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Spinach is a hardy, healthy, easy-to-grow vegetable. Its tender, tasty leaves are fast-growing and it is an ideal cool-weather crop for spring or autumn.
Varieties of spinach are categorized by their leaf type: Savoyed, semi-savoyed and plain leaf. Savoyed varieties have puckered, wrinkled leaves. The leaves of semi-savoyed types are somewhat smoother. The smooth, oval leaves of plain-leaf types are the easiest to wash after harvest as they do not trap soil the way savoyed and semi-savoyed leaves do.
Varieties with erect leaves are easiest to harvest. The leaves often stay cleaner and can be quickly washed as well.
For late spring crops and in warm climates, select varieties that are heat-resistant or slow to bolt (go to seed). For autumn crops, sow seeds every two to three weeks from late summer to autumn once daytime temperatures begin to cool.
To grow your spinach crop you will need:
Blood & bone
1. Dig 3-5cm of compost into the top 12-15cm of soil in early spring to ensure fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Make sure you rake to bed smooth.
2. Sow the spinach seeds outdoors in spring or autumn when the temperatures allow. Space the seeds 15cm apart and plant them 1cm deep.
3. Sow new spring spinach crops every two weeks in the shade of taller crops until the weather remains above 20 degree C.
4. Keep soil evenly moist but not wet. Fertilize by spreading blood and bone along the rows when the first leaves reach full size and water in thoroughly.
5. Harvest spinach by pinching off outer leaves individually once they reach 10cm. Or, cut the entire plants off just below the soil level.
Encourage extra crops from spinach plants by cutting the whole plant back to 2cm tall when harvesting. The leaves often grow back.
Bolting, or going to seed, is a common problem with spinach, especially during seasons in which daytime temperatures remain above 20 degree C. Plant late-spring crops in partial shade and keep the soil moist to prolong the harvest. Discontinue planting until autumn when the temperatures no longer climb above 20 degrees C.
To extend the growing season, plant six seeds at a time, followed by another six seeds three weeks later. This will ensure a continuous supply.
A couple of suggestions when purchasing your spinach seeds:
Buy packets of several different types to see which ones grow best in your climate and which leaf type you prefer.
Avoid buying spinach plants in punnets, as transplanting causes it to bolt more quickly.
The sun and soil conditions that spinach loves:
Full sun to partial shade. Plant early spring spinach in full sun. Plant in partial shade later in the season for autumn crops.
Grow spinach in raised beds if the soil is not well-drained. A spinach crop prefers rich, well-drained, cool and evenly moist soil.
Interplant spinach with strawberries. The saponin within the spinach leaves is beneficial to strawberries.
Seasonal tips to remember:
In early spring sow spinach seeds as soon as the soil begins to warm. Sow every two to three weeks until the temperatures remain above 20 degrees C.
When harvesting in spring, pick the leaves once they reach full size or harvest the entire plants by cutting them off just below the soil level.
To prolong the harvest in early summer, water regularly and mulch to hold moisture in the soil.
Begin sowing autumn and winter crops when the temperatures remain below 20 degrees C and harvest when the spinach plants reach full size.
strong>The Perfect Fast-Growing Evergreen Screen
This week we are featuring an evergreen that is not only fast growing, beautiful and low-maintenance, but provides the perfect privacy screen – ‘Thuja ‘Steeplechase.’ ‘Steeplechase’ is a branch sport of the popular ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae. It was discovered in the summer of 1990 in Maryland. Until now ‘Green Giant’ has been considered the ideal fast-growing privacy hedge, superior to the problem-prone Leyland Cypress, but ‘Steeplechase’ is even better than ‘Green Giant.’ In effect, the best just got better.
‘Steeplechase’ has a pyramidal shape with rich, green fragrant foliage. The foliage is deeper green and has a very fine texture which makes it even neater and denser than ‘Green Giant.’ Once established, ‘Steeplechase’ grows at a rate of about 2 feet per year. Fourteen year old trees are approximately 25 feet tall and only 10 feet wide at the base. ‘Steeplechase’ needs no shearing; but can be trimmed to a smaller size. Thuja ‘Green Giant’, and therefore Thuja ‘Steeplechase’, is believed to be a hybrid of the giant western arborvitae and the Japanese arborvitae. They are not to be confused with the much slower growing common Eastern American arborvitaes. Because ‘Steeplechase’ is so new, the ultimate size is not known; but I suspect about 35 feet tall and 12 feet wide, so ‘Steeplechase’ doesn’t take up a large part of your yard. And unlike ‘Green Giant,’ it keeps a tight shape and will not stretch and become open. ‘Steeplechase’ is extremely resistant to snow, ice and wind.
