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Questions And Answers On Permaculture Gardening

Rachel asks…

are plant guilds desirable to use in a permaculture-style garden?

is it possible to design a permaculture garden by using plant guilds? how does the size of the plot affect the decision? what are the advantages and disadvantages?

http://www.edibleforestgardens.com/about_gardening

http://www.greenhousebed.com/Permaculture/permaculture_examples.htm

Home Gardener answers:

PERMACULTURE ANSWER

Yes it is a guide line for bio diversity planting
Permaculture gardens should be collections of guilds into niches.

As many as 8 or more plants planted with the same time frame in mind

,tall trees such as coconut palms and mangos.
Guanñabana or papapya underneath them(depending the specie of papapya ,Maradol is a pigmy papapya,and comes a level lower) ,
Banana to follow ,vines on the coconuts and the mango like vanilla ,
Sugar can beneath that,
Maybe some lines of corn (half shade corn)or bushes with fruits
Then things from half to one meter .pine apple or articoke
Pumpkins or other ground cover plants on the floor
Some low herbs and
Root plants like carrots depending the climate

Each place has its own species, this is just a tropical example
The whole resulting in a rough pyramid of plants.

There are no disadvantages ,the soil ends up healthy
and there are few pests.

The only possible disadvantage is small amounts of produce but of a great diversity
making the idea not so comercial
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The Mexican Indigenous peoples of Oaxaca plant in a consecative time frame which is a traditional style ,

First they plant Agave(Tequila cactus) ,in lines ,
with a corn that is planted singular instead of the usual 3 seeds to a hole in between.,and the stem is stronger
when the corn has reached a certain hight they follow this up with a small climbing bean ,that utilizes the corn stem
and pumpkins and herbs are planted as ground cover ,
that will not be ripe untill well after , first the beans then the corn has been harvested
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Guilds are models of compatibility merging with the concept of Companion planting

So bio diversity is the overall concept that is streamlined into companion planting (plants that are physically and chemically compateble ,)

And guilds is how we end up with stylized grouping to act as a guideline for the farmers.

Consisting of usually permanent plants or trees to provide shelter from the wind (vertical coverage )to act as niches,
or shade from the sun (high crowns)or structural (poles)
mixed with seasonals like ,vegetables or other utility plants .
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you can do a heck of a lot on less than half an acre
the minimum size is a circle of a diameter of 30 metres .

NICHES
Ideally because you want part of it as trees to provide a canopy that locks in the Humidity,as well as to bring shade and cool ness to part of the garden .

The perimetre should be a wall of some sort like bamboo or bushes
to have a niche effect and to further lock in humidity as well as temperature .
A tightly niched garden can differ by as much as ten degrees with the outside
going in both directions
my Garden in Mexico is ten degrees cooler than the road ,

but in cold places it can be ten degrees warmer .making all the difference of life or death ,in places that can have night frost

example

If you plant trees in a circle ,their crowns will shade maybe 8 metres each across .
So in order to remain with a sunny spot in the middle (for those veggies that need the light )the trees have to be about 30 metres apart.

But you can be smaller if you do a half moon garden .

Helena asks…

How should I start a permaculture garden?

I just read an article in Yoga magazine and was inspired to start my own permaculture garden but have no clue how to. Websites would be greatly appreciated.

Home Gardener answers:

Hi Lanie,

You’re asking about how to start a permaculture garden. I warmly, warmly recommend a book where an American woman travels to Australia (the birthplace of permaculture) and lives on a permaculture farm where she starts a garden in the middle of snakes, leeches, rain…. She doesn’t go very deep into permaculture as she travels all around the world on a shoestring, but it is a funny, touching, inspiring read. Part adventure travel, part life change, and a really really good vibe. I smiled throughout and wished it wouldn’t end. You can see the reviews on Amazon.

Here’s one bit about permaculture from that book.
“One example of a permaculture principle: the problem is the solution. Problem: the deer are eating my garden. Solution: eat the deer. Problem: slugs are eating my garden. Solution: ???

Her adventures on that farm are really funny.

You also ask about websites. The biggest permaculture resource is permaculture.org.au. That is where I would start. From there, there are lots of friendly little sites. For instance, in Australia, jerrapark.com, a permaculture farm. In fact, I would say that the best way to learn about permaculture gardening, if you have the time, would be to travel to Australia, where there are all these permaculture farms where you can volunteer under the program called wwoofing. The same kind of volunteering also exists in the States, particularly in Washington state, Oregon, North Carolina and Western Colorado.

Wishing you a beautiful garden (and weekend),

Lenny

Elizabeth asks…

what is the importance of vegetable/herbs in a permaculture garden?

i need some help with this because i cant find it on the internet

it would also help if you told me the importance of:
habitat
water tanks
chickens+otheranimals

in a permaculture garden

thanks!

Home Gardener answers:

Sarah, you would need to write a whole book just to cover the areas you list.

Permaculture is Permanent (agri) Culture.
So plants/trees/vegetables and herbs are essential parts of the garden. The idea is that you and your family become as auto efficient as possible, working with nature not against it. Using the least amount of human energy to provide a yield whilst enriching, not depleting the ecosystem. Permaculture is about creating beneficial relationships with plants, animals and other people.

So for example connections are made between different components. The chicken for example produces eggs, meat, feathers, manures as it walks around, it scratches so it weeds, eats bugs, they breed so repopulate, they free range. A chicken tractor (moveable pen) can be used so that chickens clear weedy plots of land for you and fertilize it. The tractor is then moved along to the next plot for clearing and fertilizing.

The bigger picture is that each component in the ecosystem is beneficial and reliant on the other. So animals are essential for the ecosystem. In my opinion, they do not have to be domesticated animals, they can be wild animals, but then I am a Vegan so my views differ from the majority of Permaculturists’ views on keeping animals.

Regarding Habitat: Permaculture is to live ethically and sustainably so we have to understand eco systems and how the natural world works. The key is to understand that we are a single system; not separate. Whatever we do locally affects other people and the environment globally. Local solutions provide the best answers, we have different climates, soils, flora and fauna. Different needs, wants, tradition and cultures. But by acting locally we must keep an eye on the Horizon by limiting the damage on the environment and people globally. For example Global Warming affects us all.

Permaculture seeks to design ways of meeting man’s needs by creating permanent high-yielding agricultural ecosystems. It is a solution aimed at how people can live on the smallest amount of land possible. The natural landscape (the rest, the wilderness is then not used by man) it is then left alone to heal and so it functions holistically.

Local responsibility ensures that people become as auto sufficient as possible both individually and as trading communities. Man is responsible for meeting his own needs for fuel, food and dealing with his own outputs and wastes.

Timber is grown on site in mixed native woodlands. This enriches the local ecosystem but its basis is the opposition of meeting man’s needs by deforestation of the remaining natural and ancient forests/woodlands. Permaculture is a system of observation and least possible intervention both in terms of the home and the wilderness. It’s leading principle is that eco-systems will naturally re-balance if left alone.

Hence the desire to create high yielding ‘homesteads’ to meet man’s needs as efficiently as possible. By creating our own mini high yielding systems for our own use we use the least amount of everything possible. The Ethics of Permaculture are: Earth Care this is simply working with nature not against it. Limiting consumption and self limiting family size so there is less demand on natural systems/finite resources/finite land.

So I will give you lots of links for you to look at:

http://www.homegrowntexas.com/issues/JulAug05/index.html

http://www.abqpermaculture.net/principles.html

http://www.cat.org.uk/catpubs/pubs_content.tmpl?subdir=catpubs&sku=PUBS_25/06&key=csg

http://www.spiralseed.co.uk/permaculture/

http://www.pfaf.org/

Download the free ebook Essence of Permaculture on David Holmgren’s website.
David Holmgren & Su Dennett
Holmgren Design Services
Email info@holmgren.com.au
Website http://www.holmgren.com.au

http://www.permaculture.org.uk/

http://66.102.1.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:NP7jlNz6oS0J:www.emissionizero.net/Introduction_to_Permaculture_-_Bill_Mollison_1981.pdf+

http://www.terrapsych.com/permaculturedesign.pdf

http://www.permacultureactivist.net/Newsletter/Permanews.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye90FxJmuw0&mode=related&search=

http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/what_you_need_t.html

http://www.sbpermaculture.org/index.html

http://www.thefarm.org/permaculture/

http://search.abc.net.au/search/search.cgi?form=simple&num_ranks=10&collection=abcall&query=Peter+Andrews&meta_v=austory&submit=Search

Mark asks…

where can i find information on desert plants for permaculture garden?

growing in the desert of israel. We have some popular desert plants here that people grow, but i am sure there are a lot of other things out there that we don’t know about. How can i find them.

At this point i am particularly interested in food plants.

Home Gardener answers:

This is a wonderful site on the desert plants of Israel, with pictures. Working them into a permaculture garden should be interesting.
Http://www.botanic.co.il/english/research/desertad.htm

Richard asks…

I’d like some advice about starting a permaculture garden in SW Scotland.?

The books seem to be geared to warmer climes. Up here its jolly wet, windy and can be a wee bit chilly like minus 10. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of help for Scotland. Things take a lot longer to get established and varieties are more limited. Does anybody out there have experience in Scotland or know someone who does that I can visit? Thanks.

Home Gardener answers:

I know someone who can play the bagpipes.

Bob asks…

Have you any easy ideas for a permaculture garden?

