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  1. How to deal with slugs in the garden

    How to deal with slugs in the garden

    How to deal with slugs in the garden
    Slugs are a problem in the garden, especially when it's rainy. From hostas to roses, and from beans to tomatoes, the little slimy pests love to wreak havoc on your plants. Here are some natural ways to deal with them: • • • Baits Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster recommends using Sluggo to battle the garden pests. The active ingredient...
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  2. How to know when to replace your American flag

    How to know when to replace your American flag

    How to know when to replace your American flag
    With Memorial Day approaching, it's time to pay tribute to those who died in active military service. And that means there's no better time to make sure your American flag is worthy to display. According to Section 8k of the Flag Code, "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display...
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  3. 5 simple ways to celebrate Earth Day

    5 simple ways to celebrate Earth Day

    5 simple ways to celebrate Earth Day
    Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22, but really, shouldn't every day be Earth Day? If you want to leave the planet a little better for future generations, here are a few quick and painless ways to live a little greener: Ditch the plastic water bottles Americans use about 50 billion — that's billion with a B —...
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  4. Variety the spice of life, and of trout fishing, too

    Variety the spice of life, and of trout fishing, too

    Variety the spice of life, and of trout fishing, too
    Rare – like Bigfoot rare -- is the angler who has just one type of lure or one size hook in his tackle box. They probably don’t exist. Variety, that’s what every fisherman or woman wants. So why not with our trout, too? The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks four types of trout each spring. They’re browns, rainbows, brooks...
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  5. Taxidermy an art form, but do your homework

    Taxidermy an art form, but do your homework

    Taxidermy an art form, but do your homework
    The days of taxidermy being little more than ratty-looking stuffed heads on grandpa’s wall are over. Or at least it can be. Taxidermy has evolved into an art form. If you doubt that, visit the annual exhibitions put on by groups like the Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association or their counterparts in other states. The mounts you’ll encounter are lifelike, yet also...
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  6. Think northern pike for early spring action

    Think northern pike for early spring action

    Think northern pike for early spring action
    Some pretty amazing trout fishing is on the horizon. The crappie and walleye bites pick up shortly after that. Then there’s bass. But for now? Northern pike — learn more about them here — are the king of early, early spring. Among the first fish to spawn each year, they’ll be in the shallows and as accessible as they’re going...
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  7. Houseplants 101, how to make them thrive

    Houseplants 101, how to make them thrive

    Houseplants 101, how to make them thrive
    Indoor plants have been chosen for their toughness and ability to grow in low light conditions. Over the centuries they have found their way into our homes as houseplants. They are most often killed with kindness with too much water and fertilizer. Almost all houseplants prefer dry conditions, the reason they were picked to grow in our houses is that...
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  8. How to deal with Deer, rabbits and groundhogs in the garden

    How to deal with Deer, rabbits and groundhogs in the garden

    How to deal with Deer, rabbits and groundhogs in the garden
    There’s nothing more disappointing than walking into the garden and seeing treasured plants eaten, pulled out or trampled by deer or some other marauder. Deer can be a serious problem for gardeners. Photos by Doug Oster It’s usually one of three culprits- deer, rabbits or groundhogs. All three can be destructive, but lets start with the groundhog, which can be...
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  9. Here's how to test if your old vegetable seeds will grow

    Here's how to test if your old vegetable seeds will grow

    Here's how to test if your old vegetable seeds will grow
    If you're like most gardeners, you probably buy way more seeds than you could possibly ever plant at home. So how do you find out if that old envelope of pea seeds (or anything else) is still viable? In the video below, Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster explains the process: Some seeds could be good for a relatively short time...
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  10. 7 ways to help avoid getting the flu

    7 ways to help avoid getting the flu

    7 ways to help avoid getting the flu
    A surge nationally of hospitalizations and deaths have resulted from a strain of the influenza, H3N2, that is circulating this year. So it's important to know ways to help avoid the flu. Flu season usually runs from October until May, but it's at its peak from December to February. Here are seven ways to help avoid getting the flu. Get...
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