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Month: January 2018

Sunflowers – A Complete Guide to Selecting and Growing

Congratulations on your interest in growing sunflowers! The sunflower is one of the most widely recognized flowers of all time. It emits a sense of warmth and joy. This large flower blooms in a wide variety of yellows, pinks, and even reds. With a little care you will be rewarded by the most noble of garden beauties. Ask anyone who has grown them and their eyes will light up with excitement. The many varieties have something to offer gardeners of any age regardless of space limitations. So let's get busy and you will have a garden to be proud of in no time. Selecting a Growing Location Your first must decide on where you want to grow your sunflowers. Consider the following: Sun and Wind Exposure – As the name implies, sunflowers like the sun and do best when in a sunny location. A general guideline is to pick a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. If planted in a shady area, sunflowers may stretch to reach sun and then will require additional staking support as they will if planted in a windy area. Tall varieties are often planted on a fence line to help with support. Orientation to Other Plants – Particularly with the taller varieties of sunflowers you will want to consider how they may block sun and wind from your other garden...

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25 One-Liner Frog Jokes – Can be Used on Any Occasion

Frogs like any helpless animals have had a series of jokes told about them. They are probably not the funniest jokes ever told, but they can sometimes put a smile on the face of a frog collector. Sometimes, however the frog collector may not see the funny side. Here goes, have a laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously. 1. Why did the frog make so many mistakes? It jumped to the wrong conclusions. 2. What do frogs play at recess? Jumping jacks and leapfrog. 3. Why did the frog read Sherlock Holmes? He liked a good croak and dagger. 4. Who is smarter, a chicken or a frog? A frog of course How do you know? Well, I’ve never heard of Kentucky Fried Frog. 5. What is a frog’s favorite snack? Cheese and croakers. 6. Why did the motorcycle rider buy a pet frog? To pick the flies out from between his teeth. 7. Why are frogs good at baseball? Because they catch a lot of fly balls. 8. Why does a frog stand in the outfield? So he won’t miss a fly. 9. What do you get if you cross a science fiction film with a toad? Star Warts. 10. What do you call a one hundred year old frog? An old croak. 11. What did the frog dress up as at Halloween? A prince. 12. Where...

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How to Keep Deer From Damaging Your Trees

It is so exciting to spot deer in your yard, and even more so when it’s a buck! However, many homeowners who live near wooded areas begin to question whether or not deer activity can harm their trees. Aside from grazing, many homeowners ask why bucks rub their antlers on newly-planted trees, and if this behavior can injure young trees. These are very good questions, and important information to your overall tree care routine. Continue reading to learn why bucks are rubbing their antlers on your trees, and how to stop them from causing any damage with this behavior. Buck Behavior and Trees Bucks rub their antlers against young trees because they are still flexible. There is a misconception about bucks who rub their antlers on trees. Many people in the past have assumed that it is due to the velvet that initially covers buck antlers. It was believed that this velvet was itchy, and bucks were simply relieving the irritation. But this can’t be true because antlers do not have nerve endings! Research shows that bucks most likely exhibit this behavior for a number of reasons. But the 3 most common include: 1. To Mark Their Territory 2. To Practice or Strengthen Neck Muscles for Battle 3. To Arouse and Attract Fertile Does Potential Damages This distinctive buck behavior can harm trees. It can create open wounds in...

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Build Chest Muscles – Here's How to Grow Fast!

Next to big biceps, most people would agree that nice looking pecs are among the most visually appealing and attractive muscles. Women can not seem to stop staring at a guy with great pecs! All the more reason to build chest muscle right? Unfortunately, far too many guys are doing it all wrong! Which exercises should you add to your workout if you want results fast? Well, here's what I label as the 3 steps to build chest muscle now: Build Chest Muscle Step 1 – Use compound movements! It drives me nuts to see all these self-proclaimed experts listing a bunch of isolation movements, and even going so far as to recommend these movements to newbie's! Here's the straight talk for you. Walk over to the mirror right now. Take your shirt off and have a quick look. Do you see slabs of lean chest muscle on your body? No? Then do not do the isolation exercises! It's that simple. Compound movements will develop your body much quicker, and accelerate your growth. Isolation exercises will slow you down, and often result in a muscular imbalance for untrained individuals. Build Chest Muscle Step 2 – Use low rep ranges. There's no need to hammer out dozens of reps. Volume training will take its toll on you. Stick with heavy weights and force that muscle to grow! Build Chest Muscle...

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Sweaty Palms – A Brief Overview

Having sweaty palms is very common. Especially in today’s world where sometimes anxiety overcomes us at certain points, and we start sweating for no reason. Just think about any job interview you had in your life. If you can’t remember any occasion, consider yourself lucky, because having sweaty palms can be a lot troubling, and embarrassing. “Sweaty palms” is also known as palmar hyperhidrosis, a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can occur also at armpits or feet, and it is not a temporary condition. People with excessive sweating have had it for years, and it only becomes worse as they get older and need to interact with other people. Many people become so embarrassed just to go to a social event because they have to shake hands, and if they do go they can’t do it confidently. So what causes sweaty palms? It is not known for sure today but doctors believe that it is linked to an over activity of the sympathetic nervous system, that controls automatic processes. Other conditions linked to sweaty palms are hyperthyroidism, menopause, obesity, and psychiatric disorders. Sweaty palms treatment can vary depending of the degree of the condition. Severe cases are best treated by surgery. This surgery is called Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy, and in this surgical procedure, portions of the sympathetic nerve trunk are cut, or removed. Other treatments are: oral...

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