Family composting

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to recycling, you probably sort out glass andplastic products from your householdtrash and maybe even save newspapers for the local Boy Scouttroop. But what about yesterday’sbanana peel and the spent grounds from this morning’s java?Composting your household vegetable and fruit waste is a formof recycling, too. You’re keepingthose items out of the landfill and creating plant food.Compost is the organic matter that remains after microbes havedecomposed your fresh vegetablerinds and grass clippings. It doesn’t sound appealing, but soiland plants think it’s yummy. New habit formed quicklyI was amazed by how quickly I adjusted to composting. For aweek or so, I caught myself headingto the trash can with an apple core or the shriveled remains of ahead of lettuce. But before long, itbecame second nature.I was also surprised by how quickly my daughters latched ontothe concept. My 12-year-old iswholeheartedly into composting. She even questions me as towhether something fits the”composting bill.”She helps me when I break down the veggie remains before I putthem in the bin, too. (I like to speedthe progress along, so I cut my fresh vegetable waste into smallpieces.)My friend Krissy is the queen of composting. She has fourcompost bins in various stages. Shecomposts shredded paper from her office and banana peels andapple cores from her lunches. Sheeven “feeds” her bins paper towels and dryer lint.Her son Jack, a 4-H’er and Boy Scout, is just as dedicated tocomposting. When they enterStarbucks, they leave with a bag of spent coffee grounds.They also love to watch the sides of their compost bins formystery plants. Krissy has a three-foottall avocado plant that got its start in one of her bins. I had anice-sized potato plant in mine until thefirst Georgia frost killed it.For me, the true moment of composting glory was the day my16-year-old daughter slam-dunked abanana peel into the composting collection bucket. No, I wasn’tamazed by her basketball skills. Myamazement and pride came from the fact that she did so of her ownfree will.Now, if I could somehow convince both my girls that picking upafter themselves helps theenvironment. Composting newbieI have to be honest. As a science writer for the University ofGeorgia, I’ve worked aroundagricultural scientists for the past 12 years. But I’m acomposting newbie.When I decided to take the composting plunge, I gathered tipsfrom my veteran-composting friends,all of whom happen to be UGA Cooperative Extension specialists. Ilearned that a compost bin couldbe a large plastic drum, a wire bin or even just a true pile. Youcan put as little or as much moneyand effort into your compost bin as you’d like.Living on a 6-acre homestead in middle Georgia, I have a bitof an advantage over metrohomeowners. I don’t have to worry about whether my bin has curbappeal or is neighbor-friendly.My nearest neighbor is an acre away.I decided to use an old horse trough as my compost bin (yetanother form of recycling). Be sure toplace your bin in a convenient outdoor place. You don’t want itso far removed that using it will bea chore.And since you don’t want to constantly trek back and forthfrom your kitchen to the compost bin,you need a collecting bin indoors. I chose a small plastic bucketthat easily fits under my kitchensink.last_img read more

Newsum warns on lease laws

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Unlicensed gun seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police arrested adrunken man for possessing an unlicensed gun in Barangay Mansilingan. Police officers seized an improvisedfirearm and a shell of a 12-gauge shotgun from Planilla.    The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 7./PN He was identified as 34-year-old AlanPlanilla of Barangay Vista Alegre, a police report showed. According to police investigation,Planilla started a commotion around 10 p.m. on Oct. 6.last_img

Arter to savour Premier League life

first_img Press Association The 25-year-old Bournemouth midfielder, who was playing non-league football for Woking five years ago, completed a remarkable journey when he was sent on as a 63rd-minute replacement for Glenn Whelan in Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw with England at the Aviva Stadium. In the process, he found himself lining up against the likes of Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, something he will do on a regular basis next season after helping the Cherries to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. Arter will now hope to force his way into Ireland boss Martin O’Neill’s plans for Saturday’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland, although he is taking nothing for granted as he attempts to ease himself on to the international stage. He said: “I haven’t even really thought about it yet. My main focus is to take each day as it comes. I am still very inexperienced at this level and any part that the manager wants me to play, I’m more than happy to do. “But I haven’t really looked that far forward yet.” Harry Arter enjoyed an early taste of what life in the Barclays Premier League will be like as he was handed his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland. Arter admitted he has rarely faced the prospect of such an exciting summer and is relishing what lies ahead. He said: “When the season ended, it was getting ready for this, really. I knew I might have a slight chance of being called up and when I did, it was to get focused on this. “I haven’t really thought too much about next season and the teams we will be playing against, but once this trip is done, it will be something to focus on with a lot of excitement and get ready for that. “International-level games are different, but these are the players I’m going to be playing against next year, so it was nice to test myself against them and experience it. “It was nice to test myself early on against these sort of players. From afar, you realise how good they are and it’s good to come up against them and test yourself and realise what you are in for next year.” Arter might have announced his arrival in style within minutes when he broke into space and unleashed a long-range shot which flew just wide of Joe Hart’s goal. He said: “I could have flicked Longy (Shane Long) in, but at the time, I felt like I had to have a shot and the manager said, ‘Well done’ for getting into those sort of positions after the game. “It was good to finally get a game and it was a moment I’m sure I will look back on in weeks and months and years to come with a lot of pride. It was a good day.” last_img read more