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Board Takes Closer Look at Movies, Downtown

and the future
of the Northwest Quadrant of the Village’s downtown
was the major outgrowth
of today’s meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and the
Trustees listened to strong opinions from residents on both issues and
discussed key points among themselves before asking Village staff to refine
regulations on commercial filming and the Plan Commission to further develop ideas
for the northwest part of Deerfield’s downtown.

Balance Sought
on Commercial Filming Regulations

tabling a proposed ordinance on commercial filming July 15
, the Board
discussed the divergent needs of different groups of citizens and asked Andrew
Lichterman, the assistant to the Village Manager, to have the final version of
the law reflect that.

“We need to understand in what cases
there needs to be a limit. If it does not cause a disruption, it’s not a
problem,” Rosenthal said. “We have some consensus on (length of) notice (to
neighbors) and hours.” Filming would have the same time restrictions a

There is a wider variation of
opinion on the number of times residents can have filming on their property and
how many days the project can last. The ordinance as it stands limits a person
to no more than two four-day shoots a year.

Village Manager Kent Street promised
some variety for the Board to consider. “We’ll come up with different ways to
look at it,” he said. He expects an ordinance to be ready for a vote in

Plan Commission
to Consider Northwest Quadrant

After 18 months of study with
consultants and stakeholders in the area bounded by Waukegan Road on the east,
Deerfield Road on the south, Hazel Avenue on the north and the railroad tracks
on the west—the Northwest Quadrant of downtown—the Board asked the Plan
Commission to further hone the project.

The current proposal calls for extensive
landscaping in the parking lots around Village Hall, the First Presbyterian
Church and the Jewett Park Community Center which will reduce parking spaces
and automobile access through those lots.

In its current state, the plan drew
objections from representatives of the church and Chuck Malk, the owner and
developer of Deerfield Square.

“This arrangement will not be
accepted by the church,” Ray Craig, a member of both the church and Northwest
Quadrant Task Force said. “Elements of the plan should be pared down.” Malk
wants more retail development in the area.

Changes from the Plan Commission are
expected. “It’s going to the Plan Commission for a lot more discussion and
compromise,” Trustee Robert Benton said.

BYOB Gets Closer

A proposal to allow diners to bring
their own wine to Deerfield restaurants got its first reading today. The Board
plans a vote on the ordinance August 19.

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Charlottesville and Albemarle Seek Ideas to End Homelessness

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  • Homeless Solutions

August 6, 2013

Government leaders in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are looking for ideas to increase cooperation among the various agencies that serve the homeless population.

The city has placed a request for proposal on its web site, asking for ideas. City leaders say, the winning idea could get up to $65,000 of funding.

Marco Brown says he has been homeless for several years. He spent Tuesday afternoon asking for money on Hydraulic Road.

“I had it all at one time,” Brown said. “I looked down on the homeless, but now I’m homeless myself.”

Brown says he became homeless after he was released from prison. As a convicted felon he found it impossible to find a job.

“I didn’t realize the consequences,” Brown said. “It’s very hurtful. My pride is more hurt than anything.”

Brown says standing on the side of the street begging for money usually brings him about $30 a day. Sometimes, he makes enough money to share a motel room with another homeless person. On days when he doesn’t get that much money, he says he sleeps “underneath bridges or just hide out in the woods.”

Brown says he would prefer to sleep in the Salvation Army shelter, but it’s always full.

Shelter director Ben Houchens confirms that.

“Probably twenty or thirty people are calling everyday to check on openings,” Houchens said. The shelter has 58 beds, but Houchens estimates there are up to 400 homeless people in the city.

Houchens is a big advocate for more collaboration, to get the Salvation Army working more closely with other agencies to solve this problem.

“There’s so many resources out there,” Houchens said. “But we’re kind of all going in different directions.

Ronnie White, Albemarle County’s housing chief, says the lack of collaboration is costing money.

“State and federal funding requires that cooperation,” White said. White says he has seen examples of grant money being denied because the city and county’s homeless agencies were not meeting collaboration guidelines.

However, even with cooperation, White and Houchens are skeptical whether homelessness can be completely eliminated in this area.

