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Land Dimensions helps; Mike Abbott speaks; Bingo for animals; BEN Column …

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The column that says Land Dimensions is playing it close to the vest.

Good afternoon!

Last day of warm weather forever.

“Jack,

“The person who could not hear the noise needs to get his or her hearing checked.

“I can hear the glass plant from my house and I live on East Commerce Street.

“Listen for the noise several nights in a row.

“Sometimes, it is bad and, sometimes, you can’t hear it.’’

Mike Abbott

How come we don’t hear these things?

Land Dimensions of Glassboro is coming to a special session of Bridgeton City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Larry DiPietro Co. will be laying out what Bridgeton can do with its city park to make it a destination.

This is not unlike what Salmon Ventures did for Hopewell Township.

DiPietro said it will be PowerPoint presentation on strategy to make Bridgeton City Park a destination.

It will include ideas from the entrance to the park at East Commerce Street to and including the Donald Rainear Amphitheater.

“We will touch on Sunset Lake,’’ he said.

DePietro will do the land plans, and an associate will do landscaping.

There is no 500-foot waterslide in the plans.

“And we’re not confining it to a specific cost figure,’’ he said.

It will include trails and how to marry the recreation area to the park, itself.

“Enhancements is the best term,’’ said DiPietro.

The Raceway will be included.

“Strategy to create a sense of place,’’ he said.

“Mike Abbott, it’s time to be part of the solution and not add to the problem.  

“Since you have what appears to be all the time in the world to watch specific vendors, then why don’t you sign the complaint yourself and follow it through?  

“Allow our police officers to fight crime, real crime and not your petty agendas.  

“As a resident of this town, I’m amazed that we are now complaining about the noise from Ardagh (sic).  

“A twenty four-seven operation that employs how many locals?  

“Yes, sounds like a winner winner chicken dinner!

“Let’s chase them out of town, too.

“One more less ratable.  

“It’s winter time. Sound travels much farther than summer when trees have full leaves, and, believe it or not, they do suppress noise.  

“BEN column, where it’s not that bad when the obvious solutions are in your face.  

“Time to stop passing the buck and stand up!

“It takes a village. Let’s see it!’’

— resident of the towne

Why the sic after Ardagh?

It’s not Ardagh Group?

“Good afternoon,

“My name is Katie and I am the public relations officer for FURever Friends.

“We work in conjunction with Pennsville Animal Rescue located at the Pennsville Township Pound.

“We are contacting you because we saw in the South Jersey Times that you write blurbs for organizations and print it in the BEN Column for upcoming events.

“We are having an event at the end of this month and we were wondering if you would be able to publish something for us.

“I have added in an image of our flier and a short description of our event below.’’

— Katie

Katie, when it pertains to animals, you’ve come to the right place.

When it comes to unloved animals, we’re listening.

When it comes to animal cruelty, we’re on our way.

Back to Katie.

“Join Pennsville Animal Rescue for their Cash Bingo on Friday, Jan. 24, at Pennsville VFW.

“Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first game starts promptly at 7.

“They are giving away almost $1,100 in cash prizes.

“Each ticket is $25 and supports the medical programs that assist FURever Friends in spaying/neutering and the first-year shots of all rescues available for adoption.

“You can order tickets by calling 856-469-7179 or by visiting www.pennsvilleanimalrescue.net to purchase via secure PayPal.

“If you book a table of eight or more, you will have reserved seating and each person receives a free raffle ticket.

“They are giving away lots of cash and as always they have table service for everyone, so no need for you to leave your seats.

“No tickets will be sold at the door so get yours today and join them in an evening of fun and great prizes!’’

— Katie

You mean we don’t have to play for handbags?

We can play for straight cash?

How long has this been going on?

It at least sounds like a free meal.

Count us in!

MY KIND OF TOWN: Where why isn’t the Pennsville Library doing this at least once a month?

Article source: http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2014/01/post_123.html

RS Walsh In The Garden to Donate 20% of Sales to The Sanibel School

R.S. Walsh In The Garden, Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center and Outdoor Showroom will donate 20% of all sales to The Sanibel School, January 27 – February 1. In The Garden is a tropical plant nursery that features garden pathways that showcase the latest in landscape design and outdoor living ideas. Purchases of colorful pottery, hand-crafted garden art, garden benches, fountains, plants, mulches and soil will apply toward the donation.

