Repot pot-bound

first_imgFor pots that are larger than 8 inches in diameter, a bit more effort may be needed. Place the pot on its side and tap the top edge with a rubber mallet. Turn the pot a few degrees and repeat the procedure until the root ball releases easily. To learn more about the program, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Or, go to the Web site Clean the pot thoroughly with a 10 percent bleach solution before repotting the plant. Master gardeners, like Christian, are volunteers trained by experts with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They help county Extension agents in their areas by answering gardening questions as needed year-round. “Although some plants require being pot-bound in order to flower, eventually all plants outgrow their containers and become root- or pot-bound,” he said. Return plant to clean pot Sever and remove these old roots to allow new feeder roots to establish. Remove at least one inch of the roots and the spent old potting soil from the sides and the bottom. For pots that are 8 inches or less in diameter, place one hand over the top of the pot while allowing the stem of the plant to pass between your fingers. Turn the pot upside down and tap the edge of the pot against a solid surface. The root ball should easily come away from the pot. “This is a Bonsai proven technique which has been practiced for centuries,” said Christian, who has used the method successfully for years. “Before repotting, you can apply a root stimulator to the cut root surfaces.” Cut away old, make room for newcenter_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpring is here. After months of being cooped up indoors, it’s finally time for gardeners to go dig in the dirt. But they shouldn’t pass by their pot-bound plants on the way, says a Georgia Master Gardener. Repotting pot bound plants is often a neglected gardening chore, says Charlie Christian, a Master Gardener in Morgan County. The first step is to remove the plant from the pot and inspect the root system, he said. “Watering several hours prior will help you remove the plant more easily.” “Once the plant is free of the pot, check for large, old circular roots which can strangle the plant and prevent much-needed nourishment,” he said. To repot, first add enough new soil mixture to the bottom of the pot to return the plant to its original depth. After the plant is replaced, fill in the sides with new potting soil. “The new soil should be well firmed as well as penetrated with a slender stick during the process to prevent air pockets,” Christian said. “Lastly, I soak my plants for 15 minutes in a solution of B-1 plant stimulator to encourage new growth.” Most plants should be repotted annually, but vigorous growing plants may need to be repotted more often, he said. How do you know?But how do you know if your potted plants have outgrown their living space? Early spring is the perfect time to do the chore. Plants have new growth then, and the temperature is nice enough to take inside plants out for some much-needed photosynthesis.last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Star City Vicious Randonnee

first_imgHere’s a recipe for some weekend fun in the saddle: take an old world cycling event, bring it to the Roanoke Valley, extend it to impossible extremes, and give it the catch phrase “The toughest group road ride in the history of Virginia.” Sounds like a blast right? That is the aim of the aptly named Star City Vicious Randonnee. The Randonnee cycling event got its start in France and Italy in the 19th century when day-long sports aimed at challenging the body and mind became popular. Must have been all the absinthe flowing in those days. Similar to a Gran Fondo, a Randonnee event features long distances, big climbs, and groups of riders. Although it is technically a race, there is no emphasis on finishing placement, just finishing, so that gives you an idea of what you are getting yourself into. The Suiride route covers over 115 miles and 14 rated climbs totaling over 15,000 feet of climbing along a mix of pavement, gravel, dirt, and singletrack. Oh yeah, did I mention the whole thing is unsupported? I didn’t? The whole thing is unsupported.Fortunately, you don’t have to commit to the Suiride route to participate in this friendly group ride. There are shorter options in the Vicious route (96 miles, 12,389 feet of climbing), the Gran route (69 miles, 8,858 feet of climbing), the Medio route (38 miles, 5,292 feet of climbing), the Challenge route (25 miles, 3,251 feet of climbing), and the Prologue route (12.5 miles, 1,372 feet of climbing). All rides leave promptly at 9am Sunday, August 18, from the East Coasters Bike Shop in Roanoke. Last year, two riders completed the Suiride route.You may be signing up for a punishing day of riding, but there is a silver lining to the whole thing: it’s free. So hope on the bike and head for the hills around Roanoke this weekend for some punishment in the company of the likeminded.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Corporate culture confusion

