Category Archives: Home & Garden

Planting Olives Planting Olives


The feathery gray-green foliage and the gnarled and furrowed trunks of the Olive (Olea europa) make them a valued ornamental. The Olive is one of the hardiest of evergreen fruit trees, being able to withstand 12-15° F. with little or no damage. The tree grows vigorously in a wide range of climates, but is best…
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Planting Asparagus Planting Asparagus


In the early spring the home garden offers few pleasures greater than the cutting of the luscious early spears of an established asparagus planting. It was because of its habit of producing early shoots that the ancient Greeks named the plant asparagos, meaning to swell. Until modern times asparagus was a medicinal plant. The early…
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How to Grow Okra How to Grow Okra


Okra is primarily a hot-weather tropical and can be grown in both northern and southern gardens. A tall-growing annual gumbo grows best in the southern states, where two crops of it can be grown near. Okra Planting Okra thrives in any well-kept garden soil in full sunlight. If the soil is wet, the seed tends…
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Stenciling Equipment Stenciling Equipment


Materials A variety of materials can he used for stencilling, from special stencilling paints and sticks to acrylics and latex. Each has its own properties and will create different effects. Acrylic stencil paint: acrylic stencil paint is quick-drying, reducing the possibility of the paint running and seeping behind the stencil. Acrylic stencil paints are available…
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Planting Pineapples Planting Pineapples


Pineapple was propagated vegetatively in improved forms by the Central and South American natives long before the discovery of the continent by Europeans. Then it was rapidly spread throughout the world and is now grown everywhere in the Tropics, to which it is adapted. In the United States it can be grown only in the…
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Planting Yuccas Planting Yuccas


Yucca is usually thought of as a desert or semidesert plant, confined to dry areas of the South and the southwestern desert, but several yuccas are surprisingly hardy in the cool, moist regions of the North. Yuccas are very handsome plants. Nearly all of the 40-odd species have stiff, swordlike silver green leaves, growing in…
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Bees Bees


Bees play an important role in nature’s scheme of things. There are some 5,000 species of bees in North America. Most of them are important only to wild plants, but several hundred pollinate cultivated crops (over 100 species, for instance, visit alfalfa). Value of Bees The value of those which pollinate only wild plants should…
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Planting Jerusalem Artichokes Planting Jerusalem Artichokes


The Jerusalem artichoke, a large, potato-shaped tuber, is characterized by its sweet nut-like flavor. Contrary to popular notion, it neither tastes nor looks like the green or globe artichoke, and is not even related to it botanically. Jerusalem is actually a corruption of the Italian girasol, meaning “turning to the sun,” and this artichoke is…
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Planting Peas Planting Peas


Peas are high in food value and rich in vitamins A, the B group and C. It is of very ancient origin being grown and used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Garden Pea is very sensitive to heat and thrives only in cool weather. In the South it is grown during the fall…
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Planting Broccoli Planting Broccoli


Broccoli is a hardy, fairly quick-maturing crop which belongs to the Cabbage family. Broccoli prefers coolness and moisture. In the regions of the country where summer arrives early, it will be most successful if planted as a fall crop. However, certain gardeners contend that it thrives best as a two-season crop for both spring and…
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Hydroponic Gardening Hydroponic Gardening


From the Greek roots hydro, water, and meaning work, hydroponics is the science of growing plants in water, without soil. Plants are supported in an inert, non-organic medium such as sand, fine gravel or mica compositions, which are saturated with nutrient solutions for short periods. These solutions typically contain phosphorus, potassium, calcium, urn, sulfur, iron,…
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Planting Paprika Planting Paprika


Paprika is one of the less pungent varieties of red pepper and is widely used as a condiment. It has long been grown for export in eastern and southern Europe and successfully cultivated in the United States. The substance giving red peppers their pungent properties is produced almost entirely in the thin papery tissues to…
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Planting Corn Planting Corn


Sweet Corn is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions and, consequently, is grown in all sections of the U.S. It is grown for the fresh market in both the southern and northern regions, but by far the largest acreage in the North is grown for processing and freezing. This crop grows best during…
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Ornamental Grass Ornamental Grass


Some of the annual and perennial grasses are of ornamental value, when grown in single clumps. They range in height from a foot to ten feet and more. The graceful, arching stalks of the Pampas Grass and the Eulalia Grass make these excellent as conspicuous specimens. The fruit clusters of Squirrel-tail Grass or Bristly Foxtail…
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Beekeeping Beekeeping


Most people who know little about bees assume that hives have to be kept in the country where there is plenty of open space and much vegetation. While such settings are ideal, bees can be kept in much less likely places as well. Suburban backyards are usually fine (provided local laws permit and neighbors don’t…
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How to Build a Water Garden How to Build a Water Garden


Water gardening, whether on a large or small scale, is one of the most enjoyable, fascinating and trouble-free, once initial construction and landscaping has been complete, forms of ornamental horticulture. The attractiveness of a water garden extends over a long season. Few garden plants can compare with tropical water-lilies by providing a succession of flowers…
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Root Pruning Root Pruning


Root pruning is practiced to encourage the development of fibrous roots which are the plants’ suppliers of food and water. Plants that are being readied for transplanting or that need invigorating, and trees whose roots are over-taking gardens, lawns and paths are often root pruned. When fruit trees consistently fail to set fruit, though all…
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