Mason jar magic
You can give a Mason jar or other food jar a colorful tint in about 10 minutes. You need white glue, a sponge brush and food coloring. How to do it:
• Pour 2 tablespoons or so of white glue into a small glass bowl.
• In another glass bowl, add a drop of food coloring.
• Use a spoon to pick up a dab of food coloring and add it to the glue. Mix well. Keep adding food coloring until you achieve a color you like.
• Use a dampened sponge brush to brush the mixture onto clean jars. Don’t worry about the brush strokes — they will disappear when dry.
The treatment isn’t dishwasher safe, but an occasional rinse in cool water won’t affect the tint.
Check over garden tools
Check the condition of your shovels, forks, hoes and other garden tools and repair or replace them in advance of spring gardening. Take the opportunity to clean off mud and to sharpen blades with a steel file. Wiping with an oily rag will keep surface rust away.
Buy local for Easter
A spring market Saturday at the Extension Center will feature about 18 vendors selling fresh eggs, baked goods, meat and perhaps a bit of produce. The market will be from 8 a.m. to noon at 21st and Ridge Road. This will be the last winter market before the outdoor market opens April 6.