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Garden Gift

first_img Still can’t decide? “Most garden centers are as ready for holiday shoppers as malls are,” McLaurin said. “Even if you aren’t an experienced gardener, experts will be on hand to help you pick the right gift for the gardener in your life. And if all else fails, remember that load of manure.” Some say the best holiday gifts come in small packages. Others prefer them by the truckload. A University of Georgia scientist said a truckload of manure — or compost or topsoil — isn’t a bad idea for an avid gardener. “For hard-to-buy-for people, holiday gift-giving can be a chore. You’re in luck, though, if you have gardeners to buy for,” said Wayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There’s always something new, or coveted, in the gardening world,” McLaurin said. “And there are plenty of places to find them.” Gardening is the No. 1 hobby in the United States. And whether interests lie in flowers or trees, vegetables, fruits or houseplants, new equipment and cultivars appear almost monthly. “Many of the new plants coming out are excellent,” McLaurin said. “A Georgia release that comes to mind, called ‘Honeycomb,’ is a butterfly bush (Buddleia) that has nice yellow flowers and attracts butterflies.” If you can’t find the plant your gardener wants, get a gift certificate. Most gardeners have patience to wait for just the right plant. And gift ideas don’t stop with flowers. “Don’t forget about containers to put them in,” McLaurin said. “Clay, ceramic, brushed metal and plastic baskets all make nice gifts.” If you buy a potted plant and a container, remember the plants’ need for drainage. “Leave the plants in the uglier plastic pots,” McLaurin said, “and set them down in the decorative containers. Don’t forget to buy a plastic liner to catch runoff.” If you don’t want to give a living plant, or you need to mail the gift, many gardening catalogs will mail direct. “Gardeners never get enough tools,” McLaurin promised. “There are shovels and trowels, rakes and hoses. Drip irrigation sets, or outdoor lighting kits, solar lights, stepping stones, soaker hoses and mulching machines abound.” If you’re shopping for a major gardening gift, this is a good time of year to buy weed whackers, lawn mowers, tillers, wheel barrows and edgers. Hand tools for weeding, raking and planting make good stocking stuffers. “Recycling and composting are popular among gardeners,” McLaurin said. “Start your gardener off with a variety of compost bins. The larger ones will work best. For the experienced composter, consider compost thermometers, turners, test kits and sieves.” If gardening gadgets are taking over, look at some storage components, from storage benches to shelves or tool racks. Outdoor models come in many sizes, from big enough for a few tools to those that can house a tractor. Gardening and nature go hand-in-hand. What about bird feeders and bird houses? Then there are bat houses, butterfly houses and even toad abodes to shelter the frogs and toads that visit your garden. Ladybug homes and bee hives can add even more to your garden. Other great gardening gifts: Decorative items like statuaries, fountains, bird baths, garden sculpture or ornamental trellises and archways. Patio furniture: garden benches, tables, shelves, umbrellas, potting benches, kneeling benches, work stools and rolling carts. Books on every aspect of gardening: technical manuals, decorative tabletop books, garden journals — or try a subscription to one of the many gardening magazines. Clothing: a garden apron, work pants, garden smock, tool vest or belt, gloves to fit all jobs, waterproof garden shoes and boots, rain suits, bug suits (with protective bug netting) and all kinds of hats are sure to please.last_img read more

Los Angeles utility, developer sign record-low contract for solar-plus-storage project

