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Prime time muscadines

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIf you want your backyard muscadines to grow lots of grapes and not become a jungle, a University of Georgia scientist says it’s time to help them out.”Muscadines grow so vigorously every season the vines can get very congested if they go unpruned,” said UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist Gerard Krewer.Late January and February, Krewer said, are prime time for muscadine pruning.”You can prune muscadines anytime they’re dormant,” he said. “But in late winter the vines are less likely to be cold-damaged after you prune.”Muscadines, Krewer said, produce fruit on the shoots that develop this year from the basal buds of last year’s shoots.Knowing that about muscadines tells you how to prune your vines. The part of the vine that grew after those first two to four buds of last year is unneeded growth. Cut that off.How to do itStart at the tip of each shoot, Krewer said, and follow it back to the first raised bump on the stem, the “collar” that marks where last year’s growth began. That should be anywhere from 6 inches to 5 feet from the tip.When you come to the “collar” where the 2006 growth begins, back up to the second to fourth bud and make your pruning cut. The vines may “bleed,” or ooze sap, Krewer said, but that won’t harm the plants.Besides keeping your vines from getting unmanageably tangled over the years, pruning will also assure you of more reliable crops of grapes.”If you let muscadines go unpruned,” Krewer said, “they tend to produce too heavily, which leads into alternate bearing seasons. That becomes a feast-or-famine kind of production.”A jungle already?If you’ve let your muscadines go unpruned long enough that they’re a tangled mess already, consider cutting them back to the original arm running down the wire.If you do that, though, you won’t have grapes next year, since next year’s grapes will grow only on shoots that emerge from last year’s buds.”Unless you’re willing to forgo a crop next year,” Krewer said, “I would suggest pruning one side back to the original cane and the other side back to the bottom two to four buds of 2006 growth.””Then next winter you can do the reverse,” he said, “severely pruning the other side. In that way, you’ll have grapes each year and still be able to clean up your vines by next winter.”On overgrown arbors, where you have seven or eight major branches, “you might want to take out one or two large arms each year,” he said. “That way, you can completely renovate the arbor in a few years.”Each year, he said, “be sure to cut the previous season’s growth back to two to four buds to keep the arbor from becoming overgrown again.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Bacolod City allots P5-M to repair markets

first_imgHe added the city government would spend forthe repair of roofs, comfort rooms and lighting facilities of the Vendors Plazaat the reclamation area and the Libertad Market Annex in the southern part ofthe city. City administrator Juan Orola Jr. coordinatedwith the Department of Labor and Employment to identify which of the agency’sprogram can be availed of by affected sidewalk vendors. The clearing of public roads nationwidecomplies with the Department of the Interior and Local Government MemorandumCircular 2019-121 issued by Secretary Eduardo Año.(With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – The city government hereallocated P5-million to repair and rehabilitate market facilities wheredisplaced sidewalk vendors can occupy. Personnel of the city government check on the stalls around the Bacolod Central Market on Sept. 18 after owners were directed to vacate the area as part of road clearing operations. BACOLOD CITY PIO “I signed the realignment for the fund, frombuildings to markets,” Familiaran said. Some 400 vendors were moved from the downtownarea to the market at the reclamation area but Leonardia asked for an officiallist to determine who could receive the financial assistance.center_img Last week, Leonardia said those affected wouldreceive financial assistance of P5,000 each from the city government. Vendors at Libertad South Market, who occupiedthe Amelia-Mercedes Streets for many years, returned to their spaces at theLibertad Market Annex. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Thursday saidthe amount was realigned from the building fund for the market repair. In August, almost 170 vendors occupying Burgosand Daniel Ramos Streets have been removed and transferred inside the BurgosNorth Public Market while 95 fish vendors selling on Ballesteros Street in thedowntown area have been moved to the Central Market. Familiaran said Mayor Evelio Leonardia is keenon providing assistance to the affected sidewalk vendors, particularly those atthe downtown and around the Central Market.last_img read more

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Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and a day of records at the Sydney Cricket Ground

