Spaghetti sauce would be lost without oregano. Salsa just wouldn’t be the same without cilantro. Rosemary chicken would just be, well, chicken without rosemary.All these dishes are made possible by herbs that can be grown in home gardens.Herbs “are actually fairly easy to grow in Georgia,” said Paul Thomas, a University of Georgia horticulturalist. “We have the perfect temperature, the perfect sunlight and acceptable humidity. As long as you do the appropriate soil adjustments, herbs can be excellent garden plants to grow.”Many herbs originated in the Mediterranean’s sandy, well-draining soil, not the hard-packed red clay encasing much of Georgia. To make herbs happy here, most gardeners need to add a few soil amendments and plant in pots or spots in their gardens that drain well.Thomas manages well-drained soil in his potted herbs by adding lots of sand and compost to the soil. He also plants herbs that spread easily, like mint and oregano, in containers.Out in the garden, Thomas digs a long trench two feet deep and fills it with thoroughly mixed compost, sand and native soil. In it he plants herbs that need a large root system, like fennel, rosemary and dill.“The goal is to make sure when it rains or I irrigate, the water goes right through the soil and does not accumulate where the roots are,” Thomas said. “South Georgians will actually have to add more compost to the sand.”Thomas’ favorite herbs are mint, basil, chives and rosemary. He adds mint to sweet tea, basil to turkey stuffing, pizza and salads and chives to soups, hamburgers and potatoes au gratin.Although rosemary is one of his favorites, Thomas warns that rosemary shrubs can grow quite large. Even small plants can spread to three or four-feet wide.Perennial herbs include rosemary, chives, oregano, marjoram and mint. Cilantro and parsley are annual herbs. Dill can be biennial.To master herb growing, Thomas says follow these 10 rules:1. Herbs do not like to sit in wet soil. An easy way to keep them happy is to plant them in a raised bed. Because the soil is above ground, it will drain very easily.2. Water herbs thoroughly when they start flagging. They will tolerate drought but their flavors won’t be as strong. Never allow herbs to go more than two weeks without water.3. Always plant herbs in full sun. If either their leaves or the soil doesn’t dry out after a rain, they will become more susceptible to diseases.4. Never crowd an herb garden. Plant herbs a foot apart so air can move between the plants.5. Never apply full strength fertilizers. If the package says 1 pound per 100 square feet, use half. Fertilizer minimally – once at the beginning of the growing season, four weeks later and then again another four weeks later after four weeks (about July). Follow treatments with a thorough watering.6. Always harvest herbs in the morning. The cut surfaces of herbs need to be bone dry by mid afternoon or disease will take over.7. Use a hose, not pesticides. If you find bugs on your herbs at 7 a.m., use a water hose and apply a spray from the side. The sideways water stream will wash the bugs off, and most never get a chance to return.8. Leave the black and green and yellow striped caterpillars on fennel and dill. They are black swallowtail caterpillars. Keeping the larva on fennel will result in butterflies later in the summer.9. Don’t let weeds crowd herbs out. This includes grasses as herbs cannot compete with them.10. Never mulch herbs with leaves or other debris. Winter-mulched herbs do not survive well. Thomas’ herbs survive over winter because he rakes all the leaves out of his herb garden.“You’ll find the more you use herbs, the more you treasure them,” Thomas said.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (right) and her political advisor James Ashby (left) set up camp in Birdsville (AAP Image/Darren England)CONTROVERSIAL political advisor James Ashby has listed his Yeppoon investment property for rent.One of four units within the complex owned by Mr Ashby, who is One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s right hand man, has recently been listed. The block of units has been on the market for over a year, with Ashby seeking offers over $465,000. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: Buy your slice of Australia’s celebrity playground The unit complex in YeppoonBut median unit values have been seesawing in Yeppoon over the past five years, with values down 18.5 per cent in five years. However, values have increased 17.8 per cent in 12 months, according to CoreLogic.Yeppoon is about 40km northeast of Rockhampton, and is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Bay Islands. An increase in mining activity and several major company and infrastructure announcements have given a boost the region as a whole, according to the latest REIQ Market Monitor.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoHarcourts Yeppoon agent Daniel Spyve, who is marketing Ashby’s unit complex for sale, said the focus was now on renting the individual units.He said vacancy rates were tight, boosting rentals yields for owners.“The mood is really positive in the resources sector and they have been in a good place, regardless of Adani,” he said.“Our rental market has gone up, and with every lease coming up for renewal rent has been increased.