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Questions And Answers On Horticulture Jobs

Lisa asks…

Jobs in Horticulture in the US?

My mother is from South Africa and runs nursery there called Kameeldorings Nursery. Due to recent political and civil unrest it is no longer safe for her to live and work in South Africa. Does anyone know of any jobs in Horticulture or something similar that would be willing to support a work visa for her. She has extensive knowledge in the field and is willing to work anywhere in the United States. Please respond with contact information for her if you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested in hiring her.

Home Gardener answers:

I am very sorry to hear about the problems there and the way it has forced your Mom to leave. There are many professional sources you can check. The American Society of Landscape Architecture puts out a magazine that has many sources that may help you.


Then you can go to the ASLA site.


The the American Nursery and Landscape Association has a site also.


Good luck to your Mom.

Elizabeth asks…

how can I find out what government jobs are available for horticulture degrees?

Home Gardener answers:

Check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Mark asks…

What kind of jobs can you get with horticulture?

Home Gardener answers:

You can work in a green house or nursery or you can do professional landscaping.

Nancy asks…

What kind of jobs can you get with a degree in horticulture?

Home Gardener answers:

Working at a home center (Lowes, Home Depot, Target, Kmart, etc) that has a nursery section; for a nursery near you; for a school/district – if they still have horticulture classes as they did in the olden days (1960′s)

Jim asks…

Is horticulture a difficult or very competitive field to find jobs and get education in?

Home Gardener answers:

You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think!!

Marie asks…

Are there any well paid jobs in horticulture?

Home Gardener answers:

Golf course greens management. Kansas State University even has a degree in it.

Charlie asks…

Looking to get a degree in Horticulture….what jobs pay well?

Are there any certain fields that are more lucrative than others that I should aim towards?

Home Gardener answers:

In Horticulture you can work in several areas.
Sales – Nursery/Grower/Etc
Chemical/Genetics – (Really nice pay right now)

If I were you, I would also look into Landscape design at the same time. Having both a degree in horticulture and in design.

Although in the corporate worlds of chemicals and genetics…that is VERY lucrative.

David asks…

What jobs can you get out of a Horticulture course?

Home Gardener answers:

Department of Agriculture, state or federal.

Food producers trying to develop better crops.

Work at or own a florist shop or nursery.

One last thing–I laughed when I first read your question, because I once knew a guy whose parents told him they wanted him to at least take two years of college at the community college on whatever he wanted–they just wanted assurance that he would expand his world and his knowledge beyond high school.

So, he got an associate’s degree in horticulture, and grew marijuana plants in his attic, working on the plants for eight years and getting a more potent crop each time. I don’t recommend this, you understand. Just thought you’d like the story.

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Questions And Answers On Landscapers Depot

Richard asks…

Landscapers- how much does it cost for the 12 ft X 4in- green Metal flowerbed edging?

Home depot never updates their website and lowes doesnt show it on their website i was hopeing i could ask a landscaper so i can get an idea what they cost so i can do my yard

Home Gardener answers:

That’s going to depend on what part of the country you live in. The best thing to do is to call around to a few landscape supply stores. Big boxes generally don’t carry heavy duty edging.

Kylee asks…

Is a power rake and a dethatcher the same thing?

We want to dethatch our yard and we were going to do it ourselves rather than pay a landscaper – I checked Home Depot‘s tool rental list and they don’t have a “dethatcher” but they do have a “power rake” – Are those the same or what’s the difference? I’ve never dethatched before and am not a big gardener.

Home Gardener answers:

Yes, and they’re awesome. There’s another similar tool called a Verticutter which will cut deeper into your lawn, and is really only for use when you’re planning to totally re-seed. The Dethatcher/Power Rake have a fixed blade, so they’ll only cut so deep, but a Verticutter has a moving blade that will actually cut down to and even a little into the soil.

Remember to:
1. Mow as short as you can first
2. Mark your sprinkler heads (I killed 2 – OOPS)
3. De-thatch
4. Run your mower over the lawn just to help bag the debris.

You’ll be shocked at how much comes out, but your new lawn will be SO worth it looking crappy for a little while now.

Jane asks…

What’s an cheap and easy way in landscaping your backyard?

Landscapers charge us for like… $2000-$2500… and… we feel like… it’s not worth it… so we decided to get the materials our self so it would cost less.. but i don’t think it’s easy because,,, first of all… bricks are heavy… secondly we don’t have a truck to carry those bricks from home depot… so what’s a cheap and easy way to landscape our backyard?

Home Gardener answers:

Sounds like your going to have to work hard to save some cash! I believe you can rent a truck by the hour at most home depots. Your gonna have to get dirty! Put some music on grab a beer and make it fun.

Jim asks…

Is it really worth the extra money to get a professional grade broadcast spreader??

I am a landscaper and use to using the cheaper broadcast spreaders that you find at Home Depot, Scotts Speedy Green 3000 for example.

But I see a lot of landscapers hauling around these more heavy duty looking, round barrel shaped broadcast spreaders with rubber tires all the time, and was wanting to know the reason why?

I checked the prices of these spreaders and they are nearly 3 x the price of the Scotts Brand Spreaders you find at Home Depot.

Are they really worth it, if you are doing a lot of seed and fertilizer spreading?

Do they hold a lot more seed? Do they spread more accurately? More evenly? What exactly?? Why??

Thanks for you answers!
Why do professional landscapers feel these heavy duty spreaders are worth the considerable extra money???
Why do professional landscapers feel these heavy duty spreaders are worth the considerable extra money???
To the first answerer, I have been using the “push kind” previously.

What I am talking about here is the push kind that they are using is more “professional grade” .

Where as the push spreader I am purchasing now at Home Depot costs around $50.00. These types I am seeing them use are $150.00.

I am not using the hand held type!!

Home Gardener answers:

You get what you pay for.We use Earth way spreaders.You can use it in the summer for fertilizer and in the winter for spreading calcium chloride for ice.They hold up well,just rinse them of with water when you are done for the day.

Charlie asks…

Gardeners and landscapers, ornamental grass question?

What ornamental grasses are good for a slope? I know some like to be moister than others and I’m assuming that being on a slope that they won’t stay very moist. Also our Home Depot has a bunch of pink mushy grass. I can’t find any info about them on the web. No pic.s or info as to how tall they get etc. Is anyone familiar with them? Thanks

Home Gardener answers:

That’s pink muhly grass = 2′ tall. Weeping love grass is great for slopes if you can find it. Miscanthus or pampas grass will work

Nancy asks…

I want to cover up an ugly part of my yard with bark mulch, do I have to lay down landscaping cloth?

I live in BC, so the Pacific North West gets a ton of rain, and weeds always grow thick and fast spring/early summer. I was wondering if the mulch alone will suffocate the weeds over time or do I really have to lay landscapers cloth? Also does anyone have a creative/inexpensive idea for boaders to seperate the mulch from the rest of my lawn. They have to great snap togethers at home depot but man they are a small fortune for the size I need! :) This is to go around and in between a large cluster group of huge evergreens. Thanks for any help, and as always any answers are greatly apprecaited. Have a great day everybody :)

Home Gardener answers:

Hey, I have great results with a nice layer of mulch alone and no landscape cloth. You really have to spray big perennial weeds first with Roundup or remove them before applying mulch or whatever. Stuff like chickweed that just seeds in can be smothered with the mulch. I would prefer to spend the money on deeper mulch and not landscape cloth because I think it is better for the soil in the long run and for the plants I want to grow in it. Mulch that is 2-3″ deep does an excellent job here in Michigan to discourage weeds. Add a little more to the top every couple years if you need to. Be careful not to bury good plants up to the neck in mulch though to avoid crown damage. The weeds dont grow under the skirts of established plants much anyway due to the shade and competition. Really, the mulch only needs to be thick enough to prevent sunlight from hitting the soil to be effective. Then if I want to plant more plants in my garden I dont have to cut through some stuff to do it. And, nothing looks worse than mulch sliding off the landscape cloth on a slope! So it may have its place, but ….

On the edging the old fashioned way is to cut the border and leave the cut edge of the turf exposed to the air. Cut straight down thru the turf 4″ and remove the sod along the edge. Then brush the dirt upward from the cut into the flower bed. Leaves a V-shaped edge. Lots of work but sure looks crisp. Not hard to maintain but you do have to re-do this from time to time as the grass grows. If you elect to install “bed edger” please please please PLEASE set it in deep enough. It is meant to stop grass roots from growing into the flower bed — not to hold mulch in raised beds. You shouldn’t be able to see the edge stuff from several feet away.