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Workers in different positions have different perceptions about who’s calling the shots,” notes an article at A significant number of employees surveyed by the Workforce Institute and don’t know who’s responsible for determining the culture at their organization.Although one-third of human resources (HR) staff believe their role is to set the company tone, a mere 10% of other staffers agreed.About 25% of company executives claim cultural responsibility, while 11% of HR workers and only 9% of the remaining staff concur.If neither HR workers nor senior management determine culture, it would reason that workers at large are in charge—but, no. “Only 29% of employees believe that they are the most important cultural force in the workplace,” says the article. continue reading »last_img read more

Personalization increases engagement with credit union web designs by 31%

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award),, and others. He … Web: Details As soon as Rebecca visits the auto loan page, the personalization software tags her interest as “auto loan.” Then, on her next visit to the homepage, personalization kicks in to show her an auto loan promotion:When shown the personalized promotion, Rebecca is 31% more likely to click “apply now” and start an application:How do we know personalization can increase clicks by 31%? Because we A/B tested personalization on and saw a 31% increase after 8,360 impressions across these five products and services:Auto loansCredit cards Personal loansPersonal line of creditAutos for saleCredit unions are “people helping people,” and personalizing your website brings that same mentality to digital interactions with your members. Furthermore, a credit union’s impact can be measured through metrics like number of members enrolled and loans given. Accordingly, adding personalization software to your credit union website design can both bring humanity to your digital branch and increase applications for membership, products, and services.Get the case study with HFS to help you explain personalization to your boss:Personalization Case Study with HFSFCU.orgAnd this article explains how to get personalization on your website:How to personalize your credit union website & increase member engagement Most credit union websites are one-size-fits-all experiences: one experience is designed for all visitors. But that approach inevitably leads to irrelevant interactions with website users because each individual is unique, and people visit credit union websites for hundreds of different reasons. What makes more sense is to create a credit union website design that adapts for each visitor based on data about the user.Who are your users?There are probably hundreds of different persona groups that use your site on a regular basis. But on a high level, credit union website users consist of three major groups: First-Timers, Shoppers, and Login-ers.First-TimersAs the name implies, First-Timers are people who are visiting your website for the first time. They are probably nonmembers who are researching financial products and services.ShoppersA Shopper is a person returning to your website after showing interest in a product or service on a previous visit. For instance, let’s say a Shopper perused the auto loan page during her last session on your website. Therefore, her browsing behavior suggests she probably wants to buy a car. Login-ersA Login-er is a person returning to your website after logging into online banking on a previous visit. What is personalization?Personalization is simple and can increase engagement with your website by 31%. Here’s the gist: if someone shows interest in an auto loan, then show them more stuff about auto loans. That’s it. It just makes sense. All you have to do is apply this concept to each of the personas you want to target (like the three groups I already identified above). The real trick is to display the personalized content in real-time, which can be done with personalization software.Example of personalization on HFSFCU.orgBelow is an example of personalization being used within a real credit union website design on’s say a woman—let’s call her Rebecca—goes to and visits the auto loan page:last_img read more