“Vacancy rates are really tight so renters are willing to pay the extra.“We recently had eight groups through one property, and they were all competitive … one bloke asked if he could pay extra (to secure the property).” Property turnaround: Home values on the way up again Pauline Hanson with the One Nation plane that is flown by James Ashby — Supplied One NationAshby was also involved in further controversy after a meeting with a fake gun lobbyist working undercover for Al Jazeera, a meeting where he and Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson were caught on camera allegedly soliciting donations. Queensland Senator and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (centre), flanked by party officials James Ashby (left) and Steve Dickson, speaks during a press conference in Brisbane in March. Mr Ashby and Mr Dickson were caught in an Al Jazeera investigation which used hidden cameras and a journalist posing as a gun campaigner to expose the far-right party’s extraordinary efforts to obtain funding in Washington DC in September. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) The kitchen inside the unit for rentAshby’s block of units in Yeppoon is the only property still in his name, according to property data.He sold a block of land near Tully in 2009, and offloaded another Yeppoon unit back in 2002, well before entering public life.Ashby, a former radio presenter, started his political career as an advisor to Federal Member for Fisher, Peter Slipper, and has been a human headline ever since entering the political arena seven years ago.The Ashby-Slipper relationship soured in 2012 when Ashby made allegations that he was sexually harassed by the former Speaker, a scandal dubbed “Ashbygate”.He ultimately dropped the lawsuit but the whole saga created a quagmire for the government.At the time, Ashby reportedly retreated back to his safe haven in Yeppoon, but the trained pilot made a comeback as a media advisor to Ms Hanson in 2015.Since then, the media spotlight has continued to shine on Ashby, who was fined for failing to promptly answer questions about the ownership of the aircraft used by One Nation, and had his parliamentary pass revoked and then reinstated following allegations of a physical altercation with former UAP senator Brian Burston. Senator Pauline Hanson holds a press conference with chief of staff James Ashby, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Brisbane. Photographer: Liam KidstonThe unit listed for rent is on the market for $230 a week, up from $220 last year.Property data shows the median sales price for a unit in Yeppoon is $297,500, making the sale of Ashby’s block of four a relative bargain. Australia’s first homebuyer hotspot revealed
New York Times 31 May 2014Five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, the battle over legalization is still raging.Law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws.There is the Denver man who, hours after buying a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy from one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana shops, began raving about the end of the world and then pulled a handgun from the family safe and killed his wife, the authorities say. Some hospital officials say they are treating growing numbers of children and adults sickened by potent doses of edible marijuana. Sheriffs in neighboring states complain about stoned drivers streaming out of Colorado and through their towns.“I think, by any measure, the experience of Colorado has not been a good one unless you’re in the marijuana business,” said Kevin A. Sabet, executive director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes legalization. “We’ve seen lives damaged. We’ve seen deaths directly attributed to marijuana legalization. We’ve seen marijuana slipping through Colorado’s borders. We’ve seen marijuana getting into the hands of kids.”http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/after-5-months-of-sales-colorado-sees-the-downside-of-a-legal-high.html?_r=1&referrer
Hunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter.Hoosier deer hunters in 2012 harvested 136,248 deer. Hunters have gotten a record number of deer in four of the last five seasons, a trend that DNR deer research biologist Chad Stewart doesn’t expect to continue in 2013.“It wouldn’t surprise me if it was down a little this year,” Stewart said. “But I don’t expect the harvest numbers to fall off a cliff. There will still be plenty of deer out there.”The main reason Stewart thinks a decrease in the harvest might happen is because hunters in 2012 harvested a record number of does. As a result, reproduction was likely down this year.Stewart emphasized that reducing the deer population to a more balanced level has been the DNR’s goal in recent years. Changes to hunting regulations that went into effect in 2012 were geared toward that goal. The changes included extending archery season, allowing crossbows for all archery hunters and creating a “license bundle” that saved hunters money.The 2013 license bundles give the additional option of harvesting either two antlerless deer and a buck or three antlerless deer.Archery season starts October 1. Firearms season starts Nov.ember 16.