Davina asks…

Can I do my own trenching around landscaping areas that looks professional?

I had a landscaper look at my front and back yards. I have areas of mulched plantings. Most have that permeable weed cloth under the mulch. He talked about using some sort of trenching machine to make a finished edge and tie things together in a visual sense. It makes a rut maybe? Is that a machine that most rental places or maybe Home Depot rents out or is it a very specialized machine. I’ve heard it is NOT the type of machine that does the edging next to sidewalk but I don’t know that for sure. Of course I could do it by hand…Ugh!
If I did it by hand, how deep are we talking about?

Home Gardener answers:

Its called a bed edger. It puts a 45deg. Angle about 3-4 inches deep around the bed. Best thing to do is to mark the edge of the bed with marking paint.(its the kind that marks upside down) To make a nice round circle around trees tie a piece of rope lightly around the tree and pull out enough to make to size circle tie knot around the marking paint and then slowly walk around it makes a nice line that you can use the edger to make that “PROFESSIONAL” look. It also helps keeping weeds from growing into the bed. Home Depot might have one but most rental places have one the you can rent.
Hope to works

Mike asks…

How do I keep cats from using my new sod, soil and grass seed as a litter box?

We just paid a landscaper $2300 to install a stone patio and new sod, soil and grass seed in our shady back yard. We need to grow grass quick! The problem is that every time I go back there, the neighbor’s disgusting cats have dug holes and defecated-gross! I sprinkled some hot pepper capsules(humane) from Home Depot around the perimeter, but its not working…HELP!

Home Gardener answers:

Cats don’t like strongly smelling substances, so your pepper should have helped. They also hate moth balls for the same reason, and these are more water tolerant than the products being sold for cat deterrent.

Some thorny twigs should prevent them digging too. Final solution is a motion activated watering system, which will deter them quickly!

As they are creatures of habit, breaking the habit will help them form a new one of going somewhere else. Remove any scents that they have left, as these are marking points – this does mean washing away thoroughly, though I know that you’re having to clean up after them anyway.

Blocking entrance holes that they are using would also be useful, as well as any fences that they may walk on – again smells will be a deterrent here. It may help even to leave some other animal manure on walk ways, for a while, as they will detest it.

Hope this helps. Good luck! Rob

David asks…

Office Depot question / job?

Right now I’m going to Community college , I’m 19 yrs old and i really need a job… and i already filled out an application with office depot (walk in)
but i took it home to fill it out ,but i havent turned it in yet
ALSO i don’t know which positions i can apply for ! …can someone list them or give me a link to where i can find the list of positions ?

Another question is I do have a lot of job experience but never real job experience ……
every job that i have had when i was a minor was straight up pay with cash from my employers i never filled out or signed any kind of employment papers will Office depot still accept this as a real job? because they did pay me….
I was a soccer Ref , Janitor , And landscaper will this be good enough for any position with them? also
I know a lot about software and Applications
and im very computer savvy
Do i have a chance? please i need answers
10 pts to anyone who can help thanks in advance

Home Gardener answers:

As far as what position-just put down Sales/Cashier. Since you are 19 thats probaby the kind of job they would give you anyways. They would have you working the floor, helping customers who walk in and maybe stocking shelves or running the cash register in between times.
And yes, put down those jobs even though you dont consider them a “real job”. Dont sell yourself short-those were real jobs. They will understand that you are just a younger person. They arent going to expect a 3 page resume from you. Just put down what you did and who you worked for and maybe some contact information from that person. To tell you the truth, alot of stores dont even bother to check into past jobs anyways.
Like i said though-dont sell yourself short. Dont go in there with a negative attitude that you have never had a real job. Go in there and tell them what you can do and have done and dont focus on what you cant do or havent done.
I think you have a very good chance.

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Questions And Answers On Home And Garden Television Shows

Daniel asks…

please help me fix my essay.?

8576 Barr road
Garden Grove,CA 92841

May 7, 2007

The Pasadena Times
1200 Linden boulevard
Pasadena,, CA 91101

Dear Mr. Bob Smith,

My friends and I went around Rancho Alamitos and randomly asking teens “what is your favorite television show?” The majority of them said Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher.Then we walked around and asked who do you like seeing punk’d? Many of the students’ answers were really random, but one really caught our attention…..The Elderly!!

Our show, Punking It Old School , is going to be hosted by teens kids aged around 13 to 17 years old! The kids will basically go around punking and scaring every old people they see!

Our first episode is going to be in a retirement home. Both of our host is going undercover in disguise as old people. There is a retirement party going on at the time, while our two host in disguise is going to switch the punch bowl with booze! While everyone gathers around to get a drink and get drunk they will finally realize it isn’t punch and we will all yell, “YOU ALL BEEN OLD SCHOOL’D!!”

Thank you for your time. I think we will be a smash hit! I will call you next week to set an appointment.

Charlie Duong

Home Gardener answers:

I’ve rewritten your essay below, correcting grammatical errors and making it a little more polished.

8576 Barr Road
Garden Grove, CA 92841

May 7, 2007

The Pasadena Times
1200 Linden Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

Dear Mr. Bob Smith,

My friends and I surveyed teenagers at Rancho Alamitos, asking them, “What is your favorite television show?” The majority of them said Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher; so we went on to ask them who they like seeing “punk’d.” We got a variety of answers, but one really caught our attention — the elderly!!

That gave us an idea for our own show — Punking It Old School. It will be hosted by teenagers, and they will “punk” and scare every old person they see!

Our first episode is going to be in a retirement home. Both of our hosts will be disguised as old people. There will be retirement party going on, and our two hosts are going to spike the punch bowl with booze! Once everyone has had a drink and is drunk, they will finally realize it isn’t punch and we will all yell, “YOU ALL BEEN OLD SCHOOL’D!!”

Thank you for your time. I think we will be a smash hit! I will call you next week to schedule an appointment to meet with you.

Charlie Duong

Kirstie asks…

I need your critisizims!?

Hi. I asked this before and got some great answers. I have taken all of that advice into account and edited it. The story is about a girl who’s uncle invites her to his home in Tibet for a month, because he needs her help. She then finds out that there are Himalayan Horses on the brink of exctinction, and he needs her to help him come up with a plan to save them. This is the first chapter, and I need you to critisize it. I want to know:
A) strong points
B) weak points
C) I need a title for it!

here it is:


‘Kitsi, your uncle’s here!’ yelled
‘coming mum!’ she yelled back. Kitsi Smith was thirteen years old with tousled light brown hair and stunning green eyes with little orange flecks. She was small for her age, and had tanned, spot-less skin. She was wearing a dark pair of denim shorts and a short-sleeved striped tee shirt, despite of the pouring rain outside. Kitsi got up from the sofa where she had been watching a documentary on Natural Horsemanship. She walked through the hall and to the front door, where her mother, Akita Smith, was talking to her uncle. He lived in Tibet, so she had never met him before. He had dark skin and black hair, with little grey patches here and there. He had laugh lines around his sky blue eyes and a huge grin on his face, revealing a set of gleaming white teeth.
‘Ah, you must be Kitsi!’ his smile widened ‘Pleased to meet you!’ he held out his hand. Kitsi smiled back at him, although she felt unsure of him. Although he looked perfectly friendly, she felt that he was a stranger.

‘Here, take a seat’ said ’Akita, pointing at the brown leather sofa. ‘Kitsi, put the kettle on would you?’ She wandered into the kitchen with a dreamy look on her face. La-Mo, her Uncle, scanned the bright red room. He particularly liked the huge, almost life-sized statue of Buddha, and a little Bonsai tree in the corner. There where three identical pictures of a single stalk of bamboo lined up next to each other on the wall behind him, and a small flat screen T.V. on the wall in front of him. A log fire burned in the fireplace underneath the television, making him feel very comfortable. A little Bengal cat sat on a red fluffy rug in front of the fireplace. A oak bookshelf stood in the opposite corner from the Bonsai tree and a little computer desk next to that. La-Mo felt very cosy as he looked out the window at the sheets of rain getting heavier every minute. Kitsi returned from the kitchen with three cups of tea and a small bowl of sugar. She handed out the cups of tea and placed the sugar bowl on the wooden table. She sunk into a brown beanbag next to the sofa and flicked through the channels on the T.V. while Akita and La-Mo caught up with each other. She noticed her mother and Uncle’s voice turn to a whisper, but didn’t think much of it and carried on watching the television.
‘Could you show me around your garden, Kitsi?’ La-Mo asked, as it had stopped raining
‘Yeah, ok.’ she said, trying to sound confident, although she felt nervous, but she wasn’t sure why.

‘so, Kitsi, what’s life like out here in the country?’ he asked, trying to make conversation
‘yes, its great, thanks. Lots of fresh air’ she wasn’t quite sure why she had said the bit about the fresh air. They wandered around the garden for a while without speaking.
‘I hear your very Horsey?’ he asked. It was more of a question than anything else.
‘um, yes,’ she replied. They walked until the reached the end of the garden. La-Mo spun round, taking Kitsi by surprise.
‘do you want to stay in Tibet with me for a month?’ he asked before he knew what he was saying. Kitsi’s heart skipped a beat. She stared into his piercing blue eyes for a while. After a few minutes, La-Mo was starting to wish he hadn’t asked. After two more minutes, she turned her back to him and thought about it for a while.
Her uncle – whom she had only known for twenty minutes, was asking her to fly thousands of miles away and stay in his house for a month. Any sane person would turn it down, but Kitsi sensed a tone of desperation when he asked.
‘on my own?’ she finally asked.
‘well, without your mother, yes. I need your help’ he explained. She thought about it for a few further minutes.
‘why?’ she asked.
‘I can’t tell you, unless you turn the offer down. it’s a secret.’ she felt a bit un nerved at this. What on earth could he want her to do so badly that it meant not telling her until she was miles away from home, in a foreign country.
‘yes, ok, I’ll help you.’ she said, a little surprised at herself
‘great! Thank you, Kitsi. Now, lets go and tell your mother’ he sighed with relief

.thank’s in advance :)
hi everyone :)
thank you so much for your answers, they have all been VERY helpful. I am 11 years old, but I’m not really sure what age it sounds like it’s aimed at, so what do you think? thanks again!
hi everyone :)
thank you so much for your answers, they have all been VERY helpful. I am 11 years old, but I’m not really sure what age it sounds like it’s aimed at, so what do you think? thanks again!

Home Gardener answers:

Well done. It’s obvious you’re putting effort into your piece and that’s great.

There’s always a lot to say when critiquing another person’s work, but I’ll offer just one quick suggestion from the outside in:-
You seem to be attempting the omniscient narrator viewpoint revealing the thoughts of more than one character. That’s a personal choice and of course there’s nothing wrong with it. But it can confuse a reader when the thoughts of more than one character are revealed in such a short span of time.

I’d advise sticking to Kitsi’s viewpoint, especially early on, in order to encourage your reader to bond with her. In fact I would stay with her throughout.

As for a title, just work on the story and a suitable one will creep up on you in time. And don’t forget that it is your creation, your baby, and that you’re the one who will have to nurture it and put in the hours. So wouldn’t you like to name it yourself?

Well done again, and good luck!

Elizabeth asks…

Husband problems – appreciate your advice?

I feel that my husband is manipulating me or ? We have been married for seventeen years now, and he was never very interested in sex – we make love perhaps once a year. He works from an office right beside the house so getss up after me in the morning, just in time to drop me at the station. He does attend to the shopping and preparing the evening meal which are both things he enjoys doing. I don’t get home till after 8 at night, so we have settled into a routine, with television on, and no time to talk. He tends to fall asleep in the evening anyway. At the weekends he likes to get up late, shop, eat and go to bed in the afternoon for a sleep. He doesn’t like going out, except occasionally to the restaurant when his boss invites him. I look after the garden, the house, any jobs like cleaning walls, carpets etc. The problem is that he never wants to do anything, so any activities like going to the pictures, to visit a castle or anything at all I have to do on my own. I repainted the kitchen on my days off at Christmas and he never said anything about it looking good, better or anything! He never says anything positive about anything I do, or shows an interest in doing anything with me, be it in bed or otherwise, and when I try to talk about it calmly he accuses me of always coming out with the same old story, and goes off and sulks for days, hiding in his office.

Recently I was feeling really down, for no reason, and told him explaining that I felt in need of a bit of cheering up. No reaction whatsoever.

Last week we were out with his boss for a meal and he brought up the subjects of pets. My husband went off into a tirade about filthy creatures, unhygienic and so on. I’m afraid I lost it as I got quite angry with him – he knows that my family has always kept pets and that I would love to have one.

We have gone on separate summer holidays for a number of years as I have a medical condition that stops me from exposing myself to strong sunlight. He likes the sun, so off he goes, and I have discovered that he is purchasing a flat on the Med for the “family”.

Am I wrong in considering that he is is trying to control me by continually putting me down, what I do, my beliefs, my needs? Am I taking this too personally? I don’t know what I should/can do?

Thank you
He was diagnosed with diabetes in September and is trying to bring blood sugar levels down. He has tablets, no injections. Pills make him even sleepier. I really appreciate your comments, some are surprising to me but give rise to deep thought. He is not an unintelligent man, quite the opposite really.

Home Gardener answers:

Hell no you are not taking this to personally.

How in the word are you guys only going to have sex only once a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s not normal at all. Have you thought of him maybe being gay? And he is upset with you or trying to cover his homosexuality by marrying you?

Has he always been this way since the start of your marriage? Because I can’t see anyone being married for 17 years on the situation you are in. He is not there for you.

Being married is all about companionship for the rest of your life, unconditional love for one another, and great safe sex with each other.

You need to have a serious talk with yourself and see if you want to continued being unhappy or get rid of his sorry *ss and be happy.

Alana asks…

The great American airtrikes just killed more innocent civilians, is that the Freedom my govt and media always?

brainwash us to believe? Good luck, that’s not so free to me.

Attacks by US warplanes this week killed up to six Afghan civilians, including a four-year-old girl, and left another 16 wounded. The incidents in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province have again underscored the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

At least nine of the wounded reached the Kandahar City hospital. Photographs and television footage from the facility showed badly wounded women and children wrapped in bandages.

The Wednesday night attacks were prompted after a US foot patrol, apparently by special forces troops, drew fire from insurgents. The ground troops called for close air support, bringing in attack helicopters and other warplanes.

“I was at home last night when our house was bombed,” a resident of the Kandahar village of Tawalla in the Shah Wali Kot district, one of two hit by air strikes, told Reuters television. Two of his family members—including the four-year-old girl, were killed, he said, while 12 others were wounded.

According to district officials cited by Reuters, at least two other civilians were killed and four wounded in helicopter attacks on the neighboring village of Miawand.

An account of the Tawalla attack given by the New York Times Friday said that the helicopters began firing into the family’s compound at about 11 p.m. Thursday. Terrified, family members tried to escape the house, running to hide in a nearby orchard.

“When we reached the garden, the helicopter shot at us and injured three of my brothers, one sister, my mother, father and sister-in-law, and killed Rahmania, a four-year-old girl,” Muhibulla, 24, a wounded survivor of the attack told the Times.

“I do not know the reason,” he continued, “we did not hear any fighting that night, and there are not any Taliban in our village. It was a very frightening night for us—we could all have been killed.”

The young man’s father, Niammatullah, 46, said he had tried to stop the family from fleeing the house. Rushing after them, he saw the helicopters firing and crouched behind a wall that was hit and collapsed on him. After he managed to get up, he found “seven members of his family lying wounded on the ground in the orchard, including four of his sons, his wife, his sister-in-law and his daughter,” the Times reported.

In addition to the four-year-old child, the man named four neighboring farmers killed in the attack.
Oh really? socialist websites are evil huh? keep watching that faux and cnn. Yeah.

Home Gardener answers:

Americans want to give Iraq and the rest of the world the freedom to do exactly as America says. It’s a special kind of freedom that they have in many countries like Britain for instance.
As for civilian casualties, most sources agree more than 100,000 civilians have died as a direct result of the American invasion and occupation. Http:// – and there are many more sources. Some point to over a million.
Pretty good revenge for 9/11? Well, considering they had nothing to do with it, no. It’s bizarre, saddening and sick that there are Americans that support this mass murder as “defending freedom” when that’s the exact opposite of what it is.
America invaded for no good reason, America killed women and children, America has been terrorizing Iraq for 7 years, America has caused them to go to war against Iran, America is stealing their resources, America removed and executed the leader of another sovereign nation and gave no discernible reason other than they were “spreading freedom”. And Americans seem to believe this. I suppose it’s easier to believe the lie. But don’t cry about what happens to you when you terrorize other countries. Mid-Easterners see these attacks on their soil as pure evil just as Americans would if other countries invaded, manipulated, tortured and killed civilians in America. Why can’t the Yanks see that? What if that bombing happened in America? Would you be so callous and nonchalant about it then?

