Everyone wants a Halloween jack-o-lantern, and many people have their hearts set on growing a giant pumpkin. That takes a lot of patience.Some giant pumpkins take 140 days to mature. Others take 80-100 days. Halloween is the last of October, so — if the one you want takes 100 days to mature, count back 100 days and plant around July 10 (allowing 10-15 days leeway). You may not break the record. But you can enjoy growing an American tradition. And you can have the satisfaction of knowing that jack-o-lantern on the porch grew in your garden. Growing big or normal-size pumpkins is mainly a matter of starting with the right seed and adding lots of space, water and food. Prepare the Soil Choose a sunny spot. For really huge pumpkins, the vines need plenty of space — at least 20 feet between plants. Next, amend the soil with well-rotted manure or compost. If you can, cover the patch with three inches of it, plus a sprinkling of fertilizer or an organic mix of blood meal and bone meal. If you don’t have that much manure or compost, put what you have into six-foot circles for each plant. Till it into the soil. It’s not as important how deep you till as how wide. Plant Pumpkin seeds need warm soil (75-85 degrees) to germinate. Most Georgia soils are warm enough to germinate them in place. Cover three to four seeds, pointed ends down, with an inch of sterile potting mix. Check the soil daily, and water when the mix is dry. When the seeds sprout — usually four to five days — make sure the seedlings don’t dry out. When the first true leaves appear, thin to one plant per hill by cutting off the weaker seedlings with scissors. Thin Fruits When baby pumpkins appear, select two on separate runners, about 6 to 10 feet from the plant center. Cut off the rest and any that set later. This forces the vine’s energy into growing a few large pumpkins, rather than a lot of smaller ones. From mid-August to October, pumpkins grow at an amazing rate. Pollination All pumpkins must be pollinated by bees. Male and female flowers grow on the same plant. The female will have a tiny pumpkin at its base. Don’t be alarmed if you see 10-12 male flowers before a female flower appears. Be careful with insecticides. You don’t want to kill bees. Water, Feed and Care As the pumpkins grow, keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Pumpkin vines develop an extensive root system. Irrigate the entire area to water all of these roots evenly. Feed each vine weekly with a liquid fertilizer, such as fish emulsion. Use half the recommended rate if you feed weekly. If cats are around, fish emulsion may attract them and damage your vines. Insects and diseases are a problem, so check with your county Extension Service office for recommendations. It will help to get the pumpkin off the soil. Pumpkins can get sunburn, too, so try to keep a good leaf cover. Don’t try to set the pumpkin “up” to grow it with a flat bottom. This may cause the stem to separate from the vine. Harvest When the pumpkin is mature, the vine will start dying, and the stem will become woody. The fruit will take on a golden color (some varieties may be cream or even whitish) and a dull sheen. Leave as much stem on the fruit as you can. Cut (never pull) the stem from the vine. Handle the pumpkin from the bottom, not by the stem. Store it in a well-ventilated place out of the sun, and keep it dry.
Uruguay made a significant move towards the legalization of marihuana on July 31, after Congress passed a bill that might turn Uruguay, pending Senate approval, into the first country to assume control of the whole production and sale process of cannabis worldwide. Currently, marihuana consumption is punishable in Uruguay, but it is commercialized. The bill passed with 50 out of 96 votes, after nearly 14 hours of debate, with only the support of the leftist governing party, Frente Amplio (FA), which also holds the majority at the Senate. “It is the first step,” Martín Collazo told AFP, spokesman for “Responsible Regulation”, an organization that has promoted the project through public campaigns. “We are convinced that the model will work, and it will be beneficial for the population.” The bill launched in June 2012 with a series of measures to combat the increase of violence, and anticipates the State to take control and regulate its import, planting, cultivation, harvest, production, acquisition, storage, commercialization and distribution of cannabis and its derivatives. After users are registered, they could buy up to 40 grams of cannabis per month in pharmacies, although cultivation at home and at membership clubs might also be possible. A recent survey by Cifra showed that 63% of the population does not support the controversial project, promoted by José Mujica’s government, showing their apprehension about it. The National Board of Narcotics (JND) estimates that about 22 tons of marihuana are commercialized in the country annually, which means an illegal business turning over between 30 to 40 million dollars. By Dialogo August 02, 2013 The ballot was welcomed with a round of applause by over 100 supporters of the cannabis legalization who witnessed the session.
