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Plantain Tree

Randy has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from U. of Wisconsin and practices his craft at universities and USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The plantain tree, also known as plátano in Spanish-speaking countries, is a tropical tree of the banana genus (Musa), which originated in the region between Malaysia and northern Australia.
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Characteristics of Cacti Plants

Suzanne has been an online writer for over seven years. Her articles often focus on skin care and gardening. Introduction to CactiWhat is it about the unusual looking varieties of cacti that have made them a much loved or much disliked member of the plant world?I fall into the category of the former with no major justifiable reason why, I just love everything about them.
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8 Great Stores Like Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn is a great store—there& 39;s no doubt about it. But recently the major store in my city closed down and I was left without an alternative, well, an offline alternative anyway.However, as an avid virtual window shopper, there are plenty of other stores besides Pottery Barn that I visit and shop at regularly.
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Logger Joe "10 Ton" Hydraulic Log Splitter Review

Manual Log Splitter ReviewOur Wood-Splitting NeedsA few years ago, we decided our propane heating bill was getting to be a bit too much. With our house being a bit older, it probably isn’t insulated as well as it could be. We decided to get two wood-burning fireplace inserts which use a few cords of wood each cold season, and that wood has to be split.
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How to Build Your Own Covered Deck

Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. He is a licensed electrician. Building a Covered DeckBuilding a covered deck next to your home can add a great deal to both its value and to your enjoyment of it. The deck shown above is just such a project, and while this article cannot give you specific plans, it can help with planning and building your own deck, complete with roof for those rainy days.
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Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Flowers, Gardening, and Mulching for Beginners

I love gardening, but I remember how tough it was when I first started. That& 39;s why I like sharing tips to help fledgling gardeners! Planting flowers can enhance the beauty of your lawn and provide a colorful landscape in your garden. But if you are new to planting flowers, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to begin, what flowers to plant, how often to water flowers, and how to maintain your garden.
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How to Make a Compost Bin From a Plastic Storage Container

Bill is a writer with his own garden, and he has a wealth of useful tips about composting.Do You Have a Small Garden?What do you do? You have a small garden, or perhaps a variety of pots, and you want to make your own compost, but you simply don’t have the room in your yard for a compost bin. Heck, maybe you don’t even have a yard.
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Cunjevoi Lily (Alocasia brisbanensis)

I like to write articles containing handy gardening tips, secrets, and general botanical and horticultural nerdiness. Looking for a great, easy-to-grow native plant that can be used as in a tropical-style garden? Look no further than the Cunjevoi Lily, Alocasia brisbanensis. They make great structural feature plants, especially when planted around water features in tropical gardens.
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How to Wash Plush Toys

A while ago, I came across a very simple and inexpensive way of cleaning plush toys.Sweaters, blankets, and comfort foods all show up this time of year, but many people also break out slippers and nostalgic stuffed toys. Maybe it’s time for kids to have their stuffed animals take a bath. A while ago, I came across a very simple and inexpensive way of cleaning plush toys.
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What to Consider When Buying a Recliner Sofa

Kim is a keen reader and likes finding bargains when possible. We Went Shopping for a ReclinerOur first few trips to sofa stores proved to be disappointing. We wanted to buy leather sofas, but it seemed that the styles we preferred were only available as recliners. We didn& 39;t set out to buy these, and this factor added to the price.
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How to Find and Catch a Garden Snail

Livingsta is a writer who writes about anything that fascinates, provokes or interests her, always putting forth her best effort and focus. Garden snail is a species of land snail, and its binomial name is Helix aspersa. It belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Mollusca and Class Gastropoda. This species comes under the Genus Helix and Family HelicidaeThe garden snail is edible, and is considered as a pest in the garden and in general to agriculture.
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Storage Solutions: Alternative Uses for Shoe Organizers

Artist, blogger, freelance writer. Experiences include art, DIY, gardening, storm-spotting, caregiving, farming, reading, and kid wranglin& 39;. Affordable, Versatile Storage IdeasPocket organizers designed for storing shoes are one those great concepts that make you wonder, & 34;Why weren& 39;t they invented sooner?
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How to Grow Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)

I& 39;m a gardener and nature lover. I enjoy writing articles and how-to guides that help people learn new things.About Austrian Pine TreesOnce you know just how easy the fast-growing Austrian pine is to grow and care for, it is sure to find a place in your landscape.Very hardy, this tree that grows beautifully in zones 3-7.
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Cleaning Stainless Steel With CLR Metal Clear Cleaner

One of Susan& 39;s passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends. Review for CLR Metal ClearDo you often see products advertised on TV and think, I should try that, but I bet it doesn& 39;t work as well as they say it does. I& 39;m often skeptical, but lately I& 39;m finding that every product I try made by Jelmar does do what it says it will do.
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Planting a Miniature Christmas Tree

Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs. How to Keep a Mini Christmas Tree Alive After the HolidaysInside or Outside?Live tabletop Christmas trees are lovely during the holidays, but afterwards, when the lights and decorations have been removed and the trees begin to yellow and drop their needles, many of us may be tempted to throw them into the garbage.
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Window Box Ideas for All Seasons

Gardening is so relaxing. Just looking at beautiful greenery and flowers is calming to my soul. Window boxes are a great way to add flowers to an area that would otherwise be flowerless. They add a great pop of color to a dull, drab window, and they make a pretty window even prettier.We have a window box outside our kitchen window.
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Different Types of Bookcases

Books stacked on tables, floors, and double deep on bookshelves. Those books need a roomy home. There are many types and styles of bookcases available today and many different woodworking plans to build your own.They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. They also come in different materials: wood, glass, metal, and plastic.
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Neem Oil Organic Insecticide

Sean has been in the industry of gardening and landscaping since 2006. He is also a certified arborist that specializes in plant health. What Is Neem Oil?Neem oil is one of the most valuable and environmentally friendly products available for organic pest control. The oil is extracted by applying high pressure to the fruits and seeds of the Azadirachta indica tree, which is an evergreen that is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.
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How to Install a GFCI Outlet

Dan has been a licensed journey-level electrician for some 17 years. He has extensive experience in most areas of the electrical trade. Reasons for Installing a GFCI OutletThere can be several reasons you may want to install a GFCI outlet—maybe it& 39;s worn out, physically damaged, or maybe you just want a new one.
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Do You Need a Water Softener With City Water?

An Important Question for UrbanitesIf you live in a city, you can be fairly confident that your water is safe to use. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict standards requiring local water authorities to remove, or at least reduce, contaminants that can be harmful to people.On the other hand, there& 39;s no requirement for your city to remove substances that can be harmful to your home.
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