first_imgLos Angeles utility, developer sign record-low contract for solar-plus-storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:When Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced his city’s Green New Deal in April — a plan that will accelerate its zero emissions and renewable energy goals — his words were welcomed by the Sierra Club and other climate activists. Now the city’s Department of Water and Power has presented a proposal that will help turn those words into reality.If approved, the city will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MW AC/530 MW DC of solar electricity at a price of 1.997 cents per kWh — the lowest price yet for solar power in the US. Adding a 100 MW/200 MWh battery will cost an additional 1.3 cents per kWh. The project includes the option to add 50 MW/200 MWh of energy storage for 0.665 cents per kWh more.The project, known as the Eland Solar & Storage Center, will be built in two 200 MW AC phases in Kern County north of the city and proud home of beautiful downtown Bakersfield. In the second phase, the size of the battery storage component may double. In an e-mail to PV Magazine, 8minute Solar says there is no price escalator clause that applies to the second phase of the project.The battery storage can be used to meet the late afternoon, early evening surge in energy demand that occurs on a daily basis. There is a possibility it may also be used to meet some of the early morning increase in demand. Using stored electricity means there is no need to ramp up gas fired peaker plants, which is good news for the environment.Representatives of LA Water and Power say they are drawing up plans for 7 other solar power plants to help meet the city’s needs for electricity in coming years. Construction of the first phase of the project is expected to begin in 2022 with a completion date set for the last day of 2023. When it is brought online, it is expected to supply 5% of the city’s renewable energy needs. More: Los Angeles & 8minute Solar announce 25-year PPA at under 2 cents per kWh!last_img read more

Regeneration: For the common good

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SOLD: Blockbuster auction weekend ahead in Brisbane

first_imgThis house at 31 Billington St, Alderley, is going to auction on Saturday.AN ARRAY of classic Queenslanders are set to go under the hammer, but a rare block of vacant land could create the biggest buzz among buyers in Brisbane this weekend.At least three potential parties have already put their hands up to bid for the 405 sqm parcel in the sought-after, inner city suburb of Norman Park.Investors and builders will be hungry for a piece of the auction action at 93 Macrossan Avenue on Saturday when Place Estate Agents get things underway at 11am. This block of residential land at 93 Macrossan Ave, Norman Park, is going to auction on Saturday.For early risers, another auction in Norman Park will be taking place around the corner at 92 Morehead Avenue on Saturday.A 1930s Queenslander with traditional features such as VJ walls, picture rails and casement windows will go under the hammer at 9am.The home has been beautifully updated, with the contemporary kitchen featuring a walk-in pantry, stone bench tops, Miele appliances and bi-fold servery windows and doors opening out to a back deck. This house at 92 Morehead Ave, Norman Park, is going to auction on Saturday.The property is within walking distance to parks, shops, restaurants, cafes and public transport. It’s likely to be popular with growing families wanting to secure a place in the catchment of Seven Hills State School, or to be close to St Thomas’ Primary Camp Hill, Lourdes Hill College and Anglican Church Grammar School. Inside the house at 92 Morehead Ave, Norman Park.On Brisbane’s northside, another character-filled Queenslander is up for grabs in Alderley.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 31 Billington Street is in the prized Wilston State School catchment and within walking distance of coffee shops, neighbourhood bars and restaurants. This house at 31 Billington St, Alderley, is going to auction on Saturday.The home has been renovated to inspire entertaining, with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area seamlessly connecting with an outdoor entertaining space and pool.Traditional features such as the leadlight entry, timber floors and decorative pressed metal ceilings blend with modern extensions at the back of the home.There is room for further expansion, with the undercroft of the home left undeveloped.Craig Clydsdale of Ray White Alderley is taking the property to auction at 10am on Saturday. Inside the house at 31 Billington St, Alderley, which is going to auction on Saturday.And in nearby Ashgrove, a huge house with some quirky features will make buyers look twice.Perched on a 1000 sqm block, the home at 32 Lindsay Street is a renovator’s delight, having been in the same family for 34 years.It will also appeal to those with a view to levelling the block and starting again. This house at 32 Lindsay St, Ashgrove, is going to auction on Saturday.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoAshgrove is a high demand suburb, with an abundance of parks, shops and public transport options.It is also sought after for its schools, including Mt St Michael’s and Marist College.The property is scheduled to go under the hammer at 2pm on Saturday. This house at 32 Lindsay St, Ashgrove, is going to auction on Saturday.Finally, on the Sunshine Coast, a ground floor unit on Kawana Island, near Mooloolaba is on offer.The stand-alone, four-bedroom apartment at 208/1 Fiji Court is only three years’ old, spans 216 sqm and has a private courtyard.It has all the advantages of a waterfront home, with the complex right on the water’s edge and with its own pontoon. This unit at 208/1 Fiji Court, Kawana Island, is going to auction on Saturday. This unit at 208/1 Fiji Court, Kawana Island, is going to auction on Saturday.Facilities within the apartment complex include landscaped grounds, a resort swimming pool, a barbecue and a tennis court.Ideal for buyers who don’t have the budget for a waterfront home with ocean access.last_img read more