first_imgNew Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara has been one of the pillars for India’s success in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia. His centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne were historic and it ensured India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In Sydney, Pujara continued the great run as he blasted his third ton of the series, joining an elite club and although he missed a double century, Pujara had done more than enough to ensure that India would break their hoodoo and potentially secure a Test series win in Australia. However, the exploits of Rishabh Pant showed that the youngster is here to stay as the keeper of the Indian Test side. His attacking century helped India reach a score which would make it very hard for Australia to achieve a win. Both batsmen broke records during their knocks. Here is a list1258 – Number of balls faced by Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series against Australia. This has broken a 15-year record for most balls faced by an Indian batsman in Tests Down Under. The previous record was 1203 balls by Rahul Dravid in the 2003/04 series which India drew 1-1.Read More | Rishabh Pant, ace sledger, blasts second ton in Sydney Test2 – Number of centuries for Rishabh Pant in his Test career. Both have come overseas, making him the first Indian keeper to achieve this feat.22 – Rishabh Pant entered an elite list when he hit two more centuries overseas as wicketkeepers. Adam Gilchrist of Australia leads the list with a staggering 10.Read More | India vs Australia, highlights: Pujara, Pant tons flatten hosts1 – Rishabh Pant is the only Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in Australia and England. He is also the only Asian keeper to hit a ton Down Under.159* – Rishabh Pant’s amount of runs which is not only his highest individual score, but it is the joint-most by an Asian keeper outside the sub-continent, level with Mushfiqur Rahim who achieved this feat against New Zealand in Wellington in 2017.Read More | Pant shatters batting records in century at Sydney vs Australia204 – The partnership between Jadeja and Pant for the seventh wicket, which is the best for India in a Test against Australia, beating the mark of 199 set by Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha in the Ranchi Test in 2017. It is also the best seventh-wicket stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.622/7 – India’s second-highest Test score in Australia. Their highest is 705/7 declared, which also came at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004.3 – Number of consecutive innings which India has declared on this tour, achieving this feat for the first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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MBB : Syracuse finds effective lineup to close out games in final minutes

first_img Published on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr As Dion Waiters hustled up and down the court, playing a more crucial role down the stretch against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, he noticed something on the sideline.Scoop Jardine, his cousin and Syracuse’s starting point guard — the player whom Waiters was effectively replacing in crunch time in Madison Square Garden — was cheering on the sidelines. Despite playing only five minutes in the second half of that game, Jardine stayed composed and focused on the sideline.‘It’s probably tough, but you couldn’t see it in him because he’s a great team leader and that’s what they do,’ Waiters said. ‘That’s what really got me was just to see my cousin out there happy for me. It was priceless.’As the Orange struggled to find points against Virginia Tech, it turned to a lineup of Brandon Triche, Waiters, Kris Joseph, C.J. Fair and Fab Melo down the stretch. And though Jardine played more second-half minutes against Stanford on Friday, when it came down to coming back in the final minutes, those same five were on the court. They got the job done both games, making enough shots and providing enough energy to win the NIT Season Tip-Off.The No. 4 Orange (6-0) takes on Eastern Michigan (4-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The game is a return to Syracuse for former SU assistant coach Rob Murphy, now the Eagles’ head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is looking for consistency on offense, so the Orange’s key five down the stretch could be a main rotation once again.‘That’s our best offensive lineup right now,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse beat Stanford. ‘You have the two best guards offensively. Obviously Kris, our best offensive player, and C.J. Fair is a very good offensive player. That’s our best offensive team.‘And they’re pretty good on defense, too.’The difference between Syracuse’s starting five and the five that finished the two games in New York City is Waiters and Fair replacing Jardine and Rakeem Christmas. Christmas, a freshman forward, played just seven minutes combined against the Hokies and Cardinal. Fair started the second half in each game and played the full 20 minutes against Stanford.Against Stanford, with SU trailing 52-45 in the second half, Jardine came up with a steal on the defensive end. But he rushed a pass upcourt in transition toward Joseph, who didn’t see the ball.Jardine’s pass hit off Joseph’s back or heel and he wasn’t able to react, Stanford’s Josh Huestis stole it, and the Cardinal called a timeout.In that timeout at the 7:51 mark, Boeheim put Triche in for Jardine, completing the group of five that remained on the court for the rest of the game. The Orange outscored Stanford 24-11 from that point to win.‘You know, I guess we went back to what was working (Wednesday) down the stretch,’ Joseph said after the game. ‘That’s the lineup we went with. It was working for us, so tonight we went with the same lineup. The results were the same.’Boeheim said after the Stanford game the combinations may be different going forward, it just depends on what players are giving SU the best chance to win. He credited Jardine for playing well offensively — 14 points, although he had six turnovers. The senior played 27 minutes Friday after playing only 20 on Wednesday.But Waiters and Fair have been too good to sit. So when Triche was red-hot against Virginia Tech — 18 points, 4-of-6 from 3-point range — it was Jardine who watched Waiters down the stretch.And against Stanford, the sophomore guard’s three-point play gave SU its first two-possession lead of the second half at 64-60. Waiters credits Boeheim’s increased faith in his abilities as an influential factor in how far his clutch game has come.As a whole, the Orange scored 18 points in the final five minutes against Stanford. That would equate to 72 points in a 20-minute span, and although it’s an offensive five utilized mainly at the end of games, it’s one that can be the most explosive for Syracuse.‘We all got great chemistry, but tonight we were just clicking, that five,’ Waiters said after SU’s win over Virginia Tech. ‘You see, coach, when you’re clicking, he just lets you stay in there.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more