Prepping for Summer Salads

first_imgBy Gretchen Van BenthuysenLocal garden centers have begun stocking flats of lettuce and vegetables that do well in cool weather and taste so delicious when you cut, wash and serve them all within a few minutes.Four-packs of Red Sail and Iceberg lettuce, escarole, kale, Bright Lights Swiss chard and spinach, for example, could be found at Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver and planted in pots by the end of March.Although they don’t mind cool weather, when the temperature starts flirting with 32 degrees it’s time to cover your plants or risk losing them. With our ever-changing weather these days you’re often wearing boots and the next flip-flops.In that case you may need to bring pots inside – a garage usually is fine – and cover plants in the ground. A floating row cover is designed to trap heat inside during the day so at night there’s enough warmth to prevent wilted mush. Burpee sells a 72-inch by 50-feet row cover for $20. It also sells the TunLcover which is 18-feet long, consists of a 2-layer UV protected cover with thick gauge wire hoops every two feet that stick into the ground and extends like an accordion.It is designed to act like a greenhouse protecting plants from frost, wind chill and garden pests and sells for $25. Search the internet for more products or visit area garden centers for other options.If you are really caught off guard, use layers of newspapers or a shower curtain liner weighted down around the edges with rocks, bricks or whatever you can find. Remove the covering during the day when temperatures climb. A sheltered area and southern exposure also are helpful. Besides patience, gardeners need to cultivate a willingness to do what it tales to adapt to the weather.Lettuces and mixed greens do best in temperatures between 45 and 80 degrees. Once the heat and humidity hit in July plants generally bolt, which means they send up flower stalks to produce seeds and develop a bitter taste. It’s time to pull them up at this point.But before then, extend your growing season by either harvesting the plants’ outer leaves or cut just above the growing point in the cut-and-come-again method and see new growth emerge for your salad bowl.Flashy Trout Back lettuce is an Austrian heirloom variety that dates to 1793. Allegedly its ancestors can be traced back to the kitchen gardens of ancient Mesopotamia.Most garden centers buy from suppliers that specialize in mass production and your choices at the local level will be limited. The greens will taste great, but probably you won’t find many heirloom varieties such as Flashy Trout Back. It looks good and tastes great but you have to start it from seed, which is not all that hard to do.If you grow and harvest lettuce this spring you will want to do it again in the fall, but you won’t be able to find any transplants in the garden centers then. They all are focused on pumpkins and mums after Labor Day.So take advantage now of materials on sale in stores and online for seed starter kits. Seedlings need two- to three-inches of soil so you can grow them in yogurt or paper cups, but trays are more convenient.If you plan to start from seed this spring inside — it’s not too late —you will need lights designed for that purpose. It’s the best way to guarantee consistent, abundant light. Set the timer for 15 hours a day and water regularly. Start with the light about two inches above the seeds and raise it as the seedlings grow. If the light is too far away the seedlings will stretch toward it becoming leggy and weak. Let the top of the soil dry out a bit between watering. Soggy is not good.Do not use just any soil. Seedlings, like babies, are tender and need extra special food — a sterile seed starting mix that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Jiffy’s Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix works great. Follow the directions — do not skip the pre-moistened part — and do not, use soil from your garden. You will be doomed to seedling failure.You will need to use a liquid fertilizer after a couple of weeks. Lettuce loves nitrogen so choose a well-balanced fertilizer with equal parts nitrogen, potassium and phosphate such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 mixtures, which all garden centers carry. Ask for help if you are confused.You could have the somewhat pedestrian garden center varieties with Burpee seedlings — Looseleaf Blend lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson, Lollo Rossa, Red Salad Bowl and Royal Oak Leaf); heirloom Tom Thumb, Four Seasons and Heatwave Blend lettuces; Flashy Trout Back, and A La Carte Spinach under a light inside.When it’s time to transfer indoor seedlings outside they need to be hardened off. Here’s where a cold frame comes in handy. It also helps extend your growing season. Pampered plants need to be introduced slowly to wind and intense sun. You can also put the plants outside for a few hours at a time, or move to the shade before bringing them back inside for a week or so.To learn more about spring gardening, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozlowski Road, Freehold, are hosting “Celebrate Spring! … a Symposium” from 8:45 to 4 p.m. April 16. Topics include container gardens, spring lawn maintenance, organic vegetable gardening, perennials, butterfly/pollinator gardening, and raised bed gardening. Best of all — it’s free.To register, or for more information, call 732-303-7614 or visit www.visitmonmouth.com.More From The Two River Times Home & Garden Special SectionApril 14, 2016 Two River TimesHummingbird Mania by David SaidnawayPrepping For Summer Salads by Gretchen Van BenthuysenHow to Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On the Right FootClippings: Gardening Events Around TownAtlantic Highlands Looking for Favorite Treeslast_img read more