Passengers on the ride, which is atop the iconic volcano, venture through drop doors into enclosed tubes before splashing into a pool.The reports are released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.The listings only include the person’s sex and age, along with the name of the ride, date of the incident and limited details. Universal was the first theme park in the state to reopen to guests on June 5.Schroder did not disclose details about the boy’s injuries. A 9-year-old boy was found unresponsive on a water thrill ride at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay a few weeks after the theme park reopened following a shutdown due to the pandemic.The child was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released the following day, according to Universal spokesman Tom Schroder.The incident reportedly occurred on June 14 at the Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides.It was first noted in a quarterly report in which the major theme parks voluntarily disclose whether their visitors were hurt on a ride and hospitalized for at least 24 hours.The report covers the time period from April through June, when most of the state’s theme parks were closed.
Justin Azevedo’s shorthanded goal snapped a 3-3 tie to power the Manchester Monarchs to a 6-3 victory over the hometown Senators in AHL Calder Cup playoff action Tuesday night in Binghamton.The win gives the Monarchs a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff.Game five is Wednesday in Binghamton.After Ryan Potulny pulled the Ottawa Senators farm team even with a goal seven minutes into the third period, Manchester exploded for three goals in the next four minutes to put a dagger into the Baby Sens playoff hopes.Six different Monarchs shared in the scoring.Nelson native Geoff Kinrade, a defenceman in his second season with Binghamton, finished the game a plus one with no points. Binghamton finished the game out shooting the Monarchs 38-26, including 16-10 in the third period.
Martin Pedroza1041310713%29%$362,425 ESPINOZA BACK IN ONE PIECE FROM DUBAIVictor Espinoza was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning, disappearing Claude Rains-like into the crowd, no fanfare, no entourage, no ceremonial welcome, even though it’s just under a week since he guided iconic California-bred California Chrome to a 3 ¾-length victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite sashaying solo seesaw-like after his saddle slipped when the gates opened in the mile-and-a-quarter race.This afternoon, it’s business as usual for the 43-year-old Espinoza, with two mounts on the card, 4-1 morning line chance Lynne’s Legacy for Jim Cassidy in the second race and another 4-1 shot, El Huerfano for Peter Miller in the fourth. Total purse money for the two races is $116,000, tip money compared to the $600,000 Espinoza earned for his Evel Knievel-type episode aboard California Chrome. Some of that $600,000 will be donated to Espinoza’s favorite charity, City of Hope.Friday night, Espinoza throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium when Team Blue hosts the Angels in the second of their Freeway Series, with game time at 7:05 p.m.Otherwise, Espinoza, winner of this year’s Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, is flying under the publicity radar which can reach madcap proportions if not harnessed, although Espinoza always seems to have it under control.“California Chrome was doing great before the race,” recounted Espinoza, who left Dubai Tuesday night after seeing the sights and spending a day at the beach relaxing with friends.“For three straight mornings before the race, I walked him from the barn area to the track which is like two-and-a-half miles each way, so I was right next to him. He looked outstanding. He was ready to go.“But regardless of that, once the race starts, you never know what’s going to happen, right? I felt my best chance from the 11 post was to send right out of the gate and get a position, but the very first jump, the saddle started slipping. It happened right out of the gate. That was the scariest thing for me.“I didn’t know how far I could go. You never know if you can make it all the away around. But I got a position and it was perfect, right where I wanted to be. Then at the five-eighths pole, I felt like my body started to go backwards.“I realized I still had a long way to go and a lot of things were running through my head, all in a split second. I squeezed my knees against the saddle to the back of the horse because I didn’t want the saddle to go back further. I was trying to keep it where it was.“I could have waited a little bit longer, but turning for home and with the saddle so far back, I decided to open it up, thinking if I could open up three or four lengths and see the wire, if something did go wrong, I’d have a chance to correct things and still win.