Prepare Garden Tools for Winter

first_imgYour garden may be about ready for a long winter’s nap, but your work isn’t done.Don’t forget to tuck your gardening tools into bed for the winter, too. A little bit ofattention now will reap rewards of years of good service from gardening tools.It’s hard to know when to call the gardening season quits in some years. Just when wethink we’ve mowed the lawn for the last time, a couple of weeks of mild temperatures bringback the green blades of grass. Newly planted flowers, trees and shrubs should be wateredthoroughly every week or so until the cold really sets in, especially if rainfall isscarce.As cold or freezing temperatures come, prepare your tools by giving them a thoroughcleaning. Those steel wool barbecue-grill scrubbing pads are great for removing caked-onsoil from shovels, hoes, trowels and spades.Scrub the blades and handles with soap and water. Allow them to dry completely beforestoring. Rub a little linseed oil or similar protector over wood handles to keep the woodfrom drying and splitting. Sharpen your tools now to ensure a quick start in spring.Drain water from garden hoses and sprinklers. Hang them to dry before coiling the hosesfor storage. Replace washers and repair leaks. Hoses left outdoors during the winter couldcrack and split, especially if they still have water inside.Rinse and dry your fertilizer/pesticide spreader and oil all moving parts. Rinsesprayers and allow them to drip dry before storing. The best way to dispose of unusedchemicals in the sprayer is to apply the product as directed on the label.Store unused pesticides in their original containers with the label intact. Place allpesticides away from children and pets, either in a locked cabinet or on a shelf at leastfour feet off the ground. Protect pesticides from freezing temperatures and excessiveheat.When you think your lawn has seen its last mowing this year, run your mower until it isout of fuel. Changing the mower’s spark plug and sharpening the blade now will save yousome time next spring. Some products are now available to help stabilize fuel so it can bestored over winter, but I still recommend you drain it or use up the leftover fuel.Use up or drain fuel from the garden tiller before storing. If your equipment has a4-cycle engine, drain and replace the crankcase oil. Clean the machine by scraping offmatted grass and wiping off accumulated oil. Lubricate moving parts as the manufacturerdirects.Now you can finally relax and enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor. Curl up next tothe fireplace with your favorite gardening catalog and order new plants for spring. Andread the many gardening publications from your county Extension Service agent.last_img read more

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Several ways to start practicing emotional intelligence daily

first_img 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Any leader today should understand the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) – the ability to understand and work well with others. Leaders that embody this human-focused trait are good listeners, empathetic and make attentive and complete decisions.Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, writes in a recent Inc.com post that EI is going to become even more valuable in years to come. He cites Harvey Deutschendorf, EI expert and author, who says companies are placing a higher value on this trait because it leads to a competitive advantage.How can this trait be practiced so it comes more naturally to today’s leaders?Schwantes summarizes a blog post by Six Seconds CEO Joshua Freedman that takes advice from company leaders worldwide. Some of the responses I found most helpful include: continue reading »last_img read more

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Sinigayan fest canceled

first_imgSinigayan Festival file photo from the “I love Sagay” FB page But, despite the cancellation of thesaid celebration, Marañon clarified that the religious activities in the churchand the ongoing   Voice idol of Sagay Kids and Teens are exempted. Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlungsodof Bago City, Negros Occidental also canceled the celebration of the city’s54th Charter Day anniversary on Feb. 11 to 19. “All other planned celebrations thatwill draw a huge number of attendees are cancelled,” he said. BACOLOD City – The local government ofunit Sagay City, Negros Occidental canceled this year’s24th Sinigayan Festival as a precautionary measure against coronavirusdisease 2019  (COVID-19). “Upon consultation with the Vice Mayor[Narciso Javelosa Jr.] and other stakeholders, we decided with much regret tocancel the celebration of the Sinigayan Festival,” Marañon said. Mayor Alfredo Marañon III issuedExecutive Order (EO) No. 005-AOM, suspending the major events during thefestival slated March 14 to 19.   He has cited the Department ofHealth’s advisory urging the public to avoid attending, participating in, andorganizing events that draw a huge number of attendees, thus, recommending thecancellation of such planned big events or mass gatherings until furtheradvice. But, in Valladolid, Negros Occidental,the town’s Anti-Corona Virus Task Force unanimously approved to continue thePasundayag Festival, an annual fiesta celebration of the town to be highlightedby the Street and Arena Dance competition on Feb. 28./PNlast_img read more

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Dalling new CEO of Caymanas Track Ltd

first_imgShane Dalling, former councillor of the Westchester division of the Portmore municipality, was last Friday appointed CEO of Caymanas Track Limited at a meeting of the new board, replacing Cedric Stewart, whose contract was terminated. Dalling, who had previously served as a commissioner of the Jamaica Racing Commission up to 2012, was one of the eight members appointed to the new CTL board by finance minister Audley Shaw on April 17. Danville Walker, the former head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica and Jamaica Observer CEO, is chairman of the board, with Dalling as deputy chairman. Stewart, who was appointed CEO on March 1, 2013, still had a year left on his contract. However, the board of directors decided to part company with him, citing the $4 million award to Shane Ellis in his defamation suit against CTL, among other things. ‘EXIT CLAUSE’ Dalling said there was an “exit clause” provision in Stewart’s contract, which means that CTL is not obligated to pay him off for the remaining period of the contract. Friday’s meeting was the second convened by the full board, but Dalling disclosed that they had formed five working committees and had been having meetings with key members of staff and other stakeholders in just over a month. Although appointed for a period of three years by the minister, Dalling conceded that it will more than likely be an interim board that will prepare CTL for the privatisation of Caymanas Park by Supreme Ventures Limited, who some weeks ago was named the preferred bidder re the divestment process. Members of the new CTL board are: Danville Walker (chairman); Shane Dalling (deputy chairman), former Independence City Councillor, Keith Blake; veteran sports journalist, Ed Barnes; attorney-at-law, Andre Marriott-Blake; Councillor for the Bellevue division in the St Catherine Parish Council, Alvin Beckford, Ozane Bell; and Finance Ministry official, Robert Martin, who has been retained from the previous board.last_img read more

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