It’s great to be back,Onyekuru in cloud nine after bouncing back from illness

first_img Loading… Onyekuru  After being released from the hospital, the 22-year-old was at the stands to watch Galatasaray’s 2-1 home win over Denizlispor on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Onyekuru returned to Galatasaray after his underwhelming six months at Monaco. The Nigerian first played for Galatasaray while on loan from Everton in the 2018/2019 season. Read Also:Onyekuru sets target at Gala, to return against Demirspor Onyekuru scored 16 goals in all competitions to help Galatasaray to a league and cup double that season. He then joined on a permanent deal before his return on loan again to Turkey. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Galatasaray Football Club of Turkey forward, Henry Onyekuru, is excited that he is back in full swing and ready to be playing again for his club. The Nigerian player expressed his heart-warming praises to the Lord for spearing his life and with the new hope that he would succeed in his career. The Turkey-based player stated in his twitter handle: ‘It’s a blessing to be back doing what I love! 2020 started with little setback due to illness but I’m 100% now. Let’s get started! God is Good’. Onyekuru recently returned to training after surviving a bout of illness. He was hospitalised for more than a week in Turkey due to malaria just after he sealed a loan move back to his former club Galatasaray. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be AwesomeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Affordlast_img read more

Trojan Football Standout Tanner Yocum Signs With Saints

first_imgEast Central Trojan Football standout Tanner Yocum has signed to attend Thomas More College.  The student-athlete will be majoring in Education.Tanner is the son of Chris and Cathy Yocum and was a member of The 2017 EC Trojans 4A State Championship team coached by Justin Roden.last_img

Lady Pirates Blanked By Lady Shiners

first_imgLady Pirates Soccer hosted Rising Sun to claim a hard-fought loss. While the home team only allowed 12 shots on goal, four found the back of the net. The pirates managed to take 14 shots but could not advance the scoreboard.A highlight for the Pirates was seven different players managed to take those shots. Those seven where Emily Rosales, taking four, Kylie Hostetler, taking three, both Mykenzi Morlan and Haley Bockover with a pair, while Emily Million, Natalie Kalinowski, and Kayla Haycock all had one. The defense was strong as it has been for the past several games.   This brings the Lady Pirates record to 1-3-3 and they host conference rival East Central Tuesday (9/17) at 5. This will also be Senior Night for the Pirates.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img

Wenger: We got stuck in second gear

first_img The draw means both Manchester City and Chelsea can overtake the Barclays Premier League leaders if they win their respective fixtures but Wenger, whose side arrived late due to congestion around the stadium, refused to see their draw as a missed opportunity. “I think in the first-half Southampton played very well and we didn’t play well,” he said. “Southampton deserved the lead at half-time and in the second-half I felt we played well and it was a very good football game. “We played in second gear and Southampton in fourth. They played at a higher pace than us, decided to stop us from playing and did it very well. It is difficult to maintain but they did it for 90 minutes and they did it very well in the first-half. “You want the three points in every game but it is a difficult place Southampton. When you look at the overall record it can happen sometimes away from home you take only one point.” Flamini was dismissed with 10 minutes remaining for a two-footed challenge on Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin but Wenger felt his player was unfortunate to be sent off. “To me it looked harsh,” he said. “He got the ball. At some stage we have all the feet off the ground – when you want to run you need to put the feet off the ground. Press Association “If you say that every time a guy makes the two-footed tackle it is a red card he deserved a red card. If you say was it a violent tackle I would say no as he played the ball. I don’t know, the referee made the decision, we have to cope with it.” The France international will now miss the next four Arsenal fixtures, including Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace, and Wenger’s options in midfield will be further limited following a setback in Aaron Ramsey’s return. “Aaron Ramsey is out for longer than we expected as he had a little setback yesterday in training so I couldn’t bring him here,” Wenger confirmed. “It is the same muscle. He felt it a bit again so we have to be cautious this time.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side did enough to win the game and praised his players for not letting their heads drop following Arsenal’s two goals at the start of the second half. “I thought the team was outstanding,” he said. “We were sensational in the first half and did really well. It was total football. In the second half we didn’t start so well and conceded two quick goals. I would highlight fact we were able to get back into it – we showed amazing character and we deserved to win in the end.” Arsenal were thoroughly outplayed in the first half as Jose Fonte’s 21st-minute header gave Saints a well-deserved lead at the break. Two quick-fire goals after the interval, with in-form duo Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla once again on target, gave the visitors a lead to defend before Adam Lallana pulled Southampton level and Mathieu Flamini saw red late on. Arsenal’s team coach was delayed in arriving at Southampton before a performance which Arsene Wenger conceded saw his side play in second gear – but the Gunners’ boss refused to see the result as two points dropped.last_img read more

