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March 13, 2006
Growing Gloriosa Daisy
Sow seeds directly into the garden in the spring two weeks before the last frost date, or start seeds indoors several weeks before the last spring frost date. Don't cover seeds with soil as they need light to germinate, just press seeds lightly into the surface of the soil.
The best way to start geraniums is by purchasing plants, because seeds take around 5 months to flower. After acquiring one plant, take 4-inch cuttings and keep them as house plants over winter until transplanting them in the spring after danger of frost has passed.
The name "foxglove" is derived from folklore, where as one story goes, the plant was originally called folk's glove, the "folks" being woodland fairies and elves. The fairies and elves distributed the flowers to foxes so they could wear them as gloves while raiding henhouses...
Purchase plants or start with softwood cuttings from new growth in late spring or early summer, or semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer. Plants can also be propagated over winter by layering.
Plant from purchased seedlings in spring or fall or by division from mature plants in mid summer. Space plants 8 to 10 inches apart in moist, well-drained soil.
Daylilies are one of the hardiest and easiest perennials to grow. Although the flowers are only open for one day, each plants produces lots of buds and many varieties bloom continuously over the entire season.
Growing Creeping Jenny (Moneywort, Creeping...
Purchase seedlings or transplant from establish plants anytime during the growing season. Plants spread rapidly and should be spaced at least 12 to 18 inches apart. Flowers appear in midsummer and last several weeks.
Growing Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Purchase plants in the spring or start your own by sowing seeds directly into ground or into pots in the early spring or late fall. Seeds need light to germinate so don't cover them, but press them gently into the surface of the soil.
Eagle Brand Cookie Bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In 13x9 baking pan, melt margarine in oven. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over margarine; pour Eagle Brand evenly over crumbs. Top with chips; press down firmly...
Peanut Butterscotch Cookies
1 package butterscotch bits. Stir until the chips melt. Stir in 2 cup cornflakes. Spread over the baked layer. Cool and cut into squares...
Potato Torte with Cabbage, Bacon and Cheddar
Enjoy this layered potato casserole with bacon, cabbage and cheese.
Canned Corn For The Freezer
Husk corn, wash and cut off the cob. Mix the ingredients and bring to a boil. cook seven minutes. Cool. Pour into containers and freeze...
Microwave Apple Butter
In 3 qt. microwave container, stir together applesauce, fruit pectin, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Cover container. Microwave power level 10 for 8-10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes until mixture boils...
Skin cut up chicken. Put pieces in a square pan. Mix cranberries, onion mix and 1/2 cup of the dressing together. Pour over chicken...
Put all ingredients in blender and blend on medium speed. You might need to stop a time or two and stir until it is the desired consistency. (I like mine really thick.) These are so good and easy to make...
Homemade Frappucino Drinks
I love these drinks but they are so expensive to buy at the store. I make mine ahead of time and re-use old water bottles to take them on the go...
Walnut Coffee Cake
Melt 1/2 cup butter and drizzle over coffeecake before baking at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes...
Fruit Salad with Strawberry Dressing
Arrange alternate layers of fruit on a bed of crisp spinach greens on individual plates. Garnish generously with cashews and a handful of grapes. Stir strawberry vinegar into sour cream. Drizzle over fruits and serve. Makes about 6 servings...
A sweetened vinegar with a strawberry flavor can make a wonderful salad dressing.
Ice Cream (Tastes like from Dairy Queen)
Stir together 1 1/2 cups sugar, flour, egg yolks, and milk. Cook to custard consistency, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add vanilla and cool completely. Beat egg whites and add 3/4 cup sugar...
Custard Ice Cream
Beat again. Add 1 package Cool Whip, thawed; beat. Add 2 quarts milk and put in freezer can. Add milk or cream to fill can...
Roach Nests in Small Items
Removing roaches from small items. If you find a nest of roaches in a small item place it in a air tight plastic bag...
Questionnaires for a Birthday Party
An activity that we have done at several of my children's birthday parties were to make "questionnaires" that we included in the invitation. The invitees would fill out the form and bring it to the party, where an adult would read them...
Changing Glasses Frames
If you like the glasses or sunglasses frames, but not the color, you can carefully repaint them with nail polish.
Spiffing up Plastic Buttons
You can spiff up plastic buttons by coating them with nail polish (if you are careful, you can do it without even taking them off...
Hannah and Curious George
"Hey Curious George, I will read your books!" says, Hannah, who was "trapped" by the life-size Curious George doll.
Football Players for 5 Year Olds Party
For our son's 5th birthday party we asked two high school football players to come to the party dressed in their uniforms including their shoulder pads, knee pads, and other protective gear. They ran the children through some drills and then demonstrated some maneuvers (including defensive blocking)...
Homemade Roach Trap
Take a empty baby food jar are similar. wipe inside of rim, with Vaseline, bait with piece of banana peel, or a potato skin...
Fluffy is a 5 year old Maltese. We bought Fluffy at a pet store in Oct of 2000.
Easy Cleaning of the Yuckiest Bathtub or Sink
Fill tub or sink with the hottest water you can. Add at least 1 cup dishwasher powder. Stir to mix well. Let sit until water is cold. Let out water as it is draining wipe sides with a rag...
Hypnotism for Insomnia?
I have had insomnia for over ten years using medication. Has anyone received hypotism for this ailment? Did it work?
Growing Bee Balm
Purchase a young plant or sow seeds directly outdoors two weeks prior to the last spring frost date or in early fall at least two months before the first frost date.
Green Crinoline Lady
I've got an ornament which I don't know much about. I've been told it's a green crinoline lady reading a book. All I have is this code off it from underneath: Rd833076-nar38. Could you tell me anything about it?
Sow seeds directly outdoors where you want them to grow as soon as soil has warmed up, or start seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last frost date. If starting indoors, sow seeds into individual peat pots...
Can I Use a Broom on My Pergo Floor?
Is it true that I am not supposed to sweep my Pergo floor with a broom? How do I clean up the daily crumbs from the kids?
The easiest and most no fuss way to grow verbena is to purchase plants. You can also start them from seed 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost date.
Growing Sweet William
Sow Sweet William seeds in summer directly into soil. Don't pinch off spent flowers and they will reseed themselves for the next year. If planting transplants, space them 4 to 6 inches apart...
Poll: Do you have a home based business?
Today's poll asks: Do you have a home based business?
Caring for an Old Spinning Wheel
I need to find how to care for an old raw wood spinning wheel. I belonged to my grandmother. It is almost 100 years old. The wood seems so dry or thirsty. I don't want to seal it but wondered about an oil for the wood.
Depression Jelly Recipe
My mother died about a month ago and my dad has been talking about jelly mom made during the depression that had no fruit, tomatoes or figs but just a clear red strawberry flavored jelly. Can anyone help me with a recipe you might have?
Cleaning Textured Appliances
I have a white textured fridge that is supposed to hide the dirt. Instead it shows every grease spot and hand print. Any suggestions of how to clean? I have tried so many things that don't really work.
Planting the Top of a Pineapple
I am interested in taking a pineapple and cutting off the top to plant. Can anyone give me some good suggestions on how to do this?
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