Planting and Care
‘Steeplechase’ is very low-maintenance; just fertilize every spring and fall and watch it thrive! It is rated as deer-resistant and bag worm resistant. ‘Steeplechase’ is hardy to Zone 5. If you are in need of a privacy screen or a windbreak in your yard – ‘Steeplechase’ is the conifer of choice!
- For best results plant in spring or fall.
- Space 10 feet apart; 6 feet for a quick screen.
- Will thrive in any soil from sandy to heavy clay.
- Fertilize early every spring and in late fall with Cottonseed Meal and Kelp Meal.
- Prune, if desired, in early spring.
- Prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade.
- Water regularly until established; very drought tolerant thereafter.
- Hardy in Zones 5-8.
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The ancient Muslim poet, jurist, and theologian, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, may not have stumbled madly upon the very first rose back in 13th century Persia but he certainly immortalized it poignantly in his writing.
Roses are believed to have originated in ancient Persia but their cultivation quickly spread across the Northern Hemisphere, first from China to Europe and finally to North America. Rose enthusiasts throughout time and geography have helped to spread the cultivation and the adoration of this arrestingly lovely flowers to the point that, today, there are more than 20,000 varieties available.
Roses run the gamut of the color spectrum. They come in every color, including the elusive blue and black ones that have dogged rose breeders for ages. Every shade of every color is represented, too, with many rose blossoms sporting multiple colors or shades.
These enchanting plants have been bred to grow straight and tall or trail over slopes and fences. Some roses grow close to the ground while others become bushy. Many rosebushes bloom once in the spring or summer, others bloom again in the fall, and others still bloom from early spring until winter.
Diversity aside, a few rose gardening tips might improve your rose-growing success.
Planting is the first step to consider when compiling a list of rose gardening tips. Folklore tells us to plant flowering plants when the moon is in a waxing phase. Indeed all plants that produce their most desirable growth above ground are said to be best planted during the time the moon is growing into its biggest, most visible, phase.
(In turn, plant carrots, potatoes, and other plants where underground action is most desirable when the moon is waning, or becoming less visible.)
Trim your hair, visit your barber, or comb your dog the day before planting your roses. This, another of folklore rose gardening tips, ensures you have a bit of hair to mix in with the soil in which you plant your roses. Decomposing hair is said to provide excellent fertilizer for thriving roses.
Sunshine is one of the most important rose gardening tips. Make sure to plant your roses, always during their dormant phase, in a spot where they can get at lease six hours of full sun every day.
Rose gardening tips include trees, too. Keep your roses away from tree roots, especially deciduous trees, or they will divert the nutrients of the soil from your hungry roses
As the mother of four sons, who are 6’2″ or taller and weigh from 280-580+, I have done lots of shopping online for big and tall men. My husband is under 200 pounds but over 6′ so I also shop for him through big and tall online stores. The best in my opinion is Kingsize. I can get their catalogs in the mail or check them out online. They have a wide variety of clothing they offer from casual to dress and they offer quality that you don’t find everywhere. My third son is very hard on clothing and even he has trouble wearing out clothing from Kingsize, while my oldest and youngest take better care of their clothes and they last for years. It can be expensive clothing big and tall men and Kingsize helps with this with discounts and watching their clearance sales can greatly reduce the cost. They offer sizes from Large to 8XL, and their sizes run a bit larger then you would find in say Wal-Mart. Waist sizes go up to 68 inches and while the sizes aren’t quite as large for tall men they have plenty of length. They will hem pants to the length you want for about $5. So whether you looking for t-shirts or dress shirts, jeans or dress slacks its a good place to start. They also have a wide variety of MLB and NFL sports wear. They also carry shoes in larger sizes so you can dress your man or he can dress himself from head to toe. You can make purchases with credit cards, Kingsize offers their own card as well, or with debit cards. Orders are usually shipped in 1-3 days and usually take no more then 2 weeks to receive. I have not had to return any items but they do have a reasonable return policy. So if you don’t know your size (your man’s) grab a tape and follow the size charts and have fun!
Hollyhocks Love em or Hate em
Hollyhocks are one of the easiest plants to grow from seed. In fact, they will reseed themselves. And that is where the problem lies. Very soon, you could be inundated with these beautiful, spiky, tall flowers. And who said you could never have enough flowers in your garden!
Hollyhock seeds can be tossed onto the soil anytime from early Spring to early Fall. They should be lightly covered with soil so that they do not blow into your beautiful lawn; this would be a dreadful mistake as you would soon need broad-leaf weed killer to kill off the new rosettes. In my garden, I soon learned that when I left a seed-forming stalk lean over the grass, or if I pruned, and then carried, one to the compost pile, I would be digging out new seedlings in the near future. I quickly learned to bag every browning stalk before I cut it down. Even still, I do gather and strew a multitude of seeds produced by my plants because I love their abundant color and size. Talk about height! Not many other plants have such stature. This is one of the main attractions of the hollyhock; it makes a grand statement at the back of the sunny border.
