Vegetable gardening time starting – Orlando Sentinel
“Every step she made was vibrating the nest.” Young discovered the underground nest when cleaning out beneath the porch with a rake. He says yellow jackets came pouring out. He didn’t run but stood as still as he could. He says he was only bitten once. James Poole, of Yates-Astro Pest Control, estimates more than 1,000 yellow jackets lived in the hive.
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Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo make list of areas with big bed bug problems | Fox17
EDT, August 11, 2014 Vegentable gardent (Special / August 11, 2014) August is the time many gardeners have been waiting for Its vegetable gardening time. Yes, get ready for nine months of great gardening. Sure, it is hot now, but in about sixty days the weather starts to turn cooler. By then it is too late to start the plantings that like the hotter weather. So right now is the time to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash and beans. Luckily you have the rest of this month and early September to start warm season vegetable plantings. Many gardeners have sown their seeds for transplants and the seedlings are up and growing. It only takes about four weeks to have transplants ready for the garden during the hot weather. Or you can simply purchase what you need at the garden center. Good gardens start with the best soil preparation. Whats present in most yards is sand that could use a little improvement. Try working in liberal additions of organic matter to help the sands hold moisture, supply some nutrients and control a few pests. You may have a source for free compost in your area or you can find bagged peat moss, compost or garden soil at garden centers. Also, add a layer of composted manure. It is hard to add too much of any one of these to a sandy soil. Next have a soil acidity test made. You can do this yourself with kits available at garden centers. But, many gardeners like to take a sample to their local University of Florida Extension Office where tests are free or available for a small charge.
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We work restaurant chains, churches; doctors offices. Just got back form a dentist office today. Its a problem that has grown in recent years; in fact, in 2009 the EPA hosted its first bed bug summit to get recommendations from the public on how to address the issue. A Federal Strategy on bed bugs is expected to be released later this year on how various levels of government can contribute to minimizing the effects of infestations. Since bed bugs are not known to transmit disease theres little enforcement and no state laws. Smith says people who live with bed bugs for months sometimes arent aware they have a problem and then it gets spread to other people. Not to mention the stigma that comes with having bed bugs. You deny it, youre ashamed, you get angry; there is a lot of shame, he said.
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Cool summer sets expectations for a record harvest – TwinCities.com
Agriculture companies have developed genetic characteristics in seeds that allow plants to be packed more densely per acre and arm them with resistance to drought, disease, and pests. In addition, larger planters and tractors equipped with GPS programs can run at night if needed, helping farmers adjust planting when weather delays field work. “When conditions are right we have the ability to get in and get that crop established so much more quickly than we could in the past …” Welch said. “We’re just creating an environment that when the weather cooperates we’re capturing more of the potential and the possibilities genetically that are within that corn plant.” During the lifetime of the average U.S. farmer, who’s 58, corn yields have more than tripled from a national average of 44 bushels per acre in the 1950s to nearly 150 bushels per acre in recent years.
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