How to Tie an Anklet

Whatever kind of ankle bracelet you might have, tying it is a quick and easy process. If you want a knot that you can easily adjust, opt for a sliding knot. This is a particularly good option if you want to be able to easily remove the anklet. If you are wanting to leave your anklet on for a long period, use the simple knot to hold it in place. If your anklet has a loop and 2 threads, opt for the loop technique. Each of these methods will hold your anklet securely in place for as long as you want to wear it.

EditSteps
EditCreating a Sliding Knot
Wrap the ends of the anklet around your ankle. Place the middle of the anklet at the front of your ankle. Then, take each end of the anklet and wrap them all the way around your ankle so that they both cross at the back of your foot and meet at the front of your foot.[1]
This knot works best on anklets with at least of extra cord at each end.

This knot will work with any type of string or cord.

Create a small loop from the end of anklet. Take 1 end of the anklet in your hand and create a loop that is approximately in diameter. If the rope is thick, make the loop slightly bigger so that there is a visible hole in the middle.[2]
If your cord is short, make the loop from the end of the cord.

Wrap the end of the cord around the base of the loop twice. Hold the loop firmly against the anklet string that is wrapped around your angle. Then, take the end of the cord and wrap it over the base of the loop and around the anklet string. Repeat this process to create a sturdy loop.[3]
Use the end of the cord that has the loop in it to create the wrap.

Pull the end of the cord through the loop and pull it tight. Push the end up straight up and through the loop. Pull it tight and push the loop down toward the anklet. This secures the knot and holds 1 side of the anklet in place.[4]
If necessary, trim off the end of the cord so that you don’t trip over it.

Repeat the same process on the other side of the anklet. Take the other end of the cord and create a loop. Then, wrap the end of the cord around the loop and tuck it through the loop to secure the knot in place. These knots are really sturdy and don’t come undone easily.[5]
Once again, use a sharp pair of scissors to trim off any extra cord.

Slide the knots back and forth to adjust the size of the anklet. To make the anklet smaller, simply pull the knots toward each other. If you want the anklet bigger or want to remove it, pull the knots away from each other.[6]
This anklet knot is great if you are giving it is as a gift, as the receiver can easily adjust the anklet to the right size.

EditMaking a Simple Knot
Pinch the ends of the anklet where you want the knot to be. Wrap the anklet around your ankle and then hold the ends together. This allows you to decide how tight you want your anklet to be. Make sure there you can fit at least 1 finger under you anklet, as this gives room for your ankle to swell slightly in warm weather.[7]
Hold the ends at the front of your angle so that they are easy to knot.

Tuck the ends loosely behind the anklet. Use 1 hand to keep pinching the anklet in place and use your other hand to pass the ends of the anklet underneath the end strings that you’re pulling forward from your ankle, creating a loop that looks like a “4”.[8]
It is easiest to use your dominant hand to loop the ends.

Pull the ends of the anklet up through the loop that you created. Push both ends of the cord through the loop and pull them tight to secure the knot. Release your pinch on the anklet, as the knot is now holding it in place.[9]
If necessary, trim the ends of the anklet to your desired length.

EditTying a Bracelet with an Existing Loop
Thread both pieces of thread through the loop. Wrap the anklet around your ankle and push both the threads down into the loop. Pull the threads taught so that the anklet tightens against your ankle. Allow the bottom thread to hang down below your ankle and hold the top thread above your ankle bone.[10]
This technique works for anklets with a larks’ head buckle or a half hitch knot buckle, both of which are loops woven loops at one end of your anklet. The other end should have two braids or threads to tie around the loop.

Push the top thread through the loop and pull it downward. Take the thread that is above your ankle and thread it down into the loop. Then, thread it downward so that it lies beside the other thread. Pull the thread tight to secure the knot.[11]
Hold this thread on the right side of your ankle to identify which thread is which.

Poke the other thread back through the loop. Take the the left piece of thread and push it down into the loop and pull it out through the other side. Hold it above your ankle so that you can easily distinguish between the threads.[12]
If the anklet feels loose, tug the thread firmly.

Pull the top thread down through the loop. Take the same piece of thread and poke it down through the loop. Then, pull the end of the string down toward the bottom of your place. Pull the string tight to secure it in place.[13]
If you want the anklet to feel extra secure, double-knot the 2 threads.