Another funny thing is the belief most Americans have that the US ever intends to leave Iraq. There may be troop reductions, but they will never leave. America never leaves. They maintain bases in Okinawa, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, S.Korea, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Cuba, Spain, Guam, Greece, Turkey, Netherlands, Ecuador, Portugal, Kyrgyzstan etc… And now Iraq. Contrary to popular belief, the US military does not and will never leave. In fact they continue to spread. As long as the American military machine remains running there will be American soldiers in Iraq. It’s just the latest base in the continued attempt to completely dominate the world while claiming to be isolationist. What a joke. For the 2009 fiscal year, the base budget rose to $515.4 billion. No matter if there is a recession or not, it will continue to increase and the only reason to maintain and increase such a massive military is to dominate other countries and tell them how to live or we’ll bomb the sh!t out of you. Sound familiar? It does in Germany.

Ken asks…

Because youre a man?

Because I’m a man, when I lock my keys in the car I will fiddle with a wire clothes hanger and ignore your suggestions that we call a road service until long after hypothermia has set in.

Because I’m a man, when the car isn’t running very well, I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what I’m looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say to the other, “I used to be able to fix these things, but now with all these computers and everything, I wouldn’t know where to start.” We will then drink beer.

Because I’m a man, when I catch a cold I need someone to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and moan. You never get as sick as I do, so for you this isn’t an issue.

Because I’m a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic groceries at the store, like milk or bread. I cannot be expected to find exotic items like “Cumin” or “Tofu”. For all I know these are the same thing. And never, under any circumstances, expect me to pick up anything for which “feminine hygiene product” is a euphemism.

Because I’m a man, when one of our appliances stops working I will insist on taking it apart, despite evidence that this will just cost me twice as much once the repair person gets here and has to put it back together.

Because I’m a man, I must hold the television remote control in my hand while I watch TV. If the thing has been misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it (though one time I was able to survive by holding a calculator).

Because I’m a man, I don’t think we’re all that lost, and no, I don’t think we should stop and ask someone. Why would you listen to a complete stranger — I mean, how the hell could he know where we’re going?

Because I’m a man, there is no need to ask me what I’m thinking about. The answer is always either sex or baseball, though I have to make up something else when you ask, so don’t.

Because I’m a man, I am capable of announcing, “One more beer and I really have to go”, and mean it every single time I say it, even when it gets to the point that the one bar closes and my buddies and I have to go hunt down another. I will find it increasingly hilarious to have my pals call you to tell you I’ll be home soon, and no, I don’t understand why you threw all my clothes into the front yard. Like, what’s the connection?

Because I’m a man, you don’t have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances are, if you’re crying at the end of it, I didn’t.

Because I’m a man, yes, I have to turn up the radio when Bruce Springsteen or The Doors comes on, and then, yes, I have to tell you every single time about how Bruce had his picture on the cover of Time and Newsweek the same day, or how Jim Morrison is buried in Paris and everyone visits his grave. Please do not behave as if you do not find this fascinating.

Because I’m a man, I think what you’re wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine, too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it looks fine. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go now?

Because I’m a man, and this is, after all, the 90′s, I will share equally in the housework. You just do the laundry, the cooking, the gardening, the cleaning, and the dishes. I’ll do the rest.


Home Gardener answers:

Because I am a man, I have a sense of humor and can laugh at guy bashing, but then make fun of women and get called a male shovenaust pig. And because I’m a man, i don’t know how to spell shovenaoust pig.

Chris asks…

Funny Jokes, make u lol!!!?

Yo mamma’s so fat, when she went to the beach, the whales sang “We are family!”


Your Momma’s so fat, when she blinks, her eyelids clap!


Your Mama is so stupid, she sits on the Television and watches the sofa.


Yo mamma’s so poor, she can’t afford to go on welfare.

Yo mamma’s so poor, she got thrown out of a homeless shelter.

Yo mamma’s so poor, she tried to use food stamps on a gumball machine.

Yo mamma’s so poor, a burgler broke into her house and left her some money.


There was this guy at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half of an hour.

Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t stand to see a man cry.”

“No, it’s not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I go late to my office. My boss, outrageous, fires me. When I leave the building, to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said that they can do nothing. I get a cab to return home, and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The cab driver just drives away.”

“I go home, and when I get there, I find my wife in bed with the gardener. I leave home, and come to this bar. And just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison.”


A man worked hard all day digging the garden and felt very stiff and sore.

His wife fluttered about him, pleased with the amount of work he had done and anxious to get him to do some more.

“Have a nice soak in the bath and I’ll bring you a drink,” she suggested smiling.

“Good idea,” says the husband looking forward to being waited on.

He’s in the bath when she comes in with a nice glass of Scotch which he accepts happily.

“If there’s anything else you’d like just call,” says the wife as she leaves the bathroom.

When she got halfway along the landing the husband relaxes completely and lets off an enormous long fart in the bath.

A few minutes later, despite it being a very warm Summer’s evening, the wife comes in with a fluffy bed warmer

“What the heck is that for?” asks the husband snappily.

“Oh Darling,” says the wife, flustered, “I thought I heard you say, “Whataboutahottawaterbottle.” [Not too funny]






two sperms were swimming along and one said to the other ” how far to the ovary” the other one repiled “miles were only passing the tonsells”


Question: If a blonde and a brunette fell off a building, who would hit the ground first?
Answer: The brunette – the blonde would have to stop for directions!


The assistant asked the blonde if she would like her pizza cut into six pieces or twelve.

“Six please” she said, “I could never eat twelve!”


A blonde was walking down the road with a healthy looking pig under her arm. As she passed the bus stop, someone asked,

“Where did you get that?”
The pig replied,
“I won her in a raffle!”


A person went into the office kitchen one morning and found a new blonde girl painting the walls. She was wearing a new fur coat and a nice denim jacket.

Thinking this was a little strange, he asked her why she was wearing them rather than old clothes or an overall.

She showed him the instructions on the tin,

“For best results, put on two coats”.


Two blondes were in a parking lot trying to unlock the door of their car with a coat hanger.
First Blonde:

“I can’t seem to get this door unlocked!
Second Blonde:
Well you better hurry up. It’s starting to rain and the top is down!


Three blondes were walking through a field when they came across a set of tracks.

The first blonde looked down at the tracks and said,

“I think they could be bird tracks.”

The second blonde went to look and said,

“No, I think these are deer tracks.”

They stepped aside and the third blonde went over to the tracks. She looked down, then got run over by the train!


A blonde asked someone what time it was, and they told her it was 4:45. The blonde, with a puzzled look on her face replied,

“You know, it’s the weirdest thing, I have been asking that question all day, and each time I get a different answer.”


A blonde was driving down the road listening to the radio and was quite upset when she heard blonde joke after blonde joke. A little way down the road, she saw another blonde out in a field rowing a boat. The blonde stopped her car and angrily jumped out yelling,

“You dumb blonde bimbo! It’s blondes like you that give the r

Home Gardener answers:

LOL…’s blondes like you that gives the rest of us blondes a bad rep….if i could swim i would come out there and kick your butt.

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Questions And Answers On Shrubs For Landscaping

Jane asks…

landscaping shrubs, I want to plant shrubs in large barrel containers, can I please read below ?

I have purchased some “privacy” bushes and I want to put them in like wiskey barrels , kind of like raised flower beds so they will quickly grow taller than my 5 ft. city ordinance fence, will these shrubs/bushes grow in a wiskey barrel for a few years or ?? I know with many flower perenials they have a very deep tap root and this won’t work but I know not much about bushes and shrubs but these new neighbors are helping me learn fast, here is what I bought on sale in 1 gallon : waxleaf privet, Oregon grape, butterfly bush, …I tried to stick with evergreen I’m zone 7 in Or and our winters rarely get below 25, but once in a while. Teach my about bushes and shrubs the basics OK ?

