Farming Advice and Folklore: Newspaper Holder, Flour Baby Powder and Solar Cones

Farming advice and folklore from MOTHER and her readers, including a homemade newspaper holder, baby powder made of browned flour and gardening solar cones.

| August/September 1996

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including a homemade newspaper holder that makes your newspaper delivery visible, baby powder made of simple browned kitchen flour and making gardening solar cones made out of fiberglass-reinforced plastic sheeting. 

MOTHER's Country Farming Advice and Folklore

Cheap-O-Bob's Newspaper Holder 

How many times do you go out to see if your newspaper has been delivered? I go out, unlock the gate, fight to keep the dogs in the yard (we have four), get out to the holder — and nothing.

After about three trips, I get upset. So I decided to build a newspaper holder to eliminate stress.

Wanting to maintain my nickname, Cheap-o-Bob, I went over to my garage (my wife calls it a firetrap) to see what I had on hand. I found a piece of old six-inch PVC water main, a piece of Plexiglas, and a roll of plumber's strap.

I cut the PVC pipe 16 to 18 inches long. Then I cut a circle out of the Plexiglas to fit over the end ofthe PVC pipe and cemented it on with PVC cement or silicon rubber. I mounted the pipe on a board with two plumber's straps and drilled a hole in the bottom of the closed end to let rain out.

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