Lawn & Garden

How To – Building A Solar Lawn Mower

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    We came across this website with a howto by Jeremy James at Humboldt State University on how to build a solar lawn mower.

    We thought this project was kind of interesting because it was someone taking a stab at alternative fuels in their own life. In the past we have seen people trying to build portable generators from gas powered lawn mowers by mounting a car alternator and inverter on them which …

    How To – Growing Broccoli

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      Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables for home gardeners. 

      Although many people attempt growing broccoli from seed doing so will probably result in poor results for the beginner.

      Belonging to the cole family along with cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi and, of course, cabbage.

      Start your plants early in spring or late summer. They like the bright cooler days  60F – 80F to promote good growth and will resist some colder days in fall.

      Soil Quality
      Soil should …

      HowTo – Closing And Maintaining Your Swimming Pool For Winter

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        Whether you have a permanent in ground or above ground swimming pool there are steps you need to take to preserve it over winter.

        The best time to perform this maintenance is early Fall before the leaves begin to fill your pool. This will reduce the amount of cleaning you need to perform but it will also reduce the amount of mold that will transfer into your pool from wilting leaves.

        Coldframes and Small Greenhouses

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          In early spring, a coldframe or mini greenhouse is useful starting your plants early or for hardening small plants that were started indoors.

          Making a cold frame is relatively easy. If you are lucky you can find a discarded old window on trash day if not you may be able to get one cheap from used construction materials center. If not you make your coldframe from new materials.

          First decide how large your Coldframe …

          Protecting Children from Pesticides

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            According to the EPA every year approximately 75,000 children in the USA are poisoned by house hold pesticides. Most of the poisonings are due to improper storage of chemicals.

            A study showed almost 50% of homes with children had poisons stored in an unlocked area below 4 feet high. In homes without children pesticides were found unlocked and below the 4 foot safety level 75% of the time.

            Even if you do not have children it is important to store your chemicals safely …

            How To – Caring For Cut Flowers To Extend Their Life

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              Once a Flower is cut the time that it will last is limited but there are some very simple things that you can do to get the most out of your purchase or garden cuttings.

              If you are retrieving flowers from your own garden you want to select flowers that are just about to or just have bloomed.

              Stem length will be determined by the type of flower and the condition of the plant. It is …

              HowTo care for African Violets

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                African Violets are one of the most popular indoor plants. Requiring a little more care then other house plants they can provide beautiful foliage and flowers.

                Water, sun and temperature are the key to healthy plants.

                African Violets have about a 10 degree happy zone with a daytime temperature of 72F and overnight temperatures no lower then 62F.

                The plant will flower in bright light but they do not like high heat so east or …

                How To – Remember The Winter Snacks For Animals That Live In Your Yard

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                  Search : Homestead 3201S Super Stop A Squirrel Wild Bird FeederWintertime can be tough for Animals and Birds that live in or around our homes.

                  When the snow comes and covers the ground it can be very difficult for them to find food and many animals do not store food in the same way squirrels store nuts.

                  Although most animals will hibernate in the winter it does not mean they stay a sleep for 4 or 6 …

                  Soil Testing Service – Businesses

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                    Farmers Gardeners and other Developers often need Soil Testing Services performed.

                    Most State Colleges with Agricultural Programs will test soil for free or at discounted rates to teach and offset the cost of their programs. You should contact your State Department of Agriculture and local College for additional information.

                    This Directory is not an endorsement of the businesses or the quality of work they perform and should only be used as a starting point for your research.

                    BBC Laboratories, Inc.
                    1217 North Stadem …

                    How To – What You Should Know About Manure

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                      Heh pretty nice name for a HowTo but the fact is there are a lot of people that don’t know the differences between commercial manner and soil additives and what you might pickup at a local horse or other animal farm.

                      One of the strangest things we constantly see in our local newspaper is advertisements in the Give Away section from horse owners that want to get rid of their Manure.  The bad part about …