Seed bare spots in lawn.
As soon as you can work the soil, plant cool-season vegetables and flowers.
Warmer weather can lead to an increase in severe headaches such as migraines.
Do NOT feed your dog avocados! They contain a chemical called “persin” which is harmless to humans but can be toxic to dogs.
Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
Crushed eggshells worked into the soil makes a wonderful fertilizer. They also aerate the soil.
Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb unpleasant odors.
Gout is a form of arthritis.
Cinnamon regulates your blood-sugar levels, and this help you stay focused.
Prune trees and shrubs while plants are still dormant except those that bloom early in the spring.
February 29, 2016—Leap Day!
Ancient Egyptians discovered that the solar calendar and the man-made calendar didn’t match up. It takes the Earth 365 days to travel around the sun, but the Egyptians realized that actually it takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. The additional time amounts to an extra day on the man-made calendar. Sosigenes was a Greek astronomer who proposed the Leap Day solution to Julius Caesar who officially added the year into the Roman calendar over 2,000 years ago.
During this election season, many labels are being thrown around concerning ideological beliefs but what do they mean? “Dear Abby” had a unique perspective on these term definitions.
Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk.
Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both cows and sells you the milk.
Nazism: You have two cows. The government takes both your cows, then shoots you.
Bureaucracy: You have two cows. The government takes both of them, shoots one, milks the other, then pours the milk down the drain.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one of them and buy a bull.
If you are asking these questions, it means you probably have a house full of these annoying prehistoric-looking bugs that really don’t seem to serve a purpose. Apparently, stink bugs are waking up throughout Indiana, trying to make their way outdoors after hibernating inside your home during the cold winter months.
The stink bug, or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, is native to China, Japan and Taiwan. They first made their appearance in the United States in 1988. They probably hitched a ride in shipping containers and are now in more than 30 states.
Though stink bugs are harmless to humans, they feed on host plants, including orchard fruits, vegetables, and legumes. They also love weeds and tree leaves. Unfortunately, stink bugs are mostly resistant to insecticides.
Why are they called stink bugs? Another good question…because they smell like stinky socks when they are squashed, frightened or disturbed. Be careful when vacuuming them up because the strong odor will remain.
To answer the question why do we need stink bugs, the obvious answer is, we don’t, but there are 4,700 species of stink bugs in the world, with about 250 in the United States so they’re here to stay. Once in your home, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of them.
The holiday of hearts and roses is coming up. Be careful about the message you're sending to your sweetheart when sending her flowers. According to FTD various colors have different meanings so choose your hues accordingly.
Red: True love and desire
White: Spiritual love
Yellow: Friendship and gladness
Pink: Sweetness and perfect happiness
Orange: Enthusiasm and desire
White and Red: Unity
Black: Farewell or death
Once a year, the groundhog, affectionately known as Punxsutawney Phil, becomes the center of attention as he predicts the severity of the last half of the winter season.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Groundhogs are vegetarians that love soybeans. The also like grasses, legumes, and vegetables.
This animal is one of the few mammals that really hibernates. The deep sleep starts in late fall and continues into March.
Groundhogs whistle when alarmed or in the spring when courting.
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