THE SHELF: ‘PLANTS WITH BENEFITS’ TURNS UP
is chocolate associated with Valentine’s Day?
is fennel mentioned in the Kama Sutra?
does the mere sight of a banana reduce some of us to
Helen Yoest, and watch her blush.
explores the aphrodisiac qualities of certain herbs,
fruits, flowers and vegetables in her new book,
"Plants With Benefits." The book delves into
the lore and chemistry of plants that are reputed to
fuel our sexual fires when we ingest them, smell them or
just look at their suggestive shapes.
tells us how our ancestors believed those plants
affected us, and then digs a little deeper to find out
what those plants really do to our bodies or our minds.
may never be able to eat avocados with a straight face
With Benefits" is published by St. Lynn’s Press
and sells for $17.95 in hardcover.
NEW: OUTDOOR SPEAKER HIDDEN IN PLANTER
that music coming from the plant?
Audio makes outdoor audio speakers that are hidden in
planters, so the source of your outdoor music isn’t
obvious. They’re available in planter box and pot
styles that can accommodate live plants, in either a
weathered concrete or terra cotta look.
planter speaker has separate left and right channel
inputs to provide stereo sound from a single speaker. If
you have two of the planters, they can be wired to
separate the sound between the two speakers.
speakers can be installed on a deck or a stone or
concrete patio. They’re weatherproof, but they shouldn’t
be placed near the path of an automatic sprinkler.
speakers’ suggested retail price is $459.95. Sound and
Vision is the local dealer for Niles Audio products.
Other dealers can be found through the distributors
listed at .
CAN CLOUDY GLASSWARE BE CLEANED?
My 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup has a film on it. I have
tried vinegar and bleach, and nothing helps. I use
Cascade rinse in the dishwasher. Any suggestions?
Mineral deposits in water can turn glassware cloudy.
Sometimes that film can be removed with vinegar or a
product such as CLR.
since you’ve already tried vinegar without success, I’m
afraid the cloudiness may be permanent. That happens
when the heat of the dishwasher’s drying cycle bakes
the minerals into the pores of the glass and etches it.
a question about home maintenance, decorating or
gardening? Akron Beacon Journal home writer Mary Beth
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