Home Gardener answers:

The barrel is not good for them, they wouldnt last to long in them. They will get root bound and they will not have enough moisture around them. There are privacy bushes that grow over 5′ all on their own. Sounds like you need an evergreen. They have growth on them all year long. Get a American Arborvitae(pronounce, Aborative) , they can very tall, there are other variety of Arborvitae that grow to different heights. Any Christmas type tree is good too, like Blue Spruce, Fir, Cedar,Hemlock, and Pine, but pine’s can be dirty. Some butterfly bushes are not evergreen. The Oregon grape is perfect. Ask lots of questions when you go to the store/ nusery, they can be a big help. Oh and you are picking a good time to plant too. Good luck

Rachel asks…

Flowering Shrubs for landscaping, North East?

I am looking to landscape my front yard, and I have limited space. I wanted to look for dwarf shrubs, preferably ones that flower part of the year but always have green leaves…

I am going to be putting a butterfly bush in the middle of the two shrubs any ideas or suggestions?


Home Gardener answers:

Peonies is the way to go,great cut flowers too

Ken asks…

Seeking line drawings of trees and shrubs for landscaping?

Need a site that has line drawings of all plants so I can do layouts of landscaping without buying expensive cd’s any and all help will be appreciated!

Home Gardener answers:

Google landscape architecture schematics

Mandy asks…

Should I use mulch or landscaping rocks around shrubs and flowers for our landscaping around the house?

I know mulch is good for adding more nutrients in the ground, but in the long run mulch becomes VERY expensive. Rocks on the other hand look great and are cheaper in the longrun, but they don’t add nutrients in the ground like mulch does.

Home Gardener answers:

If you live in a hot climate, rocks can actually harm your plants by heating the plant roots and reflecting a lot of sunlight that can burn the plants.

It’s much better in most places to use mulch. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Many public utilities offer the wood chippings from trimming trees by utility lines for free. Some tree maintenance companies also offer wood chippings for free.

Check with your local utility company and perhaps call some local tree trimming companies to see what they do with their green waste.

If you’re going to spread any kind of mulch over your ground, I suggest you lay down a barrier of about 8 – 10 sheets of newspaper then put the mulch over it. If you dampen the newspaper once you lay it down, that will keep it from blowing around while you cover it. Old newspaper is free (much cheaper than landscape fabric), and it’s easy to plant through. It blocks a lot of weeds, and it will break down over time along with the mulch and will enrich your soil.

Good luck with your gardening.

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Questions And Answers On National Home Gardening Club

Davina asks…

Getting into college (NYU, BU, USC…..)?

Hey you guys! I’m currently a Junior at a Texas high school, and I wanted to ask a few questions…

First, I’ll give you a little of my information:

GPA: 3.37
Current IB Diploma Student
I took a lot of regulars classes last year (I had a hard summer between my freshman/soph year, so my high school counselor “suggested” that I take easier classes…)
This year I am in ALL pre-ap/AP/IB classes.

My schedule this year, and grades:
Pre AP Pre Cal (1st six weeks: 73; 2nd six weeks: 67; 3rd six weeks: 70; sem 1 avg: 71; 4th six weeks: 81)
IB English III (1st six weeks: 81; 2nd six weeks: 84; 3rd six weeks: 90; sem 1 avg: 84; 4th six weeks: 86)
AP Latin III (1st six weeks: 90; 2nd six weeks: 92; 3rd six weeks: 89; sem 1 avg: 92; 4th six weeks: 84-she lost one of my tests….)
Pre AP Physics I (1st six weeks: 85; 2nd six weeks: 85; 3rd six weeks: 85; sem 1 avg: 82; 4th six weeks: 90)
Honors Aquatic Science (1st six weeks: 89; 2nd six weeks: 86; 3rd six weeks: 84; sem 1 avg: 89; 4th six weeks: 95)
IB Psychology (1st six weeks: 87; 2nd six weeks: 91; 3rd six weeks: 84; sem 1 avg: 88; 4th six weeks: 84)
IB History (1st six weeks: 90; 2nd six weeks: 86; 3rd six weeks: 92; sem 1 avg: 91; 4th six weeks: 84)

So far I have 22 credits, and I know you only need 24 to graduate. By the end of this year, I will have 25.5 and by the end of next year I will have 36 credits…

This is my schedule for next year (or rather the classes I’m taking):
AP Calculus AB (1 credit)
IB English IV (1 credit)
AP/IB Latin IV (1 credit)
IB Biology II (1 credit)
IB Biology II Labs (before school- 0.5 credit)
AP Independent Study and Analysis of Film (1 credit)
AP Literary Genre (1 credit)
IB Theory of Knowledge (1 credit)
IB History of the Americas (1 credit)
After school Speech and Debate (first time joining-on a 5.0 scale-so its honors-and I’ll get 1 credit from it)

I took the SAT in january, but i only got an 1800 (im in classes to improve my score, and i KNOW i can do better-i was really sick the week before and the day of-i was continually blacking out and throwing up and getting dizzy) so i’ve scheduled to take it again, under better circumstances. Plus, since having taken that SAT, ive also been put on medicine for ADD and its helping wonders as well.

I do a lot of community service. So far I have 122 hours. I’m also in Green Club, River Watch, Little Theater Company, Brightoners (we go to Brighton Gardens-old folks home-twice a month during lunch), Cheese Club and Film Club.

I worked for my dad (on payroll) for 2 years (all of 8th grade through 9th), I interned at a Fabric Store this summer for a few weeks, and I babysit.

I recently took a Digital Filmmaking class outside of school, Ive taken a photography class and this summer I’m spending three weeks at an intensive acting camp in Los Angeles (Young Actors Camp). I also am spending 13 days at UC Berkeley for NSLC (National Student Leadership Conference), under the program Journalism and Mass Communication, this summer.

I have a college counselor who is helping me organize everything and apply and all that.

I take the SAT again next Saturday, the ACT in April, and the SAT II subject tests in may.

I also spend a TON of time at my church-volunteering and helping out. Sundays and tuesdays I lead groups for middle schoolers and high schoolers (girls) and wednesday nights I attend the high school services.

I’ve missed quite a bit of school because I get ill frequently and its always really severe, never something simple, but i always get everything made up and get caught up on time, and it rarely hurts my grades.

I’m also hoping to volunteer at the Blanton (art museum) this summer when I get home.

Colleges I’m really interested in:

NYU (applying early decision, probably)
Boston University
UC Berkeley
UC Santa Barbara
UC San Diego
Brown (I might apply early decision here-NYU isn’t early decision restrictive)
U Cal Irvine
U Cal Davis
American University
Penn State University Park
University of Washington (in Seattle)
Georgetown (in DC) (I might apply early decision here instead)
Vanderbilt (though I don’t know for sure about this. And if I did apply here, I might apply early decision, but again, I really don’t know.)
Carnegie Mellon (My cousin went for college, and they begged her to come back for grad school and paid her entire way. She told me that that raises my chances of getting in there, but I’m not sure haha)

So, what are my chances at these schools? Which are a pretty good possibility, which are a possibility, which are a reach, and which are out of the question? Please tell me what you think! And no rude comments please…I know my GPA is low, and I know I didn’t do well in Pre Cal this year, but I’m trying.

Also if you know of any other good schools in Cali or New York that I should look into, that I could have a shot at getting in, let me know! Thanks
the 122 hours are for this year alone, and i’m not looking for scholarships. I’m willing to pay full price tuition to whatever school accepts me, so that’s not really a problem.

If you’re willing to pay full price, rather than go on scholarship, doesn’t that increase your chances of getting in?

Home Gardener answers:

You are smoking some serious crack. Most of the schools you list require a 3.8 or higher to get in. Your only possible hopes are American and Penn State.

Caroline asks…

Any Good Movie Recommendations? ?

So I want to rent some videos….
I don’t really like any of the more recent ones and don’t like horror films or confusing films that leave you wondering…”so what was the point of this movie?” and most of all I don’t like fantasy films with monsters, robots, or over the top action films that make you say “If that explosion was real he would be dead by now.”

I have seen most of the classics from the 80s & 90s and was wondering if you can recommend a movie that makes you think and is about real life situations…( I find the simpler the movie is the better it is)

Here are some of my favs that i can think of right now:
Pearl Harbor
The Kid
Driving Miss Daisy
The Secret Garden
Back to the Future
Blast from The Past
Forrest Gump
Lord of the rings
Home Alone
Dances with wolves
Edward Scissorhands
Pretty Woman
Dunston Checks In
The Mummy
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Breakfast Club
Cold Mountain
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
The Pianist
Wallace and Gromit – the curse of the were rabbit
Ratatouille……you get the point

Home Gardener answers:

You need “better off dead”!