Hollyhocks adore the hot, dry, sunny border. They need very little soil to grow. I have two hollyhocks that grew between two unistone pavers (the seeds fell off a stalk I was carrying). I also have hollyhocks growing in semi-shade; they are a little more spindly but they flower just the same.
Hollyhocks are easily attacked by rust; a good application of fungicide in the early Spring should control it. To help cut down on the risk of rust, you should avoid crowding the plants, water only in the early part of the day and avoid splashing water on the foliage. If the plants leaves turn yellow and become unsightly, they can be cut off and thrown in the garbage, but not in the compost.
Hollyhocks are usually biennial, but perennial hollyhocks do exist. Biennial plants are those that put out leaves the first year and flower the next year. The stalks can be 3.5 meters tall and the flowers generally are pink, white, red, or dark purple. Hollyhocks have a long taproot, which makes their transplanting or eradication difficult. They are hardy in Zones 2-10.
The Bellflower is botanically known as Campanula which merely means bell-like in Latin. The flowers are predictably bell shaped, hence the name, but others can be cup shaped, star shaped, round or even flat depending on variety. This is a wide ranging group of plants including annuals, biennials and perennials. Some creep along the ground barely 3 inches high while others may reach 6 feet tall. Colors range only at one end of the rainbow, mostly the blues, purples, violets, lavenders but there have been some white and pink cultivars developed.
The Campanula requires rich but well-draining soil. It prefers cooler climates but can do quite well in warmer places if placed in some shade. It will tolerate full sun only in the coolest areas. Regular feeding and watering will encourage blooming. The tall, upright growers make lovely cut flower arrangements.
The most common garden Campanula is Canterbury Bell, also called Cup and Saucer for the deep cup shape of the flower. This is a very showy plant either biennial or annual which grows 2 – 4 feet high. Stems are erect, sturdy, hairy and leafy. Leaves are medium green, lance shaped, 6-10 inches long at the base with those formed along the stems only 3-5 inches with wavy margins. Flowers are 1-2 inches across and can be either single or double form. These plants bloom in the late spring to early summer in all the blue hues mentioned before plus pretty pinks and some clear whites.
Star of Bethlehem or the Italian bellflower is a tender perennial which means it will withstand only moderately cool temperatures. In other, cooler regions it can be grown as an annual if started early indoors during the late winter months. This is a pretty trailing profuse blooming variety with stems 2 feet long and 1 inch, star shaped flowers in pale blue; excellent for hanging baskets but also good in rock gardens, as a ground cover, trailing over garden walls or window boxes. The most popular cultivar is “Alba” with larger white flowers. The “Mayi” cultivar has large lavender blue flowers. These plants are good candidates for bringing indoors and wintering over. It’s easily grown by cuttings and will bloom quicker from them than they would from seeds.
There are many other Campanulas though not so easily found unless you look through a good mail order catalogue specializing in different, unusual and hard to come by seeds. Try Seymore Select Seeds. It’s a great source for the garden connoisseur as I am and hopefully you are too. So, if you have a semi-shady spot in a flower bed full of good, rich soil, you may want to look up the Campanula. It may just ring your bell.
In a few short weeks, birds will be singing, trees and flowers flourishing, and one other thing will become lush and green and stringy and tall and juicy: the rough on your golf course.
Since most golf courses have watered fairways, the roughs stay challenging throughout the spring and summer, and the tall grass close to the greens is a rugged test.
The most difficult short shot in golf is the pitch shot close to the green out of heavy, tall rough. This is true for golfers of all skill levels.
When you’re faced with one of these short pitch shots-in grass that is one and a half to four or five inches tall-the best club is your sand wedge. This club has a heavy flange that is just as helpful in getting the clubface through the tall grass as it is sand. A pitching wedge or 8- or 9-iron doesn’t have enough weight or loft for this particular shot. The only exception to this is when you have a lot of green to work with and want to hit a long pitch-and-run shot that squirts out of the rough.
Several fundamentals for the pitch from deep rough are different from the same shot from the fairway, but most are the same. The setup is the same; you take an open stance with your hands slightly ahead of the ball and your weight mainly on your left foot and leg. Play the ball off the middle of your stance with the clubface slightly or fully open, depending on the length of the pitch. The most important difference from a pitch out of the rough and one in the fairway is that-in the rough- you have to grip the club more firmly than normal, particularly with your left hand. If you don’t, the clubhead will turn when it catches the heavy grass and cause a poor shot.
