Category Archives: Home & Garden

Planting Yams Planting Yams


Yams are vines cultivated for ornament or for their edible tubers. They are native to the South Pacific islands, but their culture has spread to other tropical areas. Japan, China, Australia, India, Africa, the West Indies, South America, and the southern tip of Florida all grow yams. In many of these places, yams provide an…
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Planting Hickory Nut Trees Planting Hickory Nut Trees


The genus, Carya, contains several valuable timber and nut trees. Members of the Walnut Family, all of its major species are native to North America. All are tall stately trees with alternate compound leaves. Male and female flowers appear on the same tree, but indifferent clusters. The fruit is actually a fleshy drupe, though popularly…
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Planting Cherry Trees Planting Cherry Trees


Many home gardeners will find, after due consideration, that they do not wish to grow cherries, for 2 reasons. Birds can, and frequently do, eat a major part of the crop. Also, cherries have a tendency to split if periods of heavy rains coincide with ripening. It’s practically impossible for the gardener to control either…
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Planting Sweet Potatoes Planting Sweet Potatoes


The sweet potato is very nutritious and is an important food in many tropical regions of the world. It is rich in vitamin C and contains more vitamin A than most other vegetables. An acre of sweet potatoes requires 10,000 to 12,000 plants but 100 to 200 plants will produce an ample supply for the…
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Planting Ginger Planting Ginger


Ginger is a biennial or perennial herb to the tropics and cultivated in tropicales in both hemispheres. The plant flowers and produces fruit. The rhizomes underground stem has a characteristic, pungent taste, to some extent in medicine, but its principal commercial use is in flavoring foods, confections and carbonated beverages. Ginger is believed to be…
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Planting Rhubarbs Planting Rhubarbs


Rhubarb is native to eastern Asia. In the U.S. it is a popular herbaceous, very hardy perennial which is grown in nearly all home gardens. Like Asparagus it must be located in the garden plot so that normal annual garden work does not disturb the plant. A few plants, 5-10, at the side of the…
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Planting Gourds Planting Gourds


These are members of the Cucumber Family belonging mostly to the genera Cucurbita, Lagenaria, and Luffa. By far the largest numbers of varying ornamental hard-shelled gourds are those originating from Cucurbita pepo ovifera which is the yellow-flowered gourd, easily distinguished from the white-flowered Lagenaria types which take a longer growing season to mature properly. Gourds…
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Planting Peach Trees Planting Peach Trees


For more than 200 years the Peach was believed to have originated in Persia and the scientific name, Prunus persica, indicates a Persian origin. However, in tracking down historical references to the Peach, scientists found that at about 1500 B.C. it was unknown in Persia and western India although it is mentioned in Chinese literature…
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Planting Parsnips Planting Parsnips


In the East and North, this root vegetable can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as needed for cooking. Freezing seems to improve the texture and gives parsnips a sweeter, more delicate taste. In southern and western states where winters are mild, parsnips should be planted in fall and grown for…
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Planting Beans Planting Beans


To the average home gardener the word bean implies only two types, the kidney, snapper string bean and the lima beans, both of which belong to the genus Phaseolus and are native to the Americas. There are, however, a large number of other types, many of which are native to the Old World and include…
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Proper Table Setting Proper Table Setting


China, glass, cutlery (flatware) and overall linens together make up the overall look of any setting. On to that framework can be added candles and their holders plus the table decorations, which are the icing on the cake. These are obviously areas where you can add personal touches that may be quite different from anyone…
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Planting Pear Trees Planting Pear Trees


Pear trees fit well into an organic home-stead. Pear trees are quite hardy and grow well on deep, well-drained loam soil with ample moisture. A heavy mulch or permanent leguminous cover crop produces the best growth. Avoid excessive nitrogen fertilization—it encourages disease—but mulch or barnyard manure is perfectly safe. Pear Tree Planting and Culture Dwarf…
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Soft Furnishing Sewing Soft Furnishing Sewing


Most items of soft furnishing are expensive to buy ready-made but they can he made just as successfully at home and much more cheaply. Curtains and drapes, cushion covers, bed linen and table linen require the minimum of sewing skills and little equipment beyond a sewing machine and an iron. The choice of fabric plays…
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Storage Shelving Storage Shelving


Wall-mounted shelving is either fixed or adjustable. With fixed shelving, each shelf is supported independently using 2 or more shelf brackets, which are fixed both to the wall and to the underside of the shelf. With adjustable shelving, the shelves are carried on brackets, studs or tongues which are slotted or clipped into vertical support…
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Papaya Planting Papaya Planting


Papayas are called the “melons on trees.” The fragrant yellow fruit varies in size from two to 20 pounds when ripe. The flavor has been compared to cantaloupes and strawberries and a black seed, papain. They are rich in vitamins A and C and thiamine. The vitamin is higher than that of oranges and strawberries….
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Planting Aloe Seeds Planting Aloe Seeds


Grown mainly outdoors in the warmer climates, aloe vera remains among the most popular houseplants. Famous for its medicinal qualities, aloe vera is used to soothe skin irritation, hair care and cosmetics. To grow the plant most persons will start with a ‘pup’ which is a cutting from a mature aloe vera plant. The main…
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Planting Orchids Planting Orchids


Cultivation of Hardy Orchids Many of these are beautiful and quite showy—very worthwhile additions to the garden—and most are quite easily grown if proper attention is given to their requirements. Primary emphasis must be given to soil. Most orchid species require an acid soil of a fibrous loam or peat type that stays moist. Knowledge…
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Planting Artichokes Planting Artichokes


Native to the Mediterranean region, the globe artichoke is finding increasing popularity among gardeners in the damp mild coastal regions of this country. Generally three to five feet tall, this coarse, herbaceous perennial has large, lobed leaves to three feet long and good-sized heads that take on a violet shade as they ripen. The base…
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Bird Watching Bird Watching


The interest in watching birds and attracting them to the garden has grown enormously in recent years. Their beauty, song and active behavior make birds the most conspicuous form of wildlife that lives in close proximity to man. Their exuberant presence can transform the garden from a collection of plants into a lively community of…
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