Home Gardener answers:

I suggest getting some books on the subject from the library. There are also a few good websites.

Here’s one titled “Ten Steps To an Organic Permaculture Garden”:

http://www.safecom.org.au/permaculture.htm

Remember, like any garden – there is hard work in getting started…but once you’ve established it, it gets easier to maintain.

Joseph asks…

Can anyone help with information on Permaculture and or forest gardening?

After seeing a programme on tv the other day that mentioned both practises I am interested in learning more about them. Any help would be appreciated be it information or hints on good books to read. Thanks in advance. I will chose a best answer if I am lucky enough to get any.
Thanks for your help. I forgot to mention I am in the UK but the information is still extremely useful.
It is more of a learning curve at the moment. We have grown some vegetables and are moving on to fruit soon. But in the long term we would really like to move in with my brother in law and his family and find a small holding and become as self sufficent as possible. They are more experienced vegetable growers and keep chickens. We have harvested some wild foods before ie fungi etc. So mainly research for knowledge at present. Thanks for all the help. I am sorry I can only chose one best answer.

Home Gardener answers:

I too saw the programme you watched.
I don’t know how much of a gardener you are so I don’t quite know where to pitch the level of help.
Permaculture has been around for a long time in the UK. It just has a fancy name now. It basically means producing food with as little interference as possible. Use that as an aim in whatever you are planning to do. If you have a little suburban back garden then a forest type garden is out of the question but this does not stop you working in a way that interferes as little as possible with nature.
You will need to learn as much as you can about the plants you want to grow. Without that knowledge there is no point then let them grow as nature intended.
Feed your soil first. Loads of organic matter brings the soil alive. There is no need to dig unless it is a hole to plant something just a good thick layer about 3 inches deep.
Plant the area sympathetically starting with the tallest working down to the understorey.
To be more specific I would need to know what you want to grow and how ‘back to nature’ you intend to go.
A lot of the things we consider weeds are in fact edible and very nutritious so do you want to pull that dandelion out or eat it?

Edit…There is a beautifully illustrated book called “Wildfood” by Roger Phllips. It has recipes for all the indigenous and naturalized plants you are likely to come across in UK and coloured plates so there is no chance of eating the wrong plant.
An older but just as useful book if you can find it is “A country Harvest” by Pamela Michael. This covers herbal remedies and beauty treatments as well as recipes.
Try and learn all you can about good companion planting.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants

http://www.gardenguides.com/pests/tips/herbal.asp

http://vegetablegardens.suite101.com/article.cfm/herbs_for_companion_planting

You may have already come across this site but here is the link if not
http://www.permaculture.org.uk/ Speaks fo itself!
Read up on indigenous and naturalised species. These are the plants that will grow the best and have a complete ecological balance here. That basically means for every pest there is a predator and for every disease there is a cure.

Http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/plants-fungi/postcode-plants/

Make sure your plans include water. A pond or lake will make a huge difference to your project. A whole new dimension. You can breed fish to eat and the water will bring in many beneficials including newts, frogs and toads. It will also give your ducks (You have to have ducks!) somewhere to freshen up:)
Good luck in your venture. I am jealous already!

Oooh just though of one more thing…Don’t be scared to make your lives easier…There are plants like THORNLESS blackberries out there!

John asks…

Tilling soil with Permaculture?

I’m starting a new Permaculture vegetable garden, but the only spot I can have it is part of the lawn. Any tips for tilling an extremely grassy area using the rules of permaculture? Thanks in advance!

Home Gardener answers:

Most permaculturists would suggest burying the lawn under deep mulch and never tilling it. Do a search for “lasagna gardening” for specific directions.

I practice permaculture in my yard, and I advise tilling it this year, and advancing to no- till practices in future seasons. If you have a rototiller, you might still need to break the turf up a little to help it chew up the grass. Otherwise, just get out there with hoe and shovel and do it. Your goal is to break up the grass, work a little manure or compost into the soil, and leave the soil texture fluffy. If you try to work wet soil, it will turn to sticky mud.

Remember that the home vegetable garden is an intensively managed zone, and management practices will be much different there than in a pasture or forest garden. Permaculture excels at designing low input systems, but a vegetable garden is a small, high input zone.

Have fun, and remember that gardening is an art. It takes a few seasons to get it right. But the knowledge is also in our bones- your ancestors lived this way for a thousand generations.

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Questions And Answers On Better Homes And Gardens Recipes

Daniel asks…

Better Homes & Gardens Egg Nog Punch/Shake Recipe?

In the December issue they had a recipe for an Egg Nog Punch or Milk Shake kind of thing. I can’t find my issue of the magazine anywhere. I think all the recipe called for was egg nog and ice cream and garnish with some nutmeg but I am not sure. I can’t find the recipe on their web page either. Please Help!

Home Gardener answers:

Eggnog Punch
Ingredients
1-3/4 to 2 qt. French vanilla or cinnamon ice cream
2 qt. Dairy eggnog or canned eggnog, chilled (8 cups)
1 liter cream soda, chilled
Peppermint sticks, cinnamon sticks, and/or candy canes (optional)
1/8 tsp. Ground cinnamon

Directions
1. Place ice cream in an extra-large punch bowl. Add half the eggnog. Stir and mash mixture using a potato masher until ice cream is melted and mixture is well combined. Stir in remaining eggnog. Slowly pour in cream soda, stirring to combine. To each glass add a peppermint stick, cinnamon stick, or candy cane. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon (about 1/8 teaspoon per serving). Makes about 24 (6-ounce) servings.

Nancy asks…

Does anyone have a written copy of the meatloaf recipe featured on Better homes and Gardens on Seven last week

(I apologize for the lack of a question mark in the question title).

Anyway, I went to Seven’s website only to find a video which doesn’t work for me (stupid proprietary technology!) Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had a typed copy (or if they wrote it down and would be kind enough to scan it for me) that the’d be willing to share because I cannot for the life of me get Yahoo!’s video thing to work.

(We’re talking the meatloaf recipie by Fast Ed, I think, on Better Homes and Gardens in Australia on Seven on July 11th, 2008)

Thanks!

Home Gardener answers:

Ok Doug, i got the video working and it took me several takes to get the recipe. But I have no idea how to scan.

So you might be able to print it out. Excuse any spelling mistakes ok

Classic meatloaf reinvented

line a baking tin ( loaf tin) with rashers of rindless bacon making sure they overlap evenly.

1 kg lean mince
2 grated carrots
2 grated onions
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
bunch of parsley finely chopped
juice of 2 lemons
4 eggs
1/4 cup terriaki sauce
1/4 cup tomato sauce
season lightly with salt and pepper

mix all ingredients by hand, massage to bind all together press firmly in tin.
Fold over the bacon
wrap with foil
cook in 170 deg oven for 45mins – 1 hour depending on your oven, when cooked leave to cool for 15 mins then slice ans serve with salad.

Let me know how it went.

Bob asks…

Need a recipe from the Better Homes & Garden New Dieter’s Cookbook?

HI! If you have a copy I would love the recipe for Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta. I really don’t want to buy the cookbook for just the one recipe. Thanks in advance.

Home Gardener answers:

Mediterranean Chicken And Pasta Recipe:

3 tbsp. Pine nuts
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves pressed garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon EACH dry basil and oregano
1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 small zucchini sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup skinned and shredded cooked chicken or turkey
6 ounces fettuccine or long egg noodles, cooked
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

In medium fry pan, toast nuts over med-heat shaking pan often until golden. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wide nonstick frying pan over med-high heat.
Add onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and red pepper.
Cook, stirring, until onion is soft. Add remaining oil then zucchini, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
Cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
Add chicken and cook, stirring until just heated through.

Pour pasta into a bowl or platter and spoon chicken sauce over pasta and mix with two forks. Sprinkle with toasted nuts and cheese.

Serves 4.

Lisa asks…

Looking for Better Homes and Garden Recipe from Sept/Oct 1989-1991 for a distinctly autumn cake or torte.?

The recipe included:
Cream Cheese
Apple Cider
Nuts
Caramel

I made this for my parents anniversary when I was a teen and now they are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They LOVED this torte and I would really like to make it again. I don’t have the recipe and have been searching for years. Please help!

Home Gardener answers:

Is this close? I think the second one is what you were looking for. I hope.

Celebration Cake
Prep: 45 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes

Celebration Cake
Ingredients

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1-1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups coarsely shredded carrot
* 1 cup coarsely shredded apple
* 3/4 cup cooking oil
* 4 eggs
* 1/2 cup chopped nuts
* 1 cup whipping cream
* 1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 cup coarsely crushed purchased apple chips
* Whole purchased apple chips (optional)
* 5- to 6-inch-long cinnamon sticks (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat convection oven to 325 degrees F or standard oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour two 9×1-1/2-inch round baking pans; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt. Add carrot, shredded apple, nuts, oil and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer at low speed until combined. Beat 1 minute at medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly.

3. Bake cake layers in convection oven 25 minutes or bake in standard oven 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

4. For frosting, in a food processor bowl place the whipping cream, sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. Cover and process for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until stiff peaks form, stopping to scrape down sides every 30 seconds. (Or, place ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand blender or electric mixer until stiff peaks form.)

