Holiday Terrariums

first_imgAre you looking for a unique last-minute gift for the holidays? If your recipient loves plants but has a black thumb, a terrarium may be the perfect gift.Terrariums are like tiny, desktop greenhouses. The plants grow and change as time goes by, making it a holiday gift that your friend or family member can enjoy all year. You can make terrariums as personal as you want, and even better, as inexpensive as you’d like. All it takes is a little bit of craftiness, plant material and a glass container.“A terrarium is a great option for people who like the idea of plants, but don’t have the space or time to plant an outdoor garden,” said University of Georgia Trial Gardens Manager Brandon Coker. “It’s a relatively self-contained ecosystem, so a well-put-together terrarium can survive even the most distracted plant punisher.”Here are Coker’s recommendations for making a glass terrarium whose plants will thrive.First, purchase or gather the necessary supplies, which include:Glass container. You can splurge on an ornate glass vessel, pick one up at the thrift store, which tends to have a plethora of unique containers, or use an old jar. Whether the terrarium is open or closed will depend on your plant selection.Activated charcoal. This is available at most hardware stores or in the aquarium section of pet stores. “Activated charcoal pulls all the unwanted smells and toxins out of the environment. Much like our soil purifies water before it gets into aquifers in the ground,” Coker said.Potting soil.Gravel or small pebbles.Small trinkets. This is optional, but you can use small figurines or toys, marbles, stones or anything else you can imagine to decorate the inside of the terrarium.Plants, of course! Lots of nurseries sell tiny plants just the right size for terrariums, or they can be ordered online. Remember, the plants will grow larger, so err on the small side. A word of caution: Avoid succulents, as they need excellent drainage to survive, which is very difficult to maintain in terrariums.The following is a list of plants that perform well in terrariums, according to UGA Cooperative Extension experts:Tropical plants – arrowhead, creeping fig, coral berry, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, parlor palm and strawberry begonia.Woodland plants – asparagus fern, mimosa, Norfolk pine, rattlesnake plantain, pellionia, bird’s nest fern and club moss.Desert plants – ball cactus, cob cactus, Easter lily cactus, peanut cactus, prickly pear, star cactus, aloe and agave.Once you have collected all of the supplies, follow these directions to create your terrarium:Fill the bottom of your glass vessel with gravel or pebbles. Be generous! About 1.5 to 2 inches should be sufficient for drainage.Next, add a layer of activated charcoal — enough to thoroughly cover the gravel. Don’t skip this step! “Activated charcoal is a must for a healthy terrarium,” said Coker.Then, gently and carefully add soil. If you have any organic matter you’d like to add, such as peat moss, be sure to mix it with the soil before adding it to the container. Remember to leave room for the plants to fit too. Start by adding a little less soil than you think you might need.Add plants the way you would when gardening on a larger scale. Remove the excess soil and fluff out the roots if they’ve become potbound. Then, place plants in the terrarium and make sure all ofthe roots are covered. Add extra soil, if needed.As a final touch, add pebbles or moss as a top dressing. Then, place small, decorative objects inside. Be creative! Almost anything can be repurposed to add flair.Remove any dirt from the inside walls of the terrarium for a clean look.Lastly, give your new terrarium a few sprays of mist. Remember, there are no drainage holes, so there should be barely any water to seep through the soil to the bottom layer. Misting is best because it will evenly water the soil and is the easiest way to control the water.To learn more about the Trial Gardens at UGA, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/.last_img read more

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‘Bacolod transport strike fizzles’

first_img“The transport protest failed toparalyze all the transportation in the city as taxis, tricycles and e-trikewere still plying in the city streets,” he added. Vice mayor El Cid Familiaran said thestrike did not have any affect at all. According to Familiaran, city hallemployees were able to report to their respective offices because there weretwo city buses and four IPM dump trucks deployed in various parts of the metroto pick up and bring commuters to their destinations. Two major transport groups in BacolodCity and Negros Occidental – Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators NegrosInc. (SSTONE) and Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations Inc. – havejoined today’s nation-wide strike. BACOLOD City – Yesterday’s transportstrike did not have any adverse effect on the movement of public utilityvehicles and conveyance of commuters in this city. Meanwhile, Executive Assistant JomarieVargas, cluster head of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office,also released his own assessments as regards the transport strike organized bythe Transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at OperatorNationwide. City police director Colonel HenryBiñas, on the other hand, said that the conduct of strike was generally peaceful. SSTONE claimed that jeepney routes inthis city were affected by the strike, adding that 100 percent of the membersunder their group have joined to protest the “anti-poor” modernization programof the government. Biñas said that policemen weredeployed in the rally centers enforcing heighten security measures./PN “Despite the transport strike, peoplestill flocked the government center to catch up for the last day of voterregistration,” he said. Vargas said that only 80 percent ofthe public transportation in this city was paralyzed.last_img read more

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Cindy Hager age, 46

first_imgCindy Hager, age 46, of Rockholds, Kentucky and formerly of Franklin County, Indiana died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at her home in Kentucky.Born November 11, 1970 in Connersville, Indiana she was the daughter of William C. & Gladys (Harding) Peters. On January 26, 2008 she was united in marriage to David W. Hager, and he survives.A homemaker, she had formerly worked at GECOM in Greensburg, Indiana. Cindy attended the Plum Grove and Laurel Pentecostal Church’s and was active with the New Journey Group Singers.Besides David her loving husband of over 9 years, survivors include two sons, Adam Christopher (Becky) Robertson and Caleb (Amber) Robertson all of Strasburg, Virginia; two grandchildren, Ciera Robertson and Simeon Robertson; a step-daughter, Carolyn Hager of Dunkirk, Indiana and a step-grandson, Kaden Hager; her mother, Gladys Peters of Brookville, Indiana; two sisters, Tressa M. Baker of Laurel, Indiana and Anne Grubb of Metamora, Indiana; seven brothers, Randy Peters of Brookville, Indiana, Tom Peters of Connersville, Indiana, Jim Peters of Batesville, Indiana, Troy Peters of Laurel, Indiana, Paul Peters of Batesville, Indiana, Kenny Peters of Laurel, Indiana, and Ben Peters of Aurora, Indiana.She was preceded in death by her father William C. Peters who died April 6, 1995; a son, Kyle Dean Robertson who died December 14, 2000, and a brother Walter Christopher Peters who died November 2, 2016.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Laurel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 167 Charles Street, Laurel, Indiana.Pastor Glen Goins and Darrell Peters will officiate the Funeral Services on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Laurel Pentecostal Holiness Church. She will then be laid to rest at Laurel North Cemetery in Laurel, Indiana.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Cindy Hager, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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