Phelps bows out of Games with gold in men’s relay

first_imgMICHAEL Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold in what looks like being his final Games, as Britain took silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay on Saturday night.Phelps, 31, secured his fifth gold of Rio 2016 when he teamed up with Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian to set a new Games record of three minutes 27.95 seconds.Britain finished 2.71 seconds adrift, with Australia in third.USA also successfully defended their title in the women’s 4x100m medley.Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel clocked 3:53.13 to win USA’s 1,000th gold at a summer Games.“Getting off the bus and walking to the pool tonight, I pretty much felt myself starting to crack,” said Phelps.“Last warm-up, last time putting on a suit, last time walking out in front of people, representing my country… it’s insane.“This is how I wanted to finish my career. I’ve lived a dream come true. Being able to cap it off with these Games is just the perfect way to finish.”The American legend bowed out with 28 medals from five Olympics after making his debut in 2000.That is 10 more than the next best. Gymnast Larisa Latynina, who competed for the Soviet Union between 1956 and 1964, won 18, nine of them gold.last_img read more

Cricket News When it comes to preparation, Virat is similar to Tendulkar, says Ravi Shastri

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Nottingham: Virat Kohli’s passion is unmatched and his game sense could only be compared to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, feels Indian team’s head coach Ravi Shastri. Kohli has so far scored 440 runs with two hundreds in three Tests as India made a comeback with a 203-run win in the Trent Bridge game.“He (Kohli) is very passionate about the game. He loves batting. He loves to do the hard yards. His work ethic is second to none and I have not seen any cricketer. I will put (Sachin) Tendulkar in that bracket when it comes to preparation, visualising situations, how he goes about planning, ability to stay in present—great qualities in any human being,” Shastri told Mike Atherton during an interview for Sky Sports.Shastri said that despite two classic Test match innings 97 and 103 in Nottingham, Kohli will start with a clean slate in the next game.Also Read | Anushka Sharma’s Sui Dhaaga latest memes are complete laugh riot“I promise you that these two innings, he has forgotten. He will take guard as if he has not got runs in this series,” Shastri said.The former all-rounder reiterated that the current fast bowling unit is “best by a mile” in the history of Indian cricket.“Oh by a mile (if they are best group of fast bowlers) and (also in terms of) bench strength. If you look, the two potently best bowlers for English conditions would have been Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.“We didn’t have them at all right through the ODI series (Bumrah had a fractired wrist and Bhuvneshwar had back issue) and also not at the start of the Test series. So we couldn’t play as a unit, then we have Ishant, and Shami and we have Umesh in the reserves, who is bowling beautifully. They can come into play anytime.”Terming this as India’s most clinical performance since he took over, Shastri said that the aim will be to be the “best travelling side.”“We know we will thrash teams at home. There’s no chance for opposition if they come to India and if we prepare tracks that suit us. But we want to go outside and win and I think this side can be the best travelling side in the world.” last_img read more