Category Archives: Home & Garden

Table Flower Decorations Table Flower Decorations


A garland is a lovely way to decorate a table indoors or out — for a special occasion such as a wedding or christening reception, a birthday, or any other celebration. You can make the garland to loop across the front of the table, to encircle the rim, or to drape on all four sides…
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Planting Blackberries Planting Blackberries


This name is used here to include all types of trailing berries, i.e., Logan-berry, Boysenberry, Youngberry as well as the commonly known Blackberry. Blackberries are grown commercially in N.Y. as well as in the Willamette Valley of Ore., parts of Calif. and elsewhere. They are not as hardy as raspberries. They grow best on fertile,…
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Rat Control Rat Control


Rats and mice can cause serious problem on the farm or homestead. The major source of rodent damage is the Norway or brown rat (Rattus norvegiaz). He is ably assisted by his cousins the black rat (Rattus rattus) and the house mouse (Abemusculus). Other relatives, the field mouse and the pine mouse, cause damage to…
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Planning Your Garden Planning Your Garden


Simply moving a few plants is rarely enough to transform an uninspiring garden into something special. It is worth having a goal, a plan to work to, even if you have to compromise along the way. Bear in mind that you may be able to stagger the work and cost over several seasons, but having…
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Tiling Tools Tiling Tools


For almost any ceramic tiling job, large or small, the following are needed: tile adhesive; a notched adhesive spreader; some tile spacers; lengths of tile edge trim (optional); grout plus a flexible spreader; a steel tape measure; some lengths of 38 x 12 nut/11/2 x 1/2 in softwood battening (furring strips),plus masonry pins and a…
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Tools and Equipment for Furnishings Tools and Equipment for Furnishings


The most expensive piece of equipment needed for making soft furnishings is a sewing machine. Although a modem swing-needle machine is preferable because of its zigzag stitching, an ordinary straight stitch machine, either hand or electric, is perfectly adequate. Always work a small piece of practice stitching on a fabric sample before starting a project,…
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Planting Peanuts Planting Peanuts


The Peanut, Arachia hypogaea, is one of the important crop plants of the world, but it is not usually considered a subject for home garden growing. Groundnuts (or peanuts) are mentioned in some of the earliest colonial records, yet whether peanuts were grown by the Indians is still questionable. It is believed that the Peanut…
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Planting Ginseng Planting Ginseng


A fleshy-rooted herbaceous plant native to this country, ginseng was at one time of frequent occurrence in shady, well-drained sites in hardwood forests from Maine to Minnesota and southward to the Carolinas and Georgia. Mature ginseng plants are between ten and 20 inches high, with five-fingered leaves and small yellow green flowers that develop over…
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Planting Gooseberries Planting Gooseberries


Gooseberries are fine fruits for home although more popular in Europe, resistant American varieties have wed. In addition to their intolerance, European varieties of gooseberry are more susceptible to mildew. One-year-old stock should be planted either in late spring. Some gooseberries will tolerate cold winters better than others. Too much nitrogen in the soil produces…
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Planting Pomegranate Trees Planting Pomegranate Trees


The Pomegranate (Punicagranatum) makes an unusually attractive shrub or small tree for the yard, seldom growing beyond 10-12 ft. high. It is free of pests and diseases in the arid regions where it is best adapted, but the shiny green foliage is likely to be attacked by fungus diseases in the more humid regions of…
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Planting Carrots Planting Carrots


The carrot is one of our most common and widely grown vegetables. It grows best at mean temperatures between 600-700° F. Prolonged higher temperatures tend to produce shorter, non-blunt roots, while temperatures below 50° F. tend to make roots longer, more slender and paler in color. California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico are the important…
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Raising Geese Raising Geese


Many rural families have found that it is worthwhile to include a few geese amongst farm animals since they require little attention, virtually no housing and find their own. Besides, roast goose is a delicious and different Christmas or Thanksgiving treat. Breeds The Toulouse goose has a broad, deep body, is a fair layer, has…
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Planting Mustard Planting Mustard


Mustard is a weedy annual herb belonging to the Cruciferae family. Mustard is related to a number of vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The plant has large, thick, jagged leaves of a dark green color and is found in most temperate regions of the world. There are many species of mustard plants,…
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Planting Celery Planting Celery


Celery and closely related Celeriac both belong to the genus Apium of the Carrot or Umbelliferae Family which includes some 20 species of herbs that are best adapted to the northern temperate zone. Celery is one of the more difficult crops to grow in the home garden because it requires more detailed care than most…
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Planting Cucumbers Planting Cucumbers


A member of the Cucumber family, native to tropical Africa, the watermelon needs a long, dry growing season. Cucumber Planting and Culture Soil, for good watermelons, should be light, fertile, deep, and well drained. A pH of 5.5 to 6.5 is preferred. Preparation of the soil should begin the fall before planting. At that time,…
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Planting Apricot Planting Apricot


With an individual and superior flavor, ripening a week or two earlier than peaches, apricots deserve space in every orchard. They are as easy to grow as peaches and, requiring the same temperature, frequently outlive them. Deep, fertile, well-drained soil of fine texture is best for apricots. Loam to clay loam soils are preferable to…
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Preparing for Paperhanging Preparing for Paperhanging


Unrestricted access is a must for paperhanging. When working on just the walls, move all the furniture to the centre of the room and cover it with dust sheets (drop cloths). When tackling the ceiling too, it is best to remove all the furniture completely if there is space to store it elsewhere in the…
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