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20 ways to reuse coffee grounds, tea leaves

It's unlikely that coffee or tea is growing in your garden, so after you finish that cup, put the grounds to work with these clever ideas.<p>Some tips …

How to make your own marshmallows

Marshmallows aren't something the average mom whips up in her kitchen, but maybe they should be. There are a lot of steps, but they're actually easy …

5 ways to help our disappearing bees

Colony collapse disorder is claiming many bees. But there are things you can do to help.<p>In the spring and summer, thoughts naturally turn to the …

17 easy-to-start seeds for beginner gardeners

Think you can't grow anything? Try these easy-to-grow seeds in your garden and you might begin to think you have a green thumb.<p>Starting your own …

13 natural solutions for killing and deterring ants

Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. Natural pest control methods can help you cope with and eliminate the problem.<p>Little tiny …

10 natural cough remedies

The next time you have an annoying cough, take your grandmother's advice and try one of these natural remedies.<p>Coughing happens when viruses, …

50 ways to reuse your garbage

From fruit peels and coffee grounds to pantyhose and pill bottles, here's how to save money and treat your trash like treasure.<p>Ralph Waldo Emerson …

Cleaning

20 things you didn't know you could recycle

From sandwich bags and bras to Crocs and crayons, there’s a whole lot more than bottles and cans that can be recycled.<p>In 2012, Americans generated …

10 health benefits of honey

From fighting dandruff and drunkenness to treating coughs and cuts, honey is a powerhouse of health benefits.<p>There is something undeniably enchanting …

Mayo Clinic

Everything's peachy

<b>Saturday</b><p>Pruning the fan-trained peaches is highly satisfying; now in their seventh year, we are now reaping the rewards with bagfuls of peaches in summer. It hasn't been an easy journey though: initially, I planted two-year old trees, thinking that the more mature plant would fast-track to a …

Gardens: the April checklist

Break it up<p>Although all bare-root and rootballed trees and shrubs should be in the ground by the time the buds begin to swell, the planting season for hardy perennials is with us for a good month yet. Split and separate herbaceous plants while basal growth is still low and there is time for the …

How to make your own plant food

I take "a little bit, every now and again" approach to feeding my plants because I know if my soil is looked after and well-watered – they will grow. Having dabbled with making nettle and comfrey fertilisers and tinkered with using wood ash around my soft fruit bushes, I fancy seeing what else I …

Old wives' tales about gardening: so which are true?

Every gardener loves a snippet of ancient wisdom, handed down through the generations. But how many old wives’ tales should we believe?<p>I feel privileged to have grown up gardening at my grandmother’s knee, and Mother’s Day seems an apt moment to remember her. Lucy Elizabeth Hardy, 70 when I was …

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Gardens: soil

The Worldometers website is compulsive viewing. If you watch this "real time world statistics" site ticking, you will see the world's soil disappearing before your eyes. The statistic for land lost to soil erosion ticks over slower than some (the one measuring world population, say, or the number …

Grow your own peas | Make your own

Garden peas are probably the easiest and most rewarding of vegetables to grow at home, whether you've a huge patch or a mere pot<p>If you've never grown veg, you may wonder if it's worth the trouble. Cabbages, carrots, potatoes etc are widely available in shops, when you need them and in the …

Gardening 101: Lettuces

Lettuce, <i>Lactuca sativa: “</i>Backyard Salad Bar”<p>Lettuce season is upon us. Prepare to plant your spring salad; you can sow lettuce seeds in the garden …

Planting School Peas

A couple of weeks ago I took some potting soil and some Peas (Oregon Trail) and I helped the kids in Jackson’s kindergarden class sow some Peas for …

Gardening

Potting on Tomatoes

My tomato seedlings are at the stage where they need to part company with their seedling buddies and move into larger accommodation on their own. …

Indoor gardening: quirky ways to bring nature inside

Not got much outdoor space? Never fear - become a house gardener instead with these seven eye-catching projects<p>A creative wall<p>Tillandsia or air plants are such unusual plants but they are surprisingly easy to maintain, even though they look very different from the bright green plants we’re used to …

Build A Lightweight Tent For A Pittance

Shelter for less than $2 per square yard<p>Ultralight tents don’t have to lighten your wallet. Save a bundle of cash by making one from Tyvek. The breathable, water-resistant material, a favorite of home contractors, weighs less than two ounces and costs about $2 per square yard. Here’s how to fashion …

Backpacking

Simple Invention For Sealing Gunshot Wounds Gets FDA Approval

The XStat syringe stops bleeding in 15 seconds using tiny sponges.<p>The pocket-sized XStat, a hemorrhage-stopping invention we wrote about in February, yesterday received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a first-of-its-kind medical dressing. This means that the U.S. Army, which …

How It Works: A Wiffle Ball Pitch

Take a whiff of that<p>The Wiffle ball has been fooling batters since its invention in 1953, but scientists only recently learned why. Mechanical engineer Jenn Stroud Rossmann at Lafayette College placed the ball in a wind tunnel, measured airflow around it, and concluded that the shifting balance of …

How It Works: An Electronic Cigarette

The future of smoking<p>Since electronic cigarettes hit the market in 2007, yearly sales have reached $1 billion in the U.S. Although they’re popular, it’s still unclear how safe they are. Last year, a study from an international group of scientists showed that the toxins in e-cigarette vapor are 9 to …

The Tale of the Travelling Toxigenic E. coli

Along with humans, microbes have a certain knack for worldwide travel. Some, like tuberculosis are well known to hitch a ride in unsuspecting individuals and find a home in faraway lands. Others, including the media-attention grabbing Ebola, are usually more comfortable in localized areas though …

Architizer

Electric Stimulation To Spine Gets Paralyzed Patients Moving Again

Four men who had been paralyzed for two years or more were able to move their legs, knees, ankles and toes.<p>After you've injured your spinal cord, getting a "motor complete" diagnosis means you're unable to move your legs—or anything on your body, below the injury—under your own volition. Stay …

Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Internet

I saw a t-shirt one time. “I’m a bomb disposal technician,” it read. “If you see me running, try to keep up.”<p>The same sort of idea can be applied to net security: when all the net security people you know are freaking out, it’s probably an okay time to worry.<p>This afternoon, many of the net security …

Internet users advised to change passwords due to 'Heartbleed' bug

Following the discovery of a major bug known as "Heartbleed," Tumblr has sent out a note encouraging users to change the passwords for all of their online accounts immediately.<p>The Heartbleed bug makes it possible for hackers to retrieve code from websites and other online services that would give …