How to Start an Organic Garden

1.Pick a spot for your garden that gets at least half a day of sunshine and has easy access to water. Be sure it drains well, or else plan to build a raised bed garden.
2.Clear the area of all weeds - mow, pull and dig them out. Till the area and rake out the debris. Then wait until it sprouts and clear again to prevent weed problems later.
3.Test your soil and build it with organic matters. Then add compost, bone meal or rock phosphate, and greensand to supply nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Add lime or sulphur to adjust the soil's pH only if directed by soil-test results.
4.Till or dig in fertilizers and two kinds of organic matter. Add an inch of sharp sand if your soil is clay, then rake your soil into beds or rows. Let your organic garden mellow its nutrients for at least a month before planting.
5.Choose an organic mulch to blanket your garden. Pick a material like ground bark that will decompose over a season or two, and dig it in as it breaks down.
6.Start a compost pile and recycle leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, eggshells and kitchen waste into excellent organic fertilizer. Pile up leaves alone in the back of the bed to make leaf mold - use it for mulch once it's broken down to a dark brown material.
7.Plant your organic garden for success - rely on plants with good local track records. Look for disease resistance bred into vegetables especially.
8.Practice smart gardening - walk the garden every day with hoe in hand to scratch out weeds as they sprout. Look for insects and diseases, and control them at the earliest stages for best effect. 
Tips: Interpret soil-test results with this formula: to apply a recommendation of 3 pounds of an element (say phosphorus) over 1000 square feet, divide the number of pounds you need (3) by the percent of that nutrient in the fertilizer. (The percentage will be on the label; for example, bone meal is 20 percent phosphorus.) Three divided by 20 percent equals 15 pounds per 1000 square feet.   

How to Buy a Harp

1.Decide what type of harp you are interested in purchasing. Harps range from simple lap harps to Celtic harps that are intermediate in size and extend all the way to the gilded, full-pedal harps that are used in concerts.
2.Decide on a price range that fits your personal budget. Lap harps can be purchased for under $100. The average Celtic harp costs about $4,000. Gilded, full-pedal concert harps will cost about $20,000.
3.Contact the American Harp Society, your best resource for finding your local harp society, harp stores, manufacturers, harpists, and teachers.
4.Seek out local, professional harpists. Many are also teachers and will normally have a variety of harps for lease or sale to students.
5.Rent one or, ideally, two harps before purchasing. Decide which one feels the best to you.
6.Check to see if your city has a harp store once you have decided which harp you want. A harp store will have a substantial inventory from which to choose. This gives you more options in price and style.
7.Contact harp manufacturers and schedule a trip to a manufacturer's facilities to look at its harps.
8.Use the Internet. Once you have researched the model that you want, this is a convenient way to purchase your harp. 
Tips: The oldest known harp originated in ancient Egypt.  
Warnings: Don't be in a hurry to buy a harp. Celtic and pedal harps require a substantial investment. Make sure that you have tried a variety of harps and that you find the style and sound that is most comfortable to you.   

How to Ski on One Ski

1.Remove one ski at the bottom of the lift, either the left or right depending on which you feel more comfortable ditching.
2.Ride the lift to the top. Preferably the runs off the lift will either be groomed blue (intermediate) and/or green (beginner).
3.Remain in a centered stance as if you had both skis on.
4.Keep your leg without a ski tilted up and slightly back so it doesn't throw your balance off by touching the snow.
5.Keep your ski in constant contact with the snow.
6.Practice making long and short turns. Turning on the inside edge of your ski will be much easier than turning on the outside edge. Practice making longer turns, especially using the outside edge of your ski, when you first begin skiing on one ski.
7.Take your time and ski slowly. You can increase your speed during the run as you become more comfortable on one ski.
8.Switch skis (to practice on your other leg) when you get back to the lift and take another run. 
Tips: Skiing on one ski is more of a learning tool than a style of skiing. Use the tool to analyze your turning techniques. 
Warnings: Skiing is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Take Creatine