VETERAN GELDING SOI PHET HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgVETERAN GELDING SOI PHET HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF; 11-YEAR-OLD MILLIONAIRE, IDLE SINCE SEPTEMBER, WILL BE MAKING HIS 62ND CAREER START RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2019)–Trainer Leonard Powell says the old man in his shedrow does not like to run in the wintertime.  Accordingly, 11-year-old gelding Soi Phet, idle since September 8, will make his first start of the year in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, for California-bred or sired horses three and up at one mile on turf.Named for the Three Rings Ranch homebred winner of both the 1977 Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, the Crystal Water, which is a part of the CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series, has attracted a field of seven with millionaire Soi Phet heading the field.An incredible story, Soi Phet, a California-bred son of Tiz Bud, who will be making his 62nd career start on Saturday, was claimed for $16,000 in his 16th start on May 23, 2013 at Hollywood Park.  A winner of last year’s Crystal Water, Soi Phet has won 14 races, eight of them stakes, for his current connections.With Powell calling the shots, Soi Phet’s races have been spaced, with notable gaps in the winter in order to keep him fresh.  With his last win coming three starts back versus state-breds in the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 4, Soi Phet has two wins from five starts at one mile on turf, with both of those wins coming at Santa Anita.SOI PHETOwner:  Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell & Paul ViskovichTrainer:  Leonard PowellA foal of 2008, he’s out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey.  Most recently an even sixth in the state-bred E.B. Johnston Stakes going one mile at Los Alamitos Sept. 8, Soi Phet took last year’s Crystal Water four starts back on May 20 and has two wins from 10 turf starts at Santa Anita.  With regular rider Alonso Quinonez set to ride, Soi Phet will try to improve upon an overall mark of 61-15-7-6 and earnings of $1,022,864.BRANDOTHEBARTENDEROwner:  Flawless Racing, Brian Flanagan & Michael JarvisTrainer:  Craig DollaseA sharp third versus state-bred going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course March 31, this 6-year-old Tribal Rule gelding took a one mile turf classified allowance against Cal-bred two starts back on Dec. 31 and should be considered armed and dangerous as he’ll be reunited with Joe Talamo, who has ridden him to a pair of victories in his last four starts.  With a Crystal Water best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 96, Brandothebartender, who was claimed seven starts back for $40,000, will seek his first stakes win on Saturday.  With two wins from five tries at a mile on turf, “Brando” is 24-6-3-4 overall with earnings of $360,501.HARDBOOTOwner:  Silver Creek StablesTrainer:  Michele DollaseBased with Craig’s sister, Michele Dollase, at San Luis Rey Downs, this 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit colt has been idle since running a competitive seventh, beaten four lengths in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on opening day, Dec. 26.  A one mile turf maiden winner in his second start eight starts back in November, 2017 at Del Mar, his most recent win came four races back in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes for Cal-breds at Golden Gate Fields on April 29, 2018.  With Victor Espinoza engaged to ride for the first time, Hardboot would appear to have a legitimate shot as both of his career wins have come at a mile on grass.THE $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTThe Street Fighter–Aaron Gryder–123Hardboot–Victor Espinoza–121Tule Fog–Brice Blanc–121Brandothebartender–Joe Talamo–123Soi Phet–Alonso Quinonez–121Accountability–Drayden Van Dyke–121The Hunted–Tiago Pereira–123First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Does wearing a mask really protect against viruses or are we making a fool of ourselves?