“Our company feels a great responsibility to make a positive contribution in the community where we live and work,” said Robert Walsh, president of R.S. Walsh Landscaping. “The Sanibel School’s emphasis on environmental education is important to us and we hope that this fundraiser will enhance the educational opportunities for the students at the school.”

R.S. Walsh Landscaping is a family-owned and operated, full-service landscape design-build Company specializing in landscape design, installation, and maintenance. For 30 years, R.S. Walsh has been committed to superior workmanship, the highest standard of materials and the constant pursuit of excellence. R.S. Walsh In The Garden – Retail Garden Center Outdoor Showroom is located at 3889 Sanibel Captiva Road, across from the Sanibel School, and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For more information call (239) 395-5859 or visit www.rswalsh.com

Article source: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jan/13/rs-walsh-in-the-garden-to-donate-20-of-sales-to-th/

How to Plan Your Landscaping That Saves You Time and Money

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With fifteen years of experience in the landscape industry, the team at Blushirt have seen far too much time and money wasted in bringing a landscaping project to fruition. The majority of homeowners don’t know what landscaping will cost and contractors begin each new project with a custom approach in mind. For a homeowner shopping contractors, that leaves a wide variety of ideas and quotes to sort through. This combination can lead to costly design fees and a lengthy investment of time.

By using Blushirt as your initial step when planning a landscape project, it allows a homeowner to gain control of what style they like and what budget they are hoping to stay within. It also allows a contractor to know what’s in a customers’ head; and in their pocket. By combining this method instead of the old school method, a homeowner and a contractor can be on the same page from the first handshake. The result is now a more confident and quick process to get the project to the construction stage. After all, having the project actually installed is what both parties are ultimately going for.

Why not get there quicker and cheaper? Custom landscape plans can range between $ 250 and $ 500, and take up to three weeks to prepare. With a BluShirt.com landscape package, homeowners and contractors alike can instantly map out the landscape of choice and quickly see how the space can be used. Super quick, and a minimum savings of $230.

Although these time and cost savings are staggering, the real power behind Blushirt lies in knowledge and confidence. Remember, a Blushirt package includes what the landscaping should cost to have professionally installed. With Blushirt, homeowners can be sure they are receiving a fair price.

Chances are a purchased Blushirt package would need to be tweaked to match on-site requirements. The chosen contractor is happy to do this considering 90% of the work is already done. Imagine from the contractors’ point of view coming to an educated homeowners’ home, that already has a professional plan and an associated budget. The contractor can view the site, make the necessary adjustments and the project is ready to go. Both the homeowner and the contractor save weeks of time and a lot of money.

The choice is to follow the old way of planning for landscaping or fast forward to 2014 and gain control instantly using http://www.blushirt.com. Remove the wonder, anxiety and fear that is easily solved by using Blushirt to save you time and money when planning your landscape. Custom is no longer the only option.

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Article source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/howtoplanyour/landscaping/prweb11485205.htm

Ancient Acanthus mollis thrives in Redlands



Each year Acanthus mollis returns to gardens in Redlands. In fact, their familiar leaves are already popping up in some yards.

Acanthus mollis, commonly called bear’s breeches, is one of the great garden plants. Originally found growing among the ancient Romans ruins, it traveled to Great Britain in the 13th century and then to America. Acanthus mollis was a favorite with Victorian gardeners. Today, it is cultivated in gardens around the world. Many very established clumps of bear’s breeches are growing well in Redlands, in gardens of historic homes as well as in the landscaping areas of public buildings.

Acanthus mollis is a horticultural survivor from ancient Greek and Roman times. A member of the Acanthaceae family, Acanthus mollis is native throughout the Mediterranean region, the southern parts of Europe and the warmer parts of Asia and Africa.

It is one of the earliest cultivated species of garden plants. The large shiny dark green leaves of this ornamental herbaceous perennial are generally considered by historians to have been the design inspiration for the decorative leaf borders, scroll motifs and column capitals (Corinthian, Ionic and Doric) used extensively in the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Since the fifth century B.C., acanthus leaf motifs have decorated buildings and columns and have become synonymous with classic Greek architecture.

