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15 Hummingbird paradise

first_imgMy wife Toni and I have been gardening for hummingbirds for many years now and have learned a few things along the way.We’ve learned, for instance, that you need six to eight hummingbird feeders per half-acre of land — two or three in the open for males and the rest in the tree canopies for the females and young.And we’ve learned some garden enhancements that increase the number of birds that stay in your area. There are some essential things your garden should have to signal to a passing hummingbird visitor that your garden is a paradise.With a little preparation, you can greatly increase the chances of these birds settling down and raising their young, ensuring that future generations will remember each spring that your garden says, “Welcome home!”Provide year-round nectarTo do this, you’ll need plants that will provide nectar beyond what you cook up for your feeders. Since no plants bloom for the entire time the hummingbirds are around, you’ll need a proper mix of flowering plants.Early-flowering nectarSome native plant species cause hummingbirds to put on the breaks and visit the garden.An easy choice is Aquilegia canadensis (native columbine). This plant is easily grown from seed and blooms very early in March or April, weather permitting.A most essential plant is the buckeye. Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye), A. glabra (Ohio buckeye) and A. pavia (red buckeye) all attract hummingbirds with late-spring, early-summer blooms.In fact, when A. glabra is in bloom in the woods in May, the hummingbirds rarely visit our feeders, seemingly disappearing for a week or two each spring.Another essential specimen is Lonicera sempervirens (red honeysuckle vine). This blooms in March and April and has been a big attraction to the earliest of visitors. Trellis this plant on the west or east side of the house for best results.Our native Campsis radicans, or trumpet creeper, is the famous plant many hummingbird feeders are designed to duplicate. The vines must be pruned each fall to generate short plants and many flowers, but the result is hummingbird heaven for two to four weeks in May and June.Midsummer nectarMidsummer is perhaps the easiest time to provide nectar in the garden. All of the plants we recommend are full-sun-loving plants that do well in Georgia soils and tolerate drought fairly well.My favorite is Salvia guaranitica (blue sage) a Georgia Gold Medal Winner. The blue flowers continue all summer if trimmed after each flower flush, and it’s particularly attractive to baby hummingbirds.Vitex ‘Agnus Castus’ (chaste tree) is a wonderfully tough, small tree that hummingbirds adore in midsummer. It has blue flowers, too.Cleome (spider flower), Dianthus barbatus (sweet William), Buddleia davidii (butterfly bush), Impatiens hybrida (common impatiens) and Monarda didyma (bee balm) are essential garden plants.Late-summer nectarIt’s essential to keep feeders filled during August and September, as dry years can see a dearth of flowers.The best choices are Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower), Salvia coccinea (pineapple sage), Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff’ (a sterile lantana and a Georgia Gold Medal selection), Ipomea cultivars (morning glories and cypress vines), Canna generalis (cannas) and Verbena bonairiensis (upright verbena).They eat bugs, tooHummingbirds visit many other plants, but not for nectar. Hummers eat a great many small insects such as gnats, and many genera of the Compositae family such as Eupatorium, Aster and Dendranthemum attract gnats. It’s great fun to observe speeding hummingbirds dive-bombing the flowers or skimming effortlessly over the tops of the flowers, picking off tiny snacks. By Paul A. Thomas University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 15last_img read more

