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Container Gardens

first_imgContainer gardening is great for beginning gardeners. But remember, all plants need good soil and nutrients, whether they grow in a container or in the ground. Buying a commercial potting soil ensures the soil is clean and free of any plant disease-causing pathogens. Also, most potting soil sold at garden centers is designed to have good drainage and aeration. Store-bought soil isn’t just soilStore-bought potting soils are sometimes called “soilless mixtures” because they don’t contain soil. They are a combination of peat moss, vermiculite, perlite and finely ground pine bark. Perlite and pine bark help with drainage and aeration. Peat moss and vermiculite help retain water and nutrients. Combined properly, this mixture results is an environment that is moist and well-drained – ideal conditions for plant root growth. Many popular potting soils contain fertilizers, but these nutrients only last a short time. Do not fertilize container plants the first two to three weeks after planting if the potting soil label indicates it was amended with fertilizer. Nutrient levels usually drop after a few weeks because plants use them quickly and nutrients leach from the soil each time plants are watered. Container grown plants dry out faster than plants grown in gardens and require more frequent watering.The big threeMost commercial fertilizers contain the “big three” nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are required for plant growth in larger amounts than other nutrients. Most backyard gardens just need these three nutrients, since native soils usually have sufficient amounts of other minor nutrients. Potting mixtures don’t contain real soil so they often lack minor nutrients like calcium, magnesium, sulfur and iron. This can cause container-grown plants to turn yellow from lack of iron, magnesium or sulfur. Many container plants also get blossom end rot on the bottom of the fruit. This is a classic symptom of a calcium deficiency. Plants may appear stunted because their growth will be limited by the lack of nutrients.The solution is simple—fertilize container-grown vegetables. Select a premium grade fertilizer that contains both major and minor nutrients. You can also add dolomitic lime to the potting mixture at planting as it contains both calcium and magnesium. Some gardeners use Epsom salt to add magnesium to their soil. Don’t use both. Apply one-half tablespoon of lime per gallon of mixture. Follow fertilizer directionsIf you use dry fertilizer, apply it every three to four weeks. One-half teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of soil mixture spread evenly on the soil surface is usually adequate for each application. If you use liquid-soluble fertilizer solution, follow the labeled application rates. Do not apply too much or too frequently as this can lead to excess nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can cause vigorous leaf and shoot growth, but few blooms or fruit. For more information, see the UGA Extension factsheet “Gardening in Containers” at http://t.uga.edu/hY.last_img read more

Planter Adjustments

first_imgAdjusting planting equipment from one field to the next can make the difference between a healthy crop stand and a poor stand, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist Wes Porter.Porter believes Georgia growers who take the time to make necessary changes to their planter from field to field will benefit this planting season. Planter depth; planter downforce, the pressure applied to the row unit by a mechanism in front of the row unit; soil texture; and soil moisture are all components that factor in the planting operation and successful stand establishment.Porter’s goal for some of his research on the UGA Tifton campus is to show which of these factors has the highest influence on stand establishment.“The planter is the most important piece of equipment we have on the farm when we’re trying to establish the crop. We need it to perform at its best,” Porter said.Most producers set a depth and downforce for a crop and plant at those settings for the rest of the season, and farmers may not look at the other components on the planter. Porter says that farmers should adjust the planter to cater to different soil types, especially if fields have different soil moisture levels. “Right now, I think there’s little to no adjustment that happens from field to field and environment to environment among most planters. With our research, we’re trying to show that it pays to spend a little time tweaking your planter setup when you move from field to field,” Porter said. “We’ve seen that the difference in one-half-inch depth change in cotton is the difference between having a really good stand and having little to no crop emerge.”Porter is studying the effect of the relationship between downforce and stand establishment in different soil types. This information will help to develop a prescription map for downforce.“Consider the relationship between soil type and downforce: If the soil is very dry and hard, it’s harder to create a furrow in the soil. You have to apply more downforce to the planter row units to keep it in the ground at the appropriate depth. If you’re in a wet, softer soil, the planter does not need as much downforce to maintain the appropriate depth,” he said.If farmers make adjustments beforehand, they won’t spend extra time and money replanting the crop.“That’s why we are researching planter settings. If we can maximize our emergence the first time by having our planter set up to match the current field conditions, we shouldn’t have to replant as often,” Porter said.last_img read more

