FARM & GARDEN
The garden feeds the household.
Reprinted from The Almanack of 1914
Apple men know that apples picked too early generally have less then the desired red color. Such fruit lacks good varietal flavor and aroma and it is susceptible to storage disorders such as bitter rot, brown core, and storage scald.
From The Almanack of 1964
Turn any long-handled tool into a measuring stick by laying the tool on the ground and placing a tape measure next to it. Using a permanent marker, mark off inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart, you'll already have a measuring device right there.
REMEMBER THOSE USEFUL COFFEE FILTERS?
Take a coffee filter and line your pots with it. It will prevent soil from spilling out of the drainage hole.
The quickest way to dry herbs is to lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car and arrange the herbs in a single layer. Then, roll up the windows and close the doors. The herbs will dry quickly and your car will smell great.
Keep a spring-clip type clothespin with your gardening supplies and take it with you when you prune those plants with thorns and stickers. Just gently hold the stem with the clothespin instead of your fingers. When it's not needed, simply clip the clothespin to a sleeve or belt loop.
Save coffee grinds after brewing and put around the base plants affected with slugs. Finely crushed eggshells work as well. The little critters don't like the sharp edges and stay away.
To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then, after you've finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.
The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don't pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you'll be amazed at how the plants respond to the "vegetable soup."
Manure is a great fertilizer but which kind is best for your garden? Depending on the animal that provides it, the proportion of nutrients in manure can vary quite a bit. A glance at an NPK analysis (which details the ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium in fertilizer) reveals that rabbit manure tops the list in terms of nitrogen, followed by chicken and horse manure.