“I don’t think you’ll get rid of it,” White said. “There are some people that, that’s their way of life.”

Brown says, he doesn’t want it to be his way of life, anymore. He has other job skills to offer.

“Maintenance skills, landscaping skills, building and maintenance,” Brown said. “Just a jack of all trades. But just getting the opportunity to work.”

White expressed concern that, becoming better at helping the homeless may bring an unwelcome side effect.

“If we have an area that’s providing good services, we may entice other people in,” White said.

In other words, working harder to deal with the homeless population may just end up increasing the homeless population.

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Group proposes sprucing up Business 40 through downtown Winston-Salem


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Creative Corridors Coalition says millions of dollars in artistic lighting, artwork, architecture, landscaping and more can be a part of the newly renovated Business I-40 through downtown Winston-Salem.

The group will showcase its ideas for artistic lighting at a public meeting Tuesday night.

The ideas will include lights on bridges, lights in the median as well as lighted artwork, retaining walls , maybe even pedestrian bridges and landscaping with unique lights.

“They’re cool! They are really inspirational.  There are lots of different options and lots of cool stuff,” Creative Corridors Coalition Executive Director Russ Dubois said of the ideas.

Dubois said the idea is to make the road a memorable entrance in the city which will help retain and attract businesses and creative individuals.

“We’ve got this once in two generation opportunity to do something to make it stand out and make it special.  We’d be crazy if we didn’t take the opportunity and do something to make it extraordinary,” said Dubois.

Dubois estimates it will take $5 to $10 million to make the improvements along Business I-40. He said the group will start writing grant applications and soliciting private donations in the near future.

The non-profit group has already helped secure nearly $2 million in federal grant money and raised close to $400,000 for similar improvements along the Salem Creek Connector. That road is under construction now.

Creative Corridors was founded in partnership with the Winston-Salem Arts Council as a group of citizens interested in seeing the many major road projects scheduled for the area have a unique creative element to them.

Creative Corridors says it’s cheaper to enhance and improve the city’s roads and add character as the roads are being built rather than after they are finished.

For more information on the Business I-40 lighting or other road projects check out

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Buses Become Urban Gardens On The Move

Green roofs are transforming cityscapes around the world,
absorbing carbon dioxide emissions, reducing the urban heat island effect and
offering other tangible environmental benefits.

So why limit them to buildings?

Landscape artist Marc Granen is testing a design concept,
which he calls Phyto Kinetic, that adds urban gardens to the roofs of city
buses. This helps expand the installation potential for air-purifying
vegetation in cities. In a place like New York, for example, each bus would
represent an extra 1,076 square feet of green space.

“Urban green areas are crucial for photosynthesis, a
process in which plants absorb CO2 and release O2 — vital for purifying the air
we breathe,” explains Granen on his organization’s Web site. “The lungs
of a city must grow at the same rate as its population, but much-needed green
areas are not always available. Phyto Kinetic, has grown out of this supposition,
with the goal of delivering a practical and tangible solution. If finding new
urban spaces for gardens is problematic, we can use spaces that already exist,
such as the roofs of city public transport.“

A demonstration vehicle is pictured below:

The design uses a lightweight, thin mesh of hydroponic
foam that is malleable and can be easily added to the roof of a bus: weight has
been an issue for similar ideas in the past, Phyto Kinetic’s approach is lighter.

A perforated stainless steel grid is installed underneath
the foam in order to keep the water moving and prevent stagnation. The bus roof
is treated with a waterproofing substance, AquaPro, that seals it against
potential leaks.

In the summer, the water from the bus’ air-conditioning
system is recycled and used to water the plants, according to Phyto Kinetic. At
other times of the year, however, the roof still needs to be watered manually.

Granen envisions each city using its own combination of
aromatic herbs, native ornamental plants, ivy and grasses across the roofs as
appropriate for a particular climate. He is testing the concept on a small scale in Spain, with a shuttle bus transporting
tourists to and from a camp site in the small village of Estarit.

In addition, a demonstration van was outfitted to show off the Phyto
Kinetic concept at green infrastructure conferences and landscaping shows in Europe.
Potential pilots are being discussed in Barcelona and Amsterdam.

