April SKI Tips
After the Easter lily is done flowering, keep it growing in the sunny window until the danger of frost has passed. Then plant it outside for summer blooms in the garden.
Plant cool-season crops seeds, including peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, and Swiss chard, directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked. Soil should crumble instead of forming a ball when squeezed.
In 1947 felines everywhere meowed approval of Edward Lowe who invented kitty litter.
Providing food during the spring season will help birds survive weather extremes and give them added nourishment and energy required for mating and nesting.
Remove winter coverings from roses and strawberries, but keep mulch nearby for protection from late freezes and to help control weeds.
It is impossible to lick your elbow!
Which garden vegetable has the most fiber, more niacin than most, and more Vitamin C than any other? Red peppers
The scent of lavender is relaxing while peppermint and citrus act as stimulants and relieve fatigue.
At the beginning of gardening season, spray each garden tool with a lubricating oil. Dip each tool in and out of a bucket full of sand until the grime is gone. Brush off the sand and let air-dry.
If you’re prone to headaches, avoid vasopastic foods—dairy products, chocolate, wheat gluten and high-fructose corn syrup.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
One of the most iconic symbols of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day is the shamrock. The word "shamrock" comes from the Irish Gaelic word Seamrog, which means "little clover" and refers to the plant's three leaves.
According to legend St. Patrick made the shamrock famous by using the three-leaf clover to teach people about Christianity as he traveled throughout Ireland. He used the shamrock to visually illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) when trying to convert polytheistic pagans to Christianity.
For hundreds of years blue was the color of St. Patrick's Day. In the 1790's the shamrock and the color green became a symbol of Irish nationalism and independence from the British. Just wearing a shamrock in your lapel or green clothing was seen as a rebellious act against British authority and could be punishable by death. The phrase "wearing of the green" came from a street ballad which lamented the British repression.
March SKI Tips
Start garden seeds indoors for transplanting outdoors later this spring. It’s best to plant them in a small amount of dirt at first. Gradually add more dirt as the plant grows.
Plant new trees and shrubs when soil is dry enough to work. Plant bare-root plants before they leaf out.
Set lawn mower lower than normal and mow off brown leaf tips.
Coriander is the world’s most popular herb with a strong earthy taste.
Young cheese means cheese that has just finished the aging process.
Do not feed your cat tuna. Not only does tuna lack the nutrients cats need, but too much can lead to mercury poisoning.
Seed bare spots in the lawn.
To extend fresh flowers life, add a little chlorine bleach and sugar to tepid water; trim stems and change water daily.
Most of the Indiana’s rivers flow south and west, eventually emptying into the Mississippi. However, the Maumee flows north and east into Lake Erie. Lake Wawasee is the state’s largest natural lake.
March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war as it was the month in which the military campaigning season got under way after winter.
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