first_imgOne of the most popular measures to avoid becoming infected is the use of masks. We have already seen people wearing from the classic masks that surgeons usually use to more resistant ones that are used in harder jobs such as mining or construction. Using masks is a very good option to protect yourself from diseases, but not all of them are suitable to achieve it. The infectious disease specialist, William Schaffner, said that thin masks such as those used by surgeons are not designed to filter air particles, it is also possible that bacteria are introduced from the sides.There are masks that prevent 95% of contaminating particlesAccording to this specialist, the most recommended are masks with respirators N95 or higher, since they filter the air particles correctly. Moreover, the number that gives its name indicates that they prevent 95% of the contaminating particles from being inhaled.Although these masks are very effective, they can be very annoying and not all people are able to wear them for so long. In addition, there are other factors that can affect the functionality of these types of masks such as the beard. Whatever the disease, the best way to avoid getting it is by washing our hands, not touching our face frequently and not coming into contact with sick people. A couple of months ago the Chinese government warned of an outbreak of coronavirus. Currently the situation remains on alert since this virus has not yet been eradicated and even more cases have been found in other parts of the world. Masks are beneficial to avoid becoming infectedThe most recommended are masks with respirators N95center_img Image: iStocklast_img read more

Bigger than basketball: Balkman’s foundation extends help to orphans

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments “I was once a kid that didn’t have everything, I was a kid that wanted things in life that I couldn’t get and nobody came and told me when I was younger so I want to give the kids something I didn’t have.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Michael Phelps praises 10-year-old Fil-Am Clark Kent for breaking record Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ The famous phrase “Ball is life” gets thrown a lot in basketball circles, but for Renaldo Balkman basketball isn’t everything.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Balkman said outreach is not just about the donations, but also being with the kids in little ways he can.“I want to give them what they need, I want to feed them breakfast I want to be there every morning, I want to give them toys and play with them,” said Balkman. “I need to do whatever I need for a couple of hours just to see smiles on their faces.”READ: Balkman comes full circle, rejoins Beermen in PBABalkman added that he wants to bring 50 kids to watch Game 5 on Sunday Smart Araneta Coliseum as an added treat.For those interested in helping out, Balkman posted an announcement on his Instagram account. Prospective donors can call 09198141948 for more information on how to take part.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite being in the middle of an electric championship round in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where San Miguel is ahead 2-1, Balkman still found a way to give back to a community that embraced him during his Philippine stay.Balkman’s Balkmania Cares Foundation has set up an outreach program for the children of the Alay Pag-asa Christian Foundation where he will donate school supplies and toys through the “Giving Love Back” program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Renaldo Balkman shrugs off ‘war wound’ to keep Beermen going“It’s not about basketball all the time, winning the championship yeah, but it’s bigger than basketball,” said Balkman after the Beermen’s 132-94 win over the Gin Kings Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s a great feeling inside that I’ve done something great.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Ellen Consults Legal Professionals on Justice Minister’s Suspension

