooming shrubs put on a great opening act, but summer shrubs steal the show. Their strong U silhouettes add balance, mass, and scattered shade as they link trees and larger woody plants with smaller flowers, vines, and ground covers. They enhance the garden’s dynamic swirl of colorful annuals and perennials. Here are our favorites, with their distinctive benefits.

Heavenly Blue

BLUEBEARD, AKA BLUE MIST

(Caryopteris x clandonensis)

This Asian native is well settled into American life. Birds and butterflies love it, bees buzz it so vigorously that you can hear them clearly, and it makes a great cut flower.

Bluebeard never flinches at summer heat and humidity, doesn’t tempt deer, and manages with less than ideal rainfall. However, it can be short-lived; after 4 or 5 years, it may need replacement, but in the meantime, it’s well worth having. Bluebeard forms a low, fine-textured mound of intensely blue flowers in airy clusters on spreading branches. ‘Kew Blue’ has deep violet-blue flowers while newcomer ‘Sapphire Surf’ is amazing in mass plantings. Its leaves are aromatic and, on some cultivars, such as ‘Worcester Gold‘, variegated. Cut it back in late winter or early spring for strong, dense growth. Read more