Category Archives: Home & Garden

Planting Avocado Trees Planting Avocado Trees


In Florida, Southern California and other frost-free regions, the avocado is a practical fruit and shade tree for the home grounds, thriving either in or out of the lawn area. A heavy mulch or cover crop should be maintained beneath the tree to conserve soil moisture and keep weeds in check. Avocado flowers are borne…
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Rose Center Piece Flower Arrangement Rose Center Piece Flower Arrangement


A basket of roses and Peruvian lilies makes a beautiful gift — perhaps for a special birthday, anniversary or Mother’s Day. It would also add a lovely touch of colour and interest to a window sill, a fireplace or an otherwise dull corner that you feel needs cheering up. The basket, painted to tone with…
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Planting Spinach Planting Spinach


Spinach is the most important pot herb or green grown in the U.S. It is included in most home garden plantings. Spinach is rich in vitamin A and high in ascorbic acid, riboflavin plus some thiamine. It is also rich in iron and calcium. Spinach thrives best during relatively cool weather. It is what we…
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How to Make a Rock Garden How to Make a Rock Garden


When rock garden was introduced to the United States from England in the Iwo’s, it soon became a craze. Those early rock gardens were developed in the English tradition, with emphasis on the beauty of composition of both rocks and plants, but after a while many of these man-made gardens became an ugly con-glomeration of…
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Planting Eggplants Planting Eggplants


This purple black glossy vegetable of the Nightshade family has a mild flavor similar to that of fried oysters and is often substituted for meat. A warm-season crop that produces best in hot, sunny weather, the eggplant is grown from seed as a tender annual. Eggplants can be cultivated in northern areas if started indoors…
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Planting Grapes Planting Grapes


Grapes are frequently prized fruit producing plants in the home garden. They need room in which to grow; they need annual and heavy pruning if they are to produce many fruits; they need spraying and fertilizing. In most areas, home-grown grapes are not difficult to grow, but they do need some sort of trellis or…
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Planting Nectarines Planting Nectarines


The Nectarine, though differing somewhat in appearance and flavor, is actually of the same species as the Peach, Prunus persica, and has been known in the Old World for more than 2000 years. It originated as a natural mutation of the Peach and occasionally in peach orchards a tree will develop which produces nectarines. The…
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Soft Furnishing Soft Furnishing


Most ready-made items of soft furnishing arc expensive, but you can make them just as well at home and much more cheaply. Curtains and drapes, Hinds and shades, cushion covers and bed linen require the minimum of sewing skills and little in the way of equipment beyond a sewing machine and an iron. The choice…
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Planting Fig Trees Planting Fig Trees


This tree (more like a bush in appearance) is seldom found in commercial orchards. When it is, the fruits are almost always preserved or dried. The reason is that the fig does not continue to ripen after being picked, and by the time it reaches its peak, it is too perishable to ship without expensive…
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Storage Organize Storage Organize


Gardening brings with it an extraordinary amount of practical paraphernalia. Tools, pots, and planters, potting compost, raffia, string, seeds, and baskets are but a few of the sheds can become an attractive part of the garden architecture if decorated. For tools and equipment, garden sheds bulky and space-consuming examples are the classic solution that most…
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Fish Varieties Fish Varieties


Choose the freshest fish you can find. If necessary, substitute another variety with similar qualities and use this guide to experiment with varieties you are unsure of. Lean Fish Bream Round fish, saltwater Firm, moist texture; delicate, sweet flavour Fry, grill, bake, steam Substitute: Red Mullet, John Dory Brui Flat fish, saltwater Fine texture; delicate…
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Planting Apple Trees Planting Apple Trees


Cultivated in Europe for more than 2,000 years, the apple was introduced to this country soon after the Europeans first arrived. Today, Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are the leading producers of apples. The number of trees has dropped since early in this century, but yields have remained about the same thanks…
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Chicken Raising Chicken Raising


Chickens are probably the most popular animals on the small farm since they produce both meat and eggs and contribute valuable manure to the compost pile. Raising chickens can be especially economical if you can raise your own grain for feeding; and if allowed enough room and access to range they seldom sicken or have…
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How to Make a Greenhouse How to Make a Greenhouse


Traditionally defined as any glass building or adjoining structure which contains plants, today’s greenhouse comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and compositions. There are several advantages that all-year gardening greenhouses afford. Summer and fall crops yields can be stretched one season longer often through the otherwise deadly winter season. Gardeners also use their greenhouses…
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Planting Cranberries Planting Cranberries


The Cranberry of commerce (Vaccinium macrorarpon) is a small evergreen plant native to eastern and northeastern North America, creeping over the ground with rooting runners about 3 ft. long and bearing upright branches about 6 in. tall on which the fruits are borne in the fall. Cranberries are produced commercially in Mass., Wisc., N.J., Wash….
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Planting Orange Trees Planting Orange Trees


The common or sweet orange has many popular varieties of commercial importance. The orange can be grown commercially only in warmer parts of Florida, California, the Mississippi Delta and the lower Rio Grande Valley, many varieties are suited for greenhouse growing in the North. Citrus fruits, including the orange, will grow in any well-drained soil,…
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Raising Sheep Raising Sheep


Sheep are a warm and friendly addition to any homestead. They are easy to care for and for you to manage and they repay their owners with meat and wool harvests. They produce marketable meat in less than half the time that cattle require, and are much easier to hatchet. Breeds of sheep can be…
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