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How to Save Pumpkin Seeds: An Illustrated Guide
How to Save Pumpkin Seeds: An Illustrated Guide

Cynthia is a gardening enthusiast. She has a green thumb and always plants a variety of items for harvesting during gardening season. When fall rolls around everything seems to turn to pumpkins. Pumpkin flavored everything hits the shelf, and we all start gathering pumpkins for fall decor, carving and even cooking.

Dining Room Makeover
Dining Room Makeover

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden. Project BriefI’d renovated the dining room just seven years previous so the décor was still good; and we liked the colour scheme. Albeit I didn’t use lining paper last time so the walls weren’t quite as smooth as they could have been.

How, When and  Where to Grow Spectacular California Poppies
How, When and Where to Grow Spectacular California Poppies

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.A Field of California Poppies Thanks to Adelbert von ChamissoWe can all thank Adelbert von Chamisso for the California poppy; he was the naturalist who discovered and named the species while aboard the Russian exploring ship & 34;Rurick& 34; in 1816.

How to Grow Globe Artichokes
How to Grow Globe Artichokes

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. What is related to a common weed, eaten as a vegetable before it blooms and grown as an ornamental plant after it blooms? Globe artichokes, of course. They’ve been used for thousands of years.

13 Common Pests of Leafy Vegetables: Photos, Prevention, and Control
13 Common Pests of Leafy Vegetables: Photos, Prevention, and Control

Januaris is an expert gardener and author of farming guides. He loves to write about crops, pest control, fish farming, and beekeeping.Garden pests can cause huge damage to leafy vegetables. If they are not well controlled or managed, they can greatly reduce the leaf quality or even kill the whole crop.

Trending in the Great Indoors
Trending in the Great Indoors

Andrew has been an online writer for around three years. His articles often focus on home repair and DIY projects. Marble is sweeping through the design world (not just interior design, but graphic design, fashion, print art, etc.). In fact, marble texture has found its way into almost every major category of aesthetic design.

Sterling Rescue Is the Best Non-Toxic Fly Trap
Sterling Rescue Is the Best Non-Toxic Fly Trap

L.E. is a freelance writer living in North Carolina. She has a wide, eclectic range of interests, experience and knowledge to share. Ahhh Springtime!The word & 34;Springtime& 34; always brings certain images to mind. Humming birds sipping their sickly sweet red juice. Flowers blooming just in time for Prom and Mother& 39;s Day.

How to Pour a Small Concrete Slab
How to Pour a Small Concrete Slab

When my new garage door wouldn& 39;t seal against the old, cracked concrete of the floor, I poured and finished my own concrete slab. When I bought a new garage door, I thought it would create an airtight seal and keep the cold winter air out of my garage. The new door did seal up some of the holes that were starting to form in my old door.

Weeds We Love
Weeds We Love

Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs. Strictly speaking, weeds are plants that grow where we don& 39;t want them to.But these weeds are so awesome, we love them just about anywhere they grow. And wildlife loves them too, especially birds and pollinators.

10 Awesome Heirloom Tomatoes for the Newbie Vegetable Gardener
10 Awesome Heirloom Tomatoes for the Newbie Vegetable Gardener

Jody has been an avid gardener for nearly 20 years and has learned much via trial-and-error. She shares some tips and tricks with you!Of Course, Heirlooms Are for Beginners!When someone thinks about growing their own vegetables, tomatoes are usually the first thing to come to mind. Tomatoes are often the cornerstone of the vegetable garden—and with good reason!

Does Washing Clothes Kill Germs?
Does Washing Clothes Kill Germs?

Does washing clothes in a washing machine kill germs? The answer, surprisingly, is no. In fact, germs can spread from one item of clothing to another during the wash cycle. If someone in your house is ill, bacteria and viruses from their clothes can be transferred to yours. Washing the sick person& 39;s clothes separately won& 39;t help, either, because their germs will remain in the washing machine unless you disinfect it.

How to Set Valves for an In-Ground Swimming Pool Automatic Cleaner
How to Set Valves for an In-Ground Swimming Pool Automatic Cleaner

Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Types of Pool CleanersThere are many different brands of automatic cleaners, yet there are only three & 34;types& 34; of cleaners. These are either suction, pressure, or robotic cleaners. Suction: This cleaner will use the hydraulic pull from the pool pump to pull water through the cleaner.

Plant Sea Holly (Eryngium) and You'll Be Happy to Have the
Plant Sea Holly (Eryngium) and You'll Be Happy to Have the "Blues"

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM. Sea Holly Can Be Rare...and Blue!When planning your flower garden, wouldn& 39;t it be nice to have something rare and unusual to show off to your neighbors? You can do just that if you plant Sea Holly flowers, as you can see from the photographs.

How to Build a Man Cave
How to Build a Man Cave

I built what some people refer to a “man cave.” My space is simple and cheap, but comfortable and somewhat secluded. Here& 39;s how I did it. About 13 years ago, I had a two-story, two-car, detached garage built. We still park cars in the bays, but the second story had become a catch-all storage area.

Door Rack Painter Review
Door Rack Painter Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Cabinet Door Drying RackWhen my painting business started doing more cabinet jobs, I realized pretty quickly I needed to change the system for how I was spraying and storing doors. The old way I went about this process was to place cabinet doors on a sawhorse setup, spray two coats on one side, allow the paint to dry, and flip the door over the next day to paint the other side.

John Deere 445
John Deere 445

Houston, We Have a ProblemMy wife tells me that our John Deere garden tractor is performing less than superbly. This is very unusual. She uses it for everything, like spraying weeds and driving around with a cart full of plants.She tells me that when she goes to mow the grass it just seems to struggle.

DIY Organic Pesticides for Natural Gardening
DIY Organic Pesticides for Natural Gardening

Melanie has a BS in physical science and is in grad school for analytics and modeling. Her research is in computational chemistry. Growing an organic garden allows you to have tastier fruits & veggies, healthier meals, and to reduce pollutants in the environment. Go you! You& 39;ll probably find that insects (and other pests) also love the taste of the fruits and veggies growing in your garden.

How to Decide What Type of Fence to Install on Your Property
How to Decide What Type of Fence to Install on Your Property

I& 39;m Megan, a freelance writer and mom of two little girls. I like to write about topics ranging from parenting to business to gardening. Maybe you have kids or dogs that you want to make sure stay within a certain area when playing outside. Maybe you have critters like deer or coyotes around that you want to deter from the garden, or maybe you just want some privacy.

DIY: 13 Natural Cleaning Products From Your Pantry
DIY: 13 Natural Cleaning Products From Your Pantry

Shushanik likes trying different DIY products and sharing the best of her findings with her readers. Our homes should be not only beautiful, cozy and clean, but also safe for our health. We try to surround ourselves with green and eco-friendly things, we change furniture, get rid of synthetics and watch over the ecological safety of food, but we rarely pay attention to the ingredients of detergents and cleaners we use.

DIY In-Ground Pool: Here's How I Did It
DIY In-Ground Pool: Here's How I Did It

Leonard does not recommend you take on this project unless you are fairly capable and handy. A do-it-yourself in-ground pool is really possible... if you have the guts and skill you& 39;ll need.Buying a Pool KitI was worried about the idea of spending $6000+ on the internet, so I did a lot of research into the various companies out there, and they generally seemed decent.