OUT IN THE YARD — Consider container gardening for produce

first_img Many pot choices are available. Half-whisky barrels, foam ice chests, 5-gallon paint buckets, wheelbarrows, ceramic pots, and a bag of soil cut with openings for plants are some suggestions.Clay pots are porous and dry out quickly as do small containers. Be creative and look for containers around your home. All pots need a minimum of four holes drilled in the bottom. Useful side holes drilled ¼-½ inch from the bottom for additional drainage can be done. Without drainage, the plant roots will rot.Always use good quality, new potting mix inside your pots. Diseases and weed seeds hide in the heavy garden soil. Potting mix is lightweight, drains well and has disease- and weed-                 free properties. When using larger pots, fill the pot where it will grow. It will become heavy when filled with the mix, so rollers used on the bottom of the pot are useful to move it. Do you dream of salad with fresh, homegrown tomatoes?Do you live in an apartment with a sunny patio that gets 6-8 hours of sun a day? Is it difficult to bend down? Do you want to grow a garden but lack time and energy for a large garden? If yes is your answer, then container gardening is for you!Choose a new pot or you can reuse an older pot. To reuse an old pot, you should wash out the soil, disinfect the pot and let dry. Line the bottom of the pot with a coffee filter or used fabric softener sheet to keep the potting mix from washing out. Small rocks covered with landscape cloth can be placed in the larger pot to help with drainage. Slightly moisten potting mix to repot. Add a bottom layer of the mix adjusting to support the plant’s roots. Put the plant in the pot and fill in around the sides packing the soil lightly. Leave a 1-2 inch headspace in the pot for watering.A 6-10 inch pot is good for growing green onions, parsley and herbs. Smaller pots are appropriate for herbs, lettuce and radishes. Plant dwarf tomatoes and chard in 1-2 gallon pots. Use 5 gallon pots for tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Cucumbers can be planted in 5 gallon containers but need an additional place to grow as a vine.center_img Minimize disease by only watering your soil, not the leaves. Pour water in the soil until the water runs out of the drainage hole. Water your pot when the top ½ inch of soil is dry. If you live upstairs, place pots on gravel lined, trays to catch overflow water. Your downstairs neighbors will appreciate you.Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener, Eileen Slater, at jcmgenslater@gmail.com or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461.last_img read more

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Peter Dinklage to Take on Title Role in New Cyrano Musical at Goodspeed

first_img Emmy winner and stage veteran Peter Dinklage has been announced to star in a new musical adaptation of the Edmond Rostand classic Cyrano de Bergerac, set to appear at Goodspeed Musicals’ Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut. Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train) will co-star as Roxane in the production scheduled to run from August 3-September 2. Goodspeed’s Cyrano has been adapted and will be directed by Erica Schmidt.Goodspeed’s new take on Cyrano—a legendary romance about a proud and impassioned poet who ghostwrites love letters to his true love—features music by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the rock band The National, and lyrics by Matt Berninger of The National along with Carin Besser.Dinklage’s stage credits include off-Broadway performances in Cinderella, Evolution, Richard III, An Oak Tree, A Month in the Country and Things We Want. He is a Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winner for Game of Thrones.A sung version of Rostand’s Cyrano is not unheard of. A 1973 Broadway adaptation featured music by Michael J. Lewis and lyrics by Anthony Burgess, winning Christopher Plummer a Tony Award for his turn in the title role. A 1994 Cyrano musical featured a score by Ad Van Dijk and Koen Van Dijk, with Bill Van Dijk playing Cyrano.Additional casting for Goodspeed’s Cyrano musical will be announced at a later date. Peter Dinklage(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

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68 House members write Watt over FHLB criteria concerns

first_imgA bipartisan group of 68 House members, echoing concerns aired by NAFCU, yesterday told Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt that his agency’s proposal to revise Federal Home Loan Bank membership criteria could jeopardize the banks’ liquidity functions for credit unions and community banks.“The FHLBanks serve as a critical source of liquidity for community banks, credit unions and their various other members, as witnessed by the crucial role the FHLBanks played during the financial crisis,” the lawmakers, led by Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., and David Scott, D-Ga., wrote. “The Banks also serve as an important conduit to the secondary markets for community financial institutions.”They said Congress has retained authority to determine the scope and nature of FHLB membership eligibility. “As recently as four years ago, Congress adjusted FHLBank membership rules and did not choose to narrow eligibility for participation in the system, making its intent clear.”They urged that Watt “reconsider this proposal and begin a dialogue with Congress, where these important policy decisions should be made.”NAFCU is reviewing FHFA’s membership criteria proposal. Comments were originally due Nov. 12, but Watt pushed that to Jan. 12 following a request from NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and another from Senate Banking leaders. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Minnesota men’s tennis earns two conference victories