5. To assemble cake, place 1 cake layer on a serving platter. Spread about 3/4 cup frosting on top of the first cake layer. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup crushed apple chips atop frosting. Top with second cake layer; frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Decorate cake with whole apple chips and cinnamon sticks, if desired. Makes 12 servings.
Nutrition Facts

* Calories 510,
* Total Fat (g) 31,
* Saturated Fat (g) 10,
* Cholesterol (mg) 107,
* Sodium (mg) 235,
* Carbohydrate (g) 56,
* Fiber (g) 2,
* Protein (g) 6,
* Vitamin A (DV%) 62,
* Vitamin C (DV%) 4,
* Calcium (DV%) 8,
* Iron (DV%) 9,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Caramel-Almond Torte

Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 25 minutes
Cool: 1 hour
Stand: 1 hour

Caramel-Almond Torte

* 6 egg yolks
* 1-1/2 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 6 egg whites
* 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
* 1 cup ground almonds
* 1 recipe Caramel Sauce and Caramel Cream Filling (see Recipe Center)
* 1 recipe Sweetened Whipped Cream (see Recipe Center)

Directions

1. Generously grease and flour three 8×1-1/2-inch round baking pans; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine egg yolks, 1 cup of the sugar, the apple cider or juice, baking powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes or until thickened and light.

2. Thoroughly wash the beaters. In an extra-large mixing bowl beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add the remaining sugar, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).

3. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg white mixture. Fold cracker crumbs and almonds into egg mixture, one-fourth at a time. Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans.

4. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched near the center. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen sides; remove cake layers from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.

5. Place a cake layer on a cake plate; spread with half of the Caramel Cream Filling. Top with second layer; spread with the remaining filling. Top with third layer. Frost the top and sides with the Sweetened Whipped Cream. Drizzle with the remaining Caramel Sauce. Makes 12 servings.
Nutrition Facts

* Servings Per Recipe 12 servings
* Calories 490,
* Total Fat (g) 28,
* Saturated Fat (g) 13,
* Cholesterol (mg) 183,
* Sodium (mg) 247,
* Carbohydrate (g) 54,
* Fiber (g) 2,
* Protein (g) 9,
* Vitamin C (DV%) 0,
* Calcium (DV%) 9,
* Iron (DV%) 13,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Susan asks…

does anybody know the recipe for cheese soup from an old better homes and gardens cookbook?

Home Gardener answers:

Cheese Soup

¼ cup butter
4 cups milk
½ cup chopped onion
4 cups chicken broth
½ cup chopped celery
1 lb cheese shredded
½ cup chopped carrots
1 t salt
¼ cup flour
dash white pepper
1½ T cornstarch
Parsley for color
⅛ t baking soda

Melt butter, stir in flour. Add milk gradually keeping flour mixture smooth. Add all other ingredients except cheese. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Add cheese slowly while stirring to keep smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serves 10.

Jemima asks…

Does anyone have the Better Homes and Gardens Mexican Cookbook?

Mine is in storage, and I need measurements for the Chicken Mole de Cacahuete (peanut sauce)

I make it all the time from scratch but when I was first learning I used this as a guide for measurement purposes.

My daughter now wants the recipe and I could only give her the ingredients with out measurements.

An ingredient list with measurements would be great!

I don’t need the instructions.

P.S. The Chicken Mole Verde or Mole de Tomatillo on the page opposite this in the cookbook is yummy too. I made it once when I was 14.

Thanks to anyone that can help with this particular cookbook. It actually has some pretty good recipes in it.
Thank you. (The One) I will use your recipe for a general guideline for amounts of ingredients. The cook book you gave a link to comes up as the 1977 edition but that’s ok. I will work it out. I usually omit the canned tomatoes with chilies, as well as the bread, I use a soup base (lower sodium & more chicken flavor than the bouillon – cook the chicken in chicken stock I skip the bread and make a rue out of flour add the chile powder. also omit the cinnamon& add a dash of ground allspice – So this WILL work!! Thanks I just needed a general idea of quantities. : )

Home Gardener answers:

I happened to have this recipe in my personal collection. I don’t have the other one. I have listed a link to the book below

Chicken with Peanut Mole Sauce (Pollo en Mole de Cacahuate)
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

1 (4-pound) stewing chicken, cut up
8 cups water
4 stalks celery with leaves
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 small onion, cut up
2 sprigs parsley
2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 of a 10-ounce can (2/3 cup) tomatoes with green chiles
2 slices white bread, torn
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 whole cloves
3 whole black peppercorns
1 (1/2-inch stick) cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 small clove garlic, minced

Place chicken pieces in Dutch oven with water. Add celery, carrot, onion, parsley, bouillon granules, & pepper. Bring to boiling. Cover & cook over low heat 2 to 2-1/2 hours or till chicken is tender.

Remove chicken pieces. Place in a 2-quart casserole. Strain broth; skim off fat. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the broth for sauce (cover & refrigerate remaining broth for another use).

To prepare mole de cacahuate:

In blender container place the reserved chicken broth, tomatoes with green chiles, bread, & peanut butter. Cover & blend till smooth. Turn into 2-quart saucepan.

With mortar & pestle crush cloves, peppercorns, & cinnamon well; add to saucepan along with chili powder & garlic. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat & simmer, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or till thickened, stirring often.

Spoon mole de cacahuate over chicken in casserole. Bake, covered, in 350-degree F. Oven 30 to 40 minutes or till heated through.

Recipe Source: Better Homes & Gardens Mexican Cooking (Better Homes & Gardens)

David asks…

better homes and gardens spring rolls help!!?

I was watching better homes and gardens on saterday night and the aussie bloke was making quick 8 minute spring rolls. I cant find it anywhere, not even on the better homes and gardens website. so if anyone watched it on saterday night and got the recipe pleace write it down
thanks..:)

Home Gardener answers:

I just checked online for you and found this

All the plans, recipes and stories appear in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine (we don’t do fact sheets online with such a great looking magazine!

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Questions And Answers On Home & Garden

Don asks…

i want to run electric to my garden shed?

i am wondering can i bring elictric from the back of a wall socket in my house and run it to a shed it will power lights and maby a fridge and the ocaisional tool i have started with the wiring in the shed, out side will come trough a breaker like in my home and trough a four way split box, then going to sockets and light. inside my shed im using extention lead cable to all points. am i doing it right? also if i use small amp feuses (5) in plugs will it make safer. can i use this cable comming from my house to shed maby running trough pipeing. its from a JCB extention lead (heavy duty) any help would be great.

Home Gardener answers:

In a word No. Any electrical circuit or equipment used outside the zone of protection (usually the house) must be protected by an RCD of at least 30ma. If you intend to bury the cable to the shed it should be a steel wired armoured cable and buried at least 600mm deep. Once in the shed if you have lights and sockets it would be best to install a small consumer unit with suitably rated MCB’s for each circuit. IF in any doubt you should get a qualified electrician to carry our and test the installation. The building regulations part P now state that only suitably qualified electricians can carry out and test this type of work. Remember electricity is dangerous and can KILL you.

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Questions And Answers On Burpee Home Gardens

Alana asks…

What is a online gardening catalog I can buy watercress seeds?

I tried Burpee, Planet Natural, and Home Gardens.

Home Gardener answers:

Try www.johnnyseeds.com they have them!

Lisa asks…

How can I save my vegetable plants?

I started my vegetable plants indoors in a burpee 72 cell planter. They were doing really well inside for the month that I was growing them. I followed the instructions on the planter and seed packets, and introduced them to the outdoors a week before I planned to transplant them into my outdoor garden. When I got home on the first day, I saw that all of my plants had fallen over, drooping to the ground. Help! What can I do to save them? I sprayed them with worm poop and water, and I’m at a loss for what to do next. Can they be saved???

Home Gardener answers:

They probably just need water. Water them until it runs out the bottom of the container and give it about 15 minutes. Any kind of plant that has gotten too big for its container will dry out very very quickly.
Good luck!

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Steve asks…

Did anyone know watch that Karen wear on Better home and garden program?

The watch that karen wears in better home and Graden ? Do you know what brand is that?

Home Gardener answers:

I watch Better Homes and Gardens and Karen is a cook…… What are you asking us about her?

Nancy asks…

what interview of garden home is better?

Home Gardener answers:

I don’t understand your question?

Wayne asks…

I am busy watching Home and Garden, missed where to find how to design your own home. Please help, website?

Better Homes and Gardens, on LIfestyle Channel

Home Gardener answers:

Umm, I’m not quite sure this fit your question or not but I do recommend you a site called PASAYA Online Shop

There, you can find most of home decor stuffs like bedding, curtains or cushions

http://www.pasaya.com/language/en/index.php

If it fits what you’re after, tell me though ;)

Mark asks…

what is 3 better home and garden books dated 1948,1956 1958 be worth. these are hardback editions?

Home Gardener answers:

Not much, really, other than as decorative items. Most of the info in them will be very out of date. You might check on Amazon for similar books, and compare prices.
I’d be surprised if you got more than $10-$15 dollars each, and probably a lot less.

Caroline asks…

Is your home better than your garden?

Home Gardener answers:

Yes…but the sink is clogged and i need a popular mechanic.

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Joseph asks…

Can someone give me halloween ideas for my garden & home?

Home Gardener answers:

You can transform your frontyard into a graveyard. Buy halloween props such as tombstones, skulls, skeletons, bats, halloween lights and other creepy props. Leave the autumn leaves on the ground.

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Marie asks…

Bit of a good-afternoon poem,4 those in the proper time zone,if not save it for a rainy day,if you please,,,,?

A TRANQUIL AFTERNOON

At home
Alone.

