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Many people are afraid of growing plants from seed but it s really very simple and anyone can do it. All you really need is patience and diligence. There s nothing more rewarding than scattering a few seeds in a box and seeing them grow into real flowers or vegetables. In addition, it s much less expensive to buy a few packets of seeds and some compost than to buy the equivalent number of plants from a garden centre. This is particularly true if you have a large garden and need plenty of plants to fill the spaces but if your garden is small, why not share a few different packets of seeds with a friend or two.
 If, say, three of you each grow one variety then you can all have three different types of flowers in your garden or window boxes. So, to get down to essentials: it has to be the right time of year. Most annual flowers and summer vegetables such as tomatoes, salads, beans, cucumbers, etc. need to be planted in late winter or early spring but perennial plants and vegetables like spring onions should be planted in autumn so you must check the seed packet. You also need good quality seed compost.
Don t skimp on this; you really do get what you pay for and the cheaper varieties don t contain the nutrients that growing seedlings need. You will also need some sort of container, usually a tray about 5cm deep by 22cm wide by 35cm long. Specialist seed trays from a garden centre are quite cheap and obviously designed for the purpose. Alternatively, you can buy strips of tiny pots, which are useful when you come to prick out your seedlings (more of that later) or for larger seeds, pellets which expand in water and which hold individual seeds. Fill your seed tray with compost and lightly firm it down with your hand. Water with a fine rose or spray bottle and be sure not to soak the compost or the seeds will rot; it should be just damp to the touch. The next step depends on the seed that you are planting. If they are tiny such as petunia seeds, check the instructions on the packet but normally you would need to sprinkle them over the whole surface of your prepared tray and cover with a very fine layer of compost. If the seeds are larger, for example nasturtium, then make individual holes in the compost using the end of a pencil or similar and insert your seeds and close the holes gently with your finger. For these larger seeds, planting in rows makes life easier later on.
Again, read the packet, but some seeds need a damp atmosphere to germinate so cover your seed tray with transparent plastic or glass. Some need dark so cover with brown paper. Once your seeds are planted, keep in a fairly warm place such as a south facing windowsill but preferably not in full sun. The seeds will probably not need watering if they are covered in plastic or sealed in a plastic bag you will be able to tell by the condensation forming on the plastic (or not), but if the compost starts to look dry, water gently or spray from a bottle. Whatever you do, don t overwater. Keep an eye on your seeds and as soon as they are germinating, remove the covering and continue to water as before. When the plants are about 3cm tall and have developed two or four leaves, prick (thin) them out so that the remaining seedlings are about 2cm apart. You can replant the seedlings which you have removed in other seed trays at the same distance apart.
Be careful when handling these, grasping them very gently by the stem, not the leaves. Alternatively, you can transplant the seedlings to individual pots about 5cm in diameter. When the weather warms up, you can put the seedlings outside during the day and bring them in when darkness falls. This is called hardening off as it acclimatises the seedlings to outdoor life. As the plants get bigger, they can be watered with a normal watering can or fine hose. When all fear of frost has past, you can leave your young plants out at night as well as during they day and after about a week, they will be ready to transplant to their permanent outdoor positions. Before planting out, give the plants a good watering and include the ball of compost in their newly dug hole as this will continue to give them nourishment and will prevent too much disturbance of the roots. Once in the ground, continue watering in accordance with your local weather conditions and you will be amazed how the plants flourish. Come summer, you can sit back and admire your flowers or veg with the additional satisfaction of knowing that you grew them yourself.



