Category Archives: Home & Garden

Cow Raising Cow Raising


With feed costs as high as they are today, keeping a cow may not save you much, if any, hard cash. But, if you like cows, are willing to spend a few hours each day feeding, watering and milking one and processing its fresh milk, then the animal will indeed reward you, with plenty of…
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Planting Cactus Planting Cactus


Cactus plants, which include the fascinating bizarre cacti, are to be considered as the most specialized of all plant groups. Since they live chiefly in areas typically hot and dry they assume fantastic forms which enable them to survive in such regions of adverse conditions. The grotesque growths tend to conserve water and reduce transpiration….
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Solid Wood Floor Installation Solid Wood Floor Installation


Securing loose boards For suspended wood floors — boards laid over floor joists — start by lifting the old floor covering and checking that all the boards are securely fixed to their joists, and that they are reasonably flat and level. Loose hoards will creak annoyingly: when walked on, and raised edges or pronounced warping…
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Preparing Surface for Covering Preparing Surface for Covering


Once the previous wall and ceiling decorations have been removed the next task is to restore any defects in the surfaces to be covered, and then to prepare them so that they present the perfect substrate for successful paperhanging. The first step is to put down some heavy-dory plastic sheeting on the floor to catch…
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Planting Tulips Planting Tulips


Tulips are bulbous plants which are natives of the Old World, where they occur in an area extending from the Mediterranean region to Japan. There are some 60 species and several thousand horticultural forms. They are doubtless the most popular bulbous garden plants. Species of Tulips These tulips have been derived from wild species, and…
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Growing Melons Growing Melons


The term is commonly used and includes the fruit of 2 distinct genera of the family Cucurbitaceae, Cucumis melo, the Muskmelon, Honey Dew, Casaba and related varieties; and Citrullus vulgaris, the Watermelon and Citron. Cucumis melo is a warm, temperate annual with trailing, soft, hairy vines. The fruit varies greatly in many of the cultivated…
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Planting Hyacinth Planting Hyacinth


The fragrant and colorful Hyacinth, important early spring flower, often arrives before the daffodils are under way. Hyacinths have several shades of purple, blue, yellow, and salmon, and there are single and double-flowered forms. Many gardeners are under the impression that hyacinths must be planted in formal beds, are equally attractive when planted throughout perennial…
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Preparing Garden Soil Preparing Garden Soil


The key to any successful gardening is good soil preparation. Inadequate attention to preparation at the outset is difficult to remedy once the plant has put down its roots and become established. First of all, it is extremely important to clear the soil of perennial weeds. If only one piece of many of these remains,…
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Stem Cutting Stem Cutting


Many plants, for the garden and indoors, can be raised from stem and leaf cuttings. The techniques are easy, and you will gain even more pleasure from your plants by seeing them grow from the start. Taking stem cuttings Most houseplants can be propagated of from softwood cuttings taken in spring, and many of the…
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Planting Onions Planting Onions


The onion has been grown since remote antiquity and its culture and use are noted in our earliest records. It probably originated in middle Asia. The Onion belongs to the Lily Family with such other closely related plants as Garlic, Leek, chives, shallots and welsh onions. It is generally a biennial or long-season annual although…
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How to Build a Rooftop Garden How to Build a Rooftop Garden


There are many reasons one can decide on building a rooftop garden, among them; location, ornamental purposes and for the use of social gatherings. For the person in areas that do not allow for gardens around the home because of limited or no space, rooftop gardens provide the perfect solution. They can be traced back…
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Planting Chestnut Trees Planting Chestnut Trees


As we know, the Chestnut in the United States is a member of the Castanets genus, which is a small group of nut-producing timber trees. C. dentata, the American chestnut, was probably the most valuable timber tree in this country. Certainly it was the dominant tree in the vast hardwood forests. Unfortunately an Asiatic fungus,…
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Planting Chrysanthemum Seeds Planting Chrysanthemum Seeds


Chrysanthemum is a genus which has contributed several species to the flower garden. Hardy chrysanthemums are among the popular and important garden flowers oust of the long, colorful show they put on in summer and fall. By choosing carefully the hundreds of varieties, the gardeners have chrysanthemum blooming nearly all year round. They can be…
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Planting Blueberries Planting Blueberries


This popular insect-resistant shrub, growing six to ten feet high, bears plenty of fine-tasting fruit and adds beauty to the home when used as an informal hedge. Blueberry Soil The cultivated blueberry is still close enough to its wild ancestors to be appreciative only of natural, organic fertilizers. They like humus and soft, woodsy soil…
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Raising Turkey Chicks Raising Turkey Chicks


Turkeys can be a profitable sideline for a homesteader, particularly if he can grow the green feed on which the birds thrive, and if he can sell them at retail. If not, turkeys still make good eating, and a homesteader can raise a few to dress for table use for the family. Stand warned, however,…
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Mushroom Growing Mushroom Growing


Of the many species of edible mushrooms which grow infields and woods, only one, Agaricus bisporushas been developed as a cultivated crop in the United States. Because of the variety of conditions under which fungi grow naturally, it might be assumed that commercial production would-be a simple process but nothing could be further from the…
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Planting Sunflower Seeds Planting Sunflower Seeds


The sunflower is a tall, coarse annual herb that resembles a colossal daisy. Commercially it is one of the most important herbs in the world today. The plant is grown as an ornamental or for its seeds, which are a valuable source of vitamins and minerals. The sunflower is native to the Americas. The Indians…
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Planting a Coconut Planting a Coconut


The coconut, Cocos nucifera, as a cultivated plant has wide distribution in tropical and subtropical regions in both hemispheres. Probably native to subtropical Asia, it was brought to Latin America by the Portuguese and Spaniards, and now grows throughout the tropical world. The trees, sturdy and wind resistant, have leaning trunks which may reach 80…
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Planting Brussels Sprouts Planting Brussels Sprouts


This vegetable has been grown near Brussels, Belgium, since the fourteenth century, hence its name. It is a minor crop in America even though its popularity has in-creased during the past 30 to 40 years. It is an erect single-stalked plant, developing buds or small heads (sprouts) in the axils of the leaves. These heads…
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