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I cannot find a common name for this device, but the tool below is specifically designed to roll over fallen apples to pick them up. Search for "apple roller", "apple pickup roller", "apple rolling harvester", "apple mower", "apple weasel", "apple wizard", etc. Use Google's image search for a really easy way to spot a product without having to crawl ...


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Remove the faucet handle Many outdoor faucet handles do not need the center screw to operate. To remove the handle, hold the handle with one hand to keep it from turning and remove the center screw holding it on. Save the original screw or nut to be reattached later and store the handle in a safe place that is easy to reach before you go outside. When ...


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It depends on the places, where the cat leaves its droppings. Usually cats prefer places with soft and loose soil like freshly raked flowerbeds or sand. If that's the case you can place chicken wire over the ground. At least my cats dislike that. An alternative is a layer of rough bark mulch. This also prevents cats from digging holes and burrowing their ...


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We have a mango tree too and every now and then we experience this. Try putting a printed sign on your wall that says: "The mangoes in this tree are private property. Should you really want one, just ask nicely. :)"


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Roll out some toilet paper, and put a drop of flour paste (1) to the correct spacing of the crop you're trying to plant. Do this entirely on one side (imagine it divided into quarters the long way, place these drops between the first crease from the edge, 1/4 of the way in. It doesn't have to be rocket science). Then, get the seed in your hand, and drop two ...


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Use some muscle when you turn off the spigot. At 2yo and 4yo, unless the kids are abusing anabolic steroids, it should then be a challenge for them to turn it on. If that's not enough, the gadget you need is a lock for the spigot. You can buy one that attaches to the handle, like this: Guard'n'Lock - Image Source: Amazon.com Or you can buy one that ...


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I had the same problem after clearing some landscaping and trees that had died from the former owner of my house and this is what I tried and failed and what I tried and worked effectively. Keep in mind I had some holes from stumps I dug out by hand and I was also trying to level my yard out at the same time. I cleared about 200 square feet about 2 feet ...


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My personal experience and I have not found a simple way I used to be some sort of teenage lumber jack(not kidding) and removing trees was the easy part, but the stump was the real pain. The trick is first kill the stump: I used a Husqvarna 450 to cut the tree down and into pieces. A 450(I think that is what it used) and larger models may be tough for you ...


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Maybe you can house your dogs closer to the MANGO tree. A tall fence sounds like it should work but will cost quite a bit of money. I would write a sincere notice, perhaps something like this: Please do not steal my MANGO fruit. You are tresspassing and stealing fruit from my yard is a punishable offense. I have notified the police of tresspassers and they ...


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I have seen people try to solve this annoying problem. Apart from putting the sign that @Carlo Borja suggested, try draping a net over the tree. This will hopefully prevent any stealing as any smart but bad kid would just understand that throwing rocks will not work.


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I once read that cats will walk around used coffee grounds. Just place some piles in the places where the cat goes and it should avoid those areas. Ofcourse you will need a lot of coffee to protect your entire garden, but it might be a start to protect some areas. PS: I'm told this will also keep away snails.


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Badgers are stubborn creatures of habit and stronger than they look. It is unlikely that you have a single badger, the family will forage together following the lead of the boar. In my experience, if you try to block the regular foraging route with a fence, they'll just go through it or under it. Also, if you did stay up to confront them, they have the ...


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Liking cats I know that they like it safe and secure, do not like surprises and generally hate water. You need to wait until you see the cat coming into your garden. When it prepares itself to defecate, you take this: which you filled with ice-cold water and...surprise. The range of the soaker should make it possible that the cat is not prepared . Hit it ...


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Prune the tree Immediately after harvest this year, prune the tree away from the wall. Make sure that all the branches are well inside the wall, and lower to the ground. By making the tree less visible, and requiring people to completely climb over the fence you'll discourage most random casual theft. Further, the tree should fruit more productively over ...


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Without tools of any kind, you will be unable to do this. One thing I've done (unconventional) Is to use a battery drill and big boring bit. Drill straight down into the soil. It'll be dull later, but you can use it for this purpose later if necessary. Then you boil some water, and pour it down the hole. It will thaw some of the surrounding soil, and mix to ...


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Inject laxitive the ones closest to the wall which are easiest to steal (the low hanging fruit haha).


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Increase the height of the wall and/or add anti-climbing features like spikes or razor wire.


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I LOVE answering gardening questions! Here's my idea. Use a styrofoam board as an insert (you will have to cut portions out accordingly) to place the seed starter cell pots on. Get it just right, and you can have the whole thing float like a raft in a pan of water! The styrofoam will keep the cell pots from sinking, but lie low enough that the roots can ...


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Don't take this the wrong way, I kept a fake sign board saying "Please don't climb this compound wall, it is electrified" actually it wasn't electrified at all. Now I removed that sign board because I was warned by a Cop. So my friends please don't try this method.


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For small gardens, don't worry about it: over-seed and just thin the rows after the sprouts come up. You almost certainly are buying more seeds than you have room to plant anyway, and storing extras for next year will result in fewer of them sprouting (which means you'll want to overseed anyway!) You can reduce mistakes (dropping half your seeds in one spot)...


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Wait until the ground thaws? The garden isn't really doing much right now with a frozen surface anyways so perhaps the lighting of the barren landscape can wait until the spring? If it must be done now, try a pen/pencil, stick, screwdriver, the broken light, or any other sharp pointy thing you have and scratch at the soil until you get to the depth you ...


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You could try to build a sifter: Get a square meter/yard of 1/2" or 2cm wire mesh from the hardware store, "Chicken Wire" may work. Build a square frame that is a few inches smaller than your mesh. Staple the mesh to the frame Then you can shovel your mud into the sifter and give it a good shake to separate the stones. Here are some more advanced ...


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There are several ways to do this: Water globes: These are containers of water with a narrow opening that you fill and stick into the soil. Commercial ones can be very attractive, and advertise as keeping your plants watered "for weeks". I've never used them myself, but I have repeatedly heard that they are unlikely to keep your plant watered more than a ...


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The LifeHack way is to use a filled plastic bottle with a small hole drilled in the bottle cap, put upside down in the soil. This way you only need to refill the water once every week or so, depending on the size of the bottle. See Google for examples. Good luck!


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Buy a bottle of Jeyes Fluid, soak old rags or cloths in it, drape or fix the rags near the entry points you think they're using - they hate the smell, classic gardener's solution to the problem. You will need to refresh the cloths occasionally with the Fluid.


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Get a shaker - salt/pepper/red pepper flakes/cheese... Size the holes to the size of your seeds. Mix seeds in bag with something like sand and fill shaker. Walk along row shaking mixture out. As long as your seeds aren't too big or weird shaped and you've mixed them well with sand or other carrier, it should come out relatively evenly. Obviously works ...


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I've heard that in the "The Good Old Days" people would build fires on top of a patch of earth in order to dig graves in the winter. I'm guessing that a small scale version of this may do the trick. Take a coffee can and cut both sides out. Then stab some ventilation holes around the can. Place the can on the frozen ground where you want to put your lamp. ...


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You could buy dry ice to put in the inner planter, but that might cost more than the planters. Instead, put the outside planter in a large pot of boiling water, plugging drain holes so the inner one doesn't get hot too quickly. This should expand the outer one so it drops off without struggle. Let me know if that works. BTW, this technique is used to ...


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Install a fake CCTV camera on the fence overlooking the tree. Try to find the best compromise between cost and realism, including warning signs, wires leading to nowhere, blinking LEDs, etc.


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