As the rain
Paints it’s pictures
Upon the windows-pane
I read with silent thoughts.

Spared this day
Of the gardens toil
As the sky weeps
It’s nourishing tears

I kick off my shoes
And enjoy this cruise
Of a tranquil afternoon,,,,,,

Dorian,,,,

Home Gardener answers:

Well it’s just after midnight here, but I have to say it was delightful non- the less, well done, such a sweet poem.

Cindy asks…

What are the steps I need to take to heal myelf?

I will try to explain my life in a nutshell. Im 25 years old, very happy with my man. I have a lot of good friends and a little sister who i love. Our parents were abusive, my friends and boyfriend and family (who I was never allowed to see) all have the opinion that we grew up in a cult. I don’t see it that extreme but, i was in it so maybe that’s why. I will give you a few examples… We were never allowed to eat meat, we were forced to be 103 pounds at all times and put through deists, denied clothes if we didn’t meat the weight requirementse were mentally andsed but it was all justified by “spare the rod spoil the child” we never went to school nor did any homework, we worked from morning till night tending to orchards, gardens and cleaning our homes and we moved a lot so we wouldn’t get caught by the “government my sister and I remodeled a lot of homes (14 homes) we learned how to do tile, paint ETC. we weren’t allowed to cecelebratehristmas or easter or valentines day or st. patrics day, and each birthday my Mom would get in a fight with whos ever bday is wasn’t and run to her room and hide and cry all day. My dad worked 24/7 while my mom stayed home with us and everyday. I feel like now, I worry about any other person but myself, i have o idea who i am, I am struggling with finding good work because Im uneducated, but Im very bright, I have worked for companys before that I have gotton to move up, only to have to move. It makes me upset but i still talk with them, I have also as the oldest and the kind one, had guilt and more burdens put on my sholders. when I was a child I was so lonley, I would ask my mom if I was her best friend because I didn’t have one and she would say “No God is my best friend” and walk away. I let men do horrific things to me from age 5 and up, because I ws so incredably lonly and all the kid were in school, the only intrest was from those kinds of people, and i would find old people and bring them flowers and talk to them. When I was 13 then I went to some church camp where they explained “sexual sin” so i stopped after that.
Now I still feel lonley, even though I am surounded by good friends and a boyfriend who is strong and happy. What can I do to heal myself?
The physicall abuse was explained to us as “If we spare the rod, we spoil the child.” We would have welts and bruses.

Home Gardener answers:

Most people will tell you that the explanation your provided from your childhood was extreme psychological and physical abuse. If anyone knew what your parents were doing and how you were being raised they would have taken you away from them. I know that this seems harsh especially for a person who didn’t know any better or thought that their life was normal but it sounds like a cult to me.

Moving on from this, the best way to heal yourself is to continue in the love and support of your friends and your bf. You can go to a community college to start your education and they will introduce you to someone who can help you study and obtain your GED for high school.

Healing yourself comes from moving on and placing yourself in healthy situations so that you can learn right from wrong and use your childhood experiences as what not to do and how to live your life or raise a child.

When you’re ready to get married and you have a child of your own, you’ll raise your child with a loving a supportive father and you’ll start to understand what true love is for your child and it will help heal the wounds from your past. Because everything you do for your child will be constructive and healthy and the good memories will start to cover the bad memories which will help in the healing process.

You’ll never forget but you’ll heal and it will make you a stronger person for it too.

Helena asks…

is my crime story good?

Detective Murray Hudson’s eyes scanned the large living room, finally coming to rest on the body of Sasha Riley lying on the bloodstained carpet. The infamous model, known for her diva-like attitude and her regular public tantrums had been stabbed twice in the stomach while in her home exercising to a workout tape, with photographers and journalist’s right outside her gates while talking to her agent David Reid. On hearing her scream from inside the house, Reid ran inside, mid-sentence to journalists on the other side of the large gates guarding the house, to find the body of his boss on the floor.
Hudson was stumped. Not only had the murderer ran inside the mansion, found the woman, killed her, and exited the building without being seen, but hadn’t even left behind a trace of evidence. As he walked around the perimeter of the room he contemplated suicide. Only yesterday had a Hudson himself read a harsh rumour that had been spread, making page three of the tabloids. The story claimed Riley had stolen the husband of her own cousin, a quiet suburban mother of three, in a bid to get revenge on a poor nanny she had recommended. Of course, Riley rejected any stories of such, even claimed she didn’t even know the woman. Surely cruel rumours were enough to erase all will to live? Hudson sighed, ‘Who am I kidding?’ He thought, even in today’s world, where child stars as young as fifteen were entering the world of drugs, alcohol and sex, suicide was out of the question. Every bit of the little evidence collected pointed to murder.
Hudson walked over to a shaken up Reid, sitting on a couch holding a mug of coffee although showing no sign of actually drinking it.
“How are you feeling?” asked Hudson.
“A little better, thank-you.” replied Reid, looking up and forcing a tiny smile.
Hudson sat next to Reid on the couch, and was about to ask him to recite what happened, but Reid seemed to have read his mind.
“I was talking to the media on the other side of the gates,” he began “they were asking about that God-awful rumour that had been splashed across the tabloids. Anyway, I had been out there for about ten minutes, when I heard the scream of Miss Riley. I ran inside…” He trailed off.
And you’re perfectly sure you didn’t see anybody at all running away from the house?”
“Yes, positive. How could they get in anyway, the gates were all shut, the doors locked aside from the front where I had come out to meet the journalists?”
Hudson shook his head. The same question was trailing about through his own mind. It sounded like a very bizarre riddle.

Two days later, Hudson was sitting at his desk when his partner, Inspector Clarkson, rushed in reciting news he had received about a crazed stalker of Riley who had been given a restraining order in May the previous year. Although the man had not bothered Sasha Riley since the order was issued, and Hudson was quite doubtful that a stalker would go almost a year without bothered Riley and suddenly murder her, it was like a breath of fresh air to him. For the past forty-eight hours the investigation into the death was moving at a glacial pace, with a number of small false leads, which even had Hudson doubting whether this case was a solvable one.
Clarkson and Hudson arrived at the home of Tony Gotzheim after winding their way to through the city and eventually finding themselves in a dreary looking neighbourhood, one where the houses front gardens were overgrown, the windows stained grey and shoes draped over telephone wires at every corner. Walking through Gotzheim’s front lawn he saw a dead-looking car parked among a bunch of other garbage that was beyond recognising. Knocking on the paint-peeled door he immediately heard footsteps coming down the corridor behind the door. The door opened, and before them stood a man who’s last shave was three weeks over due. His hair was greasy, eyes bloodshot, and the stench coming from him was less than pleasant.

i’m not sure how to start this conversation between Gotzheim and Hudson.. any ideas? I’m not excatly sure how a derelict stalker would react to a murder investigation of his idol.
I’m only in grade nine, so please no abuse. All constructive critisism will be appreciated (:

Home Gardener answers:

Its really good kept me wanting to read

Steve asks…

Does this pretty much sum up the issue of illegals?

A common tactic employed by immigration proponents is to accuse opponents of racism. They charge that opponents want to deny a new breed of immigrant the chance to become Americans as many of our immigrant forefathers did. They paint a Norman Rockwell-type picture of honest, hard working immigrants, planting gardens, working in fields, doing the work “no Americans want to do.” So, in town after town across the nation the battle rages. And that is really the point. Illegal immigration is not just a border issue. It is a national issue affecting every large city and almost every small town. It must be understood that illegal immigration is not just a matter of some unhappy peasants hoping to seek a better life. It is a $300 billion a year industry, combining the interests of multinational corporations with those of drug cartels and Latino street gangs. Caught in between are American communities and the American way of life. Some cities, especially those along the points of entry at the border have become dangerous no-mans lands, where no property is safe, no American citizen is able to leave their home unarmed and some politicians turn a blind eye as they profit under the table. As a result American civilization is beginning to break down. That is why so many Americans refuse to back down on the issue, continuing to demand a crack down, no matter what name calling they must endure.
Senator Gillibrand’s position on illegal immigration represents the position of the vast majority of those New Yorkers who have taken the time to understand what the true cost of ILLEGAL immigration is costing their communities.

The issue is simply about the abrogation of law. The effort needs to be focused against the individuals, businesses and politicians who create this problem and cheat honest business owners and workers by allowing illegal hiring practices under the table. In short, the issue is about enforcement of the law, cost and corruption.

Home Gardener answers:

No, but this does.

Democrats allow illegal aliens into the USA thinking of them as potential voters.

Republicans allow illegal aliens into the USA thinking of them as cheap labor

Charlie asks…

In today’s materialistic world of consumerism anceleb culture, what do you think ?

is the best way to rear a child?

ok, i know most everyone will boo at the way this child is being brought up…but are the options any better?
Deborah Drapper looks every inch your average 13-year-old. Her bedroom in Dorset is pink and filled with dolls, she “tweets” on Twitter, and she has a blog in which she talks about her pet rabbits, and what fun it was when it snowed recently.
Deborah is in this (enviable) position because instead of being nurtured on a diet of celebrity culture, Deborah has been brought up on a combination of Christianity and traditional family values.
Deborah has the almost preternatural self-confidence that comes from being home-schooled. She spends half of each day praying, cooking, exercising, painting and gardening, and the other half studying a Christian curriculum that includes collectivism and creationism. She is super-bright and fiercely opinionated. She thinks that evolution is “one of the most ridiculous theories ever” and blames it for most of the nation’s ills.
“If you are taught from the start that you are just a piece of slime and that you have evolved from an animal then is it any surprise if you act like one? Survival of the fittest; if you don’t like someone, kill them. That’s what evolution teaches people so is it any wonder when children go to school and do just that?”
“I am not envious of other girls my age. I am happy as a person. A lot of the people I meet on a Friday night are not happy. If anything, they should be envious of me.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/bryonygordon/4966672/Deborah-Drapper-Follow-the-Bible-not-the-Beckhams.html

Edit: Sorry! read that as “and celeb culture”..
Edit: i haven’t seen the program Duchess…if you say she seems lonely then i’m sure she is, poor girl. If only people wouldn’t go to extremes…if only a nice balance between this way and the other extreme crazy way could be found…, perhaps our world would be a better place.

