Monday, April 17, 2017

Home Grown: Starting a Garden from Seed.

Growing plants from seed can save gardeners money and vastly increase the varieties that can be grown in a backyard garden. Gardeners can grow several transplants for the price of a few, store-bought plants, and the selection of varieties for sale is often limited.

Choose seed varieties that will mature before frost, survive heat and tolerate present growing conditions in your area. Purchase just enough seed for this season. (Seed can be stored from year to year, but germination and seedling vigor will decline with age and improper storage conditions.)

Read the seed package closely and make sure the seed was packed this season. The packet will also provide information on how to space seed within a row, how deep to sow the seed, how many days it will take for the seed to germinate and more.

Continued in... Starting a Garden from Seed

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Artwork: Seed Starting Kit


Monday, March 27, 2017

Here's How To... Build a Treehouse

Trees should be selected that have large, strongly connected limbs on the lower part of the stem. Selectively prune away branches, sprouts and twigs that, when weighed with rain and propelled by winds, will not slash sideways or up and down into the area of a treehouse. Make proper pruning cuts to remove branches. Do not use pruning paints on any wounds.

Treehouses should be designed to rest upon major branches and to nestle around the trunk. This will minimize the need for any injurious attachments. Remember trees bend and twist in the wind, so simply jamming or wedging boards between branches or into crotches will lead to failure.

Follow the link to... Build a Treehouse.

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Artwork: Treehouse


Friday, March 24, 2017

Home Grown: Arbor Day Tree Planting.

Millions of conservation tree and shrub seedlings are planted each year across the U.S. for windbreaks, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, wood products and other conservation purposes. These seedlings are typically small, bare-root, 1 to 2 years old, and about 12 inches tall.

Spring is the best season to plant conservation trees, from the moment the frost is out of the ground until the weather starts to become hot and dry.

Ideally, seedlings should be planted the same day they are received from the nursery. But if planting must be postponed, choose cool, humid, cloudy days. Early morning or evening generally provides the best conditions for handling seedlings.

Continued in... Arbor Day Tree Planting

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Artwork: Planting a Tree by Sir George Clausen


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Home Grown: Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance.

Longer days. Birdsong. Growing Grass. These are all indicators that it's time to pull out the lawn mower and get it ready for another season.

It has been sitting in the back of the garage or shed all winter - maybe even under a pile of rags — collecting dust and moisture. There is probably some rust on the metal parts and caked debris underneath.

Of course, all we think we need to do is just top it off with gas and crank it up. We're ready to attack the jungle of grass blades..

Continued in... Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

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Artwork: Lawn Mower


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Contests: Ranch Out Sweepstakes


Hidden Valley is inviting Ranch dressing lovers to show how they dip, dunk and drizzle their food with Hidden Valley Ranch in its Ranch Out Sweepstakes.

The Grand Prize in the sweepstakes is a weekend for 4 at an all-inclusive "Ranch Resort." Weekly prizes include a year’s worth of Hidden Valley® Ranch, tees, hoodies, tote bags and more.

Participants earn an entry to the Sweeps by posting a photo of their food with Ranch on Instagram or Twitter with #RanchOutSweepstakes.

The Sweepstakes begins on March 8, 2017 and ends on April 19, 2017, with six weekly entry periods.

Ranch Out Sweepstakes

Artwork: Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
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Contests: 2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest

“Legs, Legs, Legs,” is the theme of the Maple Leaf Farms annual chef recipe contest challenging professional chefs and culinary students to create a dish which showcases duck legs or duck leg meat as the main ingredient. More than $20,000 in prize money is being offered.

The 2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest is open to professional chefs and culinary students who are enrolled in a professional culinary school. Recipe entries must include a Maple Leaf Farms duck leg product and will be judged according to creativity/originality, accuracy of the recipe and flavor. Professional and student chef recipes will be judged in separate categories, each with their own cash prizes. Entries will be accepted March 1 through June 4, 2017.

Professional chefs will vie for a $10,000 grand prize and four additional finalist prizes of $1,000 each. The top student chef will win $5,000 with $500 awards going to four additional finalists. In addition, each student finalist will receive a chef’s knife set.

All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 4, 2017.

2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest

Artwork: Bone Duck Leg Confit

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Here's How to... Make a Moccasin

Moccasins, are a type of traditional North American footwear. The word moccasin, which has language origins with Eastern North American tribes, traditionally referred to a shoe with a puckered u-shaped 'vamp' over the instep.

The name of the Great Lakes Ojibway tribe means 'people of the puckered moccasin'. The southern New England Narragansett word for shoe is 'Mocussinass' or 'Mockussinchass'.

Today the word moccasin, still with innumerable spellings, generally refers to all types of hard and soft soled shoes, with and without puckered toes.

continued at... Make a Moccasin

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Artwork: Native Heritage Moccasin Kit