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Why Line-Dry Your Clothes?
Why Line-Dry Your Clothes?

Minimalism is catching on, and I& 39;m excited about streamlining. I& 39;m sharing what I& 39;ve learned about decluttering and simplifying our lives. Why Should I Line-Dry My Clothes?Does line-drying save money and reduce the wear and tear on your clothing? Yes, but that& 39;s not all.A clothes dryer can be convenient, but when you want to save money on electricity, remember that the dryer is a major consumer.

Do I Need to Dig My Vegetable Plot or Allotment Every Year?
Do I Need to Dig My Vegetable Plot or Allotment Every Year?

Cindy has been a writer for a number of years. She enjoys sharing her life experiences and what they have taught her. The Answer to This Question Is: Not NecessarilyIt might surprise those of you who are used to digging over your vegetable allotment religiously every year (probably dreading this backbreaking chore coming round again) to know that depending on the type of soil you are working with, you might very well be able to avoid the whole task almost totally.

How to Multi-Zone a Robotic Lawnmower
How to Multi-Zone a Robotic Lawnmower

When presented with a problem I like to find a simple, inexpensive and effective, often novel or innovative, solution. What is Lawn Zoning?The zone is the area that the robotic lawnmower stays within when cutting the lawn.Before using a robotic lawnmower you need to lay a low voltage electrical cable around the perimeter of the lawn to stop the lawnmower from straying, and to give it a guide back to the charging dock.

When to Harvest Bananas
When to Harvest Bananas

Living on a farm in Brazil, I& 39;ve gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles. When to Pick BananasFor those who have never grown bananas, knowing when to harvest can be confusing. You& 39;ve seen green bananas in the supermarket and once home they begin to ripen.

How to Use Fire in Your Home's Landscape
How to Use Fire in Your Home's Landscape

Chris is a Certified Green Industry Professional with over 11 years landscape design and build experience in West Michigan.The Constant Debate: Wood or Gas?One of the main questions that I often receive from clients when they are diving into the glorious realm of firepit design is which fuel source to use: wood or gas?

Good vs. Bad Ladybugs in Your Garden and How to Tell the Difference
Good vs. Bad Ladybugs in Your Garden and How to Tell the Difference

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM. Ladybugs Are Always Hungry!All ladybugs have gluttonous, insatiable appetites for aphids and other insects, and that& 39;s a good thing. Some of them, however, can be more of a nuisance than a benefit.

How to Attract Toads to Your Garden
How to Attract Toads to Your Garden

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. I love finding toads in my garden. It means that my soil is healthy and bugs won’t be bothering my plants.What are Toads?Toads (Bufo bufo) are just another kind of frog!

How to Attract Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden
How to Attract Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Attracting beneficial insects and wildlife is simple when you remember the three basic needs: water, shelter and food.Beneficial InsectsOne of the easiest ways to determine if an insect in your yard is a pest or beneficial is to observe how quickly it moves.

Adenium (Desert Rose) Plants: Beautiful Flowers on Some Strange-Looking Trunks
Adenium (Desert Rose) Plants: Beautiful Flowers on Some Strange-Looking Trunks

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.Adenium Multiflorum Novice Gardeners Take Note!Even the most novice gardener should be able to grow adenium plants. These & 34;fat& 34; plants (caudiciforms) are easy to grow because they are adaptable to a wide range of conditions, which makes them forgiving when they receive less-than-optimum care.

What Are the Differences Between Daffodils, Narcissus, and Jonquils?
What Are the Differences Between Daffodils, Narcissus, and Jonquils?

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. The sunny yellow flowers of daffodils are a welcome sight after a long winter, especially in areas of the country where deer are a problem. Deer don’t eat them because they are poisonous.

How to Grow Scarlet Runner Beans, an Edible Ornamental Plant
How to Grow Scarlet Runner Beans, an Edible Ornamental Plant

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. One of my favorite flowers to grow in my vegetable garden is scarlet runner beans. They bloom profusely, attracting both hummingbirds and bees. Like most American gardeners, I grow them for their ornamental value.

How to Grow a Key Lime Tree Indoors or Outdoors
How to Grow a Key Lime Tree Indoors or Outdoors

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Key Lime pie is most often associated with the Florida Keys but the main ingredient, key limes, are not native to Florida.What are Key Limes?Key limes are native to Southeast Asia.