How to Grow Veronica

Choosing Veronica
1.Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer.
2.Buy veronica in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds. 
Planting Veronica

4.Plant veronica in full sun in well-drained soil. Image a.)
5.Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole. Image b.)
6.Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers. Image c.)
7.Set the plants 9 to 12 inches apart.
8.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost. Image d.)
9.Water well until soil is completely moist. Image e.) click photos to enlarge  Caring for Veronica
10.Deadhead (cut off old flower stems) with scissors or bypass pruners for repeat bloom.
11.Remove old foliage in spring, using bypass pruners to cut off old stems.
12.Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil in early spring; follow package directions.
13.Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.
14.Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall. 
Overall Tips: Grow veronica in zones 4 to 8 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.   

How to Decide if You Want to Apply to Medical School

1.Examine your reasons for wanting to become a physician and check that they're absolutely sound. Medical training is a lengthy, arduous process of at least seven years.
2.Assess your competitiveness. Almost three times as many applicants compete as there are spots available in medical schools, with mean GPAs of 3.5 and MCAT scores of 30.
3.Consider holding off on applying while you examine other interests or beef up your qualifications. This can involve retaking the MCAT, serving in a community health project or working in a hospital or lab.
4.Volunteer in a medical setting (a hospital or clinic) to determine your interests and skills. Medical schools won't take seriously an applicant who has no clinical experience.
5.Begin the application process in the summer one year prior to the fall you plan on entering medical school. This means you should start applying in summer 2000 if you want to be in school by the fall of 2001. 
Tips: Keep in mind that the application procedure itself is lengthy and time-consuming, as well as expensive. Be prepared for numerous applications and interviews.   

How to Paddle a River Raft

1.Position paddlers evenly on both sides of the raft. Paddlers should kneel on knees, sit on thwarts or straddle the buoyancy tubes when paddling.
2.Hold the paddle with the inside hand on the top of the paddle and the outside hand, knuckles facing out, gripping the paddle low on its stem.
3.Lean forward and insert the paddle into the water. Dip the blade completely beneath the surface.
4.Straighten your top arm while pulling back on the paddle with your lower arm to draw it through the water. This is the standard forward paddle.
5.Reverse forward motion to backpaddle. Dip the blade and pull the upper arm back while extending your lower arm.
6.Have the right side of the raft (from the paddler's perspective) paddle back while left side paddles forward to turn the bow right. Reverse this procedure to go left.
7.Reach out with the paddle, dip in deep and pull toward yourself to draw stroke, pulling the raft in the direction of your paddle stroke.
8.Dip the paddle in close to the raft and push away to pry stroke, or move the raft sideways away from the direction of your paddle stroke.
9.Communicate with your rafting team and work together.  
Tips: Paddling is all about team work. Pick a captain, the most experienced rafter, to call out directions so everyone can work together. 
Always wear a life vest when whitewater rafting. 
Overall Warnings: River rafting is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Find a Kimono for a Japanese Wedding

1.Look in the yellow pages under "clothing stores" to see if there are any Japanese specialty shops listed.
2.Ask for referrals at Japanese-run businesses in your area.
3.Do a keyword search online for "kimono."
4.Remember that traditional wedding kimonos are unsized. They should fit women who wear up to a Western size 14. You can adjust the garment to fit your body shape and size.
5.Learn the proper way to wear a kimono. Study pictures, ask friends and read books for the correct etiquette.
6.Consider attending a kimono-wearing school if one exists in your area. This is a special class to teach young girls the proper way to wear a kimono before marriage.
7.Look inside garments for size tags. A tag indicates a machine-made, mass-produced item, rather than the traditional handmade kimono.
8.Select a Uchikake kimono, which is a beautifully designed wedding overgarment that is embroidered with silver and gold flowers and birds. It usually comes in vibrant colors to make the bride stand out.
9.Shop for a white wedding kimono to wear underneath the more elaborate one.
1..Consider making your own kimono if you have trouble finding one. Look for patterns in a fabric store. Or hire an experienced seamstress to make the garment for you.
1..Be prepared to pay a lot for a high-quality wedding kimono. They can cost thousands of dollars. 
Find a high-quality dry cleaner when it comes time to clean your kimono.
Be sure to fold the kimono properly and store it away from dry heat or direct sunlight.   