The YouTube video below explains the history of the
project. (Get ready to settle for a while, as it’s about 24 minutes long.)

Read more about the Phyto Kinetic prototype on Urban Gardens.

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Natural landscaping works within limits

Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:25 pm

Updated: 7:39 pm, Tue Aug 6, 2013.

Natural landscaping works within limits


Is there anything more lovely than landscape untouched by man?

It represents serenity, peace and a sense of “getting away from it all.”

Would that all our land looked like that.

Except it’s not really feasible.

An increasing number of Northfielders are moving away from typical grass lawns and incorporating rain gardens, food and herb gardens or natural landscaping instead.

The benefits to such a move are clear: Growing food is a cheap and healthier alternative to the grocery store and a great use of land. Rain gardens reduce the amount of runoff going into our sewer systems and eventually our waterways. Natural landscaping allows for less groundskeeping overall, which reduces the use of herbicides and other chemicals that may pollute the land and water.

But because we live in a city, there has to be limits. We cannot all dig up our grass, drop prairie roots instead and let it go. With that come the less pleasant side of nature: Pests such as field mice, possum and other animals that don’t mix well with humans.

And because we live in the land of free choice, it is neither fair nor acceptable for one neighbor to let their property go wild — literally — while others lose possible value because not everyone views prairie landscape in front of a home as a positive thing.

That’s why the city has developed what are fair guidelines. No weeds nor anything pushing 3 feet (that’s not a flower or bush). Fire hydrants must remain clear — that’s a public safety issue.

We should all feel free to cultivate on our property a yard that we can be proud of and that is enjoyable to use. But as residents of a community, we don’t live on an island. Our actions have an impact on our neighbors.

We have an obligation to not impose upon them anything that would reduce the value of their homes or their enjoyment of it.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:25 pm.

Updated: 7:39 pm.

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Beautiful, Blissful & Bizarre – Takes a Garden Tour Like no Other – SYS

BOSTON, MA — (Marketwired) — 08/06/13 — When people hear the word garden, many are likely to conjure up images of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Others may think of gardens as a personal hobby, while some may imagine public gardens such as Central Park or Versailles in France. The travel experts at, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have discovered another dimension in the world of gardens and invite you to take stroll through their Top 10 Unusual Gardens from around the world.

We kick off the garden tour below with five breathtaking yet quirky gardens from’s Top 10 Unusual Gardens:

  • Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico – A “Surrealist Xanadu” in the heart of the Mexican jungle, Las Pozas (the Pools) combines man-made structures with exotic flowers, native plants, waterfalls and pools to create a strangely harmonious and peaceful garden. The gardens are the creation of eccentric English poet and artist Edward James, who bought the 80-acre former coffee plantation in the mid-1940s in an attempt to create his own Garden of Eden. Between 1949 and 1984, James built a total of 36 surreal concrete sculptures and structures on the site with names such as the House with a Roof like a Whale and the Staircase to Heaven. As of 2007, the gardens are maintained by the Fondo Xilitla foundation.

  • The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland – Science and mathematics plus sculptures and landscaping equal one fascinating garden of cosmic proportions. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a 30-acre garden created by landscape architect and architectural theorist Charles Jencks at his home, Portrack House in Southwest Scotland. Inspired by science and mathematics, the garden’s sculptures and landscaping are suitably based on everything from black holes to fractals. There is also a distinct oriental influence thanks to Jencks’ late wife Maggie Keswick, an expert on Asian garden design. While the garden is private, it does open up to the public one day a year as part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and raises money for Maggie’s Centres, a cancer care charity.

  • Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India – The saying goes that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, but in the case of the Rock Garden, a city’s junk was transformed into everyone’s treasure. Public servant Nek Chand began creating his masterpiece in 1957 from cast-off industrial and home waste he collected from demolition sites across Chandigarh. However, his chosen site was actually conservation land with a building restriction. He managed to keep his construction secret for 18 years and, when the authorities finally uncovered the garden, it had grown into 12 acres of courtyards filled with hundreds of sculptures. Thanks to public support, the garden was saved from demolition, and Chand was awarded a salary and a workforce of 50 so he could complete his vision. Today, Nek Chand’s Rock Garden is spread over a massive 40 acres.

