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How To: Grow Brussels sprouts

If you plant brussels sprouts you have to be prepared to wait a long time before the plant produces anything for you. It takes roughly five months for the plant to produce brussels sprouts. The brussels sprouts grow at the intersection where the the leaf meets the main stem of the plant. When the brussels sprouts are near the end of the growth cycle you can break the tops of the plants off to help force nutrients down into the plant.

How To: Understand why apple trees need to be pruned

Each year an apple tree should produce three things: new growth, fruit buds on last year's and older growth, and fruit on those fruit buds formed in previous years. In order to keep an apple tree in balance and fruiting, one must prune. However, pruning is often done poorly. In this, the first installment of his series on practical apple tree pruning, Stephen Hayes of Fruitwise Heritage Apples looks at the general structure of the apple tree.

How To: Create a photo album in iPhoto

In iPhoto, you'll use album to organize and arrange your photos the way you want, kind of like a playlist in iTunes. You can also use albums to publish webpages, create slideshows, and produce photobooks, calendars, and greeting cards.

How To: Mix audio in Final Cut Express

When your edit is complete, or locked, the next step is to fine tune your audio. Adjust the audio levels of your clips to produce a balanced sound mix. In Final Cut Express, you can control audio levels in the timeline and the viewer. You can even add keyframes to make level changes over time.

How To: Slice a ripe peach with a forward cut

Generally if you can get your knife through a peach and produce smaller, more bite-sized chunks, that's good enough. We're not all too picky about how beautiful our peach slices look when we're scarfing one down post workout, but sometimes it's important to give a good presentation.

How To: Make grilled Spanish mustard beef/carne asada

Carne asada means nothing more than "grilled meat" in Spanish, and it can be prepared in a myriad of different ways to produce anything from chopped beef for a taco to a whole beef cut to be enjoyed with a side salad. If you're a beef man and/or are looking for a new recipe that'll be succulent on the grill, then check this one out.

How To: Choose a perfectly ripe Tommy Atkins mango

Just because the grocery store sells produce, doesn't mean it's all good and ready to eat. Mangos are a particularly tricky fruit to get right… er… ripe. Tommy Atkins mangos the more common mangos, and are usually grown in Mexico (originally Florida). When choosing a Tommy Atkins mango, you need to look for a mango without bruising and with as much color as possible. Green is not quite ready yet. Red is excellent, but a beautiful mix of red and yellow is the best.

How To: Use a clipless curling iron to curl hair

So you're probably wondering what the hell a clipless curling iron is, given that approximately 99.99% of the curling irons out there come equipped with a handy clip that helps keep hair in place when you're making a curl. But there is a clipless species of curling iron out there, dangerous and difficult to use for many but a masterful tool if you weild it with skill.

How To: Tone your legs with leg slimming exercises

No pain, no gain honeys! Though there exist a few genetically gifted women in this world (we're looking at you, Megan Fox), the rest of us have to commit to eating right and exercising in order to maintain fabulous bodies. It isn't fun, but sticking to a strict diet and workout routine does produce a pretty sexy body.

How To: Identify and control problems with bermudagrass

In this how-to video, you will learn how to identify and control problems with Bermuda Grass. If you are worried with allergies, you should check if you are allergic to this particular grass. The seed heads produce the majority of it, but even the pollen produces these allergies. Regarding the water schedule, the grass needs water during the summer. If you have a fine textured soil, you should water about one time a week. If your grass is turning a blue-gray color, it might be lacking water. ...

How To: Wax a snowboard in two minutes

To wax a snowboard you will need an iron, board wax, a flat scraper and a buffer pad. First, use the iron to melt the wax. The iron should be hot enough to cause the wax to quickly drip but not hot enough to produce smoke. Iron the wax onto the snowboard by using small concentric circles to melt the wax evenly. Go over spots several times, if necessary. Be sure to use wax that is appropriate for your riding conditions. Scrape the excess wax off of the board. Use a buffer pad like the rough si...

How To: Make Halloween lanterns

This video shows the viewer how to make Halloween style lanterns using commonly available items. The base lantern is a Chinese style paper lantern; these can be purchase from home retail stores. The general principal is too cut out the shapes of insects from black paper. These can then be fixed to the lantern to project the image. Additionally holes can be cut in the insects and covered with red tissue paper. The light will shine through the red tissue paper giving the appearance of blood. Th...

How To: Balance chemical equations with Olivia and Andrea

Olivia and Andrea created a song to the tune of "I'll stand by you" by the Pretenders to teach you how to balance chemical equations. A chemical equation requires coefficients in order to be balanced. You can balance a chemical equation by making use of the Periodic table. The example reaction in the song is that of aluminum and oxygen to produce aluminum oxide (Al + 02 -> Al203). You can systematically add coefficients to the reactants and products to balance the equation. A chemical equatio...

How To: Create atmospherics using the arpeggiator in Ableton

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create atmospherics using the Arpeggiator in Ableton Live. In this tutorial viewers are shown how to create useful arpeggiated effects using the Arpeggiator in Ableton Live. Ableton Live is a loop-based software music sequencer and DAW. The Atmospheric effect gives a deep, low fade out that can be used for breakdowns or a harmonic background in music tracks. This video will benefit those viewers who produce music and would like to learn new music e...

How To: Create an overprocessed effect in Photoshop

This step-by-step instructional video shows how Photoshop can be used to purposely over-process a photo and give it a more gritty effect. First, a High Pass filter is applied to give the photo a gray buzz. Next, hard light blend layers are applied to give the photo more contrast. A few approaches for applying noise filters are described next. Finally, de-saturation is applied to produce an amazing finished product. A must-see video for anybody looking to add a fantastic grunge effect to a photo!

How To: Play a Turkish double dumbek with Raquy Danziger

Drum artist Raquy Danziger teaches the basics of playing a Turkish double dumbek. Raquy demonstrates how the index and ring fingers of the drumming hand should move in counter-harmony to each other, as the first step. Next she shows how to accent every third beat while drumming. Then, the other hand is used to add a third sound to the two being produced by the first hand in the up-down movement. The next step involves producing two different sounds with the second hand, by alternately hitting...

How To: Use a machete modified with a "scandi" edge

On this video from Bushcraft Machete, he explains the purpose of a scandi edge and how to use it. He uses the machete as a planer, stripping the bark from a log by holding the machete almost flat against the log and tapping the back of the blade with a stick. He explains that a scandi edge is sharpened all the way down to a point and has a very low angle. This type of edge makes the machete useful for carving off thin strips of wood. He has sharpened his machete with a scandi edge near the ha...

How To: Make your own 3D coins in Photoshop

When it comes to Photoshop, if you can imagine it then you can make it. Of course, more complex objects (and more realistic objects) take longer to complete, but the results are totally worth it. Just check out this lifelike coin, for instance. This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to produce realistic coins via applying textures to a 3D cylindrical object.

How To: Understand the basics of apple tree pruning

Each year an apple tree should produce three things: new growth, fruit buds on last year's and older growth, and fruit on those fruit buds formed in previous years. In order to keep an apple tree in balance and fruiting, one must prune. However, pruning is too often done poorly. In this, the second installment of his series on practical apple tree pruning, Stephen Hayes of Fruitwise Heritage Apples looks goes over what to look for in a good secateurs, or pruning shears, and how to thin out sp...