During medieval and Renaissance times, the acanthus leaf motif was also incorporated into sculptures, woodcarvings and friezes. Victorians introduced it into wallpaper, china and other artistic endeavors. Today the acanthus leaf motif can be found in the decorative aspects of many Victorian homes as well as on numerous public buildings, from the University of Redlands to the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

A majestic plant, the Acanthus mollis can grow like a living sculpture in the garden. Its exotic, classic appearance blends well with both historic and contemporary homes. It makes excellent foundation plantings and does well in pots. In summer, 2- to 4-foot-wide clumps of lustrous, deeply cut, dark green leaves (which can be up to 3 feet long) fill with dramatic, long-lasting, spires of tubular mauve-pink and white flowers. The flowers and the leaves are wonderful for both fresh and dried arrangements.

Acanthus mollis makes an excellent low-maintenance plant. It can grow in most any soil. Although it needs regular moisture to get started, it can tolerate poor, dry soil once established. Good drainage is very important and overwatering can frequently be fatal. In the warm Redlands climate, it appreciates partial afternoon shade. Once established, it does not like to be relocated and sends down tubular tap roots that resist movement. A long-lived plant, it tends to form large, localized clumps that can survive for many decades.

Acanthus mollis is available at nurseries, garden centers and sometimes at plant sales. This plant can also easily be propagated from seed, root cuttings or division of established clumps. Unfortunately, slugs, snails and leaf-eating insects find the spectacular bear’s breeches leaves very tasty, so close watching and treatment may be necessary.

Acanthus mollis has come to mean quality, longevity and creativity. After more than 2,400 years, this ancient plant continues to add a fresh and interesting dimension not only to gardens but also to buildings, inside and out.

For information, call 909-798-9384.

Source: Joyce Dean, a member of the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

Article source: http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/lifestyle/20140113/ancient-acanthus-mollis-thrives-in-redlands

Druitt Gardens campaigners celebrate as tree felling scheme thrown out by council

Druitt Gardens campaigners celebrate as tree felling scheme thrown out by council

CONCERNED: Residents against the proposals

CAMPAIGNERS trying to save a number of Christchurch trees from being felled are celebrating after the scheme was narrowly thrown out by councillors.

Around 450 letters of objection were sent to Christchurch council opposing the application to fell seven trees – one bay and six sycamores – in the conservation area of Druitt Gardens.

The application from Renaissance Retirement Ltd follows a proposal by the developer earlier this year to build a retirement complex on the Cornfactor site, just next to the gardens.

Planning consultant James Cain, representing Christchurch Conservation Trust and other concerned residents, said the public were misled by the council justifying the tree works as part of the Druitt Gardens enhancement programme.

The meeting heard that such a programme did not exist.

He also raised the issue of the Cornfactor development, which was originally granted without any reference to these or other tree works.

“A cynic would say that this whole situation has been contrived quite nicely,” he said.

“The trees currently serve a number of purposes, providing a valuable green lung to the town, their stand alone amenity value in what is a well-used public space, accommodating biodiversity and visual screening to existing and future buildings.

“In addition, it would further erode the function of gardens as their original purpose which of course was as a gift for the people of Christchurch from Charlotte Druitt as gardens and a bird sanctuary.”

Robert Taylor, the managing director of Renaissance, said a proposed landscaping scheme would enhance that part of Druitt Gardens ‘for the benefit of all who use this facility’. The cost of the proposed replacement landscaping scheme is £50,000.

He added: “Clearly we are happy to provide this landscaping scheme because the residents will have a better outlook and so will all the people in Christchurch who use Druitt Gardens.”

Cllr Peter Hall, ward councillor for the town centre said if it was to go ahead, the council could be accused of committing ‘wanton vandalism’.

Proposing a rejection of the plans, he said: “In 1946 Charlotte Druitt left these gardens to Dorset County Council as Christchurch could not be trusted. Please let’s show that we can be trusted now.”

Tree preservation orders were requested.

‘Gardens valued’

After the decision, Peter Fenning, secretary of Christchurch Conservation Trust and Roger Street, chairman of the CCT, as well as members of Trees for Dorset, said the decision ‘is a recognition of the reality that Christchurch residents value these gardens and will robustly defend them against encroachment’.

