first_imgOrganise your garden tools – you’ll know what you have then!It’s the time of Spring Cleaning around the home, indeed I was listening to Sean Moncreiff on Newstalk the other day and he was interviewing a stylist who was encouraging women to clean out their wardrobes so that they could (a) see what they have (b) utilise things which are maybe tucked in at the back and (c) throw stuff anyway they don’t use!And this got me thinking are we as sentimental when it comes to the garden?Do you gather up old tools, gadgets and things without putting them to use. Did you buy a push lawnmower once in Lidl and think ‘From now on I’m gonna cut the lawn with this and get fit.’ You used it twice and then hung it up in the shed as a lasting memory to your irrational purchasing? Well now is the time to clean up the shed, garden and garage!Gareth Austinby Gareth AustinFirst thing to do is to empty the shed….yup, bring it all out, lay it all out in front of you and then you can see what you have.Firstly if you’re not using it- someone else will! – so think about donating your spare tools, machinery, pots, canes etc to a local gardening group – such as your nearby National School, Community Garden or Mens Shed project. Then with all your hand tools left, sharpen and oil them…a sharp knife cuts bread handy, a sharp spade cuts through soil just as handy, a well oiled pair of pruners works faster and better than a rusty pair. If you have 2 rakes, 1 with a broken shaft…donate it to the Mens Shed…they’ll put a new shaft on it and make a great job of it. If you have a fork which is all bent and out of shape so the same- I’ve seen the most amazing of things getting made from old pallets in Letterkenny Mens Shed, I’m sure they could do something creative with 6 twisted garden forks.Keep your garden tools sharp – less effort is required to use them!When you have a great clear-out it removes the first problem of gardening – the hassle of getting the right tool out of the shed, when they’re organised you can see what you have- and what you don’t have – so maybe now is the time to pick up a scarifying rake for the lawn, an oscillating hoe for weed management etc.However we do have some sentiment to many of our garden tools, many a time I’ve been presented with the wonkiest of spades to be told ‘Use my mothers spade for that’….a lovel thing to keep, to treasure…but not too use. Keep them old tools, with their memories up on the wall, treasure them, keep them but don’t make them part of your toolkit.Now around the garden growth is in full swing, shoots of perennials are poking through the ground, deciduous trees are leafing up, roses are coming into leaf, hedges are coming into life so now is a time to clean up all the old growth from last year, so old stems, old flower heads, old leaves get them all cut back, gathered up and added to the compost pile. We had encouraged you to keep these on to provide habitats for over-wintering beneficial insects in the garden, but now is the time to clear these all away to allow the light to reach down to all the new fresh shoots.Coffee Grounds make a great soil additiveThe single most beneficial thing you can do to your garden is to feed the soil, a simple old-fashioned act of spreading some well rotted manure around the garden soil has umpteen benefits to you and your plants, ranging from making it easier for you to weed, increasing disease resistance in plants and reducing watering and feeding. Now for many of us getting a link-box of manure dropped of at the house is not possible, and this is where the great folks in the garden centres come in. Every garden centre about sells bags of well-rotted farmyard manure. This Manure is 2 years old, free of straw and sawdust, has little smell, and is easy to handle as it’s in nice clean bags…and the garden centres will generally deliver handily enough too. Use a bag to 2m2, so a nice 3inch thick layer spread as evenly as possible around roses, shrubs, plants etc. The biology in the manure is what makes it so special, far better for the soil than any of the bulk composts you can get. A simple easily sourced form of organic matter I’m making great use of at the moment is coffee grinds. This old coffee grinds is wonderful when planting potatoes, for spreading around strawberries and raspberries and for around roses due to its acidic properties. Also a light sprinkling around soft leaved plants such as your Hostas will deter slugs. The nutrient value of coffee is small (typical NPK would be 2.3-0.06-0.6), compared to fresh manure of NPK 6-3-7, so the benefits of coffee comes from its role in being organic matter for the soil, and its role as a soil amendment. I’ve found every coffee shop I’ve approached more than obliging to ‘donate’ you their coffee grounds- you just have to be consistent in collecting it. I find a Monday a good day to gather buckets after a busy weekend, but for bigger cafes you will need to gather each day. (Typical amounts you can expect from a cafe is 20kg a week…so a big bag of fine organic matter for free….each and every week!!)For the more technical minded amongst you the carbon ratio of used coffee is about 24:1 so the small amount of Nitrogen is fairly available, and is released over a short/medium period. Soil will generally acidify over a period of time, due to weathering rock and rain, and as such an application of 25g/m2 of Lime is required to maintain a stable pH (depending on soil buffering capacity), application of coffee and its associated acidifing properties will increase this liming requirements slightly, to 35g/m2 per year (typically).So to summarise…This week, get the shed cleared out, get the garden tidied up and mulched and start gathering up all the coffee grinds you can get.DD GARDENING WITH GARETH – ‘HORSE THE MANURE INTO IT BOSS’! was last modified: April 1st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

