SKI Tips for July
Sweet nectar attracts not only hummingbirds, but also cardinals, thrushes, orioles, and finches.
As soon as possible after being bitten by a mosquito, moisten your skin and rub an aspirin right over the bite to reduce the itch.
Begin second planting in your vegetable garden.
Dandelions are among the most widespread and common edible plants. You can eat the leaves raw or cooked.
In the 18th century hemp (or marijuana) plants were grown for making paper.
The oldest American Almanac is “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”, written by Robert Thomas in 1792.
Continue to keep mower height at three inches.
Nose—the smell of a wine; aroma.
If you’ve lost a crown or a filling, apply a drop or two of oil of cloves to the tooth temporarily sedating the tooth’s nerve until you can get to the dentist.
In 1777 bells rang all day in Philadelphia on July 4th. The city, where the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud, was also the city where the first July 4th celebration was held.
It’s vacation time and some of you may be spending many hours in the car longing to stretch those cramped legs. Here are a few suggestions to keep your body moving that will burn calories, reduce stiffness in your joints and may help to make the roadtrip go by a little faster.
June SKI Tips
In the 1870’s Victorians took what had been the sailor’s shipboard bed and hung it from trees or porch rafters creating the ultimate indulgence for a summer afternoon nap—the hammock.
Try throwing diced orange rinds into flower beds. This keeps squirrels away, they don’t like the smell.
On June 6, 1933, the first motion-picture “drive-in” theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey. Space was provided for 500 cars and the screen measured 40 by 50 feet.
Pinch shoot tips of chrysanthemum, impatiens, petunia and coleus to promote bushier growth.
Remove spent blooms of peony, iris, delphinium and other flowers.
Mow grass regularly, maintaining height at about ½ inch taller than usual to protect crown of plant from heat stress.
Supplement water as needed. Most plants need an inch of water every week or 10 days. New plantings of shrubs and trees may require more.
Sprinkle your flowers with a mixture of sugar and water to attract butterflies.
Weeds are easier to pull, roots and all, when they are wet so save that chore for a rainy day.
Female mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide (what you exhale) and sweat. They also like sweet scents so avoid using perfume or highly scented lotion when they’re around.
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