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has taken note of last week’s decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia, placing a six-month suspension on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader is holding consultations with eminent lawyers and legal professionals, including former Chief Justices and former Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, to fully comprehend the implications of the Court’s decision, especially as it relates to the executive powers of the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beckham might be recalled by England’s national team

first_img Liverpool rallied for a 2-1 win at defending champion Barcelona and Inter Milan was held to a 2-2 tie by visiting Valencia in the Champions League. Chelsea gained a 1-1 tie at Porto and AS Roma was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Lyon. GOLF: One year after he set a tournament record with a 9-and-8 victory in the opening round, Tiger Woods relied on a big par save early and a near ace on the 14th hole to put away Ryder Cup teammate J.J. Henry 3 and 2 at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Fourth-seeded Phil Mickelson got a scare, not taking the lead against fellow lefty Richard Green until the 14th hole. Mickelson won 1-up. FOOTBALL: Defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday signed a $20 million, four-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes a signing bonus of nearly $7 million. Peyton Manning has agreed to restructure his contract with the Indianapolis Colts to save the team nearly $8 million in salary-cap space. “That’s all you’ll get from David Beckham. The reaction from every adversity he’s ever gone through in his career, he’s always bounced back and been professional and got on with his job,” McClaren said Wednesday. McClaren suggested Beckham, who will join the Galaxy of Major League Soccer this summer, would have to maintain his form to stand any chance of getting back on the team for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Israel and Andorra. David Beckham’s recent performances for Real Madrid have improved his chances of a recall to the England team. The former captain was dropped by England coach Steve McClaren after last year’s World Cup. However, Beckham has played well since being recalled to the Madrid team and set up all three goals in Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League win over Bayern Munich. center_img HOCKEY: Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble had surgery to insert a plate in his face to fixate the broken bones in both his right cheekbone and right orbital bone. The Carolina Hurricanes said left wing Erik Cole could miss up to four weeks after tearing a muscle near his hip. The New York Rangers placed forward Brendan Shanahan on injured reserve. TENNIS: Sam Querrey (Thousand Oaks) advanced to the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, posting 17 aces in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in Memphis, Tenn. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

U.S. economy seen slowing in next 3-6 months

first_imgThe job market showed surprising strength Thursday, with the Labor Department reporting a drop in jobless claims. The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits fell for a fifth straight week, to the lowest level in four months. “The job market is holding together better than any other part of the economy. Otherwise, we might be sliding into a recession,” Zandi said. A better-than-expected picture of the industrial sector also bolstered investors’ confidence this week, but mixed housing figures offered a more measured dose of optimism.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The reading tracks 10 economic indicators. Two of those were positive in April: stock prices and real money supply. The negative contributors, beginning with the largest, were building permits, weekly unemployment claims, manufacturers’ new orders for nondefense capital goods, consumer expectations, vendor performance, average weekly manufacturing hours and interest rate spread. With the latest decline, the cumulative change in the index over the past six months has dropped 0.2 percent. The slowdown should ease concerns that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. The interest-rate standstill over the past nine months has driven the Dow Jones industrial average to record highs. The Conference Board’s report came amid a batch of mixed economic data, reflecting the ongoing uncertainty over the direction of the economy. NEW YORK – A gauge of future economic activity showed the U.S. economy will slow in coming months, reversing recent gains and suggesting that higher gas prices and a sluggish construction industry are beginning to take their toll. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading economic indicators dropped 0.5 percent, higher than the 0.1 decline analysts were expecting. The reading is designed to forecast economic activity over the next three months to six months. The increase almost reversed an amended 0.6 percent climb in March, which analysts say should relieve pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. “The data may be pointing to slower economic conditions this summer. With the industrial core of the economy already slow, and housing mired in a continued slump, there are some signs that these weaknesses may be beginning to soften both consumer spending and hiring this summer,” said Ken Goldstein, labor economist for the Conference Board. last_img read more

Over $500,000 worth of heavy equipment reported stolen

first_imgIt’s alleged that over $500,000 worth of heavy equipment has been stolen in Tumbler Ridge.Tumbler Ridge RCMP said they received a report on July 15 saying that the equipment was missing from a local drilling company’s lay-down site on the South Grizzly Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge.The company had stored the vehicles there since September 2014.- Advertisement -The reported vehicles stolen include a dozer, excavator, two trailers, two water pumps and an unknown amount of tools. It’s estimated that the total value of the stolen equipment is estimated to be over half a million dollars.Photos of the missing equipment can be found above in the slideshow.If anyone has any information the Tumbler Ridge RCMP ask you to contact their Detachment at 250-242-5252 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477Advertisementlast_img read more