Home Gardener answers:

I watched a programme about that last night.
It was shocking the way the programme makers portrayed her and her friends as freaks for choosing to have a different lifestyle from ‘normal’ kids.
I might not agree with everything, but I applaud the fact that she chooses to want to believe.

Rachel asks…

I’m thinking about getting a bird pet, what suits my lifestyle?

So I’m 15 and I am thinking about getting a bird, because I am an artist and draw & paint the animals I see around me. I have a dog and go horse riding twice a week, so my main drawing subjects are dogs and horses. I am very fascinated by birds though, because they are very intelligent (I also love to observe animal behaviour), and I wish to get to observe them so I can work out how to draw them better that I do now. But these are not the only reasons, I also just want to live the experience of building up a relationship with an animal that is so different from us.

So, I am mainly interested in small parrots, I read a little bit on wikipedia and found that barred parakeets and lovebirds are my favourites.

But here comes the problem: I stay in school from 8 am to 5 pm, and then I have lots of homework to do. So for 5 days a week i’m almost always gone. My mother’s there most time, but I think she would ignore the bird. I was thinking of getting 2 birds, but I read that then the bird would not be so interested in the human? I also read that a lovebird kept alone makes a much better pet than 2 together. Also, I think that birds shouldn’t stay in such small cages all the time, but I live in belgium, where the weather is pretty crappy (especially now that winter’s approaching), so a big cage in the garden isn’t a good idea

So here’s the info about what I think would be important in a bird. Obvously, it’s impossible to get all that togerther in the perfect bird, but if you can tell me a bird (parrot) that could have a happy life with me, that’d be great.
-It would definitely have to be a small parrot. I would want it to have plenty of space in its cage, but I don’t have the space for a too big cage, either. Maybe one of those big cages that are tall like a man and you can put in a corner of the room, but I don’t think my parents would like it.
-It should be all right with being alone some time. I am gone 5 days a week, but on 3 days of those 5 my mother’s there, and I have a dog, so it wouldn’t be completely isolated, just not getting too much attention. On mondays and tuedays, it would be isolated until I come home from school though, because we put the dog in his outside cage when no one’s home
-It should be a bird that can build up a nice realtionship with me. If the bird doesn’t go flying away all the time but stays like on my shoulder or something, I could keep it with me when getting my homework done. I know that I’ll have to work alot to achieve that, though.
-I don’t know if there is a difference between different bird types for that, but it shouldn’t smell bad. If the bird smells bad or makes sounds that are too annoying, there is no chance for it to get one of those big man-sized cages in the living room or something.

So, if anyone can give me some info about it all, that would be really nice…
Oh and also I have a few questions: Is it possible to train the birds to come back? How can you get the bird back in the cage when you left it free to fly round the room? Is it possible to tech the bird not to go shitting all round the room when free? Thank you!

Home Gardener answers:

Hi dear,before you buy lovebirds you should know one thing that lovebirds are very noisy compare to other small birds,however they are very very energetic and a single lovebird can make a best companion with his owner

LOVEBIRDS:lovebirds – This is a group of nine species of Agapornis genus. These birds are Africa and Madagascar natives. They are very active,playful and great pets.although they are pretty noisy compare to other small birds

pros:

1)they are very smart birds
2)they are very playful and active
3)a single lovebird can make a strong bond with owner
4)they less poop,less eat and drink compare to other birds
5)they are very energetic small birds

cons:
1)they are very noisy in the morning and sometimes in evening
2)their bite is pretty painful compare to cockatiel
3)they chew a lot

FEW THINGS KEEP IN MIND WHEN GETTING A LOVEBIRD

1)They are very social and intelligent companion birds
2)These lovely little devil lovebirds are very active,love to chews and playful.
3)A single bird will get more attached to its keeper
4)Always try to purchase a hand-fed baby or a young bird when possible.
5)A young chick can be easy to train but may take a bit longer
6)If you have no experience hand feeding, I recommend not purchasing an unweaned baby. A weaned chick will bond easily to its new owner as soon as it is comfortable in its new surroundings.
7)an adult lovebird can be hand tamed but takes much time and patience.

TEN THINGS TO REMEMBER ON PROPER CARE

1) A happy bird is a busy bird
2) Whenever approaching or dealing with lovebirds, act calmly and quietly
3) Get your cockatiel used to your hands and fingers.
4) A lovebird is very active and love to chew.so when they are out of cage..look at them,if you pay a lot of attention to your bird you can get an idea of when it will do the business.
5) Never leave a lovebird alone with another pet or a child under the age of 12.
6) Offer a variety of foods. Seeds, pellets, millet all are a great start. Learn all the different fruits and vegetables your lovebirds can have. Then offer them to your bird and watch it enjoy its favorite ones.
7)sunlight is very important for them.make sure they get morning sunlight for 2 to 3 hrs
but dont let them out for a whole day 8) lovebirds need time outside of their cages. Regular free flying is important. If you do not clip your lovebird’s wings then it will enjoy flying around and up to the high places in the room or house (like mine lovebirds do ). If you do clip its wings then it will still flap its wings like it is flying but stay on the perch. They also like to fly down to the floor to explore the bird-proofed room!
9) Clean your lovebird’s cage regularly. This prevents disease. Don’t use regular house cleaning products around your lovebird. Change the paper everyday. Wipe down the cage and dry it once a week. Then once a month take everything out, scrub and wash it all very well then dry it. This is a great time to arrange the perches and food dishes differently. Add some new toys and both you and your lovebird(s) are happy.
10) Be patient with your lovebirds. It may need time to get used to new things and new people. Observe your lovebird. You will then become accustomed to their behavior patterns and see their personality develop. Lovebirds can become lovable, tame and trusting companions.
11))Dont get him used to one person,try to intereact with others
12)build a trust with him.never ever scream or angry..even if they are not doing right things.just let him make do something else or give another thing to play (if he bites you )angry for him 2 mins (show him that you are boss)
13)It’s best to keep your lovebird where the center of activity is, usually the family room.
14)intereact with him for 5 to 10 mins daily for five to eight times
15)clean their water and food dish daily or after two days.specially water dishes daily two to three times because all parrot mix their food in water,sometimes their poops in water so give them mineral water daily

they are small extremely active and happy birds,you can also teach them tricks but it takes some time
research a lot andvisit pet shop to see them how they are bcoz this is your first bird
and GOOD LUCK :)

Graham asks…

RA/DA & All Harry Potter Fans! 83 Way To Annoy, Harass, and Generally Scare The Dursleys!?

83 ways to annoy, harass, and generally scare the Dursleys!
Sorry! It’s quite long! You don’t have to read the whole thing!

1. Should Dudley be backing up for any reason, go “beep, beep, beep…”

2. Egg their house. Don’t feel confined to chicken eggs.

3. Coat their entire kitchen with butter.

4. Get a cheap Muggle cell phone. Give it a very annoying ring tone, and set it to ring every hour on the hour. Make it invisible. Hide it in the air vent of their house.

5. Charm their garden hose to come to life and spray them down.

6. Charm their lawn to sprout large purple mushrooms. When stepped on, these mushrooms should squeak loudly.

7. Replace any flowers in their garden with the ever popular water squirting flowers.

8. Sneak some particularly eerie-looking gnomes into their garden. Partially hide them behind bushes and such, so that they appear to be spying on those nearby.

9. If there’s any room left in the garden, plant them a particularly sensitive Mimbulus Mimbletonia.

10. Slip a doxy into their mailbox…

11. …And a gnome in their pantry…

12. …And Kreacher under one of their beds…

13. …And a boggart into the refrigerator. Tell Dudley its a new dieting technique.

14. Offer them foot rubs.

15. Gather a large group of people together, and surround the Dursley’s house. Have everyone press their faces against the windows. When Mr. Dursley charges out to confront the group, tell him that you are there to eavesdrop, and ask if its a good time.

16. Paint the Hogwarts crest on their front door.

17. Use a permanent sticking charm to attach a wizards cape and hat to their front door, beneath the painted crest.

18. On New Year’s Eve, anonymously send them a box of well-disguised wizard crackers.

19. On Valentine’s Day, send each Dursley about sevent-five valentines by owl, signing them all from “their secret, magical admirer.”

20. On St. Patrick’s Day, gather some particularly jolly leprechauns and persuade them to do a jig merrily on the Dursley’s front lawn for the entire day. Ring the front doorbell, and Disapparate.

21. On Bonfire Night/Independence day, send them a box of Weasley’s Wild Fire Whizbangs.

22. If Petunia sould ever inquire of you an idea for a Halloween costume, suggest a witch.

23. If Dudley should ever ask the same question, suggest a pig.

24. For Christmas, get all of your Hogwarts friends together. Show up at the Dursley house, and sing christmas carols loudly, for as long as possible.

