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A Feast Fit For Three Kings

It's that time again. Time to start basting the turkey and getting ready for one of the biggest meals of the year. Why not 'Wow' them this year with a gourmet twist on the classic favorites? Try a few, or all of these holiday recipes from our friends at Recipe Du Jour. All you need to add is your favorite dessert. For those of you who will be serving...

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Gardening in Small Spaces
Gardening in Small Spaces

If you’re itching to get your hands in the dirt, don’t let a lack of space keep you from gardening. There are lots of ways to cultivate a garden in very little space. If you have any green space at all consider turning a small corner of it into  garden.  Even a single square foot can be enough room to plant flowers or start a herb garden. ...

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Preparing Your Family Budget
Preparing Your Family Budget

If your family is floundering financially, it may be time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and make up a family financial plan. Consumer Credit Counseling Service suggests keeping the following tips in mind when developing your family budget: 1. Your budget should be tailored to your needs, values and priorities, with special consideration...

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Plants for Containers
Plants for Containers

Outdoor culture of ornamental trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials has shown a marked increase in recent years. Container culture Gardeners find that by using planters, tubs, pots and good cultural practices, they can overcome the problems of poor soil found in many local gardens. The limitations imposed by paved surfaces and restricted...

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Planting Trees and Shrubs
Planting Trees and Shrubs

If you're planting new trees and shrubs this spring, don't spoil them by enriching the soil with organic matter. A hole full of compost and soft organic matter is a comfortable area for the roots and they aren't likely to spread into the surrounding soil. If the roots don't anchor themselves firmly by spreading, the plant is likely to be toppled...

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Guidelines to Using Manure in the Garden
Guidelines to Using Manure in the Garden

Animal manure is not only a good fertilizer but it also helps to condition the soil. Here are some guidelines for using manure in the garden: Don't use dog or cat manure. These manures often carry diseases that can be spread to children. Never use fresh manure, since it contains soluble nitrogen compounds and ammonia that can burn plants...

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Mulching
Mulching

One of the finishing touches to any garden is mulch. It performs a wide range of functions in the garden besides simply dressing the bed or border. Mulch helps deter weeds, maintain moisture, lower soil temperatures and eliminate soil erosion. Despite the multitude of tasks it accomplishes most of us give it little or no thought and go with the cheapest...

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Planning for Daffodils
Planning for Daffodils

After winter we are all ready for the wonders of spring. One of the cheeriest sights are the bright yellow faces of the daffodils. However, late summer and early fall is the time we need to be planting and nurturing our jonquils to make sure they are bright and healthy later. Planting a bulb garden is a family project. You may either visit your...

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