Modric faces up to his final chance for World Cup glory

first_img“It seems like both of them are from different planets and they came to play football with us mortals,” Rakitic said.“Both of them are among the best players ever in their positions. You try to enjoy it as much as you can, to learn from them.”Iniesta is regularly classed among the greats of the game and as a defining influence on Spain’s success, but Modric’s talents remain relatively unsung.Perhaps, in part, it is because Iniesta’s brilliance has been backed up by achievements on the world stage — he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final — while Modric has not hit the same heights with Croatia.Modric owns four Champions League titles from his six years at Real Madrid, and has also won a La Liga and the Copa del Rey.Christian Eriksen is the main World Cup threat for Denmark © AFP / Jewel SAMADBut since making his Croatian debut in March 2006, in a friendly against Argentina, he has twice tasted disappointment in the group stage of the World Cup, either side of a failure even to qualify in 2010.At the European Championship, Croatia fell at the first hurdle after the group phase in 2008 and 2016 and did not make it out of their group in 2012.“Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said last week.“He would maybe even be a Ballon D’Or winner. But because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves.”Modric has never even made it into the top three of football’s most prestigious individual award but, after scoring twice in Croatia’s opening three games in Russia, there is a chance for him finally to put his stamp on a major tournament.Iniesta and Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals but first, Croatia must overcome Denmark in the last 16 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod.Denmark trudged their way through an underwhelming Group C but they have their own midfield dynamo in Christian Eriksen who, like Modric once did, has flourished in the Premier League at Tottenham.Modric is deployed deeper for Real, tasked with moving the ball from back to front by wriggling his way forward and changing the angle of attacks. But for Croatia, his job is closer in kind to Eriksen’s, an executioner of killer passes in the final third.It means they are unlikely to be in direct combat in Novgorod but Modric and Eriksen’s battle for control could prove decisive.“I do not consider myself to be worse than him,” Eriksen said on Friday.“He is the type of player you enjoy to challenge yourself against. For the national team, he is more attacking than he is for Madrid.”Modric admittedly enjoys a stronger supporting cast, with Rakitic a particularly formidable midfield partner.But the stakes are also higher for the 32-year-old, who is probably playing his last World Cup and possibly has one final chance to make a mark on the international stage.“Sure, there’s a lot of pressure but I said from the beginning, when we got together for this tournament, that we need to enjoy this because it’s the World Cup,” Rakitic said.“We need to fight, to enjoy the tournament and do everything we can to make our fans happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luka Modric is Croatia’s key man at the World Cup © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Croatia head into their World Cup last-16 match against Denmark spearheaded by evergreen midfielder Luka Modric, a player his teammate Ivan Rakitic has compared to Spain’s Andres Iniesta.Four years with Iniesta at Barcelona and 11 alongside Modric for Croatia leaves Rakitic in a privileged position to judge two of the finest playmakers of the modern era.last_img read more

You are CRAZY! Klopp quashes Liverpool title talk after Chelsea win

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp says it is ‘crazy’ to suggest Liverpool could be Premier League title contenders.The Reds produced an impressive display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime to beat champions Chelsea 3-1.They are now up to seventh in the Premier League, and fans are feeling optimistic about the club’s prospects under Klopp.But the German was quick to play down talk of a potential title challenge following the win over Jose Mourinho’s men.“Oh please. Are you crazy?” he said, when asked by a journalist if Liverpool can fight for the title.“I’ve been here three weeks, round about. You think after one win at Chelsea we should think about this?“We don’t think about this. We have to think about the next game, about improving our game and our style. We can do much better than today.”last_img read more