1.Begin with a loading dose. The loading dose ranges between 12 and 20 g, depending on your weight and the frequency and intensity of your workouts. The larger you are and the more frequently and intensely you work out, the higher the dose.
2.Take the loading dose in divided doses. Try for three or four times a day.
3.Continue the loading dose for five days.
4.Switch to maintenance phase after completing the initial loading dose phase. Again, the maintenance dose depends on your weight and the frequency and intensity of your workouts. The maintenance dose is between 4 and 12 g per day.
5.Take in divided doses three or four times a day.
6.Use immediately after exercising, as it will help repair your muscles faster.
7.Take for one to three months.
8.Drink water when you take creatine. It will help facilitate absorption. 
Tips: The long-term effects of high dosages of creatine are unknown, and there has been concern that it may be damaging to the kidneys and liver. Speak with your doctor if you have any concerns about taking it, especially if you have any ongoing medical conditions. 

How to Buy Slot Car Components

1.Look under "Hobbies" in the phone book for a hobby or model store.
2.Call the shop to make sure it sells slot car components and parts.
3.Look at the guide braids and the tires. These two important components wear out frequently.
4.Decide if you are going to be racing often or just occasionally.
5.Get 10 or more sets of braids in your car's scale - 1/24, 1/32 or HO - if you will be racing frequently. The most common for public racetracks is 1/24.
6.Get two to five sets of tires.
7.Ask about any special tools required for your particular type of car. If needed, make sure those are available at the track or purchase them at the hobby shop before leaving. 
You should be able to keep your car running with little expense.
Tools for braids and tires should be interchangeable for slot cars of all scales.   

How to Install RAM

1.Determine what kind of RAM you need, and whether your computer has enough open slots to hold it. The new RAM should match the existing RAM's specifications and configuration.
2.Shut down the computer and leave it plugged into the surge suppressor.
3.Disconnect all peripheral devices, such as the monitor, from the computer. Image a.)
4.Remove the computer cover. Image b.)
5.Ground yourself to the computer with professional grounding equipment like an anti-static wristband or hold a metal part of the chassis.
6.Remove any cards or internal components necessary to give yourself unobstructed access to RAM sockets.
7.Pick up your SIMM (single in-line memory module) or DIMM (dual in-line memory module) by the ends without touching pins or chips. Image c.)
8.If adding a SIMM, find the notched end and turn the SIMM so that it is parallel to the existing RAM card(s). Insert the SIMM into the socket at a 30-degree angle. If adding a DIMM, insert the DIMM straight in so that it is perpendicular to the motherboard. Image d.)
9.Use slight pressure to keep a SIMM from backing out while rotating the module to an upright position perpendicular to the motherboard.
1..Make sure the small holes on each side of a SIMM fit into holders.
1..Feel or hear retaining clips lock a SIMM into the socket; close the side clips on a DIMM. Image e.)
1..Gently try to pull the module out to ensure it is locked in position.
1..Replace all internal components.
1..Leave the cover off and reconnect the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
1..Turn on the computer.
1..Check the amount of RAM by right-clicking the My Computer icon in Windows and choosing Properties. On a Mac, use the About this Macintosh command in the Apple menu.
1..If you don't see the right amount of RAM, turn off the computer and try "reseating" the SIMM or DIMM (take it out and put is back in) and reboot. If that doesn't work, call a technician.
1..Shut down the computer and disconnect the peripherals again.
1..Replace the cover and reconnect all the peripherals. Image f.) click photos to enlarge  
Your computer will accept either SIMMs or DIMMs. Check your manual to find out which.
If you have an older machine, you may need to adjust DIP switches or jumpers. Consult your manual.
Label any cards or internal components that you remove in order to access RAM sockets - this will ensure that you replace them in their proper places. 
Stand on uncarpeted flooring to reduce static electricity. Touch as little as possible inside your machine and especially avoid touching any computer chips. Static damage, and even oil from fingertips, may cause a failure months later.
Some recent stub-chassis computers built by Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and others have little or no work space inside. Some units require removing the hard drive and power supply to access the RAM. Do not attempt to do this yourself.
If your computer is under manufacturer's warranty, modifying the product usually invalidates that warranty.    