25. Replace any hard sweets that may be in the house, with the Weasley “effects” sweets.

26. Grind several Ton-Tongue toffees into a fine powder, and add it to any and all of the flour and sugar canisters.

27. Put a charm on Dudley that will make him crawl and walk on walls and cielings, Spider-Man style.

28. Wake the whole family up at five in the morning to lead them in a peppy exercise routine. Include lots of Jumping Jacks.

29. Offer to read their tea-leaves.

30. Should they accept, tell them you see three figures, two fat, one thin, all very bad tempered. Go on to say that these people will never find happiness and are best avoided.

31. Infest their home with Pygmy Puffs.

32. Tell them they don’t exist.

33. Find the most “un-Dursleyish” person you know, and set them up on a blind date with Dudley.

34. Write “Aunt Marge” on a bunch of inflated balloons. Fill the Dursley’s kitchen with them.

35. Find a way to magically change the color of their outfits, making each outfit a different lurid color depending on the day of the week (hot pink for Monday, Neon Green for Tuesday).

36. Switch Dudley’s homework with Harry’s.

37. Make all the doors in their house require passwords. Try to make these passwords either sickeningly cute, or magic-loving.

38. Shave off Uncle Vernon’s mustache under the cover of darkness.

39. Transfer this mustache onto Petunia.

40. Leave a bundle of fake wands from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes tied up with a ribbon on their coffee table.

41. Try this dialogue with Dudley: “Hey Dudley, guess what?” “What?” “Nothing.” Repeat this several times daily.

42. Get a stuffed rabbit and wrap it in swaddling clothes like a baby. PIn a note saying that they must care for this precious child, and guard it with their lives. Add a post script saying that should the rabbit government find that they are mistreating it in anyway, they will be dealt with. Ring their doorbell, and Dissaparate.

43. Suggest to Petunia a new nickname for her son: Milk Dudsley.

44. Offer them peppermint humbugs.

45. sing “I know a song that gets on everbody’s nerves.”

46. Should Dudley ever be on a diet, back some rich, chocolate cupcakes, topped with cream and candy sprinkles. Charm them so that they disappear when touched and reappear after a few minutes. Place them everywhere Dudley might see them.

47. Buy Petunia and Vernon a book on ch

Home Gardener answers:

LOL. Those are funny.

Davina asks…

HP Fans!!! How is this?

No offense DOD, Malfoy’s Mistress and other Draco lovers…

Narcissa Malfoy’s Top Ten Disgustingly Cute Names for Draco

10. Ickle-Drakey-Wakey
9. Drakey-Dookie-Diddy-Dums
8. Drakey-Diddy-Dobby-Doo
7. Snoogie-Woogie-Drakey-Poo
6. Drakey-Dinky-Dookie-Doodums
5. Drakey-Poopsie-Oopsie-Goo
4. Drakey-Dimsy-Mimsy-Doo-Doo
3. Drakey-Doody-Sweetie-Dookums
2. Dipsy-Doopsy-Drakey-Poo
1. YOU STUPID IDOIOTIC BRAT!!!

60 Ways to Annoy, Harass, Confuse, or Generally Scare the Dursleys

Guaranteed to brighten up a dull summer on Privet Drive

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1. Should Dudley be backing up for any reason, go “beep, beep, beep…”

2. Egg their house. Don’t feel confined to chicken eggs.

3. Coat their entire kitchen with butter.

4. Get a cheap Muggle cell phone. Give it a very annoying ring tone, and set it to ring every hour on the hour. Make it invisible. Hide it in the air vent of their house.

5. Charm their garden hose to come to life and spray them down.

6. Charm their lawn to sprout large purple mushrooms. When stepped on, these mushrooms should squeak loudly.

7. Replace any flowers in their garden with the ever popular water squirting flowers.

8. Sneak some particularly eerie-looking gnomes into their garden. Partially hide them behind bushes and such, so that they appear to be spying on those nearby.

9. If there’s any room left in the garden, plant them a particularly sensitive Mimbulus Mimbletonia.

10. Slip a doxy into their mailbox…

11. …And a gnome in their pantry…

12. …And Kreacher under one of their beds…

13. …And a boggart into the refrigerator. Tell Dudley its a new dieting technique.

14. Offer them foot rubs.

15. Gather a large group of people together, and surround the Dursley’s house. Have everyone press their faces against the windows. When Mr. Dursley charges out to confront the group, tell him that you are there to eavesdrop, and ask if its a good time.

16. Paint the Hogwarts crest on their front door.

17. Use a permanent sticking charm to attach a wizards cape and hat to their front door, beneath the painted crest.

18. On New Year’s Eve, anonymously send them a box of well-disguised wizard crackers.

19. On Valentine’s Day, send each Dursley about sevent-five valentines by owl, signing them all from “their secret, magical admirer.”

20. On St. Patrick’s Day, gather some particularly jolly leprechauns and persuade them to do a jig merrily on the Dursley’s front lawn for the entire day. Ring the front doorbell, and Disapparate.

21. On Bonfire Night/Independence day, send them a box of Weasley’s Wild Fire Whizbangs.

22. If Petunia sould ever inquire of you an idea for a Halloween costume, suggest a witch.

23. If Dudley should ever ask the same question, suggest a pig.

24. For Christmas, get all of your Hogwarts friends together. Show up at the Dursley house, and sing christmas carols loudly, for as long as possible.

25. Replace any hard sweets that may be in the house, with the Weasley “effects” sweets.

26. Grind several Ton-Tongue toffees into a fine powder, and add it to any and all of the flour and sugar canisters.

27. Put a charm on Dudley that will make him crawl and walk on walls and cielings, Spider-Man style.

28. Wake the whole family up at five in the morning to lead them in a peppy exercise routine. Include lots of Jumping Jacks.

29. Offer to read their tea-leaves.

30. Should they accept, tell them you see three figures, two fat, one thin, all very bad tempered. Go on to say that these people will never find happiness and are best avoided.

31. Infest their home with Pygmy Puffs.

32. Tell them they don’t exist.

33. Find the most “un-Dursleyish” person you know, and set them up on a blind date with Dudley.

34. Write “Aunt Marge” on a bunch of inflated balloons. Fill the Dursley’s kitchen with them.

35. Find a way to magically change the color of their outfits, making each outfit a different lurid color depending on the day of the week (hot pink for Monday, Neon Green for Tuesday).

36. Switch Dudley’s homework with Harry’s.

37. Make all the doors in their house require passwords. Try to make these passwords either sickeningly cute, or magic-loving.

38. Shave off Uncle Vernon’s mustache under the cover of darkness.

39. Transfer this mustache onto Petunia.

40. Leave a bundle of fake wands from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes tied up with a ribbon on their coffee table.

41. Try this dialogue with Dudley: “Hey Dudley, guess what?” “What?” “Nothing.” Repeat this several times daily.

42. Get a stuffed rabbit and wrap it in swaddling clothes like a baby. PIn a note saying that they must care for this precious child, and guard it with their lives. Add a post script saying that should the rabbit government find that they are mistreating it in any
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Lmaooo loved themmmm (:

How aboutt…

Chain yourself to Dudley’s bed and insist he brings you food
Light candles all over the house and hold a seance
Sing the hogwarts school song
Build a sandcastle and exclaim that it’s nowhere near as impressive as Hogwarts.
Explain in great detail to the Dursleys about the magical wonders of Hogwarts.
Levitate Ripper (Marges dog) to follow Vernon everywhere, snapping at him
Levitate human excrement to follow unsuspecting neighbours
Refer to Dudley as ‘Champ’ and Vernon ‘Coach’
Put underwear on your head and challenge the dursleys to a duel
Put Wet Floor signs on their carpets
Exclaim loudly that you have just been treated for tapeworms
Sneeze on a hankerchief and wash their TV with it.
Paint the windows
Insist to shake Vernon’s hand, and get into a thumb wrestling match
Stick Broccoli in your teeth and grin a lot

Bob asks…

Do I really have Bipolar disorder or; what’s wrong with this picture?

I wrote too much for most to read – but my disease is my life and it’s all I have left. It has taken everything I care about and torn it too shreds and it leaves me alone to sit and think about it.

Read this and tell me what you think i need to get better, because God knows I don’t know what that is….

I hate thinking about my problems. I’ve found it a lot easier over the years to just ignore them. Things were always difficult for me… I didn’t go to kinder garden and pre school because all I would do was cry and struggle with just being there. I saw “experts” when I was very little – they tried to figure out what was wrong with me; in the end, no one figured it out. Eventually, I got old enough to stop crying (in public) but remained home schooled for all of my childhood. I skipped most of my childhood. I didn’t have many friends or activities except for some sports growing up.

So, now I’m 22 and for the last 2 1/2 years I’ve rarely left my room. I’ve gained and lost 25 pounds. I’ve started seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist for the last year (well, therapist for only a few months) and I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

I can recall 1 manic episode in my entire life. Just one. And it just happened a few months ago. It is the only time I’ve felt good in as long as I can remember. For two weeks I was accelerating. I went faster and faster. I should say I was running 4 miles a day every day and my resting heart rate was decreasing, slowly. But the acceleration changed me. My resting heart rate went from 70 to 80, 90, 100; it peaked at around 117 as an average over several visits to the doctor. By that point I wasn’t sleeping at all. 5 straight days without sleep. Most of my 25 pounds that I lost came in thst two week period. In the end, I took lots of Seroquel and now it’s down to more human normal numbers.