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Questions And Answers On Vegetable Gardening Oklahoma

Shelley asks…

What’s the best space to calorie ratio vegetable garden?

For an Oklahoma balcony…think small containers.

Home Gardener answers:

This is food and drink..!!!
There is no such information
Ask NASA they do hydroponics

French Intense Method
make your container use all the seeds
as they grow Thin

Richard asks…

I need to move my vegetable garden, will it be bad to move it under a security light that’s on all night?

The light is a sodium light from the electric company and is on all night. It’s the best place in my yard to put a garden but I’m worried about pests and critters getting to my garden with the light on all night every night. I live in Oklahoma and it seems like moths and beetles are my biggest problems.

Home Gardener answers:

You are right to be concerned about pests being attracted by the light. Also, I know plants need a certain amount of dark to grow properly. So light all the time might hurt their growth as well.

Find a different spot that gets dark at night.

Mark asks…

What types of vegetables can I grow in containers?

I live in Oklahoma, which is semi-arid, but can have extreme weather (flooding, droughts, high winds, etc). I’d like to begin a container vegetable garden, but I’m having trouble finding what vegetables will grow well in containers … and what size container is needed. Any advice? (Things I want to grow include: green onions, white onion, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, okra, squash, soy beans, strawberries, jalapenos, etc).

Home Gardener answers:

Almost anything can be grown in a container. Rule of thumb, the larger the plant will get, larger the root system, the bigger the container. Grren onions do okay in smaller ones; white onions and potatoes should be planted in the ground. Peppers should have a planter that they can be staked in. Tomatoes and beans can be taught to trellis in larger pots. Squash need to sprawl usually and strawberries do fantastic in pots.

Charlie asks…

Do any garden vegetables grow in winter in Texas?

The online seed stores claim things like broccoli, celery, carrots, and lettuce will. But I don’t know whether to believe them or not. We are talking N texas by Oklahoma.

Is it too late to plant them?

Home Gardener answers:

The veggies that you listed are an early spring crop here in Indiana. They like sun in the day with temps in the 50′s to low 70′s. At night they can handle temps down to the upper 30′s to low 40′s. As long as these temp ranges cover where you live you should be ok. I am not sure how your fall and winters are where you live. Keep in mind the days to harvest if you plant. Good luck.

Graham asks…

Where is the Garden of Eden located?

I asked my neighbor and she said her mother Eden has a small garden for vegetables but I doubt it is in Oklahoma for some reason.

Home Gardener answers:

Other side of Middle earth next to fairy land.

Elizabeth asks…

Garden Manure ?

I would like to know if horse manure can be used as compost in my vegetable garden, i know cow manure is great but i have lot’s of dried horse manure from my stables, i would like to use it as a soil conditioner as i have deep red Oklahoma clay soil. I have been told horse manure may be too strong is this so? my horses are on a alfalfa and pasture hay diet does this matter?.
thanks for your help!!

Home Gardener answers:

Any manure can be used, but it should be aged. The best thing would be to use it in compost piles with lots of greens, and other debree. Clay soil is already laden down with alot of protiens. I would want to add some fine grit to help loosen the soil. Here in Pa. My grandfather added the ashes from his burn barrel, and from his coal heat. It helped make the soil easier to work.
Another solution, would be to make tea out of the manure. Sounds horrible, but basically you put the manure in large containers with water, and let it brew. Use the water to feed the plants that comes from the container.
Oh, and there is a chance with manure from a pasture, that there will be weed seeds as well., composting cuts down on the weed seeds that survive

Wayne asks…

Starting my first container garden-Vegetables and flowers?

I am going to attempt my first garden and will be doing container gardening on my apartment balcony. I want it to be organic. I live in Oklahoma and am facing South. This is what I have so far:

Two 22 gallon High-Density Resin Planters for vegetables 20-Dimensions 19.5″Wide/High 12″
One 26″ hanging planter box for my flowers
Three (1 Cubic Ft ) Bags Sta Green Flower & Vegetable Soil Planting Mix
One 3 1/2′ Tomato Cage (looks like a long cone sort of)
Two 24″ Metal Plant Props

1 Bonnie Grape Indeterminate Tomato 5″
1 Red BeefSteak Indeterminate Tomato 5″
2 Red Bell Sweet Red Pepper 3″
2 Quinalt Strawberries 2″ (Container is full of leaves already)
1 Daisy plant
2 Dahlia plants
*The plants all came in recyclable pots

1. Can I add one cherry tomato plant into the barrel with the 2 tomato plants?
2. What fertilizer do is a good oneI am considering Spray-N-Grow Micronutrient Concentrate
3. Do I need mulch? What kind and how much do I put in?
4. Will the red or black grower plastic help?
5. Do the barrels need to sit on bricks or something else?
6. Should I buy 1 or two geraniums to plant with the tomatoes.
7. Do I need to add geraniums to the barrel for the strawberries and red bell peppers?

The barrels I bought don’t have holes in them so I’m hoping I can just use a screwdriver and hammer to make them? How many holes do I need for draining?

Thanks in advance for helping me
Crasulad you are amazing. Thanks for taking the time to write all the great info. I am so excited about this.

Home Gardener answers:

You must have drainage hole about 1″ at least, the larger the pot the more holes you will need. Hang up you cherry tomato to save space, and use a good soil, for vegetables. You don’t need geraniums, unless you hang them to save space. You can use a gallonn size plastic black container that already has holes for the large tomato plant, Yes I would raise them on bricks to get more air to them. Try all miniature size fruit and veggies. Petunia are good for pots, and heat. Must you have the daisy and dalia plants, if they are miniatures they may have room, why do you want to mix geraniums with the strawberries and bell peppers? I don’t know what you mean by black plastic, where are you going to put it, these plants will not need any shading. Small onions, parsley can fit into 1/2 gal size pots, I use osomote for fertilizer, it doesn’t drain out of the bottom of the pots, mix with the soil. No you don’t need mulch unless it get really hot, it may cause plants to rot. Use tomato fertilizer for acid loving plants, check this out with your local nursery man. Start the tomatoes, they will only set flowers when the night is warm enough, if they don’t set, use a fine art brush and you do it for them. Put the pepper plants in 1 gal containers. Don’t do it all at once, do it little by little every week until you feel comforatable with this hobby. Try some radishes, they will fit with the tomatoes, as well and nugget carrots.

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Questions And Answers On Home Garden Tv Show

Paul asks…

Best design shows show on HGTV?

I just upgraded my cable – I like the design shows they have on… not the ‘how to purchase/sell/flip/appraise’ shows. I like the home improvement/gardening/ect. stuff. Anyway, I watch about 1 hour of TV MAXIMUM in a day. I’d like to start timer recording something. Suggestions?

Home Gardener answers:

Divine Design

Rachel asks…

Is There Something Wrong With Me?

About 3 years ago my Dad died. I didn’t really get to know him that well, even though my parents were together. I made it obvious I prefered my Mom without realising, but towards the end of his life I got to know him more, and regretted heavily the desicions I made before.

About 2 months later, our new kitten was maulled to death by a fox in our garden. About a year after that, my Gran died, then my uncle. Now I only have one living grandparent left.

I now have no emotional connection with my Mom, and my sister treats me like dirt, and I havn’t told any of my friends about anything that happened.

A few weeks ago my favourite charactor died in a TV show. I was incredibly sad for several days, and I don’t no why. It was nothing hormonal and I have found my self being constantly feeling down since. Its weird, because I always get connected to charactors in TV shows.

After this I went on a christian skiing holiday, and converted to christianity. I meet the most amazing people there, and, for the first time felt happy. As soon as I got home I felt that incredible sadness again, so much so I booked my own youth holiday with my friend ( with the same people ) a week later. But we might not get a place.

I’m only 13 so I don’t really now the signs of depression, but I was wondering, is anything wrong with me?

Home Gardener answers:

There isn’t anything wrong with you, you sound like a great person. Living and dying is just a part of life, any you only have one right? Make the best of everything, strive for your goals, i know you have great potential. Have hope and faith. I am truly sorry for your loss but you have to remember that they will always be with you and are in a better place. Have no regrets, live your life. If you dont feel well talk things through with your family or friends or even a trusted counselor or adult. You have my support all of the way and i wish you nothing but the best in life!!