Perth Test: Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja fight with each other on the field

first_imgSeems, all is not well in the Indian camp. On the fourth day of the recently-concluded second Test against Australia in Perth, two senior players from the visiting team – Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja were seen having a heated discussion on the field.The official broadcasters of the ongoing four-Test series Down Under did not miss the opportunity to play the clip of the animated exchanges during the fifth and final day’s play at the Perth Stadium.There is no clear explanation as to what led to the rift between Ishant and Jadeja but it seems the former was not happy with the latter’s fielding position. Notably, Jadeja, who was benched after being named in the 13-man squad, was on the field as a substitute fielder.Ishant and Jadeja can be seen pointing fingers at each other during a brief break in between overs. As the discussion gets heated up, the two come face-to-face along the wicket at the venue before being separated by teammates Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, while commentating for Channel 7, pointed out that things got a bit heated up between Ishant and Jadeja.”Who knows what they’re talking about, it does seem very animated, there’s lots of finger pointing. Things have obviously got a little bit heated between these two,” Ponting said.Ishant Sharma & Ravindra Jadeja were caught fighting & abusing on field yesterday. They were seen pointing fingers at each other in an animated argument. They were separated by Kuldeep & Shami. What’s going on in Indian dressing room? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/j5fw5os0cDadvertisementAbhishek Agarwal (@abhishek2526) December 18, 2018Meanwhile, Australia knocked over the last five Indian batsmen for a mere 28 runs to win the second Test level the four-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.Resuming on their overnight score of 112 for 5, India were banking on Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, their last recognised pair, to pull off a miracle on a difficult pitch at the Optus stadium on the final day.But the Indian lower middle-order and the tail-enders were no match for the Aussie bowlers as the visitors got bowled out for 140 in just over an hour in the first session.Vihari was the first wicket to fall on the final day when he got an inside-edge on his thigh pad off a quick delivery from Starc and the ball carried all the way to Marcus Harris at mid-wicket.Pant followed soon as he got sent back by Nathan Lyon once again in this series for 30. Starc and Pat Cummins then finished off the tail-enders, getting rid of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive overs to trigger the celebrations in the Australian camp.Off-spinner Lyon and fast bowler Starc finished as the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins got 2 each.The win was Australia’s first since the unfortunate ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in March this year and Tim Paine’s first as since he succeeded Steve Smith, who is serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the unfortunate incident against South Africa.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: When and where to watch IPL 2019 Auction LiveAlso Read | Tim Paine relieved after registering first Test win as Australia captainlast_img read more

ITF 13 Crew Abandoned in Sri Lanka Ship Arrested

first_imgThirteen crew members of the general cargo ship Sanad were “left close to starvation” after they were abandoned in Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).The vessel was reportedly abandoned by its owner, the Bahrain-based Tylos Shipping & Marine, and arrested on September 7 for unpaid charges to the port authorities.ITF inspector Ranjan Perera, who has been helping the six Indian, four Jordanian and three Myanmar seafarers from the Bahrain-flagged cargo ship, reported that the “have been left without food or drinking water, and with dwindling fuel reserves that could shut down the generators, posing a serious danger to the crew.”ITF further said that the owner also failed to pay the crew their wages for the last five months.The organization in Sri Lanka is supplying the crew with some food stocks and drinking water, while working with ITF headquarters in London, UK to resolve the situation for the seafarers.Sanad’s earlier AIS data, provided by Marine Traffic, shows that the vessel arrived in Colombo in early June, 2017.last_img read more

BAHAMAS RBDF Personnel attend Customs and Excise Church Service

first_img(RBDF Photos by Able Seaman James Carey) RBDF Photo 4 shows: Cannon Basil Tynes, Rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church bringing the message at the Annual Customs Service on January 21, 2018. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force attended The Bahamas Customs and Excise Annual Church Service this past Sunday 21st January, 2018 at St Barnabas Church.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force saw fit to loan support to the members of the Customs Department as they assembled to give thanks to God to earmark the start of their national customs week.  Also in attendance was the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honorable K. Peter Turnquest, as well as the Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte Mr. Mark Humes.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force works closely with the Bahamas Department of Customs in the execution of its duties and the members of the Force are endowed with certain powers also under the Customs Act.Photo captions: Headershows: Director of Immigration Clarence Russell, Commissioner of Police Mr. Anthony Ferguson, Customs Comptroller Gennine Moss, Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright.Insert shows: A contingent of RBDF Officers at the Annual Customs Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on January 21, 2018. RBDF Photo 3 shows: RBDF Lieutenant Commanders Sonia Miller and Natasha Miller attending the Annual Customs Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on January 21, 2018. Related Items:last_img read more

Heat wave in San Diego County to last throughout the weekend

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, July 12, 2019 Heat wave in San Diego County to last throughout the weekend SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring well into the triple digits today in the San Diego County deserts. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the San Diego County deserts that will be in effect from 10 a.m. today through 8p.m. Monday.High temperatures near the coast will be in the high 70s to low 80s today, while temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s today in the western valleys, forecasters said.A high of around 113 degrees is expected today in Borrego Springs.The scorching temperatures could cool a degree or two over the weekend, but high temperatures were expected to remain around the same before cooler weather arrives Tuesday, according to the NWS.The weather service advised that those who work outdoors should avoid the midday sun, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.Nighttime lows will be in the mid to high 80s today in the county deserts, meaning the minimal cooling at night could pose a health risk to those who don’t have access to air conditioning because the body needs time to cool down from the day’s heat, according to the NWS.Avoid leaving senior citizens and kids at home without air conditioning, if possible. And never leave a child, senior or pet in a parked vehicle, even with windows cracked open, because interior temperatures can quickly turn lethal. Posted: July 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more