For a continuous supply of snap beans, make a planting every two to four weeks until August 1.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed on 328 acres of land in 1909.
Apply herbicide for broadleaf weeds in the lawn. Never spray on a windy day.
For greener greens, try burying some used coffee ground in your garden to provide much needed acid to soil that has a high alkaline content.
Morning is the best time to water your lawn. Grass that’s damp with dew will absorb water better than grass that’s fully dry.
Avocados are full of healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and high in antioxidants including Vitamin E which helps prevent the outset of degenerative diseases. Avocados may be the most nutritious fruit in the world.
Paint handles of your yard tools a bright color and they will be easier to spot amid the green of your yard. Doing this will also help to differentiate your tools from your neighbors.
Do not use butter on burns or sunburns. Butter seals in heat, as well as, bacteria that can make the burn more severe and cause infection.
Unsweetened chocolate is chocolate liquor that has been rehardened into blocks.
Snakes don’t have ears. They feel vibrations through the bones in their lower jaw.
The earliest recorded reference to April Fools’ Day was in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1392.
Fertilize perennials if you did not fertilize in March. Avoid excessive amounts that may encourage foliage and reduce blooms.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Tulips are the only flowers that continue to grow after they’ve been cut.
The USA has more tornadoes than any other country in the world, averaging around 1200 a year. This is due largely to its unique geography which forms an area in central USA called “Tornado Alley” which is frequently hit by tornadoes.
Get a head start on summer by planting seeds in an egg carton to which you’ve added a small amount of soil.
Fish tank water is loaded with nutrients. When cleaning the tank, use the water on your blooms instead of pouring it down the drain.
Alternate rows of fast-growing crops such as radishes, green onions, spinach or lettuce with slow-growing vegetables like cabbage, corn and broccoli. When the fast-growing crop is harvested there’s more open space between rows to accommodate the slow-growing varieties.
Grubs do eat roots just below the soil surface which is good in small numbers. They help aerate the soil but if there are dead patches, the population is getting too large and treatment is necessary.
To get rid of hiccups try using a cotton swab to massage the back of the roof of your mouth.
By late winter berries and seeds are sparse for returning birds so fill feeders with sunflower seeds, peanuts, millet and suet to welcome them home.
Rake the lawn to remove leaves and debris.
Each year, lightning kills more people in the United States than hurricanes or tornadoes.
March's flower is the daffodil, which represents hope.
Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that could prevent wrinkles and cut the risk of skin cancer caused by exposure to sunlight.
While trees and shrubs are still dormant, finish any needed pruning. Don’t trim spring-flowering shrubs such as lilac, magnolia, and forsythia until after they finish blooming.
The very first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne, IN on May 4, 1871.
How did the shamrock become associated with St. Patrick? According to Irish legend, the saint used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
Deer can jump eight feet high.
After WWII plants were bombarded with radiation to produce useful mutations known as Atomic Gardening which resulted in today’s peppermint and red grapefruit.
1) Fill a flowerpot within two inches to the top with potting soil from an unopened bag.
2) Take a lemon and cut in half with a sharp knife. Remove the mature seed – you can tell if a seed is mature because it will be plump.
3) Rinse your lemon seeds in water ensuring that you remove all the sugarcoating. The sugar will encourage fungi to grow and kill your lemon plants.
4) Plant your lemon seed about a half an inch deep in the center of your flowerpot. You need to do this immediately as dried lemon seeds will not germinate.
5) Moisten your potting soil with water making sure not to over water it.
6) Cover your flowerpot with plastic wrap, and place it in a warm location such as the top of the refrigerator until you notice your seeds have germinated.
7) Move your flowerpot to a bright lit area such as a window and enjoy.
Start seeds indoors for cool-season vegetables so they’ll be ready to transplant in the garden early in the season. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage seeds should be started five to seven weeks before transplanting.
Have an upset stomach? Follow the advice of an old Hungarian grandmother. Alternate sipping chamomile and peppermint tea every hour until you feel better. The active ingredient in chamomile relaxes stomach muscles and may relieve cramping, intestinal spasms, and pain, while the menthol in peppermint has pain-killing properties and promotes relaxation.
A tiger’s stripes are like fingerprints—no two animals have the same pattern.
Now is the time to sketch garden plans on paper, including what to grow, spacing, arrangement and number of plants needed.
Vitamin D is not really a vitamin at all, it’s a hormone. It’s made in our skin and from there it gets activated through the body. The primary way to intake Vitamin D is exposure to sunlight.
In 1913, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish engineer working in the United States, invented the “Hookless Number Two”, which is known today as a zipper.
Trypanophobia—the fear of needles.
During the average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
No network footage exists of Super Bowl I. According to rumors a soap opera was taped over it.
Almond butter contains about 83 percent more fiber than peanut butter and is higher in Vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
Besides having all the benefits of a tree native to Indiana, the Hackberry tree contributes to the all-important efforts at biodiversity underway by arborists and gardeners. Biodiversity is important because it “hedges your bets.” In other words, when a blight or defect affects a specific species, having many other types of trees will give you better odds at having more trees unscathed.
Can be used as a tough street due to its tolerance of automobile exhaust and reduced permeable surfaces. You can see it successfully being used this way in downtown Indianapolis on Market Street, just east of Monument Circle.
Size: Grows 40’ to 60’ high and 40’ to 60’ wide, a very well-proportioned shade tree native to Indiana. It has a classic rounded shape and is great when shade is desired.
Conditions: Climate zones 2 to 9. Best in full sun, tolerates shade. Also tolerates wind, urban pollutants, and a wide range of soil conditions.
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