Helena asks…

What do you think of my descriptive story?

The winter’s sun shot me in the eyes with its desolate glare, my skin finding no redemption to being eaten by my own salty tears. Everything seemed so slow… there was no wind, yet I could still hear a hussle of the leaves in the chestnut tree besides me. The air was well below freezing, still, I felt no urge to grasp my arms and huddle up like a penguin fighting arctic gales- but even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. I urged my self up, and finally perceived my surroundings, instinctively attempting to keep a sharp eye for any danger. To my left there were hand built stone walls opening up to lush rolling hills, peering off to the distance like a child’s TV show, and to the right, was a single row of industrial terraced housing, built with stone, contrasting from light to dark in a peculiar way and each with a small five foot garden with a plastic-potted plant balancing precariously on either gate post. In between was the perennial road. White lines were distanced apart in the centre until they halted at a zebra crossing- and strangely enough, that lead directly to the front door of one of the terraced houses.

Baffled by this, I found my self taking steps miraculously towards the mystery house. Steps became feet, feet became paces, and paces became hugs strides, but even though I expected to increase in speed, it felt like I was inching steps all over again. I halted at the house with the zebra stripes leading up to it, which seemed to strangle me in its pernicious aura. My heart thumped with rebellion as it jerked my legs towards the house’s coat of mystery, perusing I had no means of escape.

I could hear a faint tap. The tapping was so scarce I had to kneel in front of the stained wooden door to hear it; the cold patio clawing at my knees gave me a sudden urge to fling my arms around my thighs and fight the bitterly cold chains which were grasping me. The tap was so lacking rhythmic value; it was a couple of dire seconds before it tapped again. Images appeared in my head, of a soul confronted by its mortal foe, perhaps using the last of its strength to signal some help-blood draining into the carpet-with this pathetic tap. I opened my eyes, and saw a narrow line between the house and the ground I hadn’t noticed before, entering into the basement. I guessed no-one was home, as there were no lights on. But then again, a ‘mortal foe’ wouldn’t want to gain suspicion. I shuddered, bringing my numb waist up to the height of the window ledge, avoiding the mould which had smothered itself around the window pane.

Two dusty trampled chairs strangely enough surrounded a wide-screen plasma TV, followed by last centuries’ trinkets, ornaments and bush-baby dolls. The walls were covered in pernickety tulip wallpaper, dripping condensation in all corners leaving a green mark on the blood-red carpet. *tap* I swiftly jolted my head at the corner of the TV, in which during the tap a red light bleeped. *Tap* Again and again it bleeped at the same time of the tap. I couldn’t help but wait to guess for the next tap- a feeling of notability washed over me- but I was too focused on the tapping. I felt like a small child again. Everything was suddenly so exciting. I waited for another red light to draw me into its splendid glow, but my eyes were weary and unfocused. The warmth biding my feet burned like a sharp branding iron had hammered into my bone. Quenching my reconnaissance.

A deformed man smirked behind the pitiful glass, watching me shed tears, his blue eyes sunk into the fatigue that overwhelmed my drowning conscience.

Home Gardener answers:

I don’t know, i only read the first sentence – i couldn’t hold all the information. If i wasn’t as tired as i am i think it would be good though.

David asks…

What should i do with the kids this summer?

So i’m baby sitting again this summer and i would like to know some activities to do.

A) 2 boys: one is going into 2nd grade and the other starting kinder garden

B) both love legos, scooby Door videogame, movies (basically have 2 movies they want to watch over and over again… last summer it was transformers and this dinosaurs tv show)

C) upcoming 2nd grader has started reading kid-friendly chapter books with this parent’s at night.

D) upcoming kinder gardener like to play in the dirt and be a boy he is. he is into sticks and shoot ‘em up games (makebelieve)

what can i do with the kids all summer? if your going to say crafts- please give me some ideas.
i already know that for a few hours i’ll let them ride they’re bikes and stuff outside- that’s their favorite thing to do.

We’re in an apartment complex so we have a pool, tennis courts, and a small park near by.

Oh, and i can’t drive yet… i only have a permit.

The mom will be gone all day, the dad sometimes works from home and they’re grandma is usually there, except when she goes to the doc.

Home Gardener answers:

I take my girls to the pool everyday during the summer. They are with other children, they get fresh air and exercise. They aren’t stuck in the house eating and sitting on their fannies.

I get to get a great tan and exercise myself.

I say – take them to the pool. They’ll have a blast – plus – all children should learn how to swim for enjoyment and safety.

Have a great summer.

Alana asks…

What reality shows are there that can makeover our ugly backyard?

I don’t believe we’ll ever get to be on a TV show but at least I can try, maybe I will get some ideas or help with our yard.

We live in a typical San Francisco Sunset home that we bought 3 years ago, but our backyard is not functional at all.
It is nothing but tall overgrown weeds with 1 big tree on the side, but the biggest problem is not getting rid of the weeds and junk but the fact that it is actually 3 levels. First level is a small cement patio, then below it, we have 2 levels of the overgrown madness.

The entire family loves the outdoors (nothing extreme, walks on the beach, parks etc) and it would be nice if we can transform the yard into 1 cohesive relaxing space. We know absolutely nothing about gardening so it would be nice if the yard required minimal maintenance. My parents recently remodeled a lot of the house, it would be nice if this could be my gift to them, I wouldn’t mind spending a chunk of my savings on it but I don’t even know who to turn to.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Home Gardener answers:

I wouldn’t hold my breath for the TV show. You might be able to accomplish quite a bit on your own.

I would first start with a clean slate. You would be surprised by the different perspective this gives you. If you have some muscle you could clean out a lot of this yourself.
Once it is cleared out just sit out there and look at it…you may get some better ideas on a clean slate. Buy some landscaping magazines.
The next step would be deciding on if you want to plant a low maintenance garden. Will the space accommodate a water feature, benches, gazebo? Make it a space that your parents will want to spend time in.

Nancy asks…

I’m feeling a bit puzzled about the current England-South Africa Test match. Can anyone help?

I have been away for a few days, and got back home yesterday afternoon. I didn’t see any of the match for the first two days, as I did not have access to a TV showing it. I didn’t watch much yesterday when I got home, as I was too busy with domestic chores. Today I have been at work.
So I have a number of questions:
1) Who is Darren Pattinson? I am a cricket anorak, and I have never heard of the bloke.
2) Am I in a time-warp? I know I posted a ‘Dr Who’ related question a couple of weeks back, but I didn’t realise then when I donned a long coloured scarf and installed a blue police box in my garden that it would mean I could time-travel. So why have England conceded a 300+ runs lead on first innings, and are battling to stave off an innings defeat. Am I back in the 1990′s?
3)Are South Africa really this good, or are England just that bad?

Home Gardener answers:

For some reason i thought you were being sarcastic!

1) Darren Pattinson- is the guy who has overrtaken, Hoggard, Harmison, Jones, Tremlett etc etc! To start in the 2nd test. He was a late inclusion into the side as cover for Jimmy Anderson who had a back scare going into the test match. Pattinson to me looks like a “Workhorse” he doesnt do anything that special, but he will plug away and take some wickets.

He played against your county in a Twenty20 match last month taking no wickets in 1 over and conceding 12 runs.

Anyway basically he was born in Grimsby, moved to Aus when he was 6, and returned in his adult years. Matthew Hoggard actually thought he was a Kolpak player

2) Well this match definitely reminds me of the bad old days, getting pummelled by far superior sides at home, is just not fun! Hopefully it will be a 1 off, but dont you think we missed our chance to win the series at Lords?

3) Well i will come up with an excuse. I was there at Headingley on Friday (1st day of the test) and when England came out to bat the sky was dark! The ball was swinging and England played some awful shots! BUT when South Africa came out to bat later that day, the sun came out, and South Africa played some excellent disciplined cricket! To be honest we have just been outclassed in this match!

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Questions And Answers On Garden Home Definition

David asks…

What is your definition of processed food?

My buddy Steve doesnt like to eat at the Old Country Buffet because he whines that it is processed food. To me everything is processed food. We grow tomatoes in a garden at home which goes through a process. We have to raise cattle for beef that goes through a process. What do you think?

