Category Archives: Home & Garden

Tree Grafting Tree Grafting


This is a method of plant propagation in which a twig of one plant, called the scion, is made to grow on the roots of another plant, called the stock or the under stock. The scion is taken from the plant which is to be reproduced, and because this is an asexual means of reproduction,…
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Planting a Lime Tree Planting a Lime Tree


Mexican or true Lime trees (Citrusaurantifolia) are small, slender, often willowy, with numerous thorns, and small leaves. A second group serving the same purpose is the Tahiti Group, which is characterized by larger, less thorny trees, and larger fruit. The ‘Rangpur’ Lime, probably an acid Mandarin Orange, which it resembles in tree and fruit, also…
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Planting Cabbage Planting Cabbage


Cabbage is by far the most important member of the genus Brassica that is grown as a vegetable. It has been known from earliest antiquity and was probably in general use as early as 2000 to 2500 B.C. Several types were cultivated at the time of Pliny. At the present time Cabbage is found wild…
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Planting Dates Planting Dates


Cultivation of the Date Palm (Phoenixdactylifera) has been practiced since prehistoric times and seems to carry an aura of mystery and romance, probably abetted by the unfamiliar desert locale of all major date-producing areas. Where it is grown extensively, the Date is often a primary food. In the United States it is an exotic plant…
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Pigeon Raising Pigeon Raising


Pigeons and squabs can be profitably raised on the small homestead. Although they require good housing, they can be raised anywhere in the United States and almost anywhere in the world. Pigeon Breeds You should begin breeding with not less than four pairs of mated breeders. (Pigeons mate for life and are sold in pairs.)…
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Planting Parsley Planting Parsley


Grown extensively in many vegetable gardens, parsley is a biennial herb most often treated as annual. The culinary uses of parsley are many. Its crisp green leaves are flavorful and nutritious additions to salads. Parsley can be sprinkled over potatoes and its use in flavoring sauces, soups and stuffing is extensive. Parsley Planting and Culture…
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Planting Mango Seeds Planting Mango Seeds


Mangoes are fruit trees of great antiquity in Southeast Asia, and are part of the Sumac family. The mango (M. indica) is cultivated throughout the tropics in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres. Attaining a height of 90 feet, it is a handsome, round-topped tree with lance-shaped, alternate leaves, eight to 14 inches long. The…
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Goat Raising Goat Raising


Goat keeping is very simple, and the equipment for the “backyard dairy” is just as simple: A stanchion and a manger for feeding are the basic requirements. You may wish to add a milking stand, attached to the wall. By their nature, goats are affectionate and gentle. They are highly intelligent and can be taught…
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Planting Grass Seeds Planting Grass Seeds


There are many kinds of grasses used in making lawns throughout America. Grass of some kind or another eventually seeds itself in to any plowed field, and if the weeds are kept cut down, grass of sorts eventually takes over. However, much study and experimentation have been undertaken with grasses during the last decades, and…
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Planting Strawberries Planting Strawberries


Strawberries are hardy, perennial herbs grown throughout the United States and inmost parts of Canada and in Alaska. They grow best in cool, moist states, and, with special treatment, strawberries can be grown in the hot Gulf States. Although cultivated in Europe since about the sixteenth century, the straw-berry was not truly popular as a…
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Type of Houseplant Type of Houseplant


By using houseplants as ornaments, focal points and as integrated decorations in the home, you will derive even more pleasure from your plants than you would by regarding them merely as botanical specimens. Although plants are constantly changing — they grow, die, or simply alter their shape — this very lack of stability can be…
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Repairing Furniture Repairing Furniture


You can give a new lease of life to old wooden furniture by stripping the existing finish to bare wood and then applying a new finish. How you tackle this job depends on what finish the piece already has, and how you intend to refinish it once you have stripped The most common finishes on…
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Pig Raising Pig Raising


Hickory-smoked bacon and ham, fresh, tasty pork, lard and sausages for the whole family—that’s what keeping a couple of pigs on your homestead can mean. A home-raised porker, 200 to 225 pounds when killed at optimum slaughter weight, will dress out at about 30 percent waste, which means that you will lose only 60 pounds…
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Planting Hydrangea Planting Hydrangea


This highly ornamental shrub of the Saxifrage family produces showy pink, blue or white flowers. More than 20 species of hydrangea grow as natives in the central and southern areas of the United States but cannot thrive in colder temperature zones. The shrub usually grows between four and ten feet high, with heart-shaped leaves and…
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Stripping Old Wall Coverings Stripping Old Wall Coverings


Formerly when ordinary printed wall coverings were all that were readily available, it was common practice to paper over existing wallpaper, often to the point where four or five successive layers would accumulate. This is no longer considered acceptable (and will not work at all over today’s washable and vinyl wall coverings), and it is…
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Planting Tomatoes Planting Tomatoes


The Tomato is one of the most popular vegetables grown in the United States. It ranks second only to potatoes in economic value. Its fruit is high in food value, vitamins and minerals and is served raw in salads, baked, stewed, fried and made into soup, conserves, pickles, catsup and a variety of sauces. The…
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