“I was lucky enough to stay on, maintain good balance, and cross the wire in one piece.” Mike Puype85913611%33%$422,485 Gary Stevens6412111019%52%$1,595,898 “He’s been working all right,” Ron McAnally said of the Argentine-bred horse, winner of four of his nine races in his native country. “We didn’t have any other place to run him.“Normally I’d run him in an allowance race, but we’d have to wait a month if we don’t run Saturday, and even in a month, who’s to say the race will fill? Those three-other-than races are hard to fill. It has to be a race where a horse hasn’t won in a year or something.“We’ll see what he looks like. You never know until you run them.”All four of Il Fornaio’s wins have come at San Isidro in Buenos Aires, two at seven furlongs on turf and one at a mile.Il Fornaio, who worked three furlongs Thursday morning in 36 seconds flat, is named for the Il Fornaio Restaurant in Del Mar, according to Racing Manager Fernando Fantini.The San Simeon, race seven of 11: Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Mr. Sexy, Agapito Delgadillo, 20-1; Producer, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; No Silent, Gary Stevens, 7-2; Hay Dude, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Il Fornaio, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Guns Loaded, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Brice Blanc, 12-1. LUCRATIVE TURF FESTIVAL AT GOLDEN GATEGolden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita and guaranteed Late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.Golden Gate Fields will be the only track in California with turf racing from April 14 through May 1. During that time an extra $125,000 will allocated to turf races.Free shipping from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields will be provided during the Turf Festival. Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. will have two vans going north and two vans going south every week during the event.“The Golden Gate Fields Turf Festival will benefit horsemen throughout California by bolstering purses in the North and giving Southern California horsemen a place to run their grass horses,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group.“It’s our goal to offer competitive turf racing with big fields, which should be attractive to horseplayers. We hope to generate a strong response from Northern California and Southern California horsemen throughout the Turf Festival.”There will be three grass stakes during the Turf Festival. The Grade III, $100,000 San Francisco Mile for three-year-olds and up will be conducted Saturday, April 30. The final day of the Turf Festival will feature a pair of one-mile stakes for three-year-old California-breds nominated to the Golden State Series: the $100,000 Campanile for fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan.In addition, Golden Gate Fields will offer two maiden special weight and two allowance races for California-breds the final weekend of the turf festival. The maiden special weights will be worth $35,000 on April 30. The allowances will be worth $41,000 and will be held May 1. The owners of the maiden special weight winners will receive a $10,000 bonus.Golden Gate Fields on weekends will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool at $75,000 during the Turf Festival. The guarantee will be increased to $100,000 on San Francisco Mile Day. Vladimir Cerin4796719%47%$353,424 Fernando Perez17719202311%35%$963,707 TOC NAMES 2015’S LEADING OWNERSThe Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for leading California owners. Reddam Racing LLC was leading owner in purse money won in California as well as leading owner by number of wins.Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman led all owners with California stakes wins and Kings River Ranch was leading owner by number of California starts. David and Mark Greco, Patrick Grohl and Brent Malmstrom were selected as Rookies of the Year.Reddam Racing runners earned $2,922,316 in California last year, with 49 wins from 251 starts. Top earners were Nyquist, winner of the Del Mar Futurity, the FrontRunner and the Best Pal Stakes; Mrazek, winner of the Graduation Stakes; and Found Money, winner of the King Glorious and Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.The partnership of Watson, Pegram and Weitman won 10 stakes in California last year. Their leading earners were Hoppertunity, winner of the San Antonio Stakes, Pretty N Cool, winner of the Sorrento Stakes, and multiple stakes winners Gimme Da Lute and Toews On Ice.Kings River Ranch runners made a remarkable 296 starts in California last year for earnings of $892,153. Their top runners included Bench Ruling, Del Mar Ann, Dive Down, Prevaricator, Play Hard to Get, Odin, Not Too Shiny and Good Stats.David and Mark Greco made nine starts resulting in one win and $29,671 in earnings with Miz Strawberry Dee. The two brothers share a passion for taking care of racehorses when they retire from the track. Patrick Grohl also focuses on racehorse aftercare as owner of a horse farm and rehabilitation facility. His horse Distinctive Run made three starts in 2015 for $2,305 in earnings.