They added: “This tree felling application was basically a manoeuvre to get around the failure by the council to clearly present the developer’s intentions when the planning application was granted permission last summer.

“There was a lack of clarity and information in that decision.”

The organisation is calling for a Friends of Druitt Gardens group to be formed.

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Article source: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10934824.Druitt_Gardens_campaigners_celebrate_as_tree_felling_scheme_thrown_out_by_council/

Monthly drought-related lawn and garden programs in Austin

AUSTIN – The Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service office in Travis County and Travis County Master Gardeners will present a series of five monthly drought-related programs in Austin, beginning with a composting program on Feb. 6, according to program coordinators.

A free Landscape Drought Survival seminar, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and water conservation team of the Bexar County Master Gardener association, will be held July 27 at the San Antonio Garden Center. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Gardening and landscaping with drought in mind is the focus of monthly programs presented Feb.-June by the Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service and Travis County Master Gardeners. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“Drought is a persistent issue in Central Texas and throughout the state,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture, Travis County. “These programs are intended to help people make gardening and landscaping choices that will allow for greater drought tolerance and lower water use, as well as using fewer chemicals that might enter the water table.”

Richards said all five Dealing with Drought Conditions programs will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on their respective dates at the AgriLife Extension office in southeast Austin, located at 1600-B Smith Road. .

Each program is $10 for early registration and $15 for late or on-site registration. To register, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu.

The series dates topics will be:

Feb. 6 – Composting for building and maintaining healthy soils. Whether getting ready for a spring garden or just improving the health of lawn and landscape, compost is an easy and inexpensive amendment, safe to use and beneficial for the environment.

March 6 — Rainwater harvesting. Don’t let valuable rainwater wash down the gutter; capture it and use it to water gardens and landscapes. Learn the basics of rainwater harvesting and how to construct a basic system suited to your needs.

April 3 – Landscaping to conserve water. Learn proper techniques for watering, feeding and maintaining healthy grasses and landscapes.

May 1 – Drip irrigation for the garden. Learn how to install an effective water-wise drip irrigation system and how to monitor its efficiency. Includes an explanation of the irrigation system at AgriLife Extension’s demonstration garden.

June 5 – Alternative methods of gardening and irrigation. People with time, space or physical limitations can learn how to raise vegetables, herbs and flowers using self-sufficient grow boxes, as well as keyhole gardening and “hugelkultur,” to expand their gardening repertoire.

“We hope people will take advantage of as many programs as they can in this Dealing with Drought Conditions series,” Richards said. “The programs not only will provide great ideas for developing and improving gardens and landscapes, they will also show how you can save money and, at the same time, help preserve valuable water resources.”

For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@tamu.edu.

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Article source: http://today.agrilife.org/2014/01/13/monthly-drought-programs-austin/

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Article source: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/house/blog/gardening/2014/01/deer_ticks.html

Tips for Starting an Aquaponics Garden

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Increasingly, people are looking for ways to have more control over the source of their food. They are also looking for ways make their food supply more sustainable. The answer, for many, is found in aquaponics, a fairly new method of gardening that is quickly becoming popular. Aquaponics gives people a sustainable way to grow their own food at home, regardless of what the soil in their yard may be like.

 

“Aquaponics is an environmentally friendly route to growing food right at home, in schools, or pretty much anywhere,” explains Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source, and author of the book “Aquaponics Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011). “Based on the idea of raising fish to create your own plant fertilizer, it creates a natural food source that can’t be beat.”

 

Aquaponics is easy enough for anyone to get involved. Here are some tips for getting started:

 

·      Get Educated. Find a trusted source of information, like Bernstein’s book or corresponding online course, to make sure your experience is successful, the first time.

·      Get the right fish. Although you can use a wide variety of fish, you want to stick to freshwater varieties. Determine whether you want to raise the fish for the fun of it or whether you plan to eat them. If you want to include eating the fish in your plans, you may want to opt for raising tilapia. They are the most commonly used fish for aquaponics, they are easy to grow, reproduce readily in captivity, and most people like the way they taste.

·      Pick your plants. When choosing the plants to include, opt for ones that are not acid-loving varieties. Be sure to plant them with their ultimate growth size in mind, so they can each get the sunlight they need.