Dominicans advised to work diligently to build the island

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Dominicans advised to work diligently to build the island by: – April 24, 2012 Hon. Roosevelt SkerritDominicans have been told that they have a “responsibility” to pull their resources together and work diligently towards building the country.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed the issue of diligence at work, reminding citizens to give their employers a “fair day’s work”.“All of us in this country must recognize that we have a greater responsibility to our country; you’re not working for me, you’re not working for my party which I have the honor to lead, you’re working for the people of Dominica…If we want to build Dominica then we must put our efforts together”.He implored citizens that they must put their party preferences aside if they are interested in building Dominica.“All of us will suffer if we do not exercise diligence and responsibility in what we do. All of us will suffer if we do not recognize that we have to put our country first and our personal differences aside. It comes to the point of a greater desire to do more with the time that we have, to allow there to be a greater output from each one of us as individuals in this country”.Mr. Skerrit highlighted punctuality as another area in which he believes citizens are falling short of working diligently. He noted that with a “small open economy” as is the case with Dominica, punctuality and diligence at work is “critical”. “This is why I believe the issue of punctuality, the issue of starting functions on time, the issue of people coming to work on time and not leaving before time is critical. We cannot come to work when we want, how we want and then when we come to work we spend time doing all sorts of things and then we want overtime. If we give our employers the eight hours which we are paid for then there is no need for any overtime in my respectful view”.Mr. Skerrit also explained that with the effects of the global financial crisis and the uncertainty of the financial sector, citizens should “ensure” that they given “even more to the state” than before.This he believes will “set a very clear example to succeeding generations that diligence and punctuality are very critical”.He also emphasized that he does not wish to “criticize anybody” but only “remind us of that important point that we have to be more diligent”. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Defiant Messi gives troubled Barca hope of UCL glory

first_img Loading… Barca play Napoli in the first leg of the last 16 on Tuesday and will be expected to go through, even if their opponents are on a strong run, having won six out of their last seven matches, including victories over Juventus and Inter Milan. Yet despite a whirlwind couple of months of political wrangling, remarkably Barcelona approach this tie sitting top of La Liga and with a spring in their step, in large part due to Messi.His quadruple in the 5-0 rout at Camp Nou on Saturday was cathartic and not only because Real Madrid, whom Barca face in the Clasico on Sunday, failed to regain first place after losing to Levante a few hours later.“It was a win we needed,” said coach Quique Setien.Messi has scored seven quadruples in his career but none executed amid such an intense time of pressure, with the spotlight on the Argentine.While other players might have sulked or crumbled, Messi delivered with another breathtaking performance that underlined his ability to drag this troubled team through even the most turbulent of periods.“He’s been in this form for 14 or 15 years and he keeps performing like this,” said Setien.“He’s a guarantee for any club and for any coach and that’s what makes him the best player in the world. He can do things that others can only dream about.”Messi could have had many reasons to feel upset but he hasn’t let them affect his performances.Barcelona’s board sacked Ernesto Valverde last month, despite Messi’s public backing three days before, and failed to sign a striker in the transfer window with Luis Suarez and Ousamane Dembele both out injured.– No margin for error –The club’s technical secretary Eric Abidal then said the squad were the main reason for Valverde’s departure while the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been accused of hiring a PR company that criticised key players, including Messi, in a bid to improve his image online.Barcelona have denied the allegations but when asked in an interview with Mundo Deportivo last week if he was convinced, Messi said he would wait to see if they were true.He also admitted, “the way we are at the moment, I don’t think it’s enough to win the Champions League” and identified Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool as greater threats.Setien was more optimistic on Friday. “There are things that I agree with and others evidently… I have seen every year how Champions Leagues are won and I think we could have the same chance as other teams,” he said.“It is true that there is no margin for error and there are things we have to try to improve and do better. We are not happy with everything but I think we are growing little by little and we are reaching levels that will allow us to challenge.”Yet if Messi were to win the Champions League this season, it would surely represent one of his most impressive achievements.With the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo in midfield and the excellent Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal, they do not lack for talent but weaknesses in defence remain, not to mention a fragility against the counter-attack.And by appointing Setien, a coach devoted to a very particular style, Barcelona are having to change mid-season, with Setien admitting this month that it would take time for the players to understand his methods. Read Also: La Liga: Messi scores four as Barcelona rout Eibar“It’s not easy,” said Messi. “We come from playing under Valverde to playing differently now and being asked to do something else. The truth is we are learning and we still have a lot to learn.”But with in-form Napoli fast-approaching and then Madrid to come at the Santiago Bernabeu, time is not on Barcelona’s side. For now, they will look to Messi.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Lionel Messi has said Barcelona are not playing well enough to win this season’s Champions League but his four goals against Eibar on Saturday were a reminder that with him there will always be hope.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different Actorslast_img read more

