Spring is al­most here, it’s time to pon­der your gar­den

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE - Hints from Heloise

Dear Heloise: Now that the hol­i­days are over, many of us are long­ing for spring and plant­ing our gar­dens. No mat­ter how small the yard, it’s al­ways fun to grow some of your own veg­eta­bles.

Toma­toes are easy to grow in a wire cage or even in a pot. There’s noth­ing like home­grown veg­eta­bles, picked when they are ripe and ready to be eaten. It’s also nice to get the kids in­volved and teach them where their food comes from and how healthy it is to grow food that isn’t coated with wax or in­sect sprays, or isn’t ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied.

— Steve and Glo­ria, Mar­shall, Illi­nois Steve and Glo­ria, I love grow­ing a few toma­toes, onions and let­tuce. It’s al­ways fresh and has a won­der­ful flavor when it comes straight from the gar­den.

— Heloise

Peanut but­ter

Dear Heloise: How long will peanut but­ter last once it’s been opened?

— Lorna R., Bartlesvil­le, Ok­la­homa Lorna, peanut but­ter keeps well in the pantry for about two to three months af­ter open­ing. Then re­frig­er­ate it to last another three to four months.

— Heloise

Cot­tage cheese

Dear Heloise: Why is cot­tage

cheese con­sid­ered “diet food”?

— Kathy Y., Du­rango, Colorado

Kathy, prob­a­bly be­cause it’s usu­ally made from skim milk, and it’s fresh and un­fer­mented. Cot­tage cheese is also low in fat, con­tains cal­cium and pro­tein, but is rel­a­tively high in sodium com­pared with other dairy prod­ucts.

— Heloise Send a money-sav­ing or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 782795001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] com

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