  • A French Kiss in Akaroa, Christchurch, New Zealand – Held every year late in the New Zealand summer, the Ellerslie International Flower Show attracts a global audience of garden designers and garden lovers who come to see the best of garden design, gardening trends and new products. Founded in Auckland in 1994, the show moved to its current (and fitting) home in Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City, in 2008. In 2013, landscape designer Ben Hoyle picked up his sixth Gold Medal for his sunken oasis called “A French Kiss in Akaroa” that featured a lounge pit filled with pillows where visitors could take in a unique view from below the waterline. The inspiration for the garden came from the history of the French settlement in the South Island town of Akaroa. Kate Hillier, exhibition manager at the Ellerslie International Flower Show said the garden, along with several others, had been donated to New Brighton — a coastal suburb in Christchurch that was badly damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. “We look forward to seeing the garden live on, brightening the days of people living in such a seriously damaged area,” Hillier said.

  • Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, California, United States – Forestiere Underground Gardens are the creation of Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere, who built the garden over 40 years from 1906 until his death in 1946. Inspired by a childhood fascination with the catacombs in Rome, Forestiere built the Underground Garden as an escape from the scorching Fresno summer. Today a listed California Historical Landmark, the three-level underground structure is a network of rooms and passageways and features a summer and winter bedroom, kitchen, fish pond, a parlor complete with fireplace, and several subterranean gardens. Many of the garden’s plants are more than 100 years old and, thanks to the underground construction, are protected from frost over the winter months. The garden is home to a variety of fruit-bearing trees and vines from citrus to berries that were planted at different times, so the trees bloom one after the other giving a lengthened growing season.

Rounding out our list of bizarre gardens around the world are: Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden, Tromsø, Norway; Bookworm Garden, Sheboygan, WI, USA; Tarot Garden (Giardino dei Tarocchi), Tuscany, Italy; Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco; and Poison Gardens, Northumberland, England. To read the complete details and view stunning images of’s Top 10 Unusual Gardens, visit

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Let’s get down to earth

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Good Food

Compost, Worm, Soil, Gardening,  Earthworm, Nature, Environmental Conservation, Environment, Healthy Lifestyle, Growth, Green Living, New Life,

Compost, Worm, Soil, Gardening, Earthworm, Nature, Environmental Conservation, Environment, Healthy Lifestyle, Growth, Green Living, New Life,

Healthy soil is essential for healthy plant growth. At this time of the year, just before the growing season really begins, improving your soil is very worthwhile.

The aim is to help plants develop strong, deep root systems. By enhancing your soil structure, the little roots can spread more easily and develop those many little fibrous roots that are so vital for absorbing nutrients. Plants need to access 16 essential nutrients.

The balance of moisture in the soil is also critical. You need enough moisture to stimulate the beneficial soil microbes that convert nutrients into plant-accessible forms. Plants also need to be able to continually draw in moisture. Without water, the root systems will be poor. Waterlogging is also a problem.

Where you have rocks in the soil, remove them. Plants are adventurous and they will try to grow through rocky soils but it will set back their development. The other day we were transplanting a small apricot tree that had been growing in a rubble bed and we discovered one root had grown through one of the three holes in a house brick. We broke off the remaining brick to see a fat root structure with a 10-centimetre-long pipe section.

There are a lot of poor shale soils and densely packed clays – often with shallow top soils – in the Canberra region. Property developers are to blame for much of this, as they have stripped the top soils before levelling the ground. Clay subsoils are usually low in plant nutrients but if well structured they can compensate by being good at storing moisture. Too much clay or a compacted soil will prevent water penetrating and hinder aeration.

You can greatly improve soil texture by adding a few simple but essential elements. Apply gypsum at a rate of one kilogram a square metre and dig it into your garden beds of clay soils. Gypsum will aggregate clay particles and reduce high sodium content. Mixing in river sand will lighten the soil texture but you need a trailer load for a large garden area. Where the pH levels are very low (an acidic soil) dig in lime, which also helps aggregate the clay particles.