How to Add a Table to a Web Page With Dreamweaver

1.Start the Dreamweaver program and open the page the table will be added to.
2.Choose Insert from the menu bar and select Table.
3.Enter the number of rows and columns.
4.Choose the width of the page in either percent or pixels.
5.Type a value for the border. Type "0" to show no border, "1" for a hairline border, "2" for a regular border and so on. Click OK.
6.Resize the table by selecting and dragging the highlighted points on the box.
7.Add the desired content to the table.
8.Make changes to the table by clicking the Modify button from the menu bar and choosing Table, then the desired command.
9.Save the page when finished.
1..Preview it by choosing Preview in Browser from the File menu. 
Tips: To quickly and easily edit the table's properties, select Window from the menu bar and choose Properties. This will open the Properties control box, which will allow you to make changes to the table. 
Warnings: Some browsers don't support tables, so be sure to offer an alternate page for those tables.   

How to Keep Your Kids Street Safe

1.Talk to your children about basic safety, such as avoiding drugs, violence and strangers.
2.Send your school a list of people to whom your children can be released in an emergency situation.
3.Get involved in a neighborhood Block Parent program, or appoint several trusted neighbors who can reach you and to whom your children can go in an emergency if you are away.
4.Get involved in a Neighborhood Watch program.
5.Offer to provide sanctuary to your neighbor's children and to contact them in an emergency if they are away.
6.Report suspicious characters loitering in areas where children play to the police, along with license plate numbers and character descriptions.   

How to Do a Crooked Grind on a Skateboard

1.Be comfortable with noseslides before you go after this trick.
2.Approach your obstacle at the same angle as you would use for a noseslide or a boardslide.
3.Ollie a little higher than the obstacle so you can get over it and push down into the grind.
4.Aim with your front truck, and point your front foot into it as your back foot lightens and lifts up. You will drop onto the grind rather than going right up to the level of the obstacle. The toe side of your board will be dipped down a little bit, and you will be partially on the nose of your board.
5.Keep your center of gravity over the front truck so you are balanced over the center of the trick. After you grind the length of your obstacle or as far as you can, it's time to come out.
6.Push out of it with your front foot as you turn your body straight. Without an end, you've got to give a small pressure-nollie to get out. This just has to be tried to learn it. 
Tips: Learning on a small block is the easiest place. Curbs are too small.   
Overall Warnings: Skateboarding is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to File Taxes in a Community Property State

General Rules and Property
1.Determine if you and your spouse live in a community property state. Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin are community property states.
2.Determine if you're filing a separate return from your spouse. Community property laws are not tax-relevant if you're filing a joint return with your spouse.
3.Be aware that when community property rules apply, you must split community property income, adjustments and deductions - 50 percent to your spouse and 50 percent to you.
4.In determining separate property, ask yourself if you owned property before the marriage. This is separate property even in a community property state.
5.Determine if you acquired property during your marriage while you lived in a non-community-property state. This remains separate property even after you move to a community property state.
6.Calculate if you had money before you were married or if you earned money during marriage while you lived in a non-community-property state. This money is considered to be separate funds.
7.Determine if you inherited or were given property or money separately from your spouse during marriage. This is separate property or separate funds.
8.Verify that, during your marriage, you purchased property using separate funds. This is separate property. 
There are situations where the combined tax for both spouses is lower under community property rules when filing married filing separately than when filing married filing jointly. It is not common. Predicting this without actually doing the returns both ways is almost impossible, even for a seasoned tax professional.
It can be important to keep records distinguishing between separate and community property even if you don't live in a community property state and even if you think your marriage is going to last forever. You may move to a community property state, and your spouse may become intolerable someday.
If you mingle separate funds and community funds to purchase property, a percentage of the property is considered separate property. 
If you and your spouse divorced during the year, you have to follow community property rules for that part of the year during which you were married and lived in a community property state.
Some states apply community property rules during a legal separation, and some don't. Talk to a tax professional. 
Spouses Who Lived Apart All Year

