how to plant it, I found a video that said to put it into the ground sorta lying on its side but then pull it up into the upright position. Said the part underground would form roots and send up new plants (I think that what's she said). Shown here is a screen shot from the video showing how she's lying part of it down into a long hole in the ground. She also said to put some bone meal into the planting hole to produce more tomatoes instead of more green parts. Ideas on whether any of this is a good idea?
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Thanks. I'll try cinnamon. A lot of the ants dispersed, running for their little lives. They
didn't know I didn't plan to kill them. :-( When I planted the tomato, I put a plastic cup around the base of the stem, having read that it keeps cut worms from eating the plant, and today when I went to check on things, the cup, which I had pushed a bit into the soil, was on the ground!!! (This planter is on top of a retaining wall.) Odd. So I put it back in place.
together into this longer planter. They've lived outside all spring thru fall on my shady deck for years and have always done well. But look what happened this year. The now brownish and not-so-pretty areas were new growth, I believe. What do you suppose made this happen? Nothing bad is happening to them right now but I want to make sure it doesn't.
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These have lived in the same spot all spring thru fall for several years and have done very
well. That's why I was surprised at their current problem. The problem hasn't gotten worse, so maybe it was too much water, as Donna Dixon has suggested. To make the entire planter look prettier, I wonder if I should cut off the unsightly parts? I think I will, but should I cut them way down to the bottom of each injured "leaf" or just cut off the injured part and cut it into a point so it will sorta match the rest of the plant?
oven. Until recently, it didn't need it. Now it does. I've never had a self-cleaning oven until this one and after quickly reading the instructions, I'm hesitant to turn it up to 500 degrees for so long. Is it better to do that or to clean it with an oven cleaner? Oven cleaning has never been a favorite thing of mine. Which works better? Self-cleaning or DIY? And if DIY, what's the easiest way to do it? In the past, I've always bought something like Easy-Off, but would rather go a more natural way, if possible.
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Linda, when did you sprinkle with baking soda and vinegar? Before or after the oven
self-cleaned? And with the door (mine is also "yuck" between the layers), does 14 minutes of the baking soda and vinegar sitting loosen it enough for thorough cleaning?
going to bring it home. I'm having a vanity put into my very small bathroom and if it's possible, I want to get the granite cut to fit it. The size is ample. Does anyone know who to call
in Atlanta, preferably Gwinnett County, to cut it? Will this be expensive to have cut?
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Kimberly C, I had a neighbor who put out several things when she moved and I got a couple of
things to re-purpose. One was a sturdy desk that I'm going to make into a TV stand. I plan to post the before and after when it's done. I saw a similar one online so when I saw her castoffs, I immediately knew it would work for me. LOVE freebies that turn into something nice.
My stove burners get absolutely disgusting. Sealing them up with a tiny bit of pure ammonia makes it possible to just wipe clean with a sponge. #SpringCleaning http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/07/cleaning...
Commented on May 05, 2013
I did the ammonia trick this past week and it really works. I still had to apply some muscle
to a few places, but it certainly softens the built-up mess.
Homemade laundry detergent is all the rage these days but do you ever wonder if it really works? I love the idea of homemade laundry detergent, that costs a fraction of the price but I
want to know that my clothes are actually getting clean, before I jump on the bandwagon!
The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Check out my full post to see how/why each of the ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent. Click here: http://askannamoseley.com/2013/05/the-best-h...
Edit: This detergent can be used in a front loading washing machine, there are instructions if you click on the link above. It is also safe to use if you have a septic system, I researched all of the individual ingredients and they are all safe to use. My sister has been using this for years on her septic system and she has never had any problems.
onto the deck. This would be useful if my dogs happen to be outside when it starts raining and I haven't noticed, so they're stuck outside. You'd think they'd get under the table, but they don't. They just stand at the door, getting wetter and wetter until I come let them inside. But my yard is very shady and inside this door is one of the brightest places in my house, so I don't want to obscure whatever sun might come into the kitchen with an overhang. I've seen that wavy clear
plastic-looking stuff over some decks, but I think it's quite ugly so don't want to use it. Is there some kind of clear material I could use as a tiny roof for an overhang so I'll still get sunlight into the room? Here's where it would need to go.
Commented on Apr 28, 2013
I looked at that site but am having trouble envisioning this product, even tho there's an
image of it. It looks like window blinds. Guess I'll have to call the company and get more info. I never knew about anything like this, so thanks for the tip.
back that Cabot makes the best sealer, that Thompson's and others that are advertised so widely don't do the best job. Your opinion? Also, my deck was built at least 10 yrs ago and never
sealed, but it's still in good shape. When it was built, I was told to wait 6 mos to seal it and that 6 mos has turned into years. I'm planning to for SURE do it this year, but here are my questions. I have 2 largish dogs (inside dogs, but of course they go outside
several times a day), so I'm going to have to keep them inside and take them out front for pottying during this process. During the years since the deck was built, dirt and fur has accumulated between the boards. I know I have to get it out before doing anything. After that's done and I clean the deck well and while it's drying out, can I let the dogs out there or must they be kept off it since they WILL track in soil from the yard? OR, can I cover the deck floor with a large vinyl tarp during the drying out process so the dogs can go out there? I've also read not to use chlorine bleach on it but to use oxygen bleach because it's less destructive to the wood. What about that?
And last question, once the sealant is put down, would putting a tarp on IT and letting the dogs out be a no-no? If it IS a no-no, is there a sealant that will dry out in 24 hours for sure? Keeping the dogs off the deck is going to be a chore and I'm trying to make my life easier. OH, and one more question. Since the deck isn't brand new, will that effect the kind of sealant I use -- transparent, semi, or whatever?