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If you’re a home and garden party consultant, helping your hostesses come up with ideas for their parties can be a win-win situation for both of you. For the hostess, having a printed list with ideas, themes and even recipes can take a big part of the stress off her shoulders, and make her more motivated and enthusiastic about the party. For you, the consultant, having a happy hostess means happier and more relaxed guests, and everyone having a wonderful time at the party. This also can translate into more sales for you. Although a garden party may make you…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) For decades, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I hung in a small garden gift shop on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Legend had it that the piece was rare it depicted the monarch as an old woman but some art experts disagreed. That all changed in 2010, when East Carolina University’s conservator analyzed the portrait and dated it to 1592, when Elizabeth would have been about 60 years old. Now, the portrait has made its way to Washington, D.C., for its first exhibit since benefactor Ruth Coltrane Cannon donated it to the Elizabethan Gardens in the 1950s. All…

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Natural Pest Control in the garden starts with the soil. A good healthy soil structure is the key to having a successful healthy garden. Strong healthy plants can defend themselves from most disease and pest problem you can have. Organic gardening is a way of gardening in harmony with nature and using these natural methods that nature does. When you are planting tomatoes, make sure that your soil is properly aerated and that you don’t crowd your plants too close together. They need room so that they receive a good amount of air flow around them. Pruning your tomato plants…

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Let me set the scene:So I was walking back from dinner with my friend [I use that term loosely (like her)], and she 'pushed me in a bush'. Now this is what she claims happened but we need clarification because I do not believe it was a successful/authentic bush push. She did push me and I entered the bush, but I did not fall over into to it so much so that I had to pick myself up and get out, I merely entered the bush then stepped out again without falling over into it. Is this a genuine bush…

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Gardens can be great training grounds for fitness buffs. Add trails for jogging. Build benches for workouts. Use trees and fence posts for stretching. Lose even more calories by squatting or lifting while weeding, planting, hauling and digging. You can personalize your garden to fit your energy level. Equipment such as exercise beams and conditioning ladders are inexpensive and simple to make, while portable gear like weighted rollers, jump ropes, dumbbells and Swiss balls can be eased into the routines. “If you have children’s play equipment, it is easy to add a pull-up bar or climbing frame for adults to…

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A gardener pushes a 12 lawn mower whose handle is tilted up 37 above horizontal. The lawn mower’s coefficient of rolling friction is 0.15. Assume his push is parallel to the handle. dread’s got it right. you HAVE to consider the enchilada factor, typically 2.78224. without that, the equation is meaningless and a fraud.I’d say .26 horsepower, if the rolling surface has no coefficient of drag and is horizontal. but what if the mower was an 11 instead of a 12, then what

My parents have been trying to grow a garden for several years now. Everything they seem to plant dies off rather quickly. They asked around and were told it was because they have two black walnut trees. Does any one know how this works? Is there a certain distance you need to keep? Are there vegetables that are immune to them? Or is the only way to stop it by cutting the trees down? Any advice would be appreciated. ThanksSome information on the subject of Black Walnut trees and gardens near the trees. http://naturehills.com/gardening/blogs/common_questions_answered/archive/2008/01/10/black-walnut-trees-can-be-bad-for-the-environment.aspxhttp://naturehills.com/gardening/blogs/helpful_gardening_tips/archive/2009/05/14/growing-black-walnuts.aspx

A mysterious garden hidden behind a high brick wall, a key stashed away in a forgotten room, and a young, bored and curious girl set the stage for an exciting and engaging story. My favorite childhood novel was Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden. I think at the time I was drawn in by the mystery of the secret and my fascination with wild, unkempt English gardens. That must explain the state of my own yard today My mother was an avid member of the local Garden Club and even involved me in some of the youth flower arranging…

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Growing vegetables in your own garden, in your own backyard, is a great treat.  Gardening gives one a sense of accomplishment, seeing small seeds bursting forth into grand plants and yummy vegetables, with no added pesticides or other bad things, just natural, organic, healthy vegetables.  The question is, how does one go about creating the perfect raised vegetable garden bed? First of all, select the perfect location in your backyard.  It should be a very sunny location, near a water source, like the sprinkler system.  Then, gather together the materials necessary to build this raised vegetable garden:  four 2 x…

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