You want a good amount of organic matter throughout the garden. Add compost and other organic matter regularly to improve the tilth of the soil, add nutrients, help water retention and provide food and shelter for the micro soil organisms.

For the plants to access organic matter, you need a microbially active soil. There can be millions of microbes in a small garden bed if the conditions are right. They are the worker bees of the soil, breaking down raw organic matter, helping to access mineral elements and convert essential plant nutrients into the form that plants can access.

The plants’ roots release signals to nearby soil microbes about minerals the plant needs.

The importance of soil microbes is one of the reasons for avoiding harmful chemicals. Microbes work to bind clay particles to humus particles to form the wonderful clay-humus crumb. This crumb contributes to good soil structure with excellent ability to hold water.

Earthworms are also vital and should be encouraged to multiply in any garden. A good layer of mulch and good moisture levels are critical for earthworms. They help with breaking up heavy soils, allowing water and air to penetrate. They will also shred and bury organic matter and bring essential elements from deeper down. They secrete mucus that binds soil particles together and provides growth-stimulating nutrients to plants. And they leave behind those wonderful castings that add to the soil’s organic content.

This week

■ Welcome all frosty mornings in August. They usually herald a fine day with only light winds to get back into the garden. Heavy frosts are the best natural control of fruit fly and the run of cold nights provides sufficient chill hours needed for good pome fruit setting;

■ Plant out spinach and onion seedlings. Plant rows of snap peas and snowpeas. Complete planting out asparagus and rhubarb into richly prepared, deep garden beds;

■ Turn older compost heaps to aerate and speed-up the process of decomposition;

■ Fertilise citrus trees with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser or relatively fresh chicken manure around the perimeter of the tree – the dripline.

Owen Pidgeon runs the Loriendale Organic Orchard, near Hall.

recipe collections

Neil Perry's baked custards with salted caramel.

Gooey caramel: Ten recipes for sweeties

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Raspberry and pear muffins.

School lunches

Warm felafel salad, sushi, savoury muffins: Create some lunchbox envy in the playground.
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Rhubarb and almond crumble.

Crumbles and pies: Great winter recipes

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Meat-free Monday

Vegetarian fare is no longer the poor-cousin to meat-based dishes.
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Zucchini and potato stew.

Beautiful braises

These hearty meals will heat up the coolest winter evening.
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Avocado and prawn taco.

All about avocado

‘Ave an avo and you’ll make your friends green with envy, writes Justin North
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what’s on

stephen hodges of fish face by Caroline McCredie

Shoot the Chef

Entries are open for Good Food Month’s annual photo competition.
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Good Food Month

Australia’s largest food festival is back.
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Icebergs Dining Room  Bar.

A decade of Icebergs

A series of dinners with top chefs.
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What’s on

Finger food.

What’s On in August: Melbourne

A wrap-up of some of the food, wine and beer events this month.
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Shoot The Chef 2013.

Time to Shoot the Chef

The Shoot the Chef photographic competition is coming to Victoria as part of Good Food Month.
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Good Food Month

Australia’s largest food festival is going national, with events planned for Melbourne in November.
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good food guide

Queensland Good Food Guide 2013 cover. Illustration: John Shakespeare

QLD Good Food Guide 2013

The Queensland Good Food Guide 2013 is now available.
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Compost, Worm, Soil, Gardening

Let’s get down to earth

At this time of year, improving your soil is very worthwhile.
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Bryan Martin.

Mornings on the seedy side

Try as I might, I really don’t wake up hungry. But I’m a firm believer in the benefits of breakfast.
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Paulene Cairnduff with some of her lemons and pumpkins at the Holder Community Garden.

Community garden variety

Paulene Cairnduff brings some know-how from Tasmania to Holder community garden.
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TV garden expert David Domoney shares his tips on how to care for …

David Domoney  Sally Geeson in orangery

Conservatory plants need extra special care during this summer’s warm weather, says TV gardener David Domoney, as recent temperatures across Britain soar to over 30 degrees.

