There’s nothing quite like biting into a vine-ripened organic tomato—no store-bought fruit can compare! Tomatoes are not a high maintenance crop, growing quickly given adequate sun and water. But to ensure high fruit yields as well as a healthy plant, learn about pruning and diseases that affect tomatoes. In this lesson, California organic gardener Trisha teaches you when and how to prune your plant, and how to avoid common problems like cracking or leathery skin, blotchy ripening, and blight.
A unique take on a holiday classic, this 1966 recipe for Italian chard stuffing remains the most popular ever published by Sunset Magazine. Mix sweet crumbles of Italian sausage with wilted Swiss chard and milky bread to form the perfect texture for stuffing. Learn how to make this perennial favorite just in time for your Thanksgiving feast.
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting... And soon, you will be too! In this intro lesson, Master Wong walks you through the basic moves and philosophies of Wing Chun. This close-combat Chinese martial art is a great self-defense technique. Learn some stretches and exercises to warm-up, then jump into an energy drill to practice holding the line of your body when striking and pushing. See a grab and pull that can divert your opponent, and get tips on moving your feet without losing control of your body.
Turn heads with your fabulous booty! In this lesson from Kacie Fischer, learn how to shape and tone a fabulous derrière using only a weight and a pair of good shoes. Kacie shows you how to maximize three drills that target your glutes: the single arm snatch, the reverse lunge, and squat jumps (and remember, if a drill uses only one arm or leg at a time, make the most of your workout and repeat the drill with the other arm or leg). Maximize this workout for a perfectly sculpted backside!
Wish you had more shade in your backyard? Put the finishing touches on your home and garden by building a freestanding pergola with Ron Hazelton. For this DIY project, learn to build a trellis and canopy to cover an outdoor patio or accent your landscaping - perfect for providing a bit of shade on sunny days.
April showers are finally coming up in May flowers! Learn to make gorgeous three-layered paper flowers that are sparkly and colorful. You'll need cardstock, paint and a brush, glitter glue, scissors, glue, and beads or buttons to ornament your flower. The lesson includes a great trick for giving any old paint the consistency of watercolor paint. These versatile paper flowers are great for decorating scrapbooks, cards, treasure boxes, or gifts.
Do you have an ugly hole in your wall you want filled, but don't want to block off what's inside? This lesson from Rick's DIY teaches you how to create a drywall access panel like that you'd place over, for example, a heating unit built into the wall. See how to cut your drywall to the right size with a razor knife, create a trim board for the base of the panel to match the wall, and choose the right screws to attach a trim frame around the panel.
Interested in learning how to use Microsoft Excel 2010? The first in a series, this Excel tutorial covers how to edit and format spreadsheets, enter data, and create basic charts. Motion Training will also teach you simple tips and tricks to help you get started with this powerful software. Although the lesson focuses on Microsoft Excel 2010, the concepts covered can be applied to earlier versions of Excel.
Show off your slideshow skills with this tutorial in the basics of PowerPoint! In this beginner lesson from Motion Training, learn to create professional and engaging slideshows. See how to: add slides; create bullet points; write and edit text make custom slide layouts; format your presentation with themes; add images, animate your presentation; and much more. Although this lesson is specific to PowerPoint 2010, the concepts presented here can be applied to any edition of PowerPoint.
Your time is priceless; so make the most of it with these quick interval drills from Kacie Fischer! In this Workout Wednesday lesson, learn how to use an interval timer for rapid-fire exercising using only a jump rope and a bar for overhead squats (Kacie improvises by using a broom handle). Using an interval timer will allow you to move through multiple rounds of these five drills in a matter of minutes! Added bonus: an interval timer beeps, so you don’t have to watch the clock.
Try out yoga with basic and foundational yoga poses in this online video for beginners. Emma Guth teaches how to do different yoga positions - one step at a time. The lesson covers proper breathing technique, the Mountain Pose and Standing Forward Bend. Grab your yoga mat and get started on your yoga training!
Drilling through ceramic is a useful skill, whether you’re hanging decorative plates on a wall, creating a fountain from terra cotta flowerpots, making wind chimes, or creating your own project. All it takes is a drill, some diamond drill bits, and a container of water. In this video from Supergokue1, learn how to safely operate your drill to avoid injury while quickly drilling through whatever ceramic material you’re working with.
