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  • HOUSE IN A BOX

    Posted on April 8th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Okay, here is something that will start the wheels turning. Have you ever thought about living in a ‘BOX’? Then click here and enjoy more information about container houses.
    Some of these ideas are really cool!!!!!

  • HOW SAFE IS PRESSURE TREATED WOOD?

    Posted on April 6th, 2011 Pam 1 comment

    I bought some pressure treated wood from a local store to build garden cold frames and greenhouses. But was a little worried about how safe the treated wood would be to plants and soil. Pressure treated wood is treated to keep it from rotting and protect it from fungus, moisture, insects and microbial agents. Treated wood will not decay for long periods of time.
    So I made a few phone calls and checked on the Internet for more information. I also called commercial greenhouses, the Bonneville county agent and Home Depot. This is what I found out.

    1. Treated railroad ties should NEVER be used in gardening, they contain coal tar creosote, it is the most widely used preservative for wood. Creosote has been banned for several years. Railroad ties should only be used by professionals because they will leach out and contaminate the soil.
    2. CCA pressure treated wood has been injected or soaked with chromate copper arsenate, or chromium, copper and ARSENIC. It should NEVER be used in a garden setting, it will also leach out and contaminate plants and soil. CCA treated wood was discontinued in 2003, but because it doesn’t decay, it can still be found.
    3. The pressure treated lumber I purchased is treated with CAC, which has no arsenic in it. It has more copper, which has the same result as far as preventing pests and decay. It is totally safe as far as being placed next to plants and soil.
    4. Pressure treated wood first began in 1930s. Pressure treated wood is said to last a lifetime.
    5. Collect all sawdust and throw it away, do not burn any type of pressure treated wood!!!!!!
    6. Always use gloves when handling treated wood, slivers can cause nasty infections.

  • COLD FRAMES, DOME GREENHOUSES

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 Pam 2 comments

    My Nephew, Chris helped me design and build this cold frame/greenhouse. It is so neat!!!!
    Thanks so much Chris for helping me, I couldn’t have done it without your help. You taught me so much!!!

    This cold frame/greenhouse helps keep plants warm and when they are in this greenhouse they grow very fast!! These can be used in the Spring or Fall to keep plants safe from frost. It can be covered with a blanket in the evening to keep the heat inside and the cold outside.
    The greenhouses are about 3′ X 4′ and will hold 6 flats of plants.

    Here are a few pictures of the cold frame/greenhouse.

    This is a picture from the side. The back has a vent door (Chris' invention), the front has plastic long enough to secure it with a board.

    This is a view from the front, I have used a board to keep the plastic down.

    This is a picture of the vent in the back of the cold frame. Here it is open for ventilation.

    This shows the back, closed with a board over the plastic.

    This is a picture inside, showing there is space for six flats.

    Another picture to show the inside. The inside is 12 square feet. This also shows the plastic is just rolled back to let a little heat out.

    This is a picture of it standing on one end. In this picture you can see the four braces on each corner. These braces have holes drilled in them so the cold frame can be staked down (Chris' invention).

  • LITTLE KNOWN VEGETABLE SECRETS

    Posted on March 9th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Most sweet peppers are loaded with vitamin C and A. Red peppers have twice the vitamin C and eleven times the beta carotene of green peppers.

    When it comes to HOT PEPPERS, the smaller and thinner the pepper, the hotter it is.

    Most people don’t know if pumpkin or squash is used in a pie. Most cooks prefer winter squash to pumpkin because it makes a pie that is non-fibrous.

    One of the heaviest tomatos on record was grown in Oklahoma and weighed 7 lb. 12 oz.

    There are around 10,000 varieties of tomatoes in a rainbow of reds, yellows, greens, purples, pinks, and even white.

    Tomato plants emit a mild toxin that discourages many small insects from bugging them, get it?

    Carrots are extremely high in vitamin A, also a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

    Carotene is an orange photosynthetic pigment that is important for photosynthesis in plants, it is also good for us.

  • WENDY’S LESSONS

    Posted on January 26th, 2011 Pam No comments

    The most important thing Wendy taught me is, “Don’t go anywhere empty handed.” (In other words, keep busy, always doing something).

    Also, “Not to talk, you learn more that way.”

    Which leads me to what I have learned about training. “The more you learn the less you know.”
    –Paul U

  • THE IN ON REMOTES

    Posted on January 8th, 2011 Pam No comments

    With so many remotes and phones in homes today, you may consider using your smart phone for your remote. But it does drain battery power, so it really isn’t a good option.

    Kim Komando says “Samsung’s higher end televisions now offer touch screen virtual remotes. Input information by typing on the virtual screen. This remote doubles as a mini tv…you can imagine going to the kitchen during the game.”

    For more about this and other subjects from Kim Komando, check out videos on this site. http://www.tvkim.com/watch/598/kim-on-komand-the-end-of-tv-remotes

  • FACEBOOK SAFETY

    Posted on January 7th, 2011 Pam No comments

    More of us are communicating on Facebook these days, but be careful what you post on public sites.

    Kim Komando gives these safety tips.

    1. Never leave your complete birthday, use a day next to your day if you want. But NEVER leave the year.
    2. Never use a home address, for obvious reasons.
    3. Don’t let people know of your vacation, until you get back.
    4. NEVER leave cell phones or home phones.
    5. Don’t post inappropriate behavior.
    6. Don’t post your children’s full names.
    7. Insurance companies use Facebook for fraud cases.
    8. IRS also checks Facebook accounts.

    Remember EVERYONE can read what you write.

    Kim Komando has a talk radio show which deals with anything electronic.