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April 20, 2006
Planting Ornamental Grasses
Many ornamental grasses grow best in full sun, but there are still options hardy to zone 5 that tolerate partial shade. Keep in mind that most grasses need a minimum of 3 to 5 hours of direct sun per day to flower and present their best color.
Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs
I'm forcing a couple of hyacinth bulbs indoors and I've dug them up from the flower bed, gently washed the bulbs and roots and put them in a pretty glass vase with water. Now, my question is, should I use some Miracle-Gro Quick Start in the water so they can have some nutrients or not?
Looking for Prairie Spy Apple Trees
I need to purchase two Prairie Spy Apple Trees for my little orchard, and I'm having a most difficult time finding a nursery that has any to sell and/or ships. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.
Plants that Repel Insects
Here is a list of plants and what insects they repel. This was sent in by Gill, a long time reader.
Here is a listing of plants that grow well with other plants. It was sent in by a long time reader named Gill.
Trends for the 2006 Gardening Season
Every year writers from the Garden Writers Association and the Garden Media Group conduct research on consumer garden purchases to predict the latest trends in gardening. Here's what their research says about trends in gardening for 2006...
Care and Aftercare for Easter Lilies
Next to Poinsettias, Easter lilies are perhaps the most recognized flower in the western world. Now that Easter's come and gone, there's no need for your lily to fade.
Dog Bone Picture Frame
This is a fun photo frame to display your dog's picture, but keep it out of reach of any canine companion. My dogs have a liking for this frame, and I have caught them on occasion coveting the bones on the front.
Poll: Are you a stay at home mom (or dad)?
Today's poll asks: Are you a stay at home mom (or dad)?
Breed Information: Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy, compact breed, with great agility, strength, and endurance. This breed excels at driving cattle and shows the same sense of duty and courage when protecting its family.
Breed Information: Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is an attractive, long-haired breed with a bobtail and a striking coat that varies remarkably in color. This breed is built slightly longer than tall, is fast and agile and possesses great endurance and herding instincts.
A Happy Home For Your Guinea Pig
Like ferrets, guinea pigs are happier in groups. But choose your guinea pigs carefully! More than two males together may result in some fighting. Two females together are usually safe... and if you're housing one of each, watch out for baby piggies!
Planting Flowers in Pots
In order to make your flowers look beautiful in pots, put a bunch of the same flowers in the same pot and they will flourish!
Annie the Filly
Annie is 1 month old. She belongs to our neighbor who breeds horses. I visit her every day and named her Annie. She enjoys seeing me every day. When I visit her she comes to me and wants to be pet and kissed.
Christian and Movado
I have 2 cats Christian and Movado! Christian is a 9 month old tabby and he is the most affectionate cat I've ever met! I got him at 8 weeks, so I pretty much got to mold him.
Renovating a Home on a Tight Budget
I have just bought a run down house which I plan to renovate. I am doing this on a very tight budget, and wanted to know if anyone has a product recommendations or tips from doing their renovation. For example, I need to re-clad, and want to know if there is anything which is cheap and easy to put it up ourselves?
Using Mason Jars as Centerpieces
Anyone have any creative ideas on how to use mason jars as centerpieces at my reception?
Painting Plastic Patio Chairs
I have green plastic patio chairs that are faded. What kind of paint can I use to refresh them?
Washing Your Bathing Suit
Any ideas on how to keep your bathing suit top (bra cups) to stay in shape after washing?
How Long Does Spaghetti Sauce Keep Once Opened?
Once a jar of tomato/spaghetti sauce has been opened, how long will it keep in the refrigerator?
Action Supermarket's Double Smoke Sprinkle
This is for Australians out there. Does anyone know how to make the double smoke sprinkle used by Action supermarkets?
Tips for Using a Candle Warmer
I like to use yankee candles but some of them are either very strong, or don't have much of a scent at all. i would like something that has a nice smell, that I could use on my candlewarmer and leave on all day. Some get too strong smelling, and I can only stand them for a short time. Others don't have enough of a fragrance. Does anyone have any suggestions on what frangrances might be good to try?
My Frugal Life: Cooking For One
I am a 63 year old female, and I eat on an $80.00 a month food allowance. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so I have to watch what I eat.
Dachshund/Pomeranian Mix Photos
I have a Daschund, she is 2 and has had one litter and is going to have a second May 22nd. I bred her with a Pom and was woundering if anyone has any info on how they will look or any pictures. I have tred to find some photos online but haven't had any luck. I don't think it's very popular mix.
Hot Tuna Sandwiches
Combine all ingredients except buns. Spoon mixture into the buns. Wrap bun in foil. Bake in 300 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes. . .
7 Layer Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top of melted butter.
Pasta Chicken Salad
In medium bowl combine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger, pepper, red pepper flakes and cilantro or parsley . . .
Flaky Cheese Rolls
In medium bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, egg white, feta cheese, dill, nutmeg and red pepper sauce; blend well. Cut stack of dough sheets into 4 equal rectangles. Keep stacks moist by covering with waxed paper and damp tea towel.
Black Walnut Macaroons
In a medium mixing bowl, combine egg whites and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff, but not dry. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating on high speed, till stiff peaks form.
Very generously grease 10 muffin cups or 6 custard cups with shortening. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt. Add eggs, milk, and melted butter or margarine. Beat with a rotary beater or a wire whisk till smooth, about 2 minutes.
Easy Bistro Chicken
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes with their liquid, the dressing and tomato paste.
Coconut Milk For Shiny Fur
If you want your pets to have shiny fur, follow my remedy. Apply coconut milk on your pet's fur and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Then, bathe your pet as usual. Do this before every bath.
Testing Seeds for the Garden
To test seeds you intend to sow: Put about 6 into a wet paper towel, and place it in a plastic baggie. Keep it in a warm area, and in about 5 days it should have a sprout on it. This is a great way to check the germination rate.
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