9.Determine if you lived apart from your spouse at all times during the year and if you are not filing a joint return.
1..Treat money from your earned income and your trade or business as your income alone. Don't include any income from your spouse's earned income and trade or business on your tax return.
1..Treat money from your partnership interest and income from property you own separately as your income alone. Don't include any income from your spouse's partnership interest or separately owned property on your tax return.
1..Treat your Social Security benefits as your income alone. Don't include your spouse's Social Security benefits on your tax return.
1..Treat interest, dividends and income from jointly owned property according to community property rules.
1..Treat military retirement pay and civil service retirement pay as community property income only if the two of you were married and living in a community property state at the time of military service or civil service employment. Otherwise, treat it as separate income. 
Spouses Who Didn't Live Apart All Year

1..Determine if you lived with your spouse at some time during the tax year and if you are not filing a joint return.
1..Treat all money from earned income, trade or business, partnerships, dividends, interest and jointly owned property according to community property rules - splitting it fifty-fifty for the period you lived together.
1..Treat military retirement pay and civil service retirement pay as community property income only if the two of you were married and living in a community property state at the time of military service or civil service employment. Otherwise, treat it as separate income.
1..Treat income from separate property as separate income in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington. Treat it as community property income in Idaho, Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin. 
Individual retirement accounts are not subject to community property rules.
When your spouse has partnership income that is subject to self-employment taxes, your half of that income is not subject to self-employment taxes.
Compute your earned income credit, if you qualify, as if there were no community property rules.
You and your spouse are each entitled to credit for half of the tax withholdings for any income considered community property income.
Expenses that are paid out of separate funds can be deducted by the spouse who pays them. If paid out of community funds, the expenses must be equally deducted. 
Warnings: If you use the married filing separately status, you will be ineligible for certain credits and benefits, including the earned income credit and child care credit.   

How to Install Fiberglass Insulation

1.Make sure that you have the necessary tools ready - tape measure, straightedge, utility knife (with new blades), and a squeeze-type stapler.
2.Consider having the following items available - a pole for pushing insulation into roof rafters and other hard to reach areas, stepladder, boards (for sitting or standing in attic areas with no floor), portable lighting source.
3.Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and work gloves - insulation can irritate bare skin.
4.Select an insulation of the appropriate thickness to achieve the R-value you want (R-value is a measure of insulation's effectiveness) and that will fit in the available area.
5.Leave fiberglass insulation in its packaging until you are ready to use it.
6.Place the insulation between studs, joists, and rafters, stapling into place as you go.
7.Stuff scraps of insulation in any open areas where heat loss may occur.
8.Cut insulation as necessary by placing it paper/foil side down and pressing firmly with your straightedge where you want to cut. Use your utility knife to cut the insulation, using the straightedge as a guide.
9.Go back and caulk any cracks or areas around windows and doors where drafts can get through. 
Consider using a respirator mask when working.
Wear eye protection when working.   

How to Mountain Bike in Mud

1.Look ahead. As you approach the mud, shift your weight to the back of the bike, over your seat.
2.Shift into a low gear to make pedaling easier.
3.Pull up on your handlebars right before you hit the mud, to lift your front wheel off the ground.
4.Keep pedaling as both wheels enter the mud. In the mud, continue to pedal and move forward, focusing on where you plan to exit.
5.Pull up on the handlebars at the end of the muddy section, to get the front wheel out and onto dry land.
6.Pedal all the way out, keeping your weight down and on your seat. 
If you stop pedaling while you're in the mud, you'll never get out.
If mud is common in your area, consider buying a set of fenders. They keep you and your bike a lot cleaner. 
Warnings: Mountain biking is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.