Carry a self defense

Recently a realtor in the Bay Area of Northern California was raped and almost murdered. She had received several calls from a "prospective buyer" making appointments to see a particular house. Each time he cancelled the appointment with a plausible excuse. The fourth time he called he told the realtor he was in the neighborhood and requested her to meet him at the house. She arrived before the "buyer" and when the "buyer" entered the residence he immediately grabbed the realtor by the throat and began choking her. She struggled with him and he stopped choking her and proceeded to rape her. After raping her he again started to choke her. She managed to remove his hands from her throat and began talking to him. She gained his confidence and learned he had recently been released from prison and could not find a job. She told him she could find him a job and he allowed her to call someone to talk about a possible job opening.
 He then left and a couple of days later he called the realtor about the job. She set up an appointment for him which he kept, as did the police. He was arrested and hopefully will be returned to prison where he belongs. This realtor is very lucky to be alive. It is very rare that someone intent on killing you can be talked out of it. Most of the time it ends in tragedy for the victim as in the recent murder of a real estate agent in Texas by a parolee. Real estate agents are particularly vulnerable to attack by predators. When interrogated by the police the suspect in the Bay Area rape was asked why he picked a real estate agent to attack. He said a fellow inmate had told him that agents have cars, money and are alone in a house, making them easy pickin's. There are several things agents can do to protect themselves: * Have a prospective buyer meet you in your office, NOT AT THE PROPERTY, preferably with co-workers present and NOT near closing time. Obtain identification from the buyer in the form of a drivers license and their vehicle license number. Leave this information with a responsible person in your office and advise them where you are going.
If possible, have someone go with you to the showing and have them wait in the car with a cell phone. The best scenario is to go to the showing in two different cars, but if this is not possible, try to be the driver. This will give you somewhat of an advantage. * Always have the person enter the residence or rooms in front of you. Never put your back to the person or allow yourself to be cornered. * Have area police phone number on speed dial on your cell phone. * DO NOT be lulled into a false sense of security by a female "buyer". There are more and more cases of women being used to set up robberies and even rape. * Always follow your gut feelings. If something doesn't feel right, pass on it. When alone in your office at night be sure the doors are locked, preferably with deadbolts, have the blinds drawn and DO NOT open the door to anyone you do not know well enough to trust. One very important thing is to have your mind conditioned and ready to react in case of emergency. Think about all the vulnerable positions you may find yourself in and think about what you would do if someone tried to attack you. Play the scenario over and over in your mind so that if it were to ever occur you would react automatically and quickly and not freeze or panic.
 Carry a self defense product with you, have it ready, and know how to use it without hesitation. At the very least every realtor should carry pepper spray. A pepper spray pen could be carried very inconspicuously and would be at the ready should the need arise. The use of this product should allow the realtor to escape from the predator without confrontation. In case the attacker gets within close range maybe a C2 Taser stun gun/taser would be a good choice. The Pretender 950,000 volt cell phone stun gun looks like a camera cell phone but can temporarily disable the attacker giving the realtor time to escape and summon the police. The key to not becoming a victim is awareness of your situation at all times, being mentally and physically prepared to protect yourself, and having the element of surprise on your side with a self defense product. Just pretend you are a gazelle at the watering hole, constantly looking around for the ever present predator.



Spray or buff them

If you're looking for hardwood floor tips whether you've already installed hardwood floors or are planning to do so yourself or hire a hardwood floor contractor, then here are some quick tips and some money-saving tips to keep in mind. 1. Do plenty of research online and at your local hardwood floor dealers before you make any decisions or purchases. You want to fully understand prefinished and unfinished hardwoods. Talk to the salespeople and take a close look at the hardwoods. If you can't do this in person then go to some websites online and read all you can. Hardwood floors can be an expensive investment in your home and you want to know what the best flooring is based on your budget. Understand the various types of woods and the variation in prices.
You can choose a less expensive hardwood and still have a beautiful floor. 2. If you don't plan to do-it-yourself and plan to hire a hardwood floor contractor get quotes from at least four of them. Make sure to ask for references and if possible check their work out at the installation locations. Hardwood costs have a broad range in price from cheaper hardwoods to the more expensive woods. There are many types to choose from including exotic, oak, Brazilian oak, cherry, maple, etc. And many manufacturers including Bruce, Shaw, Mohawk, Mannington and Armstrong, Quotes can vary widely. You can save a lot of money if you take a little time to compare. 3. Try not to use any water on the finished flooring. If you have to use any cleaners make sure they are neutral PH hardwood floor cleaners.
Spray or buff them on for the safest approach. 4. If you need to find out how old an old floor is, take a look at the edge wherever you can find it or look at the top of the flooring to see if there are any nails showing through or any groves that are broken thus with gaps in the hardwood flooring. A hardwood floor can last for many, many years and it may not take much work or expense to refinish it. 5. Kitchens are not a good place to install a hardwood floor. The kitchen is subject to too much spilled water, cooking fluids and food messes. If your kitchen has them now, clean up any spills just as soon as they happen to prevent any damage to them. Also before you install them consider this -when the day comes that you want to sell your house, prospective buyers might be turned off by hardwood floors in the kitchen. Save lots of money now by not installing them in the kitchen. Use more appropriate kitchen flooring instead. 6. The cheapest quotes you get from a hardwood floor contractor may not save you any money. If the contractor is considerably cheaper they may not be including some of the important steps in the installation, sanding and finishing. You could end up with a rougher finish or stain color that's not even. Eventually the finish may peel or the boards may gap and squeak. Have the contractor outline specifically what they are going to do for you.
 To finish hardwood flooring use three coats of polyurethane or three coats of lacquer finish, but in any event make sure to use four coats or more of a water-based finish. Any high use area such as kitchens and entries will need an extra coat of finish. 8. If you have urine-stained hardwood, repairing or cutting out the stained wood usually is easier than trying to bleach and refinish the area while trying to protect the unstained part of the flooring. 9. Try to keep the room humidity levels to a relative humidity of 45% to 55%. This may be difficult to do if you live in an extreme weather environment. But at least avoid extreme humidity changes that amount to 25% or more to protect your floors. 10. Make sure to have everyone leave their shoes at the door when entering your house. This is one of the best ways to preserve your floors, reduce wear and tear on your home and keep out harmful bacteria, viruses and other organisms as well. These are just a few of the best tips to save your hardwood floors and save you money.


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