Download the New August Trail Mix Now

first_imgIt’s cool in the Appalachian Mountains this week.Lower than normal temperatures have it feeling more like an October morning than the advent of August; typically, the humidity would be up and I would be dashing for the shade or a favorite swimming hole in order to beat the heat. Instead, I am grabbing a fleece for my evenings outside with the kids or long sleeves when I hit the road on my bike.Something else that is quite cool this month is our August Trail Mix. As usual, Trail Mix has amassed quite a collection of tunes just for you; 26 of the best artists from the world of Americana (and beyond), all queued up and ready for your ears.So, as you set out for a bike ride or hike along your favorite mountain, grab Trail Mix and enjoy.We kick off this month’s list with a brand new tune from long time country stalwart Billy Joe Shaver. Approaching his 75th birthday this month, Shaver releases Long In The Tooth on August 5th. This new collection of tunes from country music’s original outlaw is everything country music is supposed to be. Shaver’s voice is as clear as ever and his songwriting hasn’t skipped a beat; evident in these new tunes are the wit and nuance that made Shaver such a favored songwriter amongst country luminaries like Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, and Waylon Jennings. Though a bit long in the tooth himself, Shaver is still very much a player in the world of country music. It’s nice to see the outlaw hang on this long.Also featured this month is a brand new tune from Cowboy Mouth, New Orleans’ favorite garage rockers. On the opening track from the new record, Go!, drummer and lead singer Fred LeBlanc can be heard announcing, “We’re back!!” And back they are. The band is as tight and raucous as the first time I heard them back during my college days in the early 90s.There are so many great artists to check out this month. Take a listen to new tunes from The Posies, The Carmonas, Ruthie Foster, Israel Nash Gripka, The Locust Honey String Band, Malcolm Holcombe, Casey Jack, J.P. Parsons & The American Bandwagon, The Weight, Jason Tyler Burton, The Hawks (of Holy Rosary), and many more.As always, please spread the link for Trail Mix around. Toss it in a tweet or post it in your next status update. Let folks know about these great artists that have given us their music to give to you. And, of course, get out and buy some of this music. Go catch these bands live when they come through your town. Give back them to since they give so freely to us.last_img read more

Build awareness for future growth

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions have much to celebrate, as their total memberships now top the 103 million mark. But that group still represents just one in three American adults, according to CUNA’s 2015-2016 National Member & Nonmember Survey.But millions more are ripe candidates. In a recent BancVue survey of 1,000 adults:• Two-thirds say they prefer to use a credit union or community bank, instead of a big national bank.• But only 23% of big bank customers actually looked into what it would take to make that switch.Why won’t more switch? They give two chief reasons: They lack awareness of these local financial institutions, and they believe they can’t receive products they need.“Such perceptions remain huge challenges for credit union membership growth,” Haller says. “Credit unions need to continue to find creative ways to tell their story, particularly to young adults who are vital to the movement’s future sustainability.” continue reading »last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity holds scrap metal fundraiser

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — Broome County Habitat for Humanity held a scrap metal drive Saturday, recycling the old in order to help build the new. “We provide education, training and opportunities to be able to purchase a home at a mortgage that is affordable for their income guidelines and give them that dream of an American home ownership,” she said. The organization is currently working on two projects, one on the south side of Binghamton and one in Port Dickinson. She explained the drive will enable the organization to continue fulfilling their mission despite the challenges of the pandemic. center_img The goal of the drive was to raise money to fund construction projects at a time when several of the organization’s fundraisers have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Executive Director Amy Winans said the metal will be exchanged for funds that will be used for several of the organization’s upcoming projects. last_img read more

Pennsylvania House will vote to override Governor Wolf’s veto of school sports bill

first_imgGovernor Wolf said the bill restricts state and local official’s ability to respond if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Local school districts already have the say if they want to participate in sports or not. TOWANDA, Pa. (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will vote on whether to override Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787, next week. Tina Pickett, a Pennsylvania State Representative, said she has received calls from family members about who should make the decision to limit spectators. “I heard loud and clear from folks,” Pickett says. “This is what they want. They want the local school district to be able to determine what’s a safe number to be a spectator in those sports.” Governor Wolf also called the bill unnecessary and said the legislature should be focused on bills that protect the health and safety of students in schools. This bill allows Pennsylvania school districts to decided on the number of spectators allowed at sporting events. Currently, only 250 spectators are allowed for outside events and 25 for inside events. Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced he vetoed House Bill 2787. last_img read more