-more-3/3/3/3 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Rafael Bejarano28565583023%54%$3,091,781 Richard Baltas11719201416%45%$1,266,159 Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Edwin Maldonado18540171922%41%$1,276,190 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Mike Smith961191811%40%$1,649,530 George Papaprodromou5295617%38%$292,010 David Lopez16924142114%35%$744,486 Martin Garcia12920141416%37%$1,156,621 Peter Miller12714132011%37%$636,360 Victor Espinoza871110813%33%$848,350 (Current Through Sunday, March 27) Mario Gutierrez17420312311%43%$1,246,549 John Sadler841310915%38%$835,554 Kent Desormeaux12820252316%53%$1,641,234 Bob Baffert10221171721%54%$1,586,885 Drayden Van Dyke16717172610%36%$1,047,457 Steven Miyadi7013131019%51%$398,837 Mark Glatt981012910%32%$496,805 -30- Tyler Baze26626413810%39%$1,435,546 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, working for the Oaklawn Handicap on April 16, went six furlongs in company under Joe Talamo Thursday in 1:13.60 for trainer David Hofmans. Stablemate Village Kitten was timed in 1:14.60 . . . Rebel Stakes winner Cupid, prepping for the April 16 Arkansas Derby, caught the eye of clockers, working four furlongs in 50 seconds flat for Bob Baffert with Martin Garcia aboard. Agent Tony Matos has Garcia booked to ride Enchanting Lady for Baffert in the Madison at Keeneland April 9 and 13 ½-length allowance winner Donegal Moon for Todd Pletcher in the Blue Grass the same day . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe winner Danzing Candy set to work Saturday morning under Mike Smith for the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 . . . Nick Hines, TVG host and analyst, and Brooke Hubbard, Racing Manager for SAY Racing, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Jockey Edwin Maldonado has withdrawn his appeal of a suspension issued Jan. 24 and will serve a three-day ban April 9, 10 and 14 . . . The morning line for Saturday’s Grade I HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for Arabians was made by a representative of the Arabian Jockey Club. Brent Malmstrom had two wins from 12 starts last year with Forthenineteen and Egyptian Empire. He named and donated a majority of the earnings of Forethenineteen to a memorial fund for 19 firefighters who died battling a wild fire in Yarnell, Arizona.All winners will be recognized at TOC’s annual meetings at Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 6 and at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Oct. 22. Peter Eurton9315221216%53%$1,055,877 Jerry Hollendorfer14023141616%38%$1,679,573 Ron Ellis3392327%42%$232,410 CONQUERING HERO ESPINOZA RETURNSBATTLE OF UNBEATENS IN FLORIDA DERBYARGENTINE INVADER MAKES S. DEBUTTURF FESTIVAL DEBUTS AT GOLDEN GATE Kristin Mulhall51117322%41%$402,990 William Spawr41106424%49%$279,732 Doug O’Neill18429282616%45%$1,479,407 Philip D’Amato13729222321%54%$1,573,765 Joseph Talamo24030272813%35%$2,013,733 IL FORNAIO MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SAN SIMEONIl Fornaio (the baker) makes his first start in more than eight months and his first in the United States when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about six and a half furlongs on turf.-more-2/2/2/2 NYQUIST VS. MOHAYMEN IN FLORIDA DERBYThe racing world looks forward with great anticipation to Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park featuring the two undefeated Kentucky Derby favorites, the East’s Mohaymen and the West’s Nyquist, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile king trained by Doug O’Neill.Post time is 3:48 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.“I’m surprised 10 entered, because it was publicized like it was going to be a short field,” said Doug’s brother, Dennis, Thursday morning before embarking to the Sunshine State.“But I don’t think it affected us that much, as far as the pace is concerned, because most of those horses don’t have much speed.“We got a great post (four). I love being inside of Mohaymen (nine). If we break clean we should be somewhere near the lead with Mohaymen stalking us. If he gets by us, he gets by us, I guess.” Agapito Delgadillo9814111014%36%$390,017
In Florida, it’s a petition driveA citizens’ group called Floridians for Solar Choice has launched a petition drive to put the question of third-party ownership on a statewide ballot next year. “End the solar eclipse in the Sunshine State,” the group’s website says.The proposal would amend the state constitution and rescind a restriction that now bars residents from purchasing electricity from anyone other than an electric utility.