Soak shrubs periodically during dry spells with enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 8-10 inches.
Time to order spring flowering bulbs for fall planting.
America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, a pickle peddler from Italy who decided to explore the New World in 1499. A cartographer suggested the new land be called “America” after reading Vespucci’s accounts.
Nutmeg, garlic, saffron, cumin, cloves, marjoram, basil and thyme are antimicrobial spices that stall or limit the growth of harmful bacteria.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia—a fear of Friday the 13th.
Salad gets its name from sal, the Latin word for salt, which was the primary seasoning used by the ancient Romans to dress and flavor raw vegetables.
America’s first roller coaster was built in 1827 to carry coal from a mine to boats below.
Use a bungee cord to hang high birdfeeders so you can pull the feeder down to eye level when it’s time to add food.
The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
Drink ice cold water to keep hydrated. You burn more calories as your body heats up the water.
What’s in season:
A corncob is covered with as many as 1,000 female flowers.
Rotate tomato plants to a new location each year.
Personality profile according to your favorite snack:
Potato chips—You’re ambitious and competitive.
Tortilla chips—You’re a perfectionist and you plan ahead so you tend to take charge and micromanage every project.
Pretzels—You’re lively, upbeat and interested in the latest fashions and trends. You’re always ready for spontaneous fun.
Cheese curls—You’re highly principled, trustworthy, conscientious and spiritual.
Aloe is one of the few nonnarcotic plants to cause a war. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 B.C. he heard of a plant with amazing wound-healing powers on an island off Somalia. Intent on healing his soldiers’ wounds—and denying this healer to his enemies—Alexander sent an army to seize the island and the plant, which turned out to be aloe.
To keep mosquitos away eat lots of garlic. Mosquitos are repelled by garlic scent which comes from skin pores.
Kokedama—an old Japanese planting technique that uses moss as a vessel to hold the roots of a plant, which can be suspended in air or placed on a table.
The fax machine was patented in the United States in 1863 before the telephone. It was called the “pantelegraph”.
There are 2,100 species of snakes worldwide, 115 in North America and 31 species in Indiana. Most snakes have 6 rows of teeth: 2 on top, 2 on bottom and 2 on the roof of the mouth.
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