UHPA on a working visit to Požega-Slavonia County

first_imgThis week, the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County hosted the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA), whose members held a meeting of the Board and a joint meeting with representatives of receptive agencies, tourist boards of municipalities and cities, tourist guides and other tourist entities from the county. .”We are pleased to have hosted members of UHPA to whom we presented the possibilities of organized arrival of tourists in Požega-Slavonia County. This possibility of connecting and establishing further cooperation and expanding our market through a network of travel agencies is extremely important to us. The arrival of 15 leading travel agents in our county is a great opportunity to promote the destination, the presentation of our tourism entities and opens the door for future cooperation. pointed out Maja Jakobović Vukušić, director of the Požega-Slavonia County Tourist Board.Thus, local tourist boards and receptive tourist agencies of Požega-Slavonia County had a direct opportunity to present all tourist programs, contents and autochthonous stories. Slavonia does not need help, but strategic development, and it is in tourism that great potential lies. The first step is to get to know and experience Slavonia, and to bring tourists in order, so that Slavonia can be sold as a tourist destination with the aim of generating tourist arrivals and overnight stays, and creating tourist consumption that is the basis for better and better tourism development. And travel agencies have an important role in selling and branding destinations. In addition to 198 regular members who provide services of travel agencies and tour operators, UHPA brings together 107 associate members from the hotel industry, transportation, vocational education and other institutions and associations related to tourism. In total, the UHPA logo, as a sign of trust and quality, is found at 456 member outlets.Photo: UHPAAfter visiting only one part of the county, UHPA President Tomislav Fain pointed out that he will definitely have to return to Požega-Slavonia County to be able to see the entire offer. “After these two working days of the visit, all seen, I hope that we will include a part of your offer in the offers of our agencies, try to sell it to our fellow citizens and guests coming from European countries. It’s nice to see it moving forward. The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies works closely with the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board. I believe that we, through this joint cooperation, can contribute to the tourism development and promotion of your county. ”  said UHPA President Tomislav Fain.By the way, UHPA has publicly supported the initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia, and announced that the Days of UHPA in 2019 will be held in Slavonia. Also, UHPA President Tomislav Fain promised to hold B2B workshops with travel agencies before the Croatian Tourism Day in Slavonia so that travel agencies can get to know and experience the destination of Slavonia, and the first step has just been made in Požega-Slavonia County.My deep bow and floor-length hat for UHPA. Promised – fulfilled.Related news:TOMISLAV FAIN, UHPA: WE SUPPORT THE INITIATIVE TO HELD TOURISM DAYS IN SLAVONIA AND I ANNOUNCE UHPA DAY 2019 IN SLAVONIAID RIVA TOURS BRINGS THE FIRST GROUP OF GERMAN PEOPLE TO SLAVONIA AND BARANJSANDRA GOBIN, UNILINE: BEFORE SLAVONIA AS A DESTINATION IS A BEAUTIFUL FUTURElast_img read more

Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

first_imgBlack box The aircraft tragedy sparked fierce reprobation in Iran, especially after it took three days for the armed forces to admit having shot down the plane “by accident” after a missile operator mistook it for an enemy projectile.  Ottowa and Kiev have demanded for months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes, send them abroad so their contents can be analyzed. Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Sunday urged Iran to ensure “a comprehensive and transparent investigation in accordance with international standards, so that all those responsible are held accountable”.In late June, France’s Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) said Iran had “officially requested technical assistance” to retrieve the black box data and said work should begin on July 20.Champagne said Canada would continue to push “to ensure Iran follows through on its commitments” including transferring the data to the BEA.In early July, Canada announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Iran to launch negotiations on compensation for the families of foreign victims of the accident. Flight 752, a Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main airport on January 8, at a time of heightened US-Iranian tensions.The Islamic republic admitted several days later that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound plane, killing all 176 people on board.The majority of the passengers on the Boeing 737 were Iranians, with Canadians, Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons and Swedes also aboard.  Topics : ‘Wrong identification’The CAO said that, despite the erroneous information available to the radar system operator on the aircraft’s trajectory, he could have identified it as an airliner, but instead there was a “wrong identification”. The report also noted that the first of the two missiles launched at the aircraft was fired by a defense unit operator who had acted “without receiving any response from the Coordination Centre” on which he depended.The second missile was fired 30 seconds later, “by observing the continuity of [the] trajectory of the detected target,” the report added. The CAO said there was a defect in the transmission to the defense units coordination center of the data identified by the radar. An Iranian general had said in January that many communications had been jammed that night. Tehran’s air defenses had been on high alert at the time the jet was shot down in case the US retaliated against Iranian strikes hours earlier on American troops stationed in Iraq.Those strikes were carried out in response to the killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone attack near Baghdad airport. Iran said that the misalignment of an air defense unit’s radar system was the key “human error” that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.”A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure” for aligning the radar, causing a “107-degree error” in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) said in a report late Saturday.This error “initiated a hazard chain” that saw further mistakes committed in the minutes before the plane was shot down, said the CAO document, presented as a “factual report” and not as the final report on the accident investigation. last_img read more

