For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Apr 25

Your Questions About Gardening

George asks…

i need advise on where to start and what to do about my farm.?

I am 23 year old male and am looking to get away i was raised in the country and hate the city. I have children and can understand that a full time profit farm is far from hand but i want to get to that point. i am looking at land near nashville and want to start a nice farm maybe 20 acres or 40 at the most for start up. i am pretty green under the thumb and some equine experience but in my opinion horses are more for hobby and less of a money maker. can anyone shoot some ideas with some tips on easy start ups on a farm? the areas i am looking at are livestocking pigs and when a little more on my feet some cattle. as for others i was talking to my god mother and she brought up gardening and foliage. i have been looking at trees that give good bloom and nice vine flowers that i can use to buetify my farm yet also sell in a farmers market with our candels and other crafts.

sooooooooo long story what would yall say is feesable i am more than willing to answer q and a and maybe get some nice insight i tried to reach out to the circles here but everyone seems to hold a secret “on the next runner up that will take bread off there table”

basic low down of the farm will be
*livestock (what kind and what kind of profit can be made form it)
*foliage (is there a profit here besides the obvious sight on the homefront)
*and also a last tidbit i have read a little adn always been curious maybe beekeeping i hear there honey sells well and also there good for the foliage.
ill have to look into the community that helps and hits home one something i would be interested in.

as for the goats if memory serves me they can destroy pastures pretty quick so what would you recomend for keeping there stomachs full and my fields lush and green lol like i said if memory serves me are they not like sheep and eat all the way down to the root which would result in me replanting fields every year or two but i am in agreement goats are something i might have overlooked for the fact of there produce and there meat value…….

GardenersCardiff answers:

First thing to do is contact the agricultural extension agent for the county you are looking to live in and have a nice talk. It would be best if he/she could meet you at the land you are talking about so they can see what would work best. They are the experts. There are lots of microclimates around the Nashville area, and an ag agent can point you in the right direction.

Second, remember “don’t put all your chickens in one basket”. Diversify. Even on a small farm, you need to have a variety of products just in case of a disaster. If your livestock has some dread disease, you still have the foliage business, for example.

Remember that some crops are not “plant today, harvest in 60 days”. Some like fruit trees take years to mature. Again, diversify to get some quick income.

Betty asks…

hellllp english three?

Question 1 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
What do the conversations between Elisa and Henry reveal about their relationship?
*They spend much of their time completing separate tasks, only speaking to one another when forced to do so.
*They are kind to one another, and recognize each other’s strengths.
*Henry is clearly a dominant husband, as he does not compliment his wife.
*Elisa hates living on their ranch, and longs for material things Henry cannot provide for her.

Question 2 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

All of the following phrases are used to descibe Elisa in the beginning of the story except:

“Her face was lean and strong and her eyes were clear as water.”

“She wore heavy leather gloves to protect her hands while she worked.”

“The chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy.”

“At the back of the house she dug in the can pile and found two old and battered aluminum saucepans.”

Question 3 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

How does Elisa most closely match the concept of Pigasus?

She admits at times she thinks she can actually fly.

She considers her special gift of gardening to be her only way to showcase all her talent.

She has great strength and power inside, but cannot seem to find a way to let it show.

She desires to have talents and gifts she knows she can never have.

Question 4 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

The stranger’s purpose in the story is to

show Elisa what great strength she has inside.

remind Elisa she must be subservient to all men.

remind Elisa how badly she wants to escape the life she lives.

force Elisa to cook dinner at home rather than go to town for a night out with Henry.

Question 5 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

Why does Steinbeck chose to have Elisa act so strongly as she sits in her dress and rides into town with Henry, only to have her relax in the seat after passing the stranger on the road?

Steinbeck wants to show Elisa cannot concentrate after she and Henry pass the stranger, because she feels so sorry for him.

Steinbeck wants to show Elisa is so angry at the stranger, she can only relax to try to focus on have a nice time at dinner with Henry.

Steinbeck wants to show that Elisa must learn her place in society, and that she should act accordingly.

Steinbeck wants to show the role of women in general for that period of time, and that Elisa realizes she could never be the strong woman she has the actual potential to be.

Question 6 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

What message about society is Steinbeck sending through this story?

Neighbors should share more with one another.

Husbands should encourage their wives.

Strangers cannot be trusted.

Strength and power can be present in some of the most unexpected people.