Sand shots and pitches from heavy grass have one thing in common: each must be practiced diligently in order to develop the confidence needed to hit the shot successfully during competition. When you practice, give yourself some poor lies in the tall grass. Even though there are a number of similarities between the sand shot and a pitch out of the rough, subtle differences exist. Each shot must be practiced until you have the fundamentals down pat.
The first thing to concentrate on is bringing the club up quickly by breaking your wrists sooner than normal, much like a sand shot. If you don’t, the clubhead will come into the shot on a low arc and catch too much grass before it moves the ball. It’s important to have a clear mental picture of what the clubface and ball will do during
5 Ways to Look Slimmer and Taller Without Going on a Diet
Most women have one thing in common: We all want to look taller and slimmer. And while you cannot change your height, and it is more or less hard for you to shed some pounds, there are easy ways to achieve a taller and slimmer look instantly. It is all about the clothes you wear. Try any of the following tips and notice the difference when you look in the mirror:
• Go for the right fit, not the size tag of a garment. Try on different sizes, as all brands have their own size charts. Buy the size that fits you best, not the size you wish you were. A piece that is too tight will always make you look heavier than a piece in the next bigger size that fits you right.
• Wear heels. Don’t worry, there is no need to walk around all day in 5-inch stilettos and get swollen feet that hurt (although they would surely make you stand tall!) A 2-inch heel will give you extra height while being comfortable to wear for most women in their daily life. You will get the longest line by wearing pointy toes in the same color as your pants or hosiery. Avoid ankle straps that cut your leg line.
• Your pants have to be long enough to cover at least half of your heel. A straight leg or slight boot cut elongates your legs. Don’t wear French pleats or cropped pants. Your pants should fit snugly, but not too tight. Check for unwanted excess fabric in your butt area making you look shapeless.
• Accentuate your assets. Emphasizing your best features distracts from the ones you don’t like that much and makes you look slimmer overall. If you have a slim waist, wear a belt around it or a shirt with a cinched waist. Got nice legs? Wear a knee-length skirt. If your arms are slim, go sleeveless or try cap-sleeves.
• Wear garments with vertical lines. It is true, they are elongating and slimming. It doesn’t matter if the lines are created by seams, pinstripes, topstitching, prints or anything else. They all have the same effect. Vice versa, horizontal lines add unwanted volume to your silhouette.
The above is general advice that works for every body type. There are a lot more tricks you can do to look taller and slimmer, but they all depend on your particular shape, and listing them all would make this a book rather than an article. A garment that is slimming on you may have the opposite effect on your friend. Contact the author to see how you can get your personalized fashion advice specifically tailored to your unique shape.
I guess tall baseball pitchers are better than short ones because the former have a better chance at playing basketball and becoming two-sport athletes.
Tall baseball pitchers are better than short ones only if the taller pitchers actually use their height. Also, other things must be equal. A shorter pitcher who has been blessed with a great arm will be better than a taller pitcher who does not have the natural talent. Sandy Koufax would not be considered a tall pitcher today. So, this generalization is only valid when all other things are equal between the two pitchers.
Some incremental advantage must be ceded to taller pitchers because the major leagues lowered the height of the mound several years ago. I think the year after Bob Gibson came home with a minuscule ERA of about 1.23. Nothing like this has been accomplished since the lowering of the mound, so pitching from a higher hill (relative position to the plate) had to have had some effect favoring pitchers.
Given the equalities, taller pitchers can use their height by striding out and getting a good push-off from their leg on the pitchers’ rubber. This places the release point a little closer to the batter. When a ball is traveling less than the 60′ 6″ distance from the mound to the plate, at speeds in excess of 90 mph, those few inches can make a significant difference to the eyes and reaction times of the batters.
Another thing a tall pitcher needs to do is get close to the ground on delivery. Besides adding to the pitchers stride, this puts the pitcher more on a level with the batter and effectively increases the strike zone. In the case of Roger Clemens, one can actually see his right knee touch the ground, at times, as he strides.
These are, of course, all generalizations. A shorter pitcher, blessed with a great arm can make up for a lack of height in many ways. He can keep the baseball out of the batters sight for a longer time by working on his motion. Giving the batter a shorter time to see the ball, and any spin that may be on the ball, places the advantage with the pitcher. Changing speeds and locations, knowing the weaknesses of the hitters and knowing the umpires all add to the effectiveness of the pitcher.
Remember, Greg Maddux has built a Hall of Fame career out putting the aforementioned factors into play in his pitching. He cannot be considered a tall pitcher among those who pitch professionally today.