Gardens and ample water features make this a top place to live

first_img40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.Mr Sunderland, a landscape contractor with decades of experience, said the property was the most special project he’d done. “I was able to showcase the passion I have for landscaping. Water is my primary love in landscape construction and every room has a view of the gardens and water features,” he said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 Inside 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.At the back of the home there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with high ceilings and sliding doors opening to the poolside entertainment area. The kitchen has stone benchtops, breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances, and a games room with built-in bar also opens to the entertaining area. The master bedroom has patio access, a walk-in robe and an ensuite with glass walls looking out to a private garden and pond. “Showering in the ensuite and looking out to the gardens is one of the most calming end-of-the-day chores,” Mr Sunderland said. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.THIS sprawling home with award-winning landscaping is going under the hammer in Bridgeman Downs. Owners Trevor and Bev Sunderland and their dream team, including architect Ian Webb, builder Stuart Cameron, landscape architect Matthew Franzmann and interior designer Suzie Beirne, created the stunning “Mandala” in 2004. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.Set on 10,000sq m, the home has an impressive entry with a lit, paved pathway leading to the double timber and glass front doors and timber and tile foyer. There is a formal lounge room on one side of the entry and a formal dining room and powder room on the other. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.The other bedrooms have built-in robes, the family bathroom has a bath and shower, and the laundry opens to a drying area with pond. The property includes six ponds, a three-bay shed and split-system airconditioning.last_img read more

European Parliament brings board-gender equality rules closer to fruition

first_imgHowever, MEPs encouraged member states to support SMEs and incentivise them to improve gender balance on their boards, too.MEPs also proposed that the rules apply to companies where women comprise less than 10% of the workforce.Parliament called for a transparent, open and meritocratic recruitment procedure in which gender balance was borne in mind throughout.“Where candidates are equally well qualified, priority should go to the candidate of under-represented sex, at every stage of this procedure,” it said. “Qualifications and merit must remain the key criteria.”Parliament added that companies failing to comply with the new rules would be required to justify themselves to the competent national authorities in their respective member states and describe the measures taken and planned to achieve them in future.Penalties, such as fines, might be imposed for failing to follow transparent and open appointment procedures, rather than for failing to achieve the target, Parliament said.“Where candidates are equally well qualified, priority should go to the candidate of under-represented sex, at every stage of this procedure.”MEPs also proposed that “exclusion from public calls for tenders” should be added to the list of possible penalties, which they say should be mandatory, rather than indicative, as the Commission proposes.Rapporteur Evelyn Regner said: “It is important the directive be broad in scope and that many listed companies be required to use the open and transparent procedure when selecting their non-executive directors.“We do not have an exemption for family enterprises or specific sectors, but we have strengthened the penalties member states should apply when companies do not fulfil the directive’s requirements.”A similar position on the draft rules will now have to be reached by the EU Council before negotiations between the Parliament and the Council can start. The European Parliament has approved draft rules to ensure at least 40% of non-executive board members at EU-listed companies are women by 2020.As part of Brussels’ plan to promote gender equality in economic decision-making, the Parliament backed a Commission proposal to ensure gender balance on boards for publicly listed companies, pointing out that, in 2012, only 15% of non-executive board members at the EU’s largest companies were women.As part of the agreement voted yesterday, MEPs established that listed companies will have until 2020 to reach the target, while public ones should do so by 2018.In adopting the new measures, backed by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and Legal Affairs committees, Parliament stressed that the rules would not apply to small and medium-sized enterprises.last_img read more