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Homemade Refrigerator Deodorizer

However cautious you are, some thing in the fridge eventually will start to stink, making the interior of the refrigerator smell as well. As soon as you’ve removed the offensive mystery object, then the scent takes a very long time to go away on its own since there’s minimal air flow in a closed refrigerator. […]

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Supersteak Tomato Spacing Size

If you are planning to grow your own vegetables or already have a vegetable patch, you probably know that tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) make a dependable crop, attracting luscious fruits to the family table. Rumors grow as perennials at U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, however they perform nicely as annuals elsewhere. […]

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5 Great Grasses for a New Lawn

Lawns have been coming under attack as of late — after all they are high-maintenance, chemically dependent thirst mongers, right? Yes and no. Much depends on which kind of grass you choose, and if you opt for the “wrong” kind for your region, you’re in for high water bills, a lot of mowing and an […]

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Northeast Gardener's August Checklist

The final month of summer is bittersweet, even though I’m swatting mosquitoes left and right as I weed in my shade garden. With significant rains in the Northeast in June and July, the mosquitoes are especially awful in August. Many homeowners are visiting the harmful effects of storms dirt driveways that are partly washed out, […]

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Fantastic Design Plant: Coreopsis Tripteris

On occasion a garden that’s filled with crops of similar heights, especially those lower than 3 feet, can become drab. Add flair with tall tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris), a long-blooming, heat-loving, butterfly-calling skyscraper. Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens Botanical name: Coreopsis tripterisCommon name: Tall tickseed, tall coreopsisOrigin: Native in areas from the central and southern Great […]

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Cool Tip: Mimic Stain Using a DIY Color Wash

Very few folks dislike the look of stained wood. It enriches the beauty of the grain and above time patinates into a rich sheen that entices you to run your fingers throughout the wood’s surface. However, the process of applying an oil-based stain is really a chore. First you will find the fumes, which need […]

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