“It can remove the upfront cost for solar power systems and expand solar power options to residential and commercial tenants — thereby expanding the choice for solar choice to all Floridians,” the web site says.The group says efforts to change state law in the past have failed, because of “the undue influence of monopoly power companies.” Proposals never made it out of committee, prompting the effort to take the issue directly to voters.SEIA ranks Florida third in the country for solar potential, but 13th for installed solar capacity, in part because of the prohibition on power-purchase agreements. In all, Florida has 229 MW of installed solar capacity, enough for 26,400 homes. Florida and Georgia are among only a handful of states that prohibit third-party ownership of residential photovoltaic systems, but initiatives are underway in both states that would open the door to solar leases. PV Magazine reports that Republican Representative Mike Dudgeon has introduced a measure that would allow third-party ownership of residential systems of up to 10 kilowatts in capacity. The Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015 also would cover commercial systems with a capacity of up to 125 percent of a site’s power consumption.The measure would clear the way for companies like SolarCity that specialize in installing leased solar systems for homeowners who are unwilling or unable to cover the upfront costs of buying a system outright.The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) lists Georgia as 15th nationally with its 141 megawatts of installed solar electricity. That’s enough to power 15,300 homes, the trade group said.PV Magazine quoted market analysts as saying the potential for residential PV for the state’s 2.1 million single-family homes is roughly 10.5 gigawatts, an opportunity that is “clearly massive.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Barcelona pushed hard to sign Man Utd defender Victor Lindelofby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona were keen on Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof this summer, says his agent.Lindelof’s agent – Hasan Cetinkaya – has claimed that Barcelona ‘s interest in his client intensified after Juventus won the race to sign Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax. “Victor Nilsson Lindelöf was perhaps Manchester United’s best player last season and with that comes interest from clubs who are better on the pitch right now,” he told Sport Bladet after the Swede penned new terms last week. “When Mathijs De Ligt chose Juventus, Victor became Barcelonas first choice. His play style, his DNA is very close to the way Barcelona plays.”He’s one of the best center backs on his feet and Barcelona wanted him. That was it. I can talk openly about that now.”His agent claimed he attempted to push through a move to Spain but United were unwilling to sanction the deal.He added: “They contacted Ed Woodward multiples times with concrete offers. I met with their head of transfers Matt Judge to try and get a deal through.”But they said ‘There is no way. Victor is one of our best players’.”
LSU head basketball coach Johnny Jones had already locked up a pretty transformative 2015 recruiting class, and added to it today with the commitment of four-star shooting guard Brandon SampsonBrandon Sampson in his #LSU hat pic.twitter.com/n3hIcS6ady— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) April 20, 2015Sampson chose his hometown Tigers over schools like Cal, St. John’s, and USC, and joins a class that already features consensus No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, and five-star guard Antonio Blakeney. With Sampson in the fold, LSU has jumped conference-mate Kentucky for the No. 1 class in the country. Kentucky is still pursuing a few top players, so there is a chance that the Wildcats will retake the top spot by the time the classes are finalized, but this should be considered a major victory for Tiger fans either way.
HOUSTON, B.C. — Dozens of rallies are planned in British Columbia, across Canada and as far away as Europe to support pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern B.C.Fourteen people were taken into custody Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory.An RCMP statement says the arrests came after officers realized a resolution was unlikely, even though they had spoken with camp members about removing the blockade and set up a meeting between hereditary chiefs and the pipeline company.Police say a temporary exclusion zone is now in place along the remote road and will be consistently re-assessed.TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink obtained an injunction ordering removal of obstructions in area as preliminary work gets underway on a pipeline carrying natural gas from northeastern B.C. to Kitimat. A social media message posted early Tuesday on a site supporting the Gidimt’en says “we are now preparing for a protracted struggle.”LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for a $40-billion pipeline and liquefied natural gas export facility in Kitimat.Construction on the $6.2-billion, 670 kilometre pipeline connecting gas producers in the Dawson Creek area with the Kitimat export plant, is scheduled to begin this month.TransCanada says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent for work through their territories. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Press