Cover crops

first_imgTypes of cover crops A soil test from your local, University of Georgia Extension office will accurately determine a cover crop’s need for lime, phosphate and/or potash. If lime, phosphate or potash are needed, apply them in the fall, just prior to preparing the seedbed. Cover crops or green manures, as they are often called, are an economical way to both protect and build the soil. They are also aesthetically pleasing as they provide a nice green color, when most things are drab and brown. When spring arrives, till in the cover crop to help feed the summer garden. If you are growing a legume cover crop, do not add nitrogen fertilizer. Treat the seed with the correct nitrogen-fixing bacteria (known as an inoculant). This inoculant is important to ensure good germination. With fall just around the corner, summer gardens may be looking a little anemic. Many backyard gardeners choose to let their gardens fizzle out slowly, with the first frost putting the final blow to our summer bounty. You may be daydreaming of next year’s spring garden and what you can plant to better your past efforts.Winter cover cropsInstead of letting your summer vegetables die out and leaving the soil exposed, consider planting a winter cover crop. Cover crops are usually a grass or legume, such as clover, planted on the existing garden site to help hold and build the soil. There benefits of growing cover crops include: Reducing erosion. Improving soil structure and reducing surface crusting. Increasing the water-holding capacity of the soil. Reducing winter weed growth. Reducing herbicide injury. Penetrating the hardpan in the winter, which improves soil relations for the next crop. Providing nitrogen, if the cover crop is a legume. The major disadvantage of non-legume cover crops is that they do not fix nitrogen and usually require some nitrogen fertilizer when planted. There are two general types of cover crops – legumes and non-legumes. Legume cover crops, like vetch and clover, add nitrogen to the soil. Non-legume crops, such as wheat and rye, are preferred on erosive soils. It is important to plant cover crops early to establish root growth before cold weather hits. This helps the crop better survive a hard winter. Plant legumes in mid-September to mid-October and plant grasses in early-October to mid-November.Follow soil test recommendations Soil improvement through the use of a cover crop is a long-term investment. Cover crops can and will add organic content to the soil over time. Grass type cover crops should be raked or dragged into a depth of one half inch. Clover type cover crop seed is very tiny and should only be lightly raked to provide good soil contact, but not bury the seed. Non-legume cover crops (rye, ryegrass and wheat) have several advantages. They are less expensive to establish than legume cover crops. They also provide longer and better erosion control because of more winter growth and a fibrous root system. Prepare the seedbed the same way you did for your spring garden. Either remove or till in old crops. Work the soil while it is slightly moist, but not wet. Crimson clover is probably the most commonly used and most desirable of the clovers grown as a cover crop. It matures earlier and produces more nitrogen and dry matter sooner than most other clovers. An excellent crop of crimson clover can produce up to 120 pounds of nitrogen per acre. However, production of 30 to 50 pounds of nitrogen is common.last_img read more

EatingWell Fish Sticks.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle EatingWell Fish Sticks. by: – June 23, 2011 You can make these homemade fish sticks in about the same amount of time it takes to bake a box of the frozen kind—with a fraction of the fat.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 289 calories; 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 1 g mono unsaturated fat); 57 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 4 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 436 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Folate (19% daily value).Ingredients:Canola oil cooking spray1 cup whole-wheat dry breadcrumbs (see Note) or 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs1 cup whole-grain cereal flakes1 teaspoon lemon pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 large egg whites, beaten1 pound tilapia fillets (see Note), cut into 1/2-by-3-inch strips Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Recipe source:eatingwell.com Directions:Preheat oven to 450°F. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.Place breadcrumbs, cereal flakes, lemon pepper, garlic powder, paprika and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.Place flour in a second shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge each strip of fish in the flour, dip it in the egg and then coat all sides with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the prepared rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.Bake until the fish is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.Ingredient notes: We like Ian’s brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. (To make fine dry breadcrumbs, process until very fine.) Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. U.S. farm-raised tilapia is a better choice for the environment because it is usually grown in closed farming systems that limit pollution.last_img read more

Afelokhai wants NPFL players to be careful and prayerful

first_img “This is very bad and imagine it’s not up to 2 months that three Nigerian league players died which is very bad. We just need to be very careful in whatever we do and also very prayerful that’s the truth. Read Also:NPFL:Rangers tame Rivers United “They gave us this break for us to be careful, for us not to contact this disease and we don’t need to go anyhow place, know the kind of people you be with, know the kind of place you go. Be professional, you just need to be careful with so many things.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Enyimba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai, has called on Nigerian league players to simply be careful and prayerful amidst the spate of deaths recorded in the league and the latest kidnap case involving teammate Dayo Ojo. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Afelokhai speaking in a chat with brila, he condemned the sad happenings and stressed the need for players to be careful and prayerful and professional in their conduct during the league break occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

GOtv to Broadcast Madrid Derby Live

first_imgThe 164th Madrid derby between fierce city rivals, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, taking place at the Wanda Metropolitano today will be broadcast live on GOtv.The La Liga encounter, which will be broadcast on SuperSport Select 4 (channel 34) at 4:15 pm, is exclusive to GOtv MAX subscribers.The two giants are meeting for the second time this season. The first encounter at Real’s Santiago Bernabéu in September ended goalless. Two points separate the teams, with Atletico occupying the second position on the LaLiga standings with 44 points, while Real are third with 42 points. Real could, however, leapfrog their neighbors should they win and put themselves five points behind leaders, Barcelona.Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has hit form right in time for the Los Blancos, as they won their last five games in all competitions before Wednesday’s draw. Also posting impressive performances for Santiago Solari’s side is the Brazilian wonderkid, Vinicius Jnr.Atletico’s title chase suffered a blip on the back of a series of draws and a defeat to Real Betis in their last outing. However, they are usually a different proposition at their Wanda Metropolitano home.Coach Diego Simeone will rely on goal machine and World Cup winner, Antoine Griezmann; and goalkeeper Jan Oblak among other stars. A lot of attention will also be Alvaro Morata, recently acquired on loan from Chelsea.Subscribers who upgrade to the GOtv MAX package will have access to the Madrid derby, other games of the La Liga, Serie A, select matches of the UEFA Champions League and English Premier League.Speaking on the Madrid derby, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said GOtv is pleased to broadcast such a major game to its customers across the country.“Being the home of La Liga, GOtv is delighted to showcase live to all our customers one of the biggest derbies in the world, the Madrid derby. With both teams having massive followership in the country, fans of both clubs are guaranteed to enjoy the very best of the game’s coverage on GOtv MAX,” he said.GOtv customers, especially those on GOtv Plus, Value and Lite packages, can take advantage of the “GOtv Top-Up” campaign offer and upgrade to GOtv MAX by paying a reduced fee of N2, 500 to enjoy the best Spanish and Italian football games and other world class programming.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more