first_imgMinnesota men’s tennis earns two conference victoriesThe Gophers improved to 3-0 in conference play.Jack RodgersJunior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2. Max BiegertMarch 26, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota came into conference play over the weekend with a 1-0 record in the Big Ten.By the end of their two duals, the Gophers remained undefeated.No. 35 Minnesota (10-4, 3-0) beat Nebraska (9-6, 0-3) 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center, after taking down Iowa 4-3 on Friday. The Gophers grabbed the doubles point Sunday after victories from the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. From there, Minnesota controlled the singles competition and clinched the victory.“It was a shaky start, but we stopped the bleeding and got the doubles point,” head coach Geoff Young said. “It’s a good thing even when you are not playing your best, to be able to pull it out is a positive.”The doubles portion of the dual was very tight. Minnesota’s 78th-ranked duo Felix Corwin and Matic Spec dropped their match 2-6 in the No. 1 spot. The Gophers were going to need victories in the final two spots to secure the doubles point and they did. First, Marino Alpeza and Stefan Milicevic picked up the hard-fought victory 7-5. About 10 seconds later, the duo of Josip Krstanovic and Justyn Levin won 6-4.Spec made quick work of his opponent, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles position. Milicevic followed suit winning in straight sets as well 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 3 spot.Krstanovic earned the clinching point for the dual. He won in straight sets 6-0, 6-4. Krstanovic clinched the Gophers win earlier in the weekend in Iowa as well.Corwin lost his first set to the Minnesota native Toby Boyer, but battled back to take the next two. Jackson Allen also added a three-set victory.“We are just getting it done in multiple ways and getting up 4-0 right away was important,” Spec said. “At the end of the day, these wins help build confidence for matches to come.” Gophers win in tight match against IowaThe Gophers match against Iowa came down to the No. 6 spot and Krstanovic out-battled his opponent to clinch the victory for the Gophers.Minnesota beat Iowa (9-9, 1-2) 4-3 on Friday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa. The match couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Gophers as they took down a pair ranked doubles teams for Iowa. Krstanovic’s singles match went three sets and was decided in a tiebreak.“[In] doubles, we didn’t get broken at all and that is rare, so I was happy about that,” Young said. “They are a good team; to get it on the road feels good.”Krstanovic’s thrilling day began in doubles. The unranked pairing of Levin and Krstanovic pulled off the upset in the No. 2 doubles spot, beating the No. 40 ranked duo Piotr Smietana and Will Davies of Iowa 6-4. That match clinched the doubles point for Minnesota.Corwin and Spec defeated No. 70 Kareem Allaf and Jonas Larsen of Iowa 6-2.Both Corwin and Spec transitioned nicely into singles competition. Corwin defeated his opponent in straight sets — 6-1, 6-2. Spec was locked in a tight battle against Smietana, but pulled out the victory 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.“It was very big win, that was a very tough match,” Krstanovic said. “I saw that the guy I was playing was on an eight match winning streak and I was glad to end it in clinching fashion which is always fun.”last_img read more

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No spills at Tuckey’s tower

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Erin’s Eyes Were Smiling

first_imgValerie Bando-Meinken (Marie Stokes Patricia-Gilchrest, Pat Erb, Jean Ruggles) Valerie Bando-Meinken (Joe Bloecker serves dinner) The Friends of Erin served over a hundred hungry friends at their annual corn beef and cabbage dinner at The Point Bar and Grill in Montauk on Saturday evening. Songs by Todd the Guitarman added just the right touch of spice to the event and a 50-50 raffle guaranteed someone was going home with their own pot of gold. Proceeds from the event will help fund the upcoming St. Patrick’s parade. Make sure you put your green on and catch the festivities starting at 11:30 AM on Sunday, March 25. Sharelast_img

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Miller releases 2016 Full-Line Catalog

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Public Works Minister resigns

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics Public Works Minister resigns by: – March 2, 2016 2980 Views   11 comments Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Ian Pinard (file photo)Minister for Public Works and Ports Ian Pinard has resigned.Minister Pinard, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for the Soufriere Constituency, tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Wednesday 2 March 2016.“In recent days, allegations of serious inappropriate behavior have been made against me in the media and elsewhere in relation to matters, which the public rightly is and has been most concerned about. I believe I have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to you to address you on this matter,” Minister Pinard said in the statement issued late Wednesday.“In light of these allegations, I consider that my continued presence in the Cabinet can adversely impact the very important work this government is doing and must continue to do for the people of Dominica,” he noted.There have been reports of alleged unlawful and inappropriate conduct by three adult males on a 15 year old girl; a report which the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force confirmed that it is investigating.“In order to allow me to more appropriately address the allegations against me and also in order to focus on other very important personal matters, I have earlier today tendered to the Honorable Prime Minister my resignation as a minister of government with immediate effect,” Mr Pinard stated. Mr Pinard however informed that he will continue to serve the residents of the Soufriere Constituency, “pending what I am confident will be a successful conclusion of this matter”.He also expressed “profound thanks” to Prime Minister Skerrit, who is also the Leader of the Dominica Labour Party, for giving him the opportunity to serve the country at the highest level. “I also wish to thank the constituents of the Soufriere Constituency for the support and confidence they have reposed in me. I assure you of my continued readiness to serve you,” Mr Pinard indicated. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force said earlier on Wednesday, through its Public Relations Officer, Pelham Jno Baptiste, that an investigation into the allegations has been launched in an effort “to quell public anxiety” and “protect the interest of innocent citizens”.It is hoped that by the weekend, the Dominica Police Force will be in a position to shed further light on those investigations and also to advise on any consequent cause of action.However, the Police Department is urging members of the Dominican public, resident here and abroad, particularly the media, to cooperate with law enforcement officers by allowing these investigations to run their full course. “The administration of justice is hindered when rampant speculation and false words are used to contaminate the investigative process,” Mr Jno Baptiste noted.Video Playerhttps://www.dominicavibes.dm/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Statement.mp400:0000:0001:39Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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U.S. targets agriculture pollution in Saginaw Bay

first_imgU.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says farmers interested in participating in a federal program to reduce pollution in Saginaw Bay have until July 22 to enroll.The Michigan Democrat said Tuesday that Saginaw Bay is one of three watersheds in the U.S. included in the preservation and conservation effort. It’s part of President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and has $550,000 in funding.advertisementadvertisement Stabenow chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. Her office says the effort “will improve the bay’s water and habitat conditions by helping agricultural landowners and producers to implement critical conservation practices that prevent nutrients and sediment from reaching the bay’s waters.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is overseeing the effort. It held a public meeting in Bay City last month on the program. PD—AP newswire reportlast_img read more

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