Cebu City stays under ECQ, Metro Manila remains at GCQ

first_imgMANILA – Cebu City, the new epicenter of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in the country, will remain under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until the middle of July. “Ang Manila and the rest of the greater Manila area, medyo there was a substantial compliance. I wouldn’t say that there were no violations. There were violations, but not in a scale I saw in other places,” Duterte said. Talisay City, which was formally under modified enhanced community quarantine, has been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), along with the towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion. The rest of Cebu province was under modified general community quarantine. “Talisay was like a marketplace everyday. Nag-iinuman kayo diyan, nagsusugal, almost nonchalant of the dangers lurking around,” the Chief Executive said. There was also not much changes in Metro Manila, which will remain under GCQ at least until July 15 as well as nearby provinces Cavite and Rizal.center_img Prior to the President’s announcement, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases informed the local government units about their possible quarantine status to give way to appeals./PN President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement in an address to the public past midnight Wednesday as he once again lambasted the Cebuanos for not complying with the national government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “‘Yung mga Bisaya doon ang titigas talaga ng ulo, hindi mo mapasunod,” Duterte said. “You did not follow rules. Cebu is now the hotspot for COVID. Bakit? Marami sa inyo hindi sumunod.”last_img read more

Bundesliga opener: Bayern to face Schalke without fans, Coman, Alcantara

first_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All? Read Also: Real Madrid snub move for Tottenham star “We’re on the right track and I expect the team to keep it up. We face opponents who are looking for their chances,” said Flick. Germany winger Leroy Sane is set to make his Bayern debut after signing from Manchester City while Schalke will be without injured defenders Matija Nastasic and Salif Sane. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bayern are also without Coman who scored the winner in the Champions League final but is now self-isolating after coming into contact with someone infected with Covid-19. “He won’t play,” confirmed Flick, who said Coman has already returned “three or four” negative tests for the virus. Flick hopes to have the France international back for Bayern’s UEFA Super Cup showdown against Europa League holders Sevilla next Thursday in Budapest. That match is due to go ahead even with the Hungarian capital on the German government’s risk list. Despite the off-field distractions, Bayern are focused on picking up where they left off last season. They ended the campaign on an all-conquering 21-match winning run, which they aim to extend against cash-strapped Schalke, whose mounting debts were exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Loading… Bayern Munich must host Schalke behind closed doors in today’s opening game of the new Bundesliga season as the defending champions begin their hunt for a ninth straight league title minus playmaker Thiago Alcantara and with Kingsley Coman in quarantine. On Thursday, it was confirmed that Spain midfielder Alcantara is joining Liverpool, meaning Bayern have lost four of the squad which won last month’s Champions League final. Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola have returned to Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively after their loan deals expired. After seven league titles in as many years with Bayern, Alcantara’s farewell was “very emotional”, said coach Hansi Flick. “Everyone was sad when he said goodbye.” The European champions, who won the treble last season, still hope to make fresh signings before the transfer window closes on October 5. Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick “Things are currently very tight, but we don’t want to complain,” Flick said referring to squad numbers. There was more bad news as plans to welcome a limited crowd of 7,500 to the Allianz Arena were blocked by the mayor of Munich, because of a rising rate of coronavirus infections. However, set numbers of fans are expected for the first time since March at other Bundesliga matches over the weekend. The individual crowd numbers will depend on permission from each club’s local health authority.last_img read more

Former Bulldog Baseball Standout Bryan Hoeing Selected By Marlins In 7th Round

first_imgFormer Batesville Bulldog Baseball standout and University of Louisville Cardinal star Bryan Hoeing was selected in the 7th Round by The Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball’s Draft.Bryan and fellow Bulldog Baseball standout, Zach Britton, will be competing this weekend in the Super Regionals of the College World Series with The Cardinals. Fans can catch Friday’s Tournament opener at Noon on ESPN2.last_img