According to David, “While the hot spell has been a real blessing after the wash-outs of the past few years and we’re all making the most of the glorious sunshine, remember to spare a thought for your conservatory plants as they may need a little extra attention due to the high temperatures.”

Currently appearing in the ITV1 hit series Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh, David is a big fan of conservatory plants, which he says add a touch of class to any conservatory or orangery.

As Britain’s biggest home improvement company and a leading installer of conservatories and orangeries, Anglian Home Improvements asked David to pull together some top tips to help you keep your conservatory plants in great shape during the hot weather.

• Conservatory plants need humidity to help them thrive during the growing season, so simply use tepid water to mist plants in the morning.

• Group plants together to increase moisture around them, as moisture is evaporated from compost and transpired from the leaves, creating a perfect environment for healthy plants.

• House plants in South or West facing conservatories will require some form of shading, such as blinds or UV filters, which Anglian conservatories have. Choosing the right plant for your conservatory is key. If you are in a South or West facing conservatory use plants that like bright conditions and for East or North facing conservatories choose shade-loving plants.
• Too much heat can put plants under great stress, which requires increased watering and maintenance. Keep your conservatory well-ventilated during a hot summer’s day to stop plants wilting and drying out.

• Check regularly for bugs and watch for sticky deposits or black mould, as these are your first signs of pests! Quarantine the infected plant for two to three weeks and try to get into the habit of turning over leaves regularly when checking plants.

• Feeding should take place during the growing season when water frequency is higher (although there are exceptions to this rule when you have plants showing pale, yellow leaves, slow, weak growth or experience lower leaves dropping off). The three main constituents of plant food are Nitrogen for leaf growth, Phosphates for root growth and Potash for fruit and flowers, and most plants will require a feed once every two to four weeks. Garden centres have a good selection of slow-release fertilizer, pellets and sticks, or use a liquid feed which is an instant pick-me-up for tired houseplants!

• Prune your conservatory plants – don’t be afraid to prune plants if they get leggy or too big. The general rule is to prune after flowering or late winter/early spring, just as growth is starting.

To view more of David’s garden tips, including hints on how to make a great first impression for your home using hanging baskets and window boxes, visit the Anglian Home Improvements YouTube channel.

Established in 1966, Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s biggest double glazing window, door and conservatory specialist. With almost 50 years’ experience, Anglian offers an extensive range of home improvement products, including double glazing windows and doors, Rooftrim, conservatories, orangeries, driveways, solar products and garage conversions. Further information on the full range of options and styles available can be found at


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About Anglian Home Improvements:
Established in 1966, Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s leading home improvements company, responsible for the employment of 4500 people. With almost 50 years’ experience of providing uPVC double-glazing windows, Anglian ensures it is ahead of the competition with a continuing research and development programme. Anglian offers an extensive range of home improvement products, including double glazing windows and doors, conservatories, orangeries, solar products, garage conversions and Rooftrim.

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Gardening tips: Keep it clean as summer wanes

August is here, but don’t think about sitting back and enjoying a cool glass of lemonade yet! Even if weeds have run ramped, there remain a lot of gardening tasks to tackle.

Mark and label the location of dormant plants now, before removing dead foliage.

Even if you are cursing weeds, removing them before seed-set is incredibly important to weed control in the future. Take out those green sprouts now and compost them before seed heads form. Additionally, weeding now, especially around late-summer and fall blooming plants, will lesson root competition for water and nutrients. Consider summer weeding as necessary for a spectacular garden.

Look at your mulch very critically. Fluff up mulch that is compacted and add mulch to areas where mulch has decomposed. Two inches of fluffy mulch should be enough. Mulch provides a layer of insulation that maintains a constant soil temperature, reduces moisture loss from the soil due to evaporation and breaks down into organic materials that benefit the soil. Don’t over mulch, as this could be too much of a good thing, and water won’t reach the roots.

Continue to water wisely. A deep and thorough watering at the root-zone will yield a better result than just water the topsoil layer.

Container-grown plants need more water than those in the ground. Hanging baskets subject to drying from heat and wind will need to be checked daily. Check frequently for water needs of specific plants.

