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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

This Mother's Day, why not try one or more of these ideas as gifts for the special women in your life – whether they be your mother, wife, daughter or friend. Flowers Either potted plants or cut flowers, there are so many lovely arrangements you can buy at this time of year. There are hanging baskets, potted mums, hydrangeas or bedding plants....

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Attracting Birds to the Garden
Attracting Birds to the Garden

A gardener's relationship with birds is one of mutual benefit. The gardener provides for a few of the birds basic needs, and the birds help to keep down the insect population while treating us to an unending source of entertainment. Birds take their role as insect predator seriously. A single bird will gulp down 500 to 1,000 insects in an afternoon. Birds...

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Golfing Tips: Proper Golf Course Etiquette
Golfing Tips: Proper Golf Course Etiquette

A little golf etiquette will go a long way on the golf course. You don't have to be a great golfer, just a knowledgeable one. If you are not aware of the etiquette of golf you are at the mercy of others. Be aware and golfers all around will appreciate you on the course. Etiquette means behaving well in a social situation, and golf, above all...

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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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Six Card Cribbage
Six Card Cribbage

Introduction Six Card Cribbage is basically a game for two players, but adapts easily for three players, and for four players in fixed partnerships - a very useful feature. It is now the standard form of Cribbage and widely played in English speaking parts of the world. See also the page on Five Card Cribbage, an older form of the game which...

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Playing Bridge
Playing Bridge

Rubber bridge players and cards There are four players in two fixed partnerships. Partners sit facing each other. It is traditional to refer to the players according to their position at the table as North, East, South and West, so North and South are partners playing against East and West. The game is played clockwise. A standard 52 card pack...

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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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Photo Tips
Photo Tips

These tips and ideas are meant for the casual vacation and family photographer. Get closer Just about the most important thing you can do to improve your photos is to get closer to your subject. Fill the frame with the person, or building or scene you're trying to capture. Get even closer than you think you should, and maybe you'll be close...

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