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Today in History for 11th June 2019

Historical Events

1594 – Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines)
1927 – Babe Ruth hits 19th and 20th of 60 HRs
1983 – “Faithfully” by Journey peaks at #12
1990 – Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson and Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)
1990 – Federal judge sentenced former national security adviser John M Poindexter to 6 months for making false statements to Congress
1996 – Exxon states that it will begin work on its $15-billion Sakhalin I oil and natural gas development in Russia’s Far East

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Famous Birthdays

1874 – Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1967)
1888 – Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (Sacco and Vanzetti Trial), born in Villafalletto, Italy (d. 1927)
1907 – Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children’s book writer (Man in the Moon), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1977)
1920 – Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, King of Nepal (1955-72), born in Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Kingdom of Nepal (d. 1972)
1935 – Fazal-ur-Rehman, Pakistani cricketer (played 1 Test Pakistan v WI 1958), born in Amritsar, India
1956 – [Clarence] Ray Nagin, American politician (Mayor of New Orleans, 2002-2010), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Famous Deaths

1811 – Charles Frederick, liberal ruler of Baden, dies at 82
1929 – Gyula Andressy Jr, Hungarian minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 68
1986 – Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
1992 – Scotty Sachs, actor (Hanoi Hilton), dies of gunshot wounds at 39
1993 – Bernard Bresslaw, English comedian (Carry On team), dies of a heart attack at 59
2005 – VVasco Gonçalves, Portuguese army officer and 103rd Prime Minister of Portugal (1974-75), dies at 84

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How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

Growing your own organic vegetables is a great way to ensure you have healthy foods for your favorite recipes. When you grow organic veggies, you won’t be able to treat them with chemicals or herbicides, so you’ll need to be more mindful of pests. If you want to start an organic vegetable garden, select a suitable spot in your yard where you can dig a plot, build a raised bed, or set up planting containers. Next, prepare your soil and plant your veggies. As your plants grow, keep them healthy with organic pest control.

EditSteps
EditChoosing Location, Containers, and Soil
Choose a location with ample sunlight and proper drainage. Check your yard at different times of the day to observe the placement of the sun. Put your garden in an area that’s exposed to sunlight for at least six hours throughout the day. Additionally, evaluate the location’s drainage by checking for standing water.[1]
Make sure the spot gets partial shade if you live in a very hot area.

To see if your plot has proper drainage, check it after it rains to see if water pools around it. Standing water means that the plot doesn’t have good drainage. If it hasn’t rained in awhile, spray the area with a gardening hose for 5 minutes, then check to see if the water soaks in or pools.

Test your soil’s pH and amend it if necessary. Get pH testing strips from your local gardening store or online. Collect a sample of your soil in a cup, then add distilled water to the soil and stir. Insert a test strip into the mixture and hold it there for 20-30 seconds. Finally, remove the strip and check it against the kit’s key. If necessary, add supplements to your soil to bring it within the range of 5.5-7.0.[2]
Vegetables grow best when their soil pH is 5.5-7.0.

If your soil’s pH is below 5.5, add dolomite or quicklime to boost the pH. Mix it into the soil as directed on the package, then retest the pH.

If your soil’s pH is above 7.0, mix additional organic matter into the soil to lower it.

Plant directly into the ground if you have good drainage and pH. If you have good-quality soil that drains well, then it’s easiest to plant your garden directly into the ground. To get started, pull and discard weeds. Then, remove any existing vegetation, like grass, by digging it up with your shovel and putting it in your compost pile. Once your plot is just dirt, it’s ready for planting.[3]
If you’d like to plant directly into the ground but don’t want to use your existing soil, dig out the plot and replace it with organic soil. Use a shovel to remove at least of soil from your plot. Then, pour an organic soil into the plot to use for your planting bed.[4] You can buy organic soil at your local gardening store or online.

Build a raised a garden bed if you want to improve your plot’s drainage. If you plan to plant your garden on land that’s a bit soggy, raised beds are a great option. First, dig out about of soil in the shape of your plot. Then, place pieces of wood along the edge of your plot to create a box. Next, add organic soil to the box for planting.[5]
Raised beds can be made from materials such as cedar, which is a natural insect repellent.

Grow your veggies in containers for a convenient planting option. Choose medium to large pots that are at least deep so that your plants have plenty of space to grow. Make sure your pots have drainage at the bottom so that water can flow away from the roots.[6]
If you’re planting your garden in pots, use organic potting soil.

You can use a sized bucket as a pot, if you prefer.

If your pots don’t have drainage, cut holes into the bottom. Alternatively, add a layer of rocks to the bottom of the pot. However, keep in mind that water that settles in the bottom of the pot could drown your plant.

Mix organic matter into your soil to fertilize it, if you prefer. Replace up to half of your soil with organic matter if you want to add more nutrients. Use a shovel to remove the existing soil, then spread the organic matter over the soil. Use the shovel, a spade, or a hoe to mix the organic matter into the soil.[7]
You can add fertilizer to gardens planted directly into the ground (if the existing soil has a healthy pH), raised beds, and containers.

Good options include peat moss, manure, or compost. You can buy these at your local gardening store or online.

EditPlanting Your Veggies
Choose plants that grow well in your USDA hardiness zone. Depending on your local climate, some plants might not grow well in your area. Find out which USDA hardiness zone you’re in, then read the labels or plant information about the veggies you want to grow. Make sure you pick veggies that are compatible with your zone.[8]
You can find your zone here: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/.

