Gardening in raised beds instead of conventional rows is becoming more and morepopular. It’s easy to see why.Raised beds offer earlier crops in the spring, later crops in the fall and better rootcrops. They require less fertilizer and no costly machinery. They have better drainage,fewer weeds and almost no soil problems and yield more produce in less space.Gardeners who have tried raised beds discover that the soil is loose, allowing air,moisture, warmth, nutrients and roots to penetrate more easily. Raised-bed gardening helpscorrect the problems of poor, rocky or compacted soil and extends short growing seasons.There is no best time of the year to make raised beds. Here are three possibilities.Winter. Gardeners have the most time on their hands. This is the mostpopular time for creating beds because it enables the gardener to plant extra early in thespring.Get the frame made up and mix the soil. However, make sure you dig into the existingsoil before putting the mix into the bed. This is called “interfacing” and isvital for plant growth. If you don’t dig before mixing, the plant roots will hit the hardarea and won’t penetrate for maximum root growth and uptake of nutrients and water.With raised beds, too, you can cover that small area with plastic and not worry aboutwet soil and late planting. Raised beds drain well. They get more sunlight from both thetop and sides, too, so they warm up quicker in the spring.Spring. If you can work the soil in early spring, raised beds allowyou to plant earlier and to protect plants against too much rain, lengthy wet spells andother bad weather.Summer or Fall. Planting in raised beds helps fall crops producelonger. Remember, working in the late fall is much cooler and easier than trying to put ina raised bed in the summer.
TVNZ News 2 May 2012Teenagers aged under 18 will need the express consent of their parents through a text message or a phone call to have a drink at a party under the latest alcohol curbs planned by the Government. Justice Minister Judith Collins said yesterday that the Alcohol Reform Bill would be back in Parliament to pass its final stages next month. MPs are already lining up to back an amendment to the bill which would raise the purchase age to 20, and Ms Collins said she would also introduce a Government amendment in the final stages. The bill, which passed its second reading last year, would have required adults giving liquor to minors to understand “on reasonable grounds” that there was parental consent. Collins said the Government now wanted to “tighten that up” so that “express consent” was required. “That’s a text or a phone call or a discussion with a parent,” she said. “Before someone supplies your 16-year-old or your 14-year-old with alcohol, they [will have to] tell you.” Parents of teenagers were “crying out” for some tools in the law to protect their children attending parties where liquor was being drunk, she said. Adults who “knowingly served” liquor would be captured by the law change but not those who failed to stop teenagers getting hold of a drink surreptitiously.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/teens-need-parents-text-get-booze-4860607Parents’ text needed before teens drinkTV3 News 2 May 2012Parents will need to take more responsibility for their teenager’s alcohol consumption, with a text, phone call or note of consent set to be a requirement under changes to liquor legislation. The Alcohol Reform Bill is set to have its committee stage next month, with the Government planning to introduce several changes with a supplementary order paper, before the bill’s third and final reading… The bill proposes keeping the purchase age at 18 at on-licence venues, such as restaurants and bars, and raising it to 20 at off-licence retailers, like liquor stores and supermarkets. Lobby group Family First wants the purchase age raised to 20 for both on- and off-licences. Opposition parties are critical of the Government’s timing with the announcement of changes to the bill.http://www.3news.co.nz/Parents-text-needed-before-teens-drink/tabid/1607/articleID/252630/Default.aspx read more
In the 2nd game, The Cardinals took on the South Ripley Raiders. The Cardinals struggled in the 1st half but played better in the 2nd half before falling to the Raiders by a score of 49-10. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Henry Wanstrath with 4 points, followed by Christian Mack, Adam Meer, and Ryan Duerstock all with 2 points. Despite going 0-2 in the tournament the Cardinals continue to show improvement. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Coach Tekulve. The Cardinals 8th Graders dropped two more games in the Cross Town Classic bringing their record to 9 and 8. The Cardinals went to half time against Connersville with a 1-point deficit but ultimately fell 41 t0 28. Miles scored 14, Ritter 10, Weiler 3, Lohmueller 1. The Cardinals then lost to South Ripley 52 to 49 in a very physical hard-fought effort. Trailing by as many as 12 in the early minutes, the Cardinals fought back to start the second half down 2. The 3 point attempt from Eli Weiler at the buzzer to tie the game just missed. Miles scored 28, Ritter 10, Conway 6 and Lohmueller 5. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles with Jenny Miles.The 7th Grade St. Louis Cardinals participated in the Cross-Town Classic tournament on Friday, December 27th. In their first game, the Cardinals took on the Spartans from Connersville and ended up losing by a score of 35-16. Despite the loss, the Cardinals played one of their better games of the season. Sam Laloge had a great game with 7 points which included a 3 pointer while also having a great game on the boards with several blocks. Adam Meer had 5 points which also included a 3 pointer. Rounding out the scoring for the Cardinals was Santiago Schutte with 2 points, Henry Wanstrath with 1 point, and Max Amberger with 1 point. read more
The five Corentyne fishermen were remanded to prison on a murder charge when they appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on Friday.Accused: Stephon LeacockAccused: Ramchan LatchmanAccused: Leon SammyThe five appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga to answer the capital offence. It is alleged that between May 28 and 28 at the Upper Corentyne they murdered Hemchand Sookedo in the course of a piracy attack.Ramchan Latchman, 23, of Number 65 Village is the captain of the alleged piracy boat and number one accused. The others on the indictable charge are Ganesh Naidoo, 41, of Number 79 Village; Ramesh Singh, 53, of Liverpool; Stephon Leon Leacock, 19, of Number 77 Housing Scheme, Corriverton and Leon Sammy, 29, of Number 75 Village.Latchman, who is a father of two, is said to been the mastermind behind the plot to hijack the fishermen. Police Prosecutor, Inspector Bernard Brown told the court that Sammy was previously before the court on a similar offence.As the men made their appearance before the magistrate several family members of the accused were seated and listened intently to the proceedings. Also seated was a relative of the deceased.Accused: Ramesh SinghAccused: Ganesh NaidooMagistrate Artiga ordered that the accused return to court on July 6 for a police report.It had been reported that between May 28 and 29 the five alleged pirates, hijacked three fishing boats and after taking away their catch, threw the captain of one of the vessels overboard.He swam for three hours and was rescued by other fishermen.The body of 45-year-old Hemchand Sookdeo also called ‘Dread’ of Number 55 Village was found trapped in a seine while Dochan Sukra, 54, also called ‘’Butcher’ of Number 55 Village, Dhanpaul Rampaul of Number 67 Village and Munish Churman 26 also called ‘Boyo’ of Number 60 Village are all still missing.An autopsy performed on the body Sookdeo by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Fort Wellington Hospital Mortuary gave the cause of death as drowning.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is expected to meet with members of the fishing community on the Corentyne tomorrow to discuss issues surrounding the safety of fishermen. Piracy attack read more