Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 1 By Kristen PlankUniversity of GeorgiaUpgrading your garden to organic is not only healthy but easy to do, says Bob Westerfield, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist on the University of Georgia Griffin campus. “When I teach my organic gardening class, I use a balanced and modified approach,” said Westerfield, a consumer horticulture specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.To start, Westerfield recommends raised beds to set the garden apart and to allow for good drainage.The next main step is “building” the organic soil. “This is key,” he said. “Fill the beds with a combination of compost, horse or animal manure and bags of pine bark.”When you’re building the soil, it often takes a lot of animal manure to get the correct nitrate amount. Westerfield suggests supplementing the soil with a bagged fertilizer as well as organic. This will keep the plants healthy.”Some people think nitrogen from horse manure is better then Wal-Mart fertilizer,” he said. “In fact, the plant can’t tell where the nitrogen came from.”Reduce, don’t eliminateReduce the number of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers you use, he said. But you don’t have to eliminate them. “There are tons of ways to keep your plants as healthy as possible without using harsh pesticides,” he said.Organic pesticides, such as Neem and Safer Soap, are on the market to help prevent bug intrusions. Westerfield recommends nonspraying tactics such as “scouting” (counting numbers of insect pests and beneficial insects to determine control needs) and handpicking insects off plants before they become infested.Buy resistant plant varieties, too. And rotate your crops, never planting the same family of vegetables in the same place two years in a row.Best plantsWhen choosing which plants to begin a garden, Westerfield suggests picking up hybrid varieties from the store or transplants from a nursery. These are more disease-resistant and will be easier to grow.His suggestions for easy “beginner” plants: “It’s hard to fail on snap or green beans. Also, radishes, peppers and squash are good to start off.”Knowing exactly what was applied to the garden is one of the many benefits. “Growing your own crops and knowing you used nature to help it along is very satisfying,” he said.Still, pesticides aren’t bad, he insists, if you correctly follow the directions.Some commercially grown vegetables, though, enter the country without any information on the types or amounts of chemicals used, he said. This could lead to harmful effects, so be sure to wash grocery vegetables carefully.(Kristen Plank is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
A fairytale facade. 7 Reading Street, Paddington Qld 4064.A FAIRYTALE historic house in one of the most in-demand suburbs in Brisbane has hit the market – and it’s going to make for a cracker auction come December. Reading House, built 1895, on Reading Street in Paddington, has just come up for sale via auction through The Public Trustee – and there will be no offers considered before the property goes under the hammer. The property has a pool. The views are jawdropping.The Office was marketing it as “an especially rare opportunity to own a part of Brisbane’s history in a tightly held and most desirable blue chip Paddington enclave”.The Public Trustee’s Office was expecting some serious action on this property, and has urged buyers “to begin their preparations now to ensure their success for this once in a lifetime opportunity”.The land size was 810sq m, and it currently has 220sq m of living space. There are several heritage features still in the property.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago Dream outlook.The home will be sold at an in-room auction at the Wests Rugby club in Toowong at 6.30pm on Thursday, December 7. Bidder registration opens half an hour beforehand.The property, at the top end of Latrobe Terrace, has jawdropping views of the suburb’s tree-lined streets and the Brisbane skyline.“Reading House is a truly grandiose residence and properly respects a renovation of only the highest specification that will transform this home into an executive residence and one of Brisbane finest Federation Style estates.” The home sits on an 810sq m block.
National junior stars, Michael Osewa, Angel Mcleod and Fortune Aniso headlined some of the star performers at the ongoing 2016 NNPC Junior Tennis Championship at the National Stadium Lagos.Osewa, who was scheduled to be in the ITF European Tour but could not attend due to the French Embassy’s refusal to issue him visa won three of his group matches.He defeated Ezekiel Ekong of Lagos 9-2 in the boy’s 16&under while he also defeated Kazeem Fadipe 9-1 in the 18&under.McLeod also showed class as she won all her preliminary matches to advance to the next round. She defeated Toyin Asogba 9-8 on Centre Court on yesterday in the girl’s 16&under.There were also wins for Rivers State duo of Fortune Aniso and Timipre Maxwell. Aniso defeated Omolade Aderemi and Esther Olamide both from Ondo State 9-0, 9-0 to advance to the next stage in the girl’s U16 and Maxwell was equally ruthless with 9-0 bashings of Esther Marshall of Cross River and Ebere Igbokwe in the girl’s 14&under.Marylove Edward was also impressive winning two of her three games in the preliminary round. Emmanuel Jebutu also looks good to progress by beating his Lagos teammate Wilson Igbinovia 9-4 and Fabian Joseph of Kaduna 9-6.Christopher Bulus of Kaduna defeated Ahmed Adefilaka 9-2 but lost to Stephen Augustine 9-4 and needs to beat Promise Ekong to progress in the boy’s 18&under.Daniel Adeleye of Ekiti also glowed brightly, winning all his four group matches in the boy’s 12&under.The tournament which is featuring over 130 players from all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory is organised by the International Tennis Academy run by Godwin Kienka and sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram