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Here Is How To Prune Your Tomatoes For A Harvest Galore

It is tomato season and you need to pay good attention to your tomato plants! What they need is timely pruning and topping.<p><b>Here are 3 reasons to</b> …

Gardening

We Now Have Scientific Evidence For a Colic Treatment That Actually Works

This could mean so much to so many.<p>Each year, hundreds of thousands of babies and their concerned families suffer from colic - a condition diagnosed …

How one couple saved their marriage by asking each other a simple question

On the brink of divorce, this question made all the difference.<p>For years, novelist Richard Paul Evans and his wife Keri struggled with their marriage. Then, one day, they learned to ask each other a simple question: “How can I make your day better?”<p>The question, which Evans wrote about in a viral …

Lifestyle

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe Is Probably the Reason My Partner Likes Me So Much

Sure, roasted brussels sprouts are great, but these sauce-doused babies are a dealmaker.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the roasted brussels sprouts recipe that associate director of audience development</i> …

Cooking

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life...on a Plane

Flying, okay traveling in general, is rarely fun. Cramped seats, bumpy rides, and anxious passengers aren't really a recipe for a "good time." That's …

Shopping

This Material is the Undisputed King of Beauty on a Budget

One of the most important decisions you'll make when remodeling your kitchen is what material to choose for the countertops. This is a choice that …

Kitchens

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Yoga

Concrete and Wood Slab Table

First of all, this is my first instructable, so take it easy on this old hillbilly. This instructable will outline how I made two similar concrete …

Woodworking

My Favorite Wood Finishes: One Fast, One Slow

There are a couple of reasons why you should apply a finish to your wood projects. The most important reason is that it adds a layer of protection from wear and tear and keeps the moisture out of the wood. This will ensure your project will last a long time. The other reason to finish your project …

Woodworking

Make a Simple DIY Rack for Your Pipe Clamps

Pipe clamps are heavy and cumbersome, which makes them difficult to store, but in a couple hours you can build this simple rack that will keep your clamps off the floor and within easy reach.<p>As your woodworking skills grow, so will your collection of pipe clamps, since you'll need them to secure …

Woodworking

How to Use Epoxy Resin Like a Pro

Epoxy has several advantages over other adhesives and fillers. It can fill gaps and still retain strength, it’s waterproof, and it sticks well to …

Waterproofing

How to Make Perfect Cuts With Circular and Miter Saws

Cut cleaner and safer with your miter saw and circular saw. Take the worry out of making tough cuts like plunge cuts and miter cuts on wide boards, …

Woodworking

How to Use a Power Miter Saw — The Family Handyman

Video Tip: How to Mark a Board<p>Mark Petersen, an editor for The Family Handyman, will show you <b>how to properly mark a board</b> before cutting it on a …

Top Router Tips and Tricks from Jimmy DiResta

We’ve done posts about Jimmy Tips before. This is the series that <i>Make:</i> contributor Jimmy DiResta does on his YouTube channel where he shares a near-lifetime (Jimmy’s been at a bandsaw since before he was out of his trapdoor jammies) of shopcraft with his viewers. His latest, the 11th video in the …

Duplicating a Favorite Piece of Found Furniture: DiResta's Steel & Walnut Stool

Reclaiming biscuit-joined walnut, quickly transferring furniture dimensions, how to get a great patina on steel and more<p>What do you do when your …

Furniture

How to prepare your vegetable garden for winter

The heavy rains of winter are just around the corner and it is time to put the vegetable garden to bed. Here are a few tips from Tara Moreau at UBC …

Gardening

Uses for Yarrow

<b>Common Yarrow</b> <i>(Achillea</i> <i>millefolium</i> L. )<p><b>Time of Year:</b> Flowers bloom in the spring<p><b>Location:</b> All of North America <br>Click Here for map If it does not grow …

Protect Your Garden With Cover Crops

Keep your spring plot healthy this fall by feeding it what it needs.<p>Like people, garden beds benefit from snuggling under a warm blanket when the …

Gardening

15 Sneaky Tricks To Make Flowers Look Better, Last Longer, And Make YOU Happier

From a penny in the water (genius!) to how scotch tape can make your arrangement perfect<p>Jessica Marshall, owner of Miss Daisy Floral Design Studio in Las Vegas and NYC, let our sister site, Cosmopolitan.com, in on some of her floral tricks to make decorating your house with beautiful flowers easy …

A Glossary of Natural Garden Pest Control Solutions - Organic Gardening

An abundance of buzzing, hopping, fluttering and crawling insects is a trademark of any healthy organic garden. This diversity means insects that …

Gardening

grow healthy tomatoes: staking and pruning

Shares 4K<p>I HAVE ALWAYS CAGED my tomatoes, but many experts agree that staking–and regularly pruning and tying the staked plants as they grow–is the …

Gardening

Protect your backyard vegetables from birds with this hack

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Birds

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Let Bivalves Be Bivalves: Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Mussels

Mussels are quick-cooking, inexpensive, and party-friendly. Avoid these common mistakes, and get them right, every time.<p>Quick—name a dish that's inexpensive, quick-cooking, fancy enough for a party, but easy enough to make on a weeknight. If you said mussels, we're on the same wavelength. These …

Curries

Mario Batali's Pizza Dough

This recipe yields a thin, crisp pizza crust (as opposed to puffy and chewy), similar to the pizzas Batali serves at Otto, his restaurant in New York City.<p>Ingredients<p>1¼-oz. envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ tsp.)<p>2 teaspoons sugar<p>2 tablespoons kosher salt<p>3½ cups 00 flour, plus more for surface<p>¼ …

Mario Batali

Our Best Seafood Pasta Recipes with Crab, Anchovy, Lobster and More

Place a bowl of pasta + seafood in front of us, and it's almost guaranteed we'll want seconds. Here are our best seafood pasta recipes.

Italian Food

Mushroom Paella with Kale and Eggs

The best part of any paella is the crisp layer of rice that forms on the bottom of the pan. Make sure to scrape some out for each portion.<p>Ingredients<p>Mushroom Stock<p>1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms<p>1 tablespoon olive oil<p>1 large onion, chopped<p>1 carrot, peeled, chopped<p>1 celery stalk, chopped<p>1 pound …

Bobby Flay