Question 7 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

Elisa agrees to let the stranger do some work for her because

she feels sorry for him.

he threatens her and she is afraid.

she feels they have made a connection with each other.

she wants him to leave quickly so Henry will not get jealous when he sees her speaking to a stanger.

Question 8 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

Use the following quote from the story to answer this question:

“Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew. She tried not to look as they passed it, but her eyes would not obey.”

Why does Elisa “try not to look” at what she sees in the road?

She knows the stranger has thrown her flowers down, and was only trying to get work from her.

She knows the stranger could not fix her pot, so he threw it down the road.

She knows it is a bird that has died, and cannot bring herself to look at it.

She knows Henry will be angry with her if she brings attention to it.

Question 9 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

Use the following quote from the story to answer this question:

“Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew. She tried not to look as they passed it, but her eyes would not obey.”

What does Elisa think the speck in the road is?

The pot she gave the stranger to fix for her.

The gloves she let the stranger borrow.

The chrysanthemums she let the stranger take to give a neighbor up the road.

The hat she let the stranger have, to keep the sun off his neck as he traveled.

Question 10 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

Elisa’s greatest conflict is with

herself, as she does not know how to show her strength and power.

herself, as she does not know how to deal with Henry’s dominance over her.

other people, as she cannot take up for herself, and easily gets conned into doing things.

herself, as she cannot wait to move from the ranch and into town.

GardenersCardiff answers:

*Reading the text will allow you to find the answers to these questions. Note that you do not give the name of the source here*

Sandy asks…

what do you think i should do?

Okay so i got prego with my daughter when i was 18 then got kicked out then when i was 19 my mom dropped my 2 sisters off at my house and never came back to get them and so i got full custody of them and it ruined my sisters they have never been the same i am now 20 and taking care of my daughter and my 2 sisters and am 3 months prego. well my 2 sisters are 4 and 14 and they miss my mom so much and they cry every night and they still do my 4 year old sister made me put a phone in her room so she could hear it if my mom ever called and there will be times when she wants to go on a walk and look for mommy and it hurts me so much because i accualy got in touch with my mom a year ago which was 2 months after she dropped them off with me and she told me she never wanted to see the brats again and i just wish she could see what shes doing to my sisters she is tearing them apart my 14 year old sister takes it easier then the 4 year old. 2 weeks ago i found out where my mom is staying and was trying to figure out weather i should go by and talk to her and see if theres anyway she would come back in my sisters lives or if i should take them by to see her because today which is mothers day my 4 year old sister picked flowers out of the garden and came to me and said can we find mommy and give these to her because i know how much she loves them and that just tore me up its so sad watching them cry every night wishing she would come back. in a way i really do not want my mom to come back in there lives because she is not stable at all and i know she will just run off and leave them again and i do not want then to go through that again i do not think they could handle it and so im leaning more towards not contacting my mom and leaving it alone but then i feel like im letting my sisters down and not helping them see there mom again but i know she does not want to see them because if she did she would of came by to see them because she knows where i live its been a year since they have seen her so i guess it probably would be better if i leave it alone and not contact her right? so do you think it would be better off for them to talk or see there mom again or if i should just leave it alone and tell them that i can not find mom and that she loves them but needs time away? so please suggestions are wanted
i would def talk to my mom before i ever made a decision weather i want them to see her or talk to her but if she does not want to see her talk to her i am not going to force it because i can not stand to put my sisters through that i am still deciding weather i want to put myself through it an go talk to her but thanks for your help it means alot and im sorry about your situation also. and if you do not mind i might have my 14 year old sister email you one day so she can talk to you about it and maybe you can help her thanks again
see them or talk to them***

GardenersCardiff answers:

Hi. I’m fourteen and I can kind of relate to your sister who is my age. My mom went crazy on our family and long story short we don’t talk, only because it’s court ordered. But I see her once every two weeks and I’m supposed to call her Mon, Wed, Fri. I miss the old her a lot and it still hurts a lot, to know she’s not there, I mean she is but its not the woman who I knew for 12 years of my life, who my best friend was. I think you being the adult in the situation, you could possibly chat with your mom but maybe only tell the oldest sister about it, if you don’t think she can handle it, don’t, but I’d say maybe go visit your mom a couple times and get talking, maybe convince her. It’s going to be hard, especially on you, but if you need to talk feel free to email me. Good luck and god bless you & Happy Mothers Day.

Sorry I thought I had mentioned my email, its, I check it more than yahoo. And its fine, I’d be more than happy to help.

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