How to Impress a Woman

1.Ask her about herself, her ambitions, her life. Be interested. It's a rare woman who wants to sit around all night listening to a man talk about himself. And the more you try to impress her with your tales of adventure, the less impressed she'll be.
2.Be presentable. Women are notorious accessorizers, and whether she'll admit it to you or not, you are an accessory. Other women will judge her on her choice. A clean, good-smelling man with well-fitting clothes is a real prize.
3.Make eye contact. A lot. And smile - in a friendly way. Don't leer.
4.Be a gentleman. It's a myth that chivalry is dead, right? There are just a few women out there messing it up for the rest of us who really do like to have doors held open for us.
5.Learn to dance. Women will flock to you - all of them will be impressed.
6.Be funny without being crude. It's an art.
7.Compliment her. Notice her shoes or her watch - something that shows you're paying attention. We'll change our clothes six times before we leave the house; it's nice to find someone who appreciates the final choice.
8.It's hard for a woman not to be impressed with a man who is impressed with her. If you really like her, tell her so. You don't have to make a big deal about it, just let her know you admire her. 
Don't stare at her - or other women.
Don't guide her around a room. The hand-on-the-elbow steering technique is very annoying. The hand-on-the-small-of-the-back technique is usually too intimate.   

How to Sail Keelboats for Free

1.Locate bodies of water in your area where people race sailboats.
2.Determine which club or clubs sponsor races.
3.Prepare 3 by 5 cards that extol your virtues as crew. If your sailing experience is limited or nonexistent, list attributes such as strength, agility, ability to follow instructions, mechanical ability or a strong work ethic.
4.Visit the clubs you discovered and post your cards on bulletin boards.
5.Look for notices of upcoming races and record the dates and start times.
6.Ask people at the clubs if any regularly scheduled races on evenings or weekends aren't otherwise posted.
7.Show up at the club or nearby marinas where sailboats are kept an hour before a race.
8.Walk up to groups of sailors preparing boats for the race and ask someone to point out the skipper.
9.Ask him or her if the boat could use an extra pair of hands. 
Don't try to glorify your experience. If you've never sailed before, admit it. State flat-out that you're eager to work and learn.
Don't expect anyone to explain sailing to you. You'll get instruction on a specific chore. Everything else you learn will come from watching and listening. Larger boats need more crew, most of which sits on the rail. 
Overall Warnings:
If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Place a Personal Ad

1.Decide what will dictate your ad placement: money, location or target results.
2.Ensure your mate will be local by picking a local paper that covers personal ads. Call the classified section, or read the publication's instructions for placing an ad.
3.Check out the key sections in the papers: men looking for men, shared interests, single parents, seniors, etc. That type of focus will get targeted results.
4.Maximize your coverage dollars by placing your ad on one of many Internet sites. Check them out thoroughly. Do you want pictures? Do you want a site that provides a prewritten registration form? Do you want one that allows only computer professionals or sports nuts? There's usually something for every interest.
5.Get creative. Sometimes it pays to put the ad in places where there aren't thousands of them so that you'll stand out. Explore nonclassified sections of the paper. Also consider trade journals or Web sites that aren't necessarily dedicated to ads.
6.Consider multiple listings as they do in real estate. Combine newspaper and computer ads for twice the coverage. 
Try a newspaper or Web site for the minimum runtime. If your results are subpar, you can think about a new spot for your ad.
Keep track of your results to see which ads pull in which vehicles. If you haven't met your dream date but received lots of promising replies, maybe it's worth another try.   

How to Stick a Late Drop-In on Your Shortboard

1.Turn your board around quickly and point it toward the beach.
2.Do a quick frog kick to launch your board forward and get on top of the water.
3.Paddle hard and fast, digging in as much as possible.
4.Take two extra strokes before you push up to get more into the wave.
5.Hop to your feet quickly and plant them solidly in the sweet spot on your board.
6.Keep your knees bent as you drop down the face.
7.Set your fins and rail into the wave by slowly increasing the pressure to your feet.
8.Absorb the shock of the late drop by lowering your center of gravity - getting into the survival crouch. 
"If I'd only turned around a little earlier and paddled a little harder, I could have avoided that wipeout," says Timmy.
Avoid late drops entirely by knowing where the wave will break and anticipating the set coming toward you. You can paddle in early and make the drop without a worry if you're on the ball. 
Warnings: Surfing is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek the proper training and equipment before undertaking this activity.