The art of bluffing is a huge part of playing (and winning at) poker. Generally, smaller bluffs will be enough to get the job done—but the question isn’t when to use the big bluff, but who to use a big bluff on. In this poker lesson from Gripsed, learn about the various kinds of poker players and how they react to calling and bluffing. By learning about your opponents, you can plan your moves better and know when you should hold ‘em, or when you should fold ‘em.
Looking for a new jewelry making technique? Learn how to locker hook beautiful handmade bracelets out of yarn, ribbon, recycled silk, and fabric. In this lesson, Theresa Pulido will share tips and tricks from her most recent book on locker hooking, Locking Loops. A cross between needlework, crochet, and latch hook, locker hooking is a unique needlecraft that is equally fun for kids and adults.
Amaze your friends and confound your foes with this mystifying card trick! In this lesson from TAGS Magic, Tom demonstrates and then explains the "Slap the Cards" trick. Make a few wrong guesses, then smack the stack of cards in a spectator's hand to reveal their chosen card. The moves you need to pull off this trick (like the false cut) are useful to practice for any number of card tricks, so it's a great place to start.
Stir-frying is one of the simplest and most versatile methods of cooking. The technique does require planning and preparation, but each successive stir-fry you create will increase your confidence and improve your timing when it comes to cooking ingredients. In this lesson, learn what the five main components of a stir-fry are, and how they can be used to create infinite flavor combinations. Heavy on vegetables, stir-fries are some of the healthiest, quickest, and most delicious meals to make.
Labor needn't be scary if you practice and prepare. This lesson from Oh Baby! Fitness can help women get ready for childbirth by teaching coordinated breathing and pushing. Learn which muscles to tense and which to relax when pushing a child during labor - how to engage the abdominals and relax the pelvic floor (push with your gut, not with your butt!). This video also includes a breathing exercise to practice controlling the right muscles.
Raphael’s painting, “The School of Athens” depicts two of the founding fathers of western philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by other famed intellectuals from various years and countries, all in a very Roman space. It’s a visually pleasing painting, but what does it mean? What was Raphael’s purpose for creating it? In this art history lesson, learn the meaning behind “The School of Athens,” as well as the physics behind the hallmark of Roman architecture: the arch.
Want to make your own beautiful lace shirt? This lesson from Boat People teaches you to make a caftan or box top style lace shirt with just lace, scissors, pins, a needle, and thread! Learn how to fold your lace, cut out your neck hole (be sure to check the fit), and sew up the sides, leaving sleeves or arm holes. These stylish shirts look great over a colorful tank top or sports bra.
Time-lapse is a great way to show the passage of time in a matter of seconds. As it turns out, there are two methods to shoot DSLR time-lapse sequences - the easy way and the hard way. The fast and easy technique speeds up recorded video - while the method professionals use requires making a sequence out of still photos. In this lesson, learn both methods - and the pros and cons of each. Hint: to show the blur of rapidly moving objects, you’ll need to use the professional technique.
Your car has been repaired, but the last thing you want is patchy new point over just the touched up part of your car. In this lesson from Donnie at Collision Repair, learn about the importance of automotive paint blending. Paint blending is the process of blending the paint on adjacent panels of the car so that there is no clear difference, disguising the fact that a section has been painted. It can be used to make a repair to the car seem invisible.
Knowledge of HTML 5 is necessary for any contemporary web developer. Understanding where it came from will help you understand what this still-emerging programming language can accomplish and where it’s going. In this introductory lesson to HTML 5 and CSS, Mark Lassoff from LearnToProgram.tv gives an overview of HTML, the programming language that is the foundation of both websites and web applications. He covers HTML 4.01, XHTML, and HTML 5, as well as the design element of web design, CSS.
Running may seem easy and natural, but it does requires proper technique if you wish to not injure or harm your body along the way. In this fifth and final lesson on improving running form, Oliver Henzler explains how you can avoid overstriding. Some people overstride because of a shortened Achilles tendon; regardless of why you overstride, minimalist running shoes or zero drop shoes naturally help you improve your form. Learn how to run correctly, and your body will thank you later.
Everything's coming up roses when you make these gorgeous crêpe ribbon flowers! Part one of two, this lesson from craft addict Erin Bassett teaches you how to fold, sew, and paint your ribbon. Select a patterned crêpe ribbon that is thin, flexible, and delicate, then fold and sew the ribbon into a circle with needle and thread to create your flower’s petals. Paint the ribbon's edges, and then spray your whole flower with glitter mist and add color accents.