Get organic seeds from a farmers market, gardening store, or online. Check the label on the seeds to make sure it says organic. This means the seeds came from organic plants that were grown without pesticides, herbicides, and non-organic fertilizers. If you’re unsure about your selection, ask the person who’s selling them if they’re organic.[9]
Organic plants can be difficult to find locally in some areas. Many nurseries use fertilizers and pesticides, so be sure to ask.

Till your soil so that it’s loose. First, remove any existing weeds or plants that remain on the plot. Then, make sure there are no obstructions, like rocks or sticks. Next, use a hoe or tiller to break up the soil in your plot. Make several passes over the soil to work the entire plot.[10]
If you have a large plot, you can rent a tiller from your local gardening store.

This will make it easier for the seeds to take root once they’re planted. Additionally, it helps the water drain away more easily.

Plant your seeds or seedlings outdoors after the last frost of spring. Sprinkle the seedlings over the soil in your plot or gardening containers, then add a thin layer of organic topsoil over them. If you’re using seedlings, use a small shovel to dig out about of soil, then place the seedling into it. Cover the roots with soil, but don’t pack it down.[11]
If you plant from seed, you may need to thin out your plants once they sprout. However, it’s unlikely that all of your seeds will sprout, so it’s best to sprinkle a lot of seeds.

Label your plants, if you desire. Print the names of your plants on garden stakes or popsicle sticks. Then, place each stake or popsicle stick near the correct row of plants.
If you’re using pots, put the labels on or inside the pots.

It’s especially helpful to label your plants if you have varieties of the same vegetable. Additionally, it can help you remember where you planted your perennial plants, which will likely return in future growing seasons.

Cover the soil with of organic mulch to limit weed growth. Mulch is great for preventing weed growth, preserving moisture, and keeping your plants warm. Add a thin layer of mulch over your entire plot after you finish planting your seeds or seedlings. Your seeds will still sprout through the mulch.[12]
Great options for mulch include straw, cocoa hulls, or shredded newspaper.

Always check the label on your mulch to make sure it’s organic. You can buy organic mulch at your local gardening store or online.

Water your seeds or seedlings immediately after you plant them. Use a watering can or garden hose to spray your plot or containers until the soil looks damp. Then, feel the soil with your hand to make sure it feels moist. Don’t add so much water that it pools on top of the soil.[13]
If you planted your garden in containers, it’s normal to see a lot of the water flow out of the bottom of the pots.

EditCaring for Your Plants
Water your plants in the morning so the excess water evaporates. Although your plants need water, too much water can be harmful. This is especially true if the water sits on the plant leaves. For best results, water your plants most mornings so that the sun can evaporate the excess water during the early morning hours and afternoon sun.[14]
You can skip watering your plants if the soil already feels moist or the weather is rainy.

Use a liquid organic fertilizer weekly to help your plants grow. Follow the instructions on the label to measure out the fertilizer. Then, add the fertilizer to your gardening can or a fertilizer sprayer. Next, spray the water onto your plants to give them extra nutrients.[15]
Replace your regular watering with the fertilizer water.

You can find a liquid organic fertilizer at your local gardening store or online.

Weed the plot at least once a week. Do a visual inspection to check your plot for weeds. If you see any, pull them immediately. Do your best to pull all of the weeds before they grow enough to start producing seeds.[16]
Don’t put weeds in your compost, as they will contaminate the compost with seeds.

Control pests by attracting helpful insects. Add plants that attract insects around the border of your plot. Common varieties include daisies, marigolds, bachelor’s button, sunflowers, lemon balm, parsley, and alyssum.[17] Additionally, place rocks and stepping stones near your garden to give bugs lots of places to hide. The insects will snack on the pests that might ruin your crop.[18]
For instance, ladybugs and ground beetles are especially helpful for controlling pests.

Keep pesticides, herbicides, and inorganic fertilizers away from your plants. Organic gardens don’t use any pesticides, herbicides, or inorganic fertilizers, so you’ll need to be vigilant about what you use. While this might feel like a lot of work at first, you’ll get the hang of it once you gain some experience. Trust your organic fertilizer, hand-pulling of weeds, and friendly insects to keep your garden going strong.

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EditTips
You can have your soil analyzed by your local cooperative extension office to determine what you might need to add to have the most successful garden possible.

EditThings You’ll Need
Shovel or spade

Hand shovel

Hoe or tiller

Garden rake

Wood for raised bed (optional)

Containers or pots (optional)

Organic soil

Compost

Mulch

Organic seeds or seedlings

Organic fertilizer

Watering can or garden hose

Stakes for labeling (optional)

EditRelated wikiHows
Buy Organic Seeds

Grow Organic Lettuce

Store Organic Vegetables

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