Now that the mania has ended I’ve fallen back into despair. I walk past the guns in a walmart and just stare at them. I imagine buying a revolver and going to somewhere beautiful where I can be alone. I think about aiming it at my chest, just off center to the left. I want to end it, but that thought has been with me for a while. It makes me feel better just to imagine it. But I have been a bad person and I tell myself there’s nothing better for me on the other side.

I’m trying to paint picture that you can see in this small space so that you can understand what’s really wrong with me. Because I don’t know what is. But I know it will kill me sooner or later and I’m getting desperate for answers.

I could talk more about my symptoms but I’ll just list 3 that stick out.
First, my memory has faded. At it’s worst, I don’t remember my middle name or birthdate but usually it’s just trivial things like where I put a glass of water or my wallet.
Second, I have no libido at all. It’s gone along with my need for contact with other people on a personal level.
Third, I don’t ever get hungry which would make eating right easy if I didn’t (only sometimes) stuff my face with food to distract myself from myself.

From day to day I go between overwhelming anxiety to empty hopelessness. My mind can be overrun with intrusive thoughts that tell me I’m going to fail and that there’s nothing to do but end it.

I don’t walk around in dark clothes with a worthless frown on my face trying to call attention to my sadness like some do. I do my best to hide my illness. I am so ashamed of myself. I don’t like being seen or looking at myself in a mirror. But I’ve digressed enough…

Tell me something. My original question seems irrelevant now.
If you read this then I’m glad to know there are people who care or are interested.

I forgot to mention I can’t sleep without taking heavy doses of Seroquel. Seroquel is pretty potent stuff when it comes to sleep aid.
If I run out of the drug I run out of sleep.

And I lost all of my friends a few years ago. I couldn’t maintain relationships.
I really appreciate your support. I can’t say that it will inspire me, I hope that it does. I want to read your comments and find a little bit of strength and maybe your comments will energize me a little.

I’ll check out those links. Lyrics mean alot to me in music so I’ll take a look at Matthew Good. Also, for those that are interested – check out Devotchka’s song How It Ends for some cool – could be interpreted as-religious music/lyrics.

Home Gardener answers:

I read your question and, believe it or not, it wasnt really that long.

My son, who is 22, was diagnosed on 9/11/07 with bipolar with manic tendencies. To make a long story short he went up to school, dropped out, bought a store, exhausted his life savings and attempted to walk 450 miles home while carrying a drawer full of wires while chanting how he was going to take over the world. He was put on a plethora of drugs from abilify to zyprexa and every other bipolar drug in the middle. He was in and out of SEVEN Mental Hospitals since then.

When he was manic, he didnt eat, sleep. He ran three marathons. The last marathon he ran, his shoes fell apart during the last two miles and he ran with no shoes on. He took everything from inside the house and put it on the front lawn under the guise that it was a garage sale. Articles were even on the roof and needless to say, he didnt sell much if anything. We took the car away from him in fear that something would happen so he got on a fold-up bike and rode it out on the island some 50 miles away in the pouring rain. We found him and brought him home. I could go on but I think you get the point

He seems to be doing very well lately. He was put on risperdal consta which is a shot he gets every two weeks. He was non-compliant with his meds. He lost almost every friend he had and we are now trying to put together the pieces of his life. I still dont know where half the things around my house are but I am hopeful because he is better and not manic anymore.

My suggestion to you would be to go to the doctor and get the right mix of meds for U so you DO NOT have to feel the way you describe above. You are worth it. Make those doctors listen to U and get a pro active stance on your health and bipolar issues. You DONT have to live like that anymore. Also get a therapist to point out to you the triggers and what to look out for.

Good luck. I wish you the very best. If you want or need to know anything else, please feel free to email me.

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Questions And Answers On Home Depot Gardening Supplies

Nancy asks…

Where can I buy clay soil or potter’s powder for seed balls?

I’d like to make seed balls.

Is clay soil or potter’s powder sold in home and gardening stores like Orchard Hardware Supply or Home Depot?

Home Gardener answers:

You can buy clay at art supply stores. Generally, gardeners don’t want clay in their soil, so it’s not something that they buy.

You can get natural clay and any art supply store worth it’s salt. If you go to a “craft” store, though, you’ll probably find modeling clay in weird colors, or modeling polymers.

Bob asks…

What major stores can I find Bonsai supplies at?

I live in Frisco, TX, and I was interested in trying to grow a Bonsai. I know you need a special pot and soil, but can you get these at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or another major store? Do most garden stores/nurseries carry these?

Home Gardener answers:

Actually the formal presentation pot isn’t important in the beginning of the training, only later when the tree has begun to be trained correctly and can be transferred to a smaller pot, Proper training can take decades (a majority of bonsai’d trees are in the hardwood category).

“..Bonsai also must be repotted, generally within one to three years. During this time, the trees are maintained in their original container but once repotted they can be transferred to a smaller container…”

You can search for the special equipment just about everywhere. There are now hundreds of bonsai clubs, and sources, world wide.
Examples of a quick google search: www.dallasbonsai.com ; www.bonsaioutlet.com ; www.bonsaiofbrooklyn.com ; http://www.bonsai-tools.com
Take a look at these and other of the multitude of supply sources and then you will know what you are looking for in those stores you mentioned. You may be able to get a lot in those stores, maybe not all.

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Questions And Answers On Homes And Gardens Sweepstakes

Chris asks…

sweepstakes,is that fraud?

this sweepstakes is sponsored exclusively by NME.the better homes and gardens logo is a registered trademarks of meredith corporation) this is what i recived in a letter asking to me register to enter a contest and maybe i will win 2,100,000 if my ID IS CHOOSEN in a random drawing

Home Gardener answers:

You should throw away without reading any piece of mail that starts with the word CONGRATULATIONS!

Sweepstakes use this word all the time – to deceive people.

Marie asks…

Strike it rich?

I got a letter from better homes and gardens about a strike it rich sweepstakes, is this legit or is it a scam?

Home Gardener answers:

Usually contests or raffles are just that. It’s really hard to win becauese they more people that play, the less your chances of winning or being picked. But also the more people play the bigger the prize. It’s just like the lotto. How do you think it got to 260 million already?

Sometimes it’s also rigged so you never know. They can do what they want, it’s their contest.

So I wouldn’t put too much hope into it. If they are asking for money, use caution.

Davina asks…

do you think this is a scam?

I got a letter from “better homes and gardens” that said i was entered into some sweepstakes. so i called the # on there, and they said they were gonna send me 2 free diamond watches and a few magazines and if i didnt like them i could cancel my subscription and still keep the watches. they were gonna charge me $1. something/week. only the watches and an electronic organizer were free. they didnt ask for my credit card # but they did ask for the expiration date. thats when i decided to tell them id rather not subscribe to anything. but then he said they might send me the free stuff anyway, just for calling in. they had my name, address, and phone #. what do you think?

Home Gardener answers:

It’s probably legit, but I still think you did the absolutely right thing.
Once these subscription guys get their hooks into you, it’s really hard to get back out. My policy is that if I want a magazine, or a CD, or a DVD movie, I can go to the store, & get what I want, & come out ahead in the long run.
They undoubtedly got your name & address from your CC company minus the expiration date. I would contact the CC company, & tell them that you don’t want them to distribute your personal information ever again, to anybody.
If their not the ones who gave out your personal info, then it’s possible it got out via the internet. You may have filled out something on a webite somewhere. Possibly making a purchase & the guys administrating the website sold your personal info.
Some programmes on your computer, such as Explorer 7 have an “Auto Fill” feature, that fills in all of your personal info on webites, & sometimes it’s possible it can go out without your knowlege, or more info can go out than you intended.
You mighty want to turn off that feature if you have it.

Mandy asks…

Is this a scheme?

I got a letter from Better Homes and Gardens it from N.M.E 16120 U.S. 19 NORTH CLEARWATER FL, 33764 It say Dear Keld we are trying to reach you regarding your 2,100,000,00 sweepstakes my id number and it got the expiration date on it 11/9. My mom say throw it away because they might take your bank account your money in the bank. She say if you didn t own or buy nothing don t bother.

Home Gardener answers:

Of course it’s a scam
DO NOT give them any money or your bank account number

Kirstie asks…

i received an mail that Win in lottery i want that true or no?

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Home Gardener answers:

One usefull piece of information I learned from my parents growing up:

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Let’s put it this way, if you did win the lottery, you would not get an email stating so. Here’s a good Rule of Thumb: Don’t believe ANYTHING you receive or read in an unsolicited email no matter how truthful it sounds. There are more scammers and thieves out there than you want to believe.

Kylee asks…

Dumb jokes from Maine. Hope you like them. I did. :) ?