·      Establish the microbes. Every successful aquaponics system must have a good beneficial bacteria source. This is an essential step that must not be overlooked, or the fish and plants will not be able to live.

·      Add the worms. After a couple of months of having the system up and running, you should add some red worms in order to help break down the fish waste that will be used for fertilizing the plants.

·      Consider other elements. There are other things that need to be considered, including the temperature of the water, which will depend on the type of fish you are raising. Lighting is also important when it comes to growing your plants, although it is not needed for your fish. You will also want to take the size of your tank into consideration, as that will determine just how much you can comfortably grow.

·      Get expert help. When you have questions about getting started, or about maintaining an aquaponic garden, be sure to speak with an expert. The information will be invaluable, helping to ensure that everything is set up correctly and that each garden is successful.

“We love to help people get their system set up,” added Bernstein. “Knowing that someone is getting started on their route to sustainable gardening is a step in the right direction for them, as well as for the planet.”

In addition to Bernstein’s book, she is the owner of The Aquaponic Source center, located in Longmont, Colo., 15 minutes NE of Boulder. The center focuses on all things Aquaponics, and features a retail store, education center, and research and development lab. They offer free tours every Saturday at 1:00 and on-site classes which teach people how to be successful with aquaponics. The retail store sells all of the necessary supplies, including aquaponics systems and aquaponics plumbing.

Article source: http://groundreport.com/tips-for-starting-an-aquaponics-garden/

Gardening Tips For Yellow Rose Plants

Roses are the most cherished flowers all over the globe. They resemble friendship, peace, love and so many other emotions. Roses have different colors and each signifies a feeling or emotion. Red Rose signifies love and romance, Yellow rose signifies warmth and care, pink signifies elegance and likewise white rose signifies peace, purity and innocence. Roses are used for gifting, decoration and gardening purposes.

Roses are widely used for gardening and decoration of backyard and porches. Roses are delicate and beautiful to grow. But they are very difficult to maintain. Yellow roses are also very slender and fragile to grow. They need special attention and extra care. Yellow roses are sensitive to temperature and climate and thus need different requirements to grow as the season changes. There are many guidelines and gardening tips available for gardening of roses.

Gardening Tips For Yellow Rose Plants

Some guidelines and gardening tips that would help to grow yellow roses are discussed below:-

1.Watering the yellow roses – A must gardening tip is the watering routine that should be followed for roses. They should be watered regularly during dry seasons like the summer season. During monsoon, water the plant during the days when there is no rain or less rain. When watering the rose plants be careful and take a few precautions. Do not wet the leaves of the plants as that may cause a few diseases or infections. The water should always be sprinkled on the ground or mud and not on the plant directly. The plant should receive ample water through the roots.

2.Fertilizers and Pesticides – Roses are very delicate and are quite prone to getting infected immediately. Therefore, make it a point to use proper fertilizers and pesticides for the rose plant. Avoid using chemical based medicines as they can have harsh effect on the environment. Yellow rose plants need a good amount of compost as well. Use natural compost like vegetable waste, kitchen waste, cow dung, etc. A good gardening tip to grow yellow roses is to use natural fertilizers and compost for enhancing the growth of the plant.

3.Temperature Sensitive – Yellow rose plants are sensitive to temperature and climatic fluctuations. To protect the plant from these variations use different measures in different seasons. In the winter season, use barriers across the plants to avoid it getting exposed to the harsh winter winds. For summer season, water the plant regularly so that it does not dry and dehydrate. Yellow rose plants are fragile and personal attention should be given to the plants especially when the flower is budding. This is one gardening tip that should be followed for growing yellow roses.

4.Sunlight – Yellow rose plants need ample amount of sunlight to grow healthy and fast. When planting the plant do not plant it in a shady place. A good gardening tip to grow yellow plants is to grow the plant in an area where there is good sunlight available for atleast 4-5 hours a day. This should be the minimum requirement for growing rose plants.

5.Area – Roses need space to grow. You cannot just clatter a lot of rose plants in a small area and expect them to grow healthy. Rose plants should be separately grown as that would also minimize the chances of getting any disease or infection from other plants.

Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2014/gardening-tips-for-yellow-rose-plants.html