Successful gardeners know that a bountiful harvest in the summer begins with proper planning in the spring. When the weather is still too cold to till the soil, seasoned gardeners are indoors ordering specialty seeds and planning what to plant and where.Veteran gardeners know the key to success is keeping accurate records, University of Georgia Extension consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield said. “You need to know where everything is planted, how much you planted, the varieties you planted, the dates you planted them and when you fertilized,” he said. “All of this information will help you solve problems, and avoid them, down the road.”Select vegetables to consume, and plant only enough to fill predetermined needs. Westerfield learned from his past mistake of planting too much zucchini squash. “We had so many, we gave to all our friends and everyone at church and then we start looking for cracked car windows to slip them into,” he said. To reap a hearty harvest, create a garden plan before putting hoe to soil. When guiding home gardeners across the state, Westerfield recommends planting in an east-west direction.“Sunlight is key to healthy garden plants. They need from six to eight hours of sunlight per day,” he said. “Sunlight is also essential for growth and disease control because keeping the plants dry helps fight disease.”Keeping accurate records also helps gardeners rotate crops. It’s what Westerfield calls “an ancient method that helps break the disease cycle.” This means not planting the same family of vegetables in the same spot every year. “It’s not a magic cure, but it’s one more (tip) in an arsenal of help,” he said.An example would be, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers are in the same plant “family,” he said. Avoid planting any of these in the same location of each other for up to three seasons. Plant another “family” of vegetables in that spot.To extend the garden’s harvest, stagger planting, too. For example, plant a few new squash plants every two or three weeks. This method also helps with pest control.“Squash borers are a tremendous problem. I just keep planting more squash to try and stay ahead of them,” Westerfield said. “Some for them and some for us.”Also, don’t plant too many plants and overcrowd your garden. Plants need space for ventilation and to keep disease pressure down. Taller crops like okra, corn and sunflowers grow tall and will shade other crops. Keep this in mind when designing plant rows early in the season. Vegetables also mature at different times and rates. “Radishes take just 28 days from seed to harvest while corn takes 60 days or so. Other crops fall anywhere in between,” he said.Keep notes on the varieties planted, taste and whether plant performed to expectations. Next winter, consult these notes before ordering seeds for the next garden.For more information on home gardening, see the UGA Extension publication website at extension.uga.edu/publications/.
groSolar Brings Solar Hot Water to Fenway ParkMay 19, 2008 – White River Junction, VT — Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park now has more green than just their field and their 37 foot, two inch left field wall, nicknamed the Green Monster. The major league baseball stadium has been undergoing an environmentally friendly makeover that includes the installation of a solar hot water system by groSolar, North America’s premier distributor, installer and integrator of solar power solutions for homes and businesses.The solar hot-water system is part of the Solar Boston program, a 2-year, $600,000 initiative to increase the city’s solar energy output 50-fold by 2015. Solar Boston will help the city respond to climate change, rising fuel price and the need for energy independence by supporting the development of clean, alternative sources of energy citywide.groSolar installed 28 Heliodyne solar hot water collectors and four 400 gallon storage tanks that will be tied to Fenway’s existing water system. The solar-heated water will supply the park and the restaurants on the lower levels of Fenway, and is expected to reduce the park’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 18 tons.”We are honored to assist Fenway and the City of Boston in their drive and determination to ‘turn Bean Town into Green Town,’ as Mayor Menino so eloquently put it.” says groSolar’s Marketing Director, Kelli Pippin. “Solar is our forte and it’s also the cleanest, greenest weapon we know of in the fight against global warming.”About groSolargroSolar is North American’s premier distributor, installer and integrator of solar energy systems for residential and commercial installations. Founded in 1998 in Vermont, groSolar has grown to encompass ten offices and five warehouses across North America. groSolar is a mission driven company dedicated to providing high value products, systems and services that deliver peace of mind through solar energy solutions and whole energy appreciation. Learn more at groSolar.com# # # read more
â€‹FIFA is considering replacing international friendlies with a new ‘World League’.Â According to the proposal the implementation would last a whole year and divide nations into first, second and third divisions.The proposal comes with FIFA conducting a broad review of international tournaments ahead of next summer’s World Cup.Friendlies have proved increasingly unpopular given the focus on club football and there is a growing perception that they are nothing more than a distraction.The ‘World League’ appears to have similarities to the ‘UEFA Nations League’, which is how European countries will qualify for the 2020 European Championship.That has led to complaints from South American nations such as Argentina and Brazil who are finding it harder to play lucrative games against European opposition.FIFA is now discussing the idea of the ‘World League’, which would likely be introduced in 2019 and involve sides from different continents.The divisions would represent the quality of the countries involved using the world rankings as a criteria, and would be played over the duration of a year.It might not be the only overhaul planned by football’s world governing body. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has revealed that all competitions in men’s and women’s international football will be evaluated to make them more attractive to a wider audience, and that the review will be completed by March next year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
19 Sep 2018 Views sought on distance in golf A global online questionnaire and data-gathering exercise on distance in golf has been launched by The R&A and the USGA as part of the Distance Insights project.The detailed questionnaire is open to all interested participants in golf until 31 October 2018 and is available in ten languages. Administered independently by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc., it can be accessed at both www.randa.org/distanceinsights and www.usga.org/distanceinsightsEach person who takes the survey will be asked a series of universal questions about distance in golf (defined by how far shots travel), such as:• What do you think makes golf most interesting to watch?• Do you think recreational golfers are hitting shots further than they did five years ago?• Do you think elite / professional golfers are hitting shots further than they did five years ago?• What do you think should be most important to success in the game of golf?Participants who express interest while taking the survey may be invited to take part in follow-up telephone interviews or online group conversations to gather deeper perspectives on the topic. While individual responses will be confidential, anonymised global survey results will be published in the final Distance Insights project report, to be delivered in 2019.The R&A and the USGA will also accept relevant original or commissioned data and research directly related to distance via email until 20 December 2018. Individuals or organisations may also request to present their data in person. The Distance Insights email address as well as terms and conditions regarding the submission of research and data can be found here.Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We want to hear the views of those involved in golf throughout the world about distance and what it means for the sport. This is an important stage of the Distance Insights project and we would encourage people with an interest in golf to share their perspectives with us. There are many different points of view and considerations on distance and we want to make sure we have as full a picture as possible.”Information on the Distance Insights project, including frequently asked questions, historical data and general terms and conditions for submitting data, can be found at the R&A or USGA Tags: Distance, R&A, Research, USGA read more