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| May/June 1976

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    Many older houses aren't well sealed against the weather, especially around the foundation. When the snow falls, a quick once- around the house with a snow blower throwing snow up against the base of the house can cut down on your heating bills.
    ILLUSTRATIONS: INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Broccoli: Start indoors and transplant into garden in early spring. Very sensitive to extreme heat. Matures in 60-70 days
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Carrots: Sow thickly (20-30 seeds per foot) and thin later. Won't grow well in rocky or clay soil. Matures in70-75 days.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Compost is simply decayed organic matter. Leaves make good compost. So do coffee grounds. Grass clippings. And kitchen scraps. (Avoid meat and fat ... they smell.) Turn your pile with a pitchfork once a week and keep it damp. When you add finished compost to your garden, it adds nutrients to the soil and creates rich organic humus.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    For strawberry plants to thrive and survive, they should be planted at the proper depth. Dig a hole to accept the full depth of the roots and then plant so the crown will be even with the ground surface.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Lettuce: Sow rows of different kinds at intervals throughout the season for continual supply and varieties. Matures in 45-60 days.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Onions: Plant sets ( baby onions) from late winter to early spring. They're slow but easy to grow. Matures in 90-120 days.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Corn: Sow in parallel rows so wind can spread pollen effectively. Thrives on plenty of water and heat. Matures in 70-90 days
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Peas: Plant in fall, winter or early spring. They like cool weather. Matures in 60-70 days.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Radishes: Plant several times during the season - they grow fast. Needs plenty of water. Matures in 25-35 days
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
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    Tomatoes: Start indoors and transplant outdoors when two or three inches high. Three to six are usually enough. Matures in 100 days.
    INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER

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Click on the Image Gallery for tips on insulating with snow, composting, planting strawberries and planting vegetables, all excerpted from "The Good Earth Handbook" from International Harvesters, 1976.

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