Agriculture secretary announces over $200,000 for Vermont specialty crops

first_imgVermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee today announced the availability of $$204,289.94 in grants to enhance the competitiveness of Vermont’s specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is funding through the 2008 federal Farm Bill to assist Vermont’s specialty crops, which includes fruits, vegetables, maple and honey and horticulture crops.“Specialty crops are incredibly valuable to the state’s economy, environment and quality of life. These funds will be important to help support crop production in a variety of industries such as apples, the grape and wine industry, maple, honey, Christmas trees and others,” said Allbee. “We need to ensure that this industry remains viable and competitive, and these grants will provide an exceptional funding resource to explore new programs, technologies or other innovative approaches to advance this important sector of the state’s agricultural industry.”USDA Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced earlier this week the award of 55 grants totaling approximately $49 million for 745 projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, which are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Upon reviewing states’ plans for funding, USDA selected projects that support local and rural agriculture interests, increase the competitiveness of small producers, and promote or create direct marketing opportunities for specialty crop producers.”Developing local and regional food systems that spur economic opportunity is the purpose of our ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative and these grants today are a significant part of achieving that goal,” said Merrigan. “We are pleased to be continuing this partnership in every state across the country to support their diverse efforts to promote healthy eating and grow specialty crop markets by expanding access to fresh, local foods.”Funds will be used by the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, according to their plans submitted to USDA that describe how the state agency will carry out the program. Summaries of all awards can be viewed at www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp(link is external).Through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, USDA is committed to increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing Good Agricultural, Good Handling and Good Manufacturing practices, including cost share arrangements for funding audits of small farmer, packer and processor systems; investing in specialty crop research; enhancing food safety; developing new and improved specialty crop varieties; eradicating pest and plant health issues; and fostering organic and sustainable production practices.The ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative emphasizes the need for a fundamental and critical reconnection between producers and consumers. The effort builds on the 2008 Farm Bill, which provides for increases and flexibility for USDA programs in an effort to promote local foods. Vermont was featured in the premier debut of the website. Consumer demand for locally grown food in the United States is expected to rise from an estimated $4 billion in 2002 to as much as $7 billion by 2012.Since May, an inter-agency USDA ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ task force has been working to align existing USDA programs with the needs of local and regional food systems; conducting outreach activities so that the linkages are understood; helping communities build local food systems by providing new initiatives; and engaging the American public in conversation about local and regional agriculture. Source: Vermont Ag Agency. 10.21.2009.last_img read more

Joy Sports projection: Why Heart of Lions will be this year’s kingmakers

first_imgRemember the picture above? Yep, that’s from last week when we – the Joy Sports team – predicted the three teams that will not survive this season’s top flight. So far, so mixed. Currently, Lions, Bechem and BA Utd occupy 14th, 15th and 16th positions respectively. But here we are again, with another prediction. The 2014/2015 Ghanaian football league season is set for a photo finish with places for relegation set to be settled on the last matchday. Five teams – Hearts, New Edubiase, Olympics, Heart of Lions and Bechem United – are contenders for the drop with nine points remaining for all teams to pick. Two of these five that fail to pick enough points will go down to the second tier of Ghana football.This will be in sharp contrast with last year, where relegated teams were only confirmed in the boardroom after a long legal tussle.So with three games to go, Joy Sports analyzes the team that will have the most effect on the bearing of relegation.That team will be Heart of Lions.Judging by their fixtures, the Kpando-based side face fellow relegation stragglers Olympics on matchday 29 and follow up with a trip to Edubiase on matchday 30.The outcome of these two games will have a significant effect on the table come the closing day.  Why are they so important?Three points won when the relegation strugglers meet will mean no point gained for the defeated team.That is normal in every league format, but in this context, there is an added bonus of going high on the league log and effectively staying clear of relegation.The hope of dropping points and expecting fellow relegation candidates to also drop points is completely eradicated when there is a relegation dog-clash. The proximity of points means dropping points is – and will be – very costly, effectively bringing an end any title chances. And then there is the head-to-head rule, which comes into play when teams are tied on the same number of points.The team with a superior advantage over its opponents is adjudged to be the better of the two sides and thus will be ranked higher on the league log.The last two places for relegation have rotated quite often in the few weeks. Hearts of Oak and Olympics have spent some days there but as things stand Heart of Lions and Bechem United are occupants of the last two relegation places.In context… Heart of Lions game against Olympics will be the first of two relegation clashes. A win for the Kpando side can spell doom for the Wonder side.Olympics face Ashantigold on the last day of the season and will strive to achieve maximum points prior to facing the league leaders. Matters will be extremely difficult for the Wonder Boys, should the Miners come to Accra in search of points to win the league.Despite currently leading 3-2 on the head to head, a huge deficit can see them not only lose out on points but also on the head-to-head.A defeat for Heart of Lions will ultimately push down the Kpando side.They will be not only points behind but also down on the head-to-head. On that very matchday, Edubiase are away to Aduana, Bechem away to Inter Allies and Hearts at home to Berekum Chelsea. Positions will be largely determined by occurrences in Kpando.On the last day, all eyes will be drawn to Obuasi when Lions are yet again engaging fellow strugglers Edubiase. Depending on the outcome of matchday 29, that game will determine whether both sides are safe or both to be relegated or one to be relegated. Attention will also be drawn to Accra where Ashantigold play Olympics.Heart of Lions hold the key to relegation. It will be expedient to keep an eye on them as they hold the keys of survival and that of other clubs in their hands.Meanwhile, here are this weekend’s games… CLICK TO READ: This year’s league most competitive – SannieCLICK TO READ: Matchday 28 game-by-game preview–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Six Questions with Leaf head coach and GM, Frank Maida

