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Food & Garden
2014 October
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
gardens in 2014. The Coors Field garden is an
example of IBE¡¯s ethics of sustainable design
in the built environment, regionally relevant
projects and educational outreach intended to
spread understanding about sustainable activi-
ties and their impacts on health.
Aramark promotes sustainable practices in
food purchasing, environmentally responsible
consumer choices, greenhouse gas-conscious
building operations, energy and water con-
servation measures, green cleaning, greening
their delivery fleet and ethically managing their
waste products.
The Institute for the Built Environment is in the
College of Health and Human Sciences at Colo-
rado State University.
so you can enjoy a happy, hazard-free holiday sea-
son. To learn more winterizing tips and to find rental
stores in your area, visit
are directions for successfully building your own
fire pit. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection
while you work.
Steps for building a fire pit:
* Use spray paint to outline the size and shape of
the fire pit on the ground.
* Remove the grass located inside the outline and
level the dirt surface with a tamper.
* Pour sand onto the prepared surface and use a
a 2-by-4 piece of lumber to smooth the sand until
it¡¯s level.
* Assemble the first row of stones for the base
and use a rubber mallet to keep the fire pit level.
* Repeat with the next two rows of stones.
* Insert the pit liner and screen.
QUIKRETE polyurethane construction adhesive is
not required for this project, but can be placed
between the layers of stone to strengthen the fire
pit. For fire pits built on an existing concrete or
paver patio, outline the size and shape with chalk,
and disregard the step for surface preparation.
Regardless of shape, size or color, a fire pit is sure
to serve as a focal-point for gathering with fam-
ily and friends and creating memories for many
years. For more tips visit:
Winter Is Coming
before winter begins puts
them in the best possible
shape for the colder months
ahead. You may think you
need to hire professional
carpet cleaners, but you
can actually handle this
project yourself by renting
a carpet cleaner to conquer
the task. You can visit Rent- to find your local
rental store and for tips on
renting a carpet cleaner.
* Protect pipes from
freezing. A ruptured pipe
can ruin your home and
everything in it. Ruptured
pipes occur during winter
when the pipes freeze and
the frozen water inside
expands. You can protect
against this by never letting
your home¡¯s temperature
fall below 65 degrees. Wrap
pipes running along the
exterior walls in heat tape,
and be sure to check on
your pipes on those bitterly
cold nights.
* Empty the gutters.
If left unchecked, falling
leaves and other debris will
clog your gutters and down-
spouts, which can cause ice
dams in the winter. Start by
trimming or removing trees
and hedges near the gut-
ters. If you lack the tools to
complete this project, you
can rent a brush cutter, tree
trimmer or ladder to do the
job. Once obstructions have
been removed, clear the
gutters to prevent a future
home disaster.
These simple steps will help
you winterize your home
DIY projects to help you whip Winter
(BPT) The leaves are starting to fall off the
trees, the birds are flying south and you can
feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its
way and while squirrels pack away food before
the first snow fall, you¡¯ll be relieved to know
that you still have time to finish some projects
listed below to get your home ready for winter.
* Tackle the yard. Your yard will fall into dor-
mancy during the winter, but a little prep now
can help your green space bounce back in the
spring. Fertilize your lawn using a lawn spread-
er from your local rental store to turn this all-
day chore into a task that takes just a couple
of hours. And don¡¯t waste the rest of your day
raking the yard; instead, rent a leaf blower to
finish this task in a fraction of the time.
* Seal the gaps. Find the places where cold
air sneaks into your home and you will drasti-
cally reduce your heating bills throughout win-
ter. Feel along your windows and doors for any
drafts. Seal larger cracks with caulk and cover
your windows in plastic wrap for comprehensive
protection. If you have a real chimney, don¡¯t
forget to close the damper to prevent cold air
from billowing down the chimney.
* Clean the carpets. The winter season can
be be hard on your carpets as snow, salt and
dirt get tracked in from outside. Cleaning them
Building Memories With A Fire Pit
(BPT) Whether you¡¯re spending quality time with fam-
ily or entertaining guests, few things compare to the
cozy, warm and welcoming atmosphere created by a
fire pit in the backyard. In fact, fire pits are among
the most popular features for enhancing an outdoor
living space, according to the 2014 Residential Land-
scape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the
American Society of Landscape Architects. Even bet-
ter, with little experience and materials, you can build
a fire pit in a few hours.
Before rushing out to buy a variety of random land-
scape blocks, stones or pavers, eliminate the guess
work in constructing a fire pit by using a kit like Rum-
blestone from Pavestone. A fire pit kit assures that all
the blocks fit together correctly without any cutting,
so assembly is easy, fast and foolproof. In addition,
the kits come with a pit liner and screen to complete
the project. The color, size and shape of a fire pit is
up to each homeowner, but square and round 36-inch
diameter by 12-inch high are popular options. Here