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Water Spigot

The baffling mystery of the trickling water spigot – shutoff valve or sillcock?

Since I have lived here the spigot on the side of the house had only a trickle. It didn't leak, it just did not have full flow. My main suspect was a shutoff valve. I was unable to find a shutoff to see if it was partially closed. I looked on and off a couple of time and was never able to find it. I pulled the guts out of it the sillcock and turned the water on with no difference. The guts were 15 inches…

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Landscaping – moving the Alberta spruce only to die

I had a plan to put some climbing hydrangeas where those dwarf Alberta spruce are in front of the house. I figure they were there for nearly 30 years it's time to freshen up the place. I took this stand with all of those yews, junipers and arborvitaes that I had removed. There was no, color, no contrast, and no thought put into the landscaping. The only problem was, where to get them. I had never seen them at any…

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Yellow Tomato

When life gives you yellow tomatoes, make yellow tomato salsa

I started a bunch of yellow tomato plants from seeds this year. I didn't know how many would make it because they didn't make it last year. I put them outside when it got nice and they were blown to death. I think all but one made it this year and I gave a few away. I have ten tomato bushes. Two really aren't growing. I don't know if it has something to do with rodents messing with their roots or what.…

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Chipmunk and rodent and other pests status update

I haven't trapped a chipmunk in weeks. This past week some other rodent pest has been going in the trap and eating all the bait. One time it tripped the trap and the other time it did not. In both cases it ate the bait and left.  I figure it had to be something small enough to get out of the trap. I always figured I was dealing with more than one type of rodent all along. I am assuming, at minimum, I have…

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Sprinkler Head

Weeding, filling holes and cleaning the pool filter yet again

Not this past weekend, but the weekend before I got around to doing some things that have been staring me in the face for awhile, one is filling that hole in the middle of the yard, weeding and cleaning the algae out of the pool. The Hole That hole I am referring to is from the sprinkler head I removed in an attempt to diagnose it a very long time ago. It is pretty much right in the middle of the…

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Turning hydrangeas blue, aluminum and acidity

So I bought a hydrangea back in April. The forever blooming type. It was pink, but I really want blue so I figured I'd give it a try to turn it blue. Apparently, there are a few things to this. One, it's aluminum that makes them blue, but also the acidity of the soil. The soil has to be acidic enough for the hydrangeas to take up the aluminum to make them blue. I didn't really want to mess too much with…

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Perennial bulbs not my forte apparently – sticks and death

Starting plants from bulbs is not my forte apparently. I bought some Christmas ferns, clematis, caladiums and some coral bell perennial bulbs from Costco and all but the ferns, two caladiums and a clematis made it. I suppose the Christmas ferns may eventually make it, but right now they are pathetic sticks. The only caladiums that made it were the ones I planted indoors, the others I put in a bag with soil and they all rotted. I heard they were…

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Edging a garden bed – lessons learned and behind the scenes

I know there are a lot of ways to edging a garden bed, but this worked well for me and I had all the tools required to get it done. I think the mattock helped with not removing too much soil with the grass. In my opinion, the spade and the mattock worked very well. I thought I did a good job of not whacking myself in the ankle, or shin with the mattock, but I have a bruise and a lump…

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Edging A Garden Bed

How to edge a garden bed

The grass is getting as tall as the juniper trees, I figured it was time to edge the garden bed. Granted, the rain has not only delayed the deck job. It was one of those things I just couldn't look at any more. I did not want to use any type of border. I wanted it easy to mow around, and to get it done fairly quickly without added extra steps like bricks or any type of edging material. I totally…

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