first_imgFrank Maida spent five seasons along side of Simon Wheeldon as the dynamic coaching duo of the Nelson Leafs.As coach of the defence, Maida and Wheeldon were part of a KIJHL pennant winner in 2009 as well as helping the Leafs to the league finals in 2010. During the magical 2009 run the Leafs came within a game of winning the Cyclone Taylor Cup, emblematic as the top Junior B team in B.C.When Wheeldon decided to resign from coach/GM position everyone in local hockey scene thought Maida was move up to the skipper’s position.However, the manager Rona Building Centre in Castlegar and father of two grown children decided the best place was a spot somewhere other than the NDCC Arena to enjoy life.That all changed when last year’s boss Chris Shaw decided to abruptly jump ship to the BCHL and the Leaf brass came calling.Now Maida, 47, is ready, even though he got a late start on the recruiting process having taken the job in July, to lead the Leaf back to the success experienced when he was an assistant.Maida, assisted by Stuart Linnen on the Leaf staff, sat down with The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr for a feature called Six Questions prior to the start of the 2011-12 KIJHL season.TND: You’re back in the saddle, this time as the skipper of the Good Skip Leaf. How does it feel?FM: It feels really good. But to help with the transition from assistant to head coach and GM, I’ve been talking to Simon all the time. TND: Last season was a little bit of a disappointment for Leaf fans after the exciting five-year success run by you and Simon Wheeldon. How do you return the Leafs to the upper echelon of the KIJHL? FM: I hope to have us playing an entertaining game for our fans, working hard game in and game out and show respect for the game and other teams in the KIJHL.TND: Has your philosophy changed from when you were the assistant coach to Simon Wheeldon? If not, why?FM: Not at all. Our team will work hard and play HOCKEY and continue a commitment to the players because our commitment on and off the ice was successful for us. TND: What has been your biggest challenge to start this season?FM: Getting ready in a very short time.TND: When Simon and you were coaching, many a player was recruited from the Okanagan, especially the Kelowna area. Now that Kelowna has a team of its own, where will the players come from? FM: Starting in the last week of July this has been hard to recruit. But we have players from the Okanagan, USA, Northern BC Lower Mainland to name a few. TND: Have you set any goals for your rookie season? If so, what are they?FM: For the first 15 games to become the hardest working team and playing our [email protected]last_img read more

Grease up those wheels for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival

first_imgIts followed by Show’n’Shine where riders have a chance to show off their  – funkiest, clunkiest, prettiest, beefiest bikes and chances to win prized for the Best Commuter; Oldest Bike; Most “tricked out” and Cruziest Cruiser. The Kootenay Krawl and Wheelie competition followed before awards conclude the day. Saturday it’s the Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event starting from the Svoboda Road Parking lot at 9 a.m. Later in the day it’s the Kids Cross-country races at Rosemont Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with racing starting at 1 p.m. Sunday it’s Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event. Registration is at Gericks or Sacred Ride at 9 a.m. Shuttles up to Placenta begin at 10 a.m. with the best two runs and the best matched time winning. For more information check out the Fat Tire Fest website at http://www.nelsonfattire.com/,It’s time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson. The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker. Riders are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the 400 Block of Baker Street for the annual Bike Parade. The Parade begins at 5:45 p.m. Its followed by Show’n’Shine where riders have a chance to show off their  – funkiest, clunkiest, prettiest, beefiest bikes and chances to win prized for the Best Commuter; Oldest Bike; Most “tricked out” and Cruziest Cruiser. The Kootenay Krawl and Wheelie competition followed before awards conclude the day. Saturday it’s the Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event starting from the Svoboda Road Parking lot at 9 a.m. Later in the day it’s the Kids Cross-country races at Rosemont Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with racing starting at 1 p.m. Sunday it’s Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event. Registration is at Gericks or Sacred Ride at 9 a.m. Shuttles up to Placenta begin at 10 a.m. with the best two runs and the best matched time winning. For more information check out the Fat Tire Fest website at http://www.nelsonfattire.com/ It’s time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson. The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker. Riders are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the 400 Block of Baker Street for the annual Bike Parade. The Parade begins at 5:45 p.m.last_img read more