Computer Terms for Aroostook County (Northern Maine)

1. Log on – Make the wood stove hotter

2. Log off – Don’t add no more wood

3. Monitor – Keep an eye on that wood stove

4. Download – Getting the firewood off the truck

5. Floppy disk – What you get from downloading too much firewood

6. Ram – The thing that splits the firewood

7. Hard Drive – Getting home in the winter

8. Prompt – What the US mail ain’t in the winter

9. Window – What to shut when its cold outside

10. Screen – What to shut in black fly season

11. Byte – What the black flies do

12. Bit – What the black flies did

13. Mega Byte – What the BIG black flies do during trout season

14. Chip – Munchies for TV

15. Micro Chip – What’s left in the bag after you eat chips

16. Modem – What you did to the weeds growing in the driveway

17. Dot matrix – Old Dan Matrix’s wife

18. Lap top – Where the beer spills when you nod off

19. Software – The dumb plastic knives and forks at McDonalds

20. Hardware – Real stainless steel cutlery

21. Mouse – What makes the holes in the Cheerio box

22. Main frame – What holds the house up, hopefully

23. Enter – The only way to win those magazine sweepstakes

24. Web – What a spider makes

25. Web site – High corners of the ceiling

26. Cursor – Someone who swears

27. Search Engine – What you do when the car dies

28. Screen Saver – repair kit for the torn window screen on the camp

29. Home Page – map you keep in your back pocket in case you get lost in the woods

30. Upgrade – Steep hill

31. Server – waitress

32. Mail Server – male waitress. Darn few in Maine

33. MS DOS – Some new disease they discovered

34. Sound Card – One of them technological birthday cards that plays music when you open it

35 User – The neighbor who keeps borrowing your stuff

6. Browser – A problem moose in the Garden or Blueberry patch

37. Network – Mending holes in the gillnet

38. Internet – Complicated fish net repair

39. Netscape – What haddock do when you don’t do your network

40. Online – good sign there’ll be clean clothes this week

41. Off line – the clothes pins let go and the laundry falls on the ground – better luck next week

Buying Houses

I have a friend in Maine who lives out in the country in a house he and his wife built. One day he was talking to his nephew and the following conversation ensued.

“Uncle, do people buy houses?”

“Yes.”

“How do they get them home?”

Dumb Maine Laws

After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
You may not step out of a plane in flight.
Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.
Augusta

To stroll down the street playing a violin is against the law.
Portland

Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street.

Home Gardener answers:

That is halarious, i got off my chair and started laughing so hard i wet myself i thought jumping will get the feeling of using the b-room will go out of the way, and i sprained my ankle so bad, girl i am limping on one leg, AND SCREAMING THE WORDS WHICH IM TYPING RIGHT NOW, that is funny i need to write this down hahahahahaHAHA

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Questions And Answers On Home Gardens In Colorado

Kirstie asks…

What herbs would grow outside and come back next year in the Denver Colorado area?

I’ve tried growing them indoors and keep killing them, so I thought I’d try outside now that I have moved into a home with a great garden.

Thanks!

Home Gardener answers:

I’m not sure what growing zone you’re in but it’s probably either 4 or 5. I’ve gardened for years in zone 4 and the herbs that invariably survive winter include: Mint, Oregano, Tarragon, Lovage, Parsley, Sorrel and Chives. In milder winters and/or with a thick mulch blanket I have also wintered over: Sage, Thyme, Salad Burnet, Lavender and Winter Savory. Dill will self sow as will Cilantro and Parsley. Marjoram, Basil, Summer Savory, Bay and Rosemary are tender and will not survive your winters.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, it’s just what I have experience with in MN, but I hope it helps you out a little. Good luck with your herbs, I love my herb garden!

Ken asks…

Anyone have some good suggestions for flowering trees to plant for new home?

I just bought a house and it needs some personality so I was thinking a couple of flowering trees to spruce things up a bit. Would love something fragrant and gorgeous. I live in Colorado so it can’t be anything that won’t survive winter here.

Would like to find something hearty, grows fast and doesnt need to be pampered too much. Im a beginner at gardening so I dont want to kill it.

Home Gardener answers:

I believe you are probably in growing Zone 4. You can check this out by going to this site and entering your zip code. Www.naturehills.com. My suggestions for flowering trees hardy to zone 4 are, Autumn Blooming Cherry (ornamental not fruit bearing); Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (more of shrub type tree) Camelot Crabapple; Redstone Dogwood. You may be Zone 5 and then many more great selections open open up for you. Don’t let being a beginner slow you down. Most companies that you purchase from will give free advice and tips to plant your trees or shrubs. We all had to start somewhere. If you purchase from a local nursery they should provide technical assistance to help you through your projects. I always suggest going to a local nursery and not a box store to purchase plants and trees or buying from a catalog. These companies have a vested interest in your products looking and doing well. Box stores are mass merchants and great for some items but when it comes to living things such as trees or plants I have found very little advice to help me with my plantings.

Jemima asks…

Ecology student wanting to move to Colorado..?

I am a 25 year old from a small Illinois tourist town. I have had many travels, some taking me around the world. As much as I do love my home town, which is in a beautiful area along the Mississippi, with great bluffs, hills and water, which have provided years of hiking, biking, cliff climbing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, etc… But I have thought about Colorado since I was 14. It has always just seemed to be the place to go and do everything I love to do. The only other place that I have picked up and actually moved to was Florida, it was difficult, but eventually worked out great, so I am not afraid of relocating.. I have many friends throughout the state of Colorado so am sure I could spend some time just wandering the state a bit before picking a spot to settle into. My main priority is finding a decent school, I’m studying environmental sciences. The other is that I am thinking of the cost of living out there, how difficult is it to find an outdoor job? I enjoy horticulture and landscaping, which I know is seasonal.. Ideally I know that I would be better off to wait until spring to go, but I want to be there on New Years… So is it impossible to find any enjoyable work in the winter, while the weathers crazy? also, it would be nice to find an area with a nice atmosphere, I am pretty much a guitar, hike, bike, kayak, long board, swim, dive, cave, climb, camp, nature pics, snowboard, garden, music lovin kinda guy and I really do enjoy a good time. ha
So I guess my questions are:
area of good eco school.
outdoor work.
general cost of living.
a place for me….

Home Gardener answers:

Colorado State University at Ft Collins has a School of Global Environmental Sustainability which might work well for you.

Unemployment is high as is cost of living. Here is a link to CraigsList that will give you an idea of costs and possible jobs

http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/

Jane asks…

I am looking for a place to get married in Colorado. Prefer Colorado Springs area.?

I’ve been engaged for a little over a week now and have been scouring the internet for places to get married in Colorado Springs. We are from Kansas and have been looking for the “perfect” outdoor backdrop of a lake with mountains behind it. We’re going to have an intimate ceremony with 30 people or less and then have the reception when we get back home. All I see are all-inclusive packages that are fairly expensive for what I want to spend and they either include the reception or the reception must be included. Any ideas? I don’t want Royal Gorge because I don’t want a bridge in my pictures. Garden of the Gods Club is beautiful but out of my price range. Any other ideas? You name it, I’ve probably searched it on the internet. Also looked into getting park permits and finding something in a national or state park but that doesn’t guarantee reservation and tourists/other people coming through the area if you do that. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! I’m starting to go insane looking for a place to get married!

Home Gardener answers:

Http://www.hillsidegardens.net/wedding.htm

http://www.eastholme.com/weddings.htm

http://www.foreverweddingsincolorado.com/Halls-Venues.html

http://www.gatheringguide.com/event_directory/co_colorado/event_venue_6587.html

Lisa asks…

I miss my old friend. should i just forget him or try to find him?

im 12 yrs old. im a girl too. and i had a best friend names matt. we were best friends since kinder garden. we used to do EVERYTHING together. he slept over in 3rd grade. we went to each others parties. we shared all of our secrets. he moved to colorado in 4th grade. now that im in 7th grade im starting to get really curious about him. i miss him. a lot. ive looked him up on myspace, but nobody matches his name. i don’t have his email address or his home address in Colorado. if i should forget about him, how? i miss him too much. any tips on what to do? and on how to do them?

Home Gardener answers:

Nah if u really want to find him then keep trying
he just moved thats all
it doesnt mean the friendship ended

Mandy asks…

Advice on starting a new garden?

Okay, so I live in Denver, Colorado, and I’m trying to start a garden in my backyard.
I was just wondering what I should do to prepare the garden for the winter? What things should I do before the first freeze?
I know I need to get the ph level of the soil tested. Can you do this at Home Depot’s or Lowe’s gardening centers? I know there’s the home testers, but aren’t there also things that should be tested such as minerals to what kind/how much fertilizer to add?
Also what are the basic fertilizers I would need to put in after I till the soil?
Any advice for a beginner would be appreciated, today is my first day doing any research so I don’t know too much. Thank you in advance!

Home Gardener answers:

To hell with that crap.Dig your garden add some peat moss some sheep manure and it you think you need it go get some top soil ,router till or turn it all and let it sit for the winter.If you want to plant some bulbs for spring then do it.As long as you have good black soil and you add fertilizer things grow.If you want plants like poppy,s and bulbs then they have to be planted in the fall for spring and they are probably cheaper now,Put in rose bushes but make sure that you cover them with mulch same with other bushes.plants like nasturtiums, morning glories, moon flowers and sun flowers that seed themselves can be planted as long as they are covered.All these i grow and put the seeds right back into the ground and have beautiful crops.

Daniel asks…

Where can you buy pulverized dolomite lime…?

…aside from online? I am looking to buy pulverized dolomite lime (NOT hydrated lime) locally to avoid paying shipping charges since I plan on buying a large amount. I have tried Lowes, Home Depot and a couple local gardening stores but they all either sell the dolomite lime pellets or the hydrated lime.

I live in a decent sized city (Colorado Springs) so there has to be a store somewhere near me that has what I am looking for.

Home Gardener answers:

Have you tried the farmers supply or feed stores? They’re the ones that would probably have what you are looking for.

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