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Pruning And Training Apple Trees

Pruning And Training Apple Trees

Apple trees are a bit like children. Discipline them too harshly, and they become petulant and rebellious. Set no limits, and they become unruly and unproductive. But give them consistent pruning and training, and they form an attractive, useful landscape ...

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Choosing A Homeschooling Curriculum

Choosing A Homeschooling Curriculum

Twenty years ago, homeschooling families were lucky to find a handful of curriculum options. Today, though, you can find hundreds of commercial homeschooling packages. If you’ve visited a homeschooling convention, you know how inspiring—and overwhelming—the choices are. Of course, as ...

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Planting A Windbreak

Planting A Windbreak

The low plains of southeastern Idaho where I grew up were marked by fierce winds year-round and blowing snow in the winter. Most farmers planted some sort of wind break around their property. Wind breaks offer protection from the wind ...

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Motivating Your Homeschoolers

Motivating Your Homeschoolers

Remember when you first started homeschooling? You imagined cozy moments spent reading a story together or children happily working on a science project. In your mind, your beautiful children always came to learning with enthusiasm and never balked or argued. ...

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Top 12 Garden Growing Guides

Top 12 Garden Growing Guides

Your seed trays and hoes are tucked safely away in the shed and your garden lays fallow under six inches of snow. Although the most active season for gardening is over, you needn’t lay aside the gardening habit completely. Winter ...

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Hand Gardening Machines

Hand Gardening Machines

My mother’s vegetable garden was a formidable opponent. It spanned over a quarter of an acre and included almost every vegetable you could think of, plus a prolific berry patch. The garden was flanked on one side by a wooded ...

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Vegetable Gardening In The South

Vegetable Gardening In The South

The South is known for long, lazy summer days and stretches of hot, humid weather. These warm conditions are ideal for growing most vegetables, but Southern gardeners face a few unique conditions. First, if you’re going to grow vegetables in ...

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