Home Gardener answers:

Your buddy Steve is talking about food that is excessively put through a process that preserves it and gives it a longer shelf life. Food that is heated to high temperatures, has chemical additives (or even excess salt), and sealed is highly processed food. The tomatoes that are grown in your garden, pretty much get that way through nature. You put the seeds in the ground, (depends on the natural state of your dirt, you might have to process or prepare that to be a good medium for growing). You water, give it light, and hopefully don’t have to do pesticides. Then when the tomatoes are ripe, you just pick and eat. That’s about as natural as you can get. Processed foods go through that process and then some so that there’s time to get the foods trucked to the supermarket and wait on the shelf for you or I to pick up buy, store in our pantry for who knows how much longer, and finally eat. If you did nothing to your tomatoes after picking them, they’d last about a week at the most. Some of the processed foods that we can buy can last for years.

Kirstie asks…

What’s your definition of “home”?

This is a quote from a movie called Garden State:

Andrew Largeman: You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your s**t, that idea of home is gone.

Sam: I still feel at home in my house.

Andrew Largeman: You’ll see one day when you move out it just sort of happens one day and it’s gone. You feel like you can never get it back. It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. Maybe it’s like this rite of passage, you know. You won’t ever have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for your kids, for the family you start, it’s like a cycle or something. I don’t know, but I miss the idea of it, you know. Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.

Home Gardener answers:

Interesting. I never got homesick as a kid. We were reminded often enough as kid that it was not our house and that we owned nothing not even the clothes on our backs. Not cruelly but it was known. So i never had that feeling of “home” i had more a feeling of familiarity, a sentimental idea i guess. So when i moved out of my parents’ place i didn’t really feel much.
My definition of home is a place were you belong, where you go to and come from in an ever going circle. The place you return to from travels. It can also be with a person no matter where you physically are. It can take time to make a place feel like home i guess
my home has always been where i laid my head at night to sleep. Because i was my own home for the longest time. Be that in a car, a bench, a couch, and even a time or two just a jacket on the ground with another on top. I lived a gypsy lifestyle even though we had a house growing up. I used to leave it never knowing when i’d be back or where i was going. I spent most of my first 12 years riding around in different cars until i was old enough to not have to go all the time. Though i still love riding around in cars.
One day i hope to have a physical home. I am working on it. I got a home in another person that will just have to do till we can make up the money for some forever place.

Bob asks…

What are the sharing sites for home video with unlimited or best limit?

I have just bought a high definition camcorder and I am thinking of taking video of groundhogs and squirrels picking apples in my garden or my kids playing soccer, and show it to my friends and relatives in another country.

Hotmail has a 10 MB limit for attachment, and I think a high defintion (or a standard definition) video will probably exceed 10 MB.


Home Gardener answers:

has 5 gb of free web space

Thomas asks…

Do they get away with clawing your back?

Willow, we have to discuss the definition of scratching, just sayin…

*looks down* …….. Jees…..

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Home Gardener answers:

LOL– I went back to make sure I didn’t have a typo!
I know you like being scratched behind the ear!

<~~~home & garden :)

Daniel asks…

What is the difference between a BYB and a legitimate breeder who does actually breed in their back yard?

I know of a woman who breeds very high quality Yorkies who have compete at crufts and have several champions in their line with alot of splitters and buiers (not sure if that’s how you spell it) as well but she does it from her home and back garden, so does this make her a BYB or is she still a legitimate breeder? what is the actual definition of a BYB?

Home Gardener answers:

Well, the term BYB doesn’t mean literally back yard. It has to do with ethics. Its a Coin termed to refer to those with bad breeder ethics.

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Questions And Answers On Organic Home Gardening Getting Started

Richard asks…

Do I have rap skills?

Check out some verses I wrote.

Yo Yo, look at my YO-Yo
Yeah, you know I got that sh*t that’ll make you poop yourself
or have diarrhea so go get some pepto-bismol
Ya, Ya, It smells like sh*t in this piece because I am tha sh*t.
I went to the zoo to go scoop some poop
and throw it on your window
our such a ho, ho
like santa claus,
cause he’ll bring you pepto-bismol as a present
cause I’m gonna make you poop yourself
I represent my city
What up, What up,
You cant mess with me
cause I’ll have you workin at the old folks home
scooping some wet sh*t
Haha, you know I am a farmer
cause I got that lettuce
and I also got alot of manor
so I’ll sell it to you at a high price
ya, you can put it on plants
to help them grow so you can start garden
eat organic yo

Can you tell me if I have any skills cause my friends think I should make an album. I personnaly think that I’m better that most of these rappers that are makin millions cause I rap from the heart.

Home Gardener answers:


Davina asks…

Does this girl still like me?

I like this girl and I think she likes me. So I made a rap about her (she apperantly likes people who write poetry and rap is a kind of poetry) and went to present it to her. She walked away and said that I was a dork. This was my rap :

Yo Yo, look at my YO-Yo
Yeah, you know I got that sh*t that’ll make you poop yourself
or have diarrhea so go get some pepto-bismol
Ya, Ya, It smells like sh*t in this piece because I am tha sh*t.
I went to the zoo to go scoop some poop
and throw it on your window
our such a ho, ho
like santa claus,
cause he’ll bring you pepto-bismol as a present
cause I’m gonna make you poop yourself
I represent my city
What up, What up,
You cant mess with me
cause I’ll have you workin at the old folks home
scooping some wet sh*t
Haha, you know I am a farmer
cause I got that lettuce
and I also got alot of manor
so I’ll sell it to you at a high price
ya, you can put it on plants
to help them grow so you can start garden
eat organic yo
Yo, your probably a manor bag
cause your full of sh*t
and I can tell from a far that you like me
and if you don’t your probably just a ho
you know
peace out.

Do you think this messed up my chances. Does she still like me?

Home Gardener answers:

I know lots of bitches that will have your babies. That was awesome.

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Questions And Answers On Landscaping Design Software

Nancy asks…

looking for user friendly landscaping design software?

Home Gardener answers:

Boy I hate to say it but I don’t think a really user friendly landscaping program exists.

Here a couple sites with reviews & some info on several programs. I have tried “3D For Everyone” and would not recommend it.


I hope that information will help you.

Jane asks…

I’m looking for landscape design software that is very simple to use and can import a digital photo of my own

home to use in the design. Inexpensive would also be required. We want to redo our entire yard, front and back.

Home Gardener answers:

I just ordered this today. The price is great and
so easy to use. Watch the demo on this link.


Good Luck!!

Ken asks…

What is a free and easy to use landscape design software?

I tried Sketchup but its incompatible with my computer.

Home Gardener answers:

I have been searching the same answer…
For what I searched Vista Pro, Real Landscaping, Landscaping For Everyone etc are a few… Google to get the download links…

Thomas asks…

where can i get a free basic but good landscape design software thats easy to use?

dont necessarily want the 3d type, or photo of the house, just want to make simple geometric shapes on simple but accurate plans

Home Gardener answers:

If you go to the Better Homes and Gardens site, click on Gardens, you will see in the left hand box, Plan-A-Garden. It’s a site that allows you to measure out your planned or actual garden, place plants by name in the garden, and preview the plan.
It’s simple, it’s basic, and it’s free.

Rachel asks…

Can someone recommend a good Landscape design software?

I will like one that contains a plant list database.

Home Gardener answers:

I know this website that has a review of a bunch of landscape and garden design software


Helena asks…

Does anyone know a good blueprint making or landscape design making software?

I’m trying to make a landscape design or blueprint of an island and I need some good software compatible with vista to make a easy to read blueprint…thank you,
Please anything free?

Home Gardener answers:

“Compatible with Vista”, is anything compatible with vista ? I am sorry I just had to take a jab at microsoft. Here is a link to many free versions of landscape software. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Marie asks…

Landscape design software?

I looking for a easy to use landscape design software any reconmendation.

Home Gardener answers:

May depend on complexity, and compatibility with other software,

SketchUp – Home


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Elizabeth asks…

Anybody know of any good Landscape design software?

I am going to look into VizTerra by Structure Studios:

Any other suggestions?

Home Gardener answers:

That depends on your budget, but generally for home construction, home improvement and home renovation we use SmartDraw. For landscaping purposes you can use it too. Plus you can build forms for your company there as well.

Wayne asks…

Interior/landscape design software on the net and download?

What are some good interior and landscape design software for download for free websites? They don’t have to be for download, on the website is okay too. I know
I remember one from school in design and technology, there was a website of a paint company that allowed you do design a room on the internet for free, i can’t remember what it was.

Home Gardener answers:

I went to (a hosting site for free software and projects.) For interior design they have these:

And for landscape / garden design these:


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