Kingwell’s hat-trick powers Ghostriders past struggling Leafs

first_imgThe New Year started out so well, and there was plenty of optimism in the camp of the Nelson Leafs.Despite dropping a heartbreaking overtime decision to division rival Beaver Valley on the final day of 2016, the Leafs had good reason to feel great after pushing one of the league heavyweights to the wall before losing with just over two seconds left in the game.There also was a seven-game January home stand on the horizon for a management team that had worked so hard to finally find most of the pieces to make a stretch run.last_img read more

Traffic delays after accident in Inishowen

first_imgThe emergency services are at the scene of a car accident between Tooban and Burnfoot.The accident, which happened near Tooban school, occurred shortly after 9am on Wednesday.Gardai are at the scene of the accident. It is not known if anybody has been injured in the crash.Short tailbacks are to be expected.Traffic delays after accident in Inishowen was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:buncranaBurnfootDerryInishowenToobanlast_img read more

Top 10 Most Egregious SEO Mistakes

first_img SEO Originally published Mar 13, 2008 11:08:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 As an Internet Marketing Advisor at HubSpot, I get to talk to all of the people who are interested in learning more about our inbound marketing system and who want to do internet marketing more effectively.Some of them know that they want our help; know what they need to do and they have a pretty good idea of how to do it. They just need some guidance and the right tools and systems in place.Most people, though, still have a lot to learn. Search Engine Optimization, although only a piece of what we help people do, seems to be the most common challenge that causes people to initially seek our help. It’s also the thing that people seem most confused about, as well as the thing that people make the most mistakes doing, whether they have a SEO consultant involved or not.The name of the game for search engine optimization is extremely simple. Once you’re up and running with the right tools and systems, all you need to do is….Publish new GREAT content on new pages on your website REGULARLY.People get so confused about SEO. They are usually just wrapped up in all of the details.But, if you want to do SEO correctly, there’s one thing that you will spend the majority of your time doing: writing great content.We’re talking 90% of the time you spend doing SEO should be spent writing about you, your industry, your business, your products, your services and the problems you solve for your clients. All stuff that should be second nature to you.Yeah. You need to learn a few other things.But, if you can write, you can do SEO. The rest can be taught. And the rest should not distract you from writing.Unless… you fall victim to one of these mistakes.Top 10 Most Egregious SEO MistakesDavid Letterman Style, here it is:#10. You’re optimizing your website around really common (probably really popular) keywords that you’ll never be able to rank for. In the last week, I’ve had two people tell me they wanted to optimize their site around “leadership”. I said, good luck competing with Wikipedia and About.com.#9. Everyone of your title tags has the same keyword phrase in it. And it’s your company name. The title tag on a page is probably the most important on-page SEO factor to consider when creating new pages. You probably already rank well for a search on your company name, so you can safely leave that out and still get that traffic. So, make sure you pick appropriate keyword phrases for each page that are phrases that someone is going to type into a search engine in order to find a product or service like yours.#8. Dynamic URLs without your keywords in it. You bought a fancy shopping cart or content management system (CMS) that uses dynamic urls with all kinds of random numbers and random letters in the url. Your URLs should be readable by humans because search engines read words like humans too. The words in your URLs is another very important signal to search engines what that page is about. So, get yourself a CMS that allows you to control your urls or get yourself a URL rewriter. Include your keywords in your URLs.#7. You used images as headings. Headings are usually the big bold letters right above the content at the top of a page usually below your navigation. See “HubSpot Inbound Internet Marketing Blog”. That’s a heading. If these are “words built with images” (designers do this to control the font of the text), search engines aren’t reading them. These should be text. Pick a web safe font that’s close to what you want. Go with that.#6. Number 6 is equally egregious, but a little less common nowadays unless your website is circa 1997… If your navigation is built using image buttons instead of text, you’re giving search engine one less signal about what that page is about. See #7 for a fix: Use text.#5. All of the above. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve seen sites with all of the above mistakes. Really. Honest.#4. Doing SEO after the website is designed and built. For some reason, people think SEO should start afterwards. I’ve been racking my brain for an analogy, but it’s really pretty simple: Do you go on a trip before you pack? Do you launch a business before writing some sort of business plan? Do you visit to a friend’s new house without printing out driving directions?SEO done right allows you to determine what content to write in order to get traffic from search engines. And you shouldn’t design a site before you know what content will be on it. I’m not saying that you should change your business model or product name based on what keywords will be easiest to rank for, but you should consider it. I guarantee you that your competitors or smart internet marketers are doing this homework. Why not claim the search traffic for your business? It only takes a little bit of planning.Plus, if you go to a designer or web developer that isn’t an expert at SEO (Most aren’t – even though they say they are), they may not implement a system that allows you to publish new pages and optimize your site around your keywords without paying them $100/hour to make the changes and additions for you. Someone that knows SEO will launch your website in a system that allows you to easily do SEO on a continous basis.Which brings us to…#3. Our design firm “DID” SEO for us. This one is probably the most common. There is no such thing as “BEING DONE” with SEO. It’s an ongoing thing. Just the other night, I logged into HubSpot’s Keyword Grader tool and found 2 new keywords that we should target. We rank not-quite-on-the-first-page for both of them and both of them could deliver several hundred visitors/month once we get to the first page. That’s hundreds more visitors we could attract to our site – with a bit of effort. And we already rank for “internet marketing”, “internet marketing software” and a bunch of other great phrases that are relevant to our business. Doing SEO once is like doing prospecting once. If your salesperson said “I called prospects last month” as a reason for not calling any new prospects this month, what would you say to them right before you fired them?#2. You built your website entirely in flash. You might as well put an invisible shield up between you and the search engines because they don’t see you.#1. And the number one most egregious mistake. Drumroll, please… Your site is built entirely in flash, you’re a web design firm, and you advertise that you do SEO. I’ve run into two of these people recently. I won’t link to them even though they deserve to be called out.That about covers it. I hope this was a fun way for you to learn HOW TO DO SEO and not just HOW NOT TO DO SEO. I recently wrote a more detailed post on my blog about how to continuously identify new keywords for your content creation and link building efforts which details the few things that you need to know besides content creation to do SEO effectively. It should dispel any misconception that SEO is some mysterious science not comprehensible by mere business mortals. Have you seen other egregious SEO mistakes that should be included in the Top 100 List?  Leave a comment below and share with the community.Free eBook: Introduction to Search Engine Optimization Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img It’s about time your business started taking advantage of SEO to increase organic traffic.Download this free ebook to learn how to successfully optimize your website and content to get found online. Topics:last_img read more

7 Things People Don’t Say About Advertising

first_img 5. 7 Things People Don’t Say About Advertising “This New Brand Positioning Changes Everything!” , units for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. While few memes have been hand-made for marketers, this trend is now changing with the rising popularity of the new blog ” (TRPDSAA).” This blog collects photos with text submitted by marketers, poking fun at common marketing ideas and practices. 3. memes Originally published Jan 17, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 7. 4. In case you haven’t yet seen the hilarious images from the site, we have picked our favorite 7 to share with you. But really, you should go and check out the rest over on TRPDSAA. Meanwhile, sit back, scroll down and laugh. “I can only refer 5 friends? But the rest will be upset!” Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img 2. The Internet is full of “This Website’s music is great – turn it up!” “Now *THIS* is social currency!” 1. “Now they’ve changed their logo, the brand values make so much more sense to me.” “This branded app is so engaging and useful. I’ll be sure to open it more than once.” Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising So when you are in your next marketing meeting, think about the goals you are setting. Are these goals actually what your customer wants? 6. “I feel more comfortable with the tone and tenor of conservative copy.”last_img read more