Compost Pile

first_imgThose beautiful autumn leaves have blown from the trees. Now they’re just unsightly brown masses in your lawn and other places you don’t want them. Don’t fret and don’t burn. Simply build a compost pile and recycle these leaves into valuable organic matter. When you’re cleaning up the garden, yard or flowerbeds, too, don’t forget that almost all of that can be added to the compost pile. It’s easier and cheaper to compost those materials than to have the government pick them up. Since yard trimmings were banned from landfills in September 1996, all Georgians should be practicing home composting. As a soil amendment, compost improves both the physical condition and fertility of the soil. It’s especially useful for improving Georgia soils that are low in organic matter. Although some nutrients will be derived from compost, its main benefit is improving soil characteristics. Here are some simple composting rules to follow. The best activator for compost is old compost. OPEN SIDED edging, like this fencing, allows plenty of air to circulate through your compost pile, yet keep it contained. Good circulation, water and ‘food’ keeps your pile composting, even through the winter. For the quickest results, turn the pile frequently to keep it well mixed and aerated. Compost is ready to use when it turns dark and becomes crumbly. Finished compost will have lost much of its original identity and will have an earthy smell. Normally, it takes five to eight months to finish compost, depending on the material used and the heat and moisture available during the composting. When the compost is ready, apply it to garden soil at about 4 bushels per 100 square feet, or 2 inches deep over the area. You will speed the decomposition if you turn the pile every few weeks. If you don’t choose to turn or can’t do it, don’t worry. The decomposition will just be slower. Don’t make the compost pile smaller than 3 feet wide by 3 feet high. That’s too small to heat up and decompose the material properly. It is best not to go more than 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet deep, either The sides of the compost bin should allow free air movement into the material. The best siding material is probably 2-inch by 4-inch fencing 3 feet high. If you don’t want to use anything, just pile up the material. It will still work. You don’t have to build the pile all at once. Begin by spreading an 8-inch to 12-inch layer of organic material. On top of this, spread one cup of complete garden fertilizer or a couple of shovelfuls of manure. You can also add a light layer of soil. Continue to alternate these layers, watering each thoroughly. Keep the pile moist but not soggy — like a wrung-out sponge. Use almost any organic material — leaves, grass clippings, hay, straw, some weeds, chopped corn cobs, corn stalks. Use kitchen scraps, too, except for animal fat and bones. Avoid weeds and grass with seed heads, too. Photo courtesy Texas A&M University Good kitchen scraps for the compost pile include coffee and tea grounds, peelings of vegetables and fruits, canning by-products such as tomato peels and cores, eggshells and corn husks. These kitchen scraps and others are completely degradable in the compost pile within 4-6 weeks.last_img read more

Oklahoma St. faces Iowa State in Big 12 tourney

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Iowa State (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 seed Oklahoma State (17-14, 7-11)Big 12 Conference Tourney First Round, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Iowa State is set to face off against Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on Feb. 29, when the Cowboys shot 51.9 percent from the field while holding Iowa State to just 40.7 percent en route to a 73-61 victory. March 10, 2020 Associated Press Oklahoma St. faces Iowa State in Big 12 tourneycenter_img For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Cameron McGriff, Isaac Likekele, Lindy Waters III and Thomas Dziagwa have combined to account for 60 percent of Oklahoma State’s scoring this season. For Iowa State, Solomon Young, Prentiss Nixon and Michael Jacobson have collectively scored 37 percent of the team’s points this season, including 48 percent of all Cyclones points over their last five.BRILLIANT BOLTON: Rasir Bolton has connected on 33.6 percent of the 134 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also made 84.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Iowa State is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 12-10 when scoring at least 63.PERFECT WHEN: Iowa State is a perfect 6-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Cyclones are 6-19 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.DID YOU KNOW: Iowa State is rated second among Big 12 teams with an average of 72 points per game.___last_img read more

St. Kitts Government Imposes EC$500 for Not Wearing Mask in Public

first_imgHowever, the government warns that under the new regulations, a police officer may issue an EC$500 fixed penalty notice “to any person who contravenes the provisions of Section 15 in relation to wearing a face mask in public places. In addition, the wearing of a mask is not mandatory if a person is within a private space including in a private vehicle. BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –The St. Kitts-Nevis authorities have imposed a EC$500 (USD $185) fine on persons who fail to wear a mask in public as efforts continue to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The twin-island federation has recorded 17 positive cases of the virus and no deaths. It said that the wearing masks when in a public place has been expanded and that “notwithstanding the provisions of the Small Charges Act, Cap. 4.36, a person shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth, when in a public place, once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.” It said that a person shall not be required to wear a mask, if he or she is under the age of three years old; or if he or she suffers with a disability, cognitive impairment, dementia, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease or other similar health condition”. “The curfew now in effect – 2:00am until 4:59am – has been reduced by two hours; the curfew used to be from 12:00 midnight until 4:59am,” the statement said, adding “this means that the public will be allowed to move freely, and businesses and enterprises will be allowed to operate, from 5: 00 am of one day to 1:59am of the following day. “Social distancing and physical distancing protocols still apply, and establishments are expected to make the necessary arrangements to facilitate them,” the government statement noted. “If the person without the mask is between the ages of 3 and 18 years old, the parent or guardian of the minor shall be issued with the fixed penalty notice,” the statement added. The government has issued the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 13) Regulations, 2020, which shows that a curfew remains in effect from 5:00 am and shall expire at 4:59 am (local time) on Saturday, August 29. CMClast_img read more

Andre Ayew: The winner should have been me or Yaya

first_imgGhanaian player Andre Ayew has broken his silence after the 2015 African Player of the Year was announced at an event in Abuja on Thursday night.The Black Stars vice-captain went up against Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure for Africa’s top individual football prize.The Swansea City player lost the accolade to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The post event comments by Yaya Toure slamming CAF for missing out on a fifth African Player of the Year award has spread like wildfire.Andre Ayew who has been on the low since the announcement in an interview with L’Equipe revealed how he thought him or Yaya Toure would win the award due to their participation in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final.Ayew said in the interview with L’Equipe:“They need to explain the criteria that they use to choose the winner of this trophy. I think that playing the final game of the African cup of nations should be considered. I played this game and so did Yaya. I thought that the winner will be one of us “Aubameyang is a friend of mine. He made a great performance this year. He scored a lot of important goals but Yaya and me, we don’t have the same position that’s why we have less goals compared to him.“However, I think that the Africans should consider their competitions before choosing the winner. To be honest, I think that the winner should have been me or Yaya”.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more