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old-fashioned garden tips/tricks:

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Index of tips

Vegetable Tips
Making Pumpkins Grow Fast - 1918
Early Cucumbers and Melons - 1888
Substitute for Bean Poles - 1888
Get a Second Growth of Cabbage - 1945

Organic Insect & Weed Control Tips
Potato Juice as an Insect Destroyer - 1888
Weeds on Gravel Walks - 1888
Tomato Leaves a Remedy for the Curculio - 1888
Eggshells for slugs, snails, caterpillars

Miscellaneous Tips
Driving Nails Into Hard Wood - 1888
To Clean an Old Roof - 1888
To Render Wood Uninflammable - 1888

Handy Devices
Moving Large Tree 1919
Shade for Poultry Yard (Trellis)- 1919
Water Heater and Food Cooker - 1919
Window Stand for Seed Boxes - 1919



       Take a barrel, an iron tube about three inches in diameter and perhaps ten feet long, and a wooden plug. Have thread cut in one end of pipe; screw it into right-size hole in barrel, four inches from bottom. Drive plug into outer end of pipe. Put water into barrel. Build fire under pipe (dig trench for fire, if necessary). Can have scalding water in about one-half hour. When cooking feed, it is desirable to have a piece of wire fly-netting fastened over the inside end of the tube.

How To Do Things (The Farm Journal) - 1919

Water Heater and Food Cooker (Barrel and Pipe)