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Plastic forks make lovely plant props

If you grow indoors potted plants such as Maranta ( Prayer Plant), Calathea, and similar, help is at hand. These don’t grow “up,” but spread out, from one or more central rhizomes. And when it reaches the edge of the pot, the stem appears to need some support as it keeps growing. Here’s a solution: Break off one tine from a plastic food fork, stick the handle deep into the soil and used the remaining tines as a support. For plants with thicker stems, you can break off the two middle fork tines. Voila, instant support, and they won’t rot like a tongue depressor. Mack Silver, Harrisburg
If you grow indoors potted plants such as Maranta ( Prayer Plant), Calathea, and similar, help is at hand. These don’t grow “up,” but spread out, from one or more central rhizomes. And when it reaches the edge of the pot, the stem appears to need some support as it keeps growing. Here’s a solution: Break off one tine from a plastic food fork, stick the handle deep into the soil and used the remaining tines as a support. For plants with thicker stems, you can break off the two middle fork tines. Voila, instant support, and they won’t rot like a tongue depressor. Mack Silver, Harrisburg Mack Silver, Harrisburg

The winner: If you grow indoor potted plants such as Maranta (Prayer Plant), Calathea, and similar, help is at hand. These don’t grow “up,” but spread out, from one or more central rhizomes. And when it reaches the edge of the pot, the stem appears to need some support as it keeps growing. Here’s a solution: Break off one tine from a plastic food fork, stick the handle deep into the soil and use the remaining tines as a support. For plants with thicker stems, you can break off the two middle fork tines. Voila, instant support, and they won’t rot like a tongue depressor. Mack Silver, Harrisburg

Hummingbirds love mascara brushes

In getting our hummingbird feeders ready for our hungry little jewels, the tiny feeding holes needed to be cleaned out. I thoroughly cleaned an old mascara brush and used it along with hot soapy water to clean the feeding holes. Now we enjoy our “flying jewels” as they dine at a freshly cleaned feeder. Brenda Trott, Kannapolis

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