Lawn care and renovation begins now. Do a soil test and make amendments as suggested. Alternately, consult with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service GREEN Grass Program for analysis of your individual lawn and consultation regarding corrective measures that will make your lawn the envy of neighbors.

Vegetable gardeners, keep on! Continue to harvest, as harvesting will result in continued production. Search the web for fall vegetable gardening advice on the Virginia Tech website. Begin to plant cool season vegetables this month for fall harvest.

Harvest herbs now for drying and future use. Cut flowers now for drying and use later in flower arrangements. Hang herbs and flowers upside-down in small bundles in a well-ventilated space until dried.

Finally, make garden cleanup a priority. Remove fallen leaves, fruit and litter, especially from fruit trees, rose, peony and shrubs like photinia and pyracantha, or anything that suffered from mold or bacterial diseases this season. Dispose or destroy all material, not adding to your compost pile, to prevent problems in the future.

There is no end to the tasks of a gardener. Just remember to take time to enjoy the garden you have.

For more information, contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticulture Help Desk at 24 Pehlam St. in Warrenton, or call 540-341-4950 extension 1, or by e-mail at

Fauquier Master Gardeners also have a table at the Warrenton Farmers Market on Saturdays from May through September.

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Garden tips for August

Ryan Sproul

Ryan Sproul

Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:00 am

Updated: 12:17 pm, Tue Aug 6, 2013.

Garden tips for August

Ryan Sproul

Grove Sun – Delaware County Journal

Well it has sure been nice to get all the rains we have had over the last several weeks. Anytime it rains in July and August is good, but the amount of rain we have received is just plain awesome.

For this week’s column, I wanted to share some horticulture tips for the month of August. Give me a call here in the Delaware County OSU Extension Office at 918-253-4332 if there is anything I can help you with. Have a good week!!!


• August is a good month to start your fall vegetable garden. Bush beans, cucumbers and summer squash can be replanted for another crop. Beets, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, lettuce and other cool-season crops can also be planted at this time.

• Soak vegetable seed overnight prior to planting. Once planted, cover them with compost to avoid soil crusting. Mulch to keep planting bed moist and provide shade during initial establishment. Monitor and control insect pests that prevent a good start of plants in your fall garden.

Fruit and Nut

• Continue protective insect applications on the fruit orchard. A good spray schedule is often abandoned too early. Follow directions on last application prior to harvest.


• Towards the end of the month, divide and replant spring-blooming perennials like iris, peonies and daylilies if needed.


• Water compost during extremely dry periods so that it remains active. Turn the pile to generate heat throughout for proper sterilization.

• Always follow directions on both synthetic and natural pesticide products.

• Watch for high populations of caterpillars, aphids, spider mites, thrips, scales and other insects on plant material in the garden and landscape and treat as needed.

• Water all plants thoroughly unless rainfall has been adequate. It is better to water more in depth, less often and early in the morning.

Trees and Shrubs

• Discontinue deadheading roses by mid-August to help initiate winter hardiness.

• Watch for 2nd generation of fall webworm in late August/early September. Remove webs that enclose branches and destroy; or spray with good penetration with an appropriate insecticide.

Lawn and Turf

• Grassy winter weeds like Poa annua, better known as annual bluegrass, can be prevented with a preemergence herbicide application in late August. Water in the product after application.

• Areas of turf with large brown spots should be checked for high numbers of grubs. Mid-to-late August is the best time to control heavy white grub infestations in the lawn. Apply appropriate insecticide if white grubs are a problem. Water product into soil.

• Tall fescue should be mowed at 3 inches during the hot summer and up to 3½ inches if it grows under heavier shade.

• For areas being converted to tall fescue this fall, begin spraying out bermudagrass with a product containing glyphosate in early August.

• Irrigated warm-season lawns can be fertilized once again; apply 0.5 lb N/1,000 sq ft in early to mid-August.

• Brown patch of cool-season grasses can be a problem.

Ryan Sproul is the extension educator, for ag and 4-H youth development, with the OSU Extension Services in Delaware County. For more information, or to contact Sproul, persons interested may call 918-253-4332 or email

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:00 am.

Updated: 12:17 pm.

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Grove Sun,

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Delaware County,

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