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Beautiful Buckwheat

first_imgBuckwheat adds nitrogen to garden plots, produces beautiful flowers and delicious pancakes.Each year I start my garden with grand visions of endless bounty. Something happens around the first part of July, though.By then, I’ve had plenty of squash and cucumbers, and even had a few choice tomatoes; basically, my stomach gets too full to keep up.Now, the spring vegetables are petering out, as well as some of those early squash and cucumbers. The stifling heat and humidity make going out in the garden almost impossible before 7 p.m.This year I have a plan to keep those garden beds from turning into pastureland. No, it’s not mountains of mulch or more hours with the hoe and tiller. It’s buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum).Buckwheat is an unusually fast-growing plant produced by commercial agriculture for its grain-like seeds. In the home garden, it is one of the best summer cover/green manure crops available.George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were some of the first American farmers to grow buckwheat, as they recognized its benefit in a healthy crop rotation. Native to Russia, the flexibility and adaptability led buckwheat to be grown on more than a million acres in the U.S. in the late 1800s.The grain is ground into flour and used in a variety of foods, from noodles in Japan to breakfast staples like cereal and pancakes in the U.S. I even had pillows made from buckwheat hulls when I lived in the tropical Pacific. The pillows are meant to be cooler because of the increased space for air. I never got past the crinkling noise I heard each time I moved.Buckwheat is easy to grow. Simply broadcast the seeds and lightly rake them in. A pound of seed is recommended per 500 square feet of garden space, or 3 ounces of seed per 100 square feet. You can’t really put too much seed down. Since it’s usually sold in bulk from the local feed store, it’s better to err on the side of too much. Buckwheat does not require highly fertile soils but will benefit from modest levels of nitrogen. Its many fine roots are well adapted to find lower levels of phosphorous, and when crop residues are returned to the soil, it becomes more available for other plants.Germination begins in about three to four days, and within 10 to 14 days, the ground should be fully covered with emerging leaves. This quick leaf cover protects the soil from erosion, retains moisture and shades out those dastardly weed seeds.Now just sit back, drink some iced tea and wait for the best part: the floral display that begins three to four weeks after planting. A large, dense planting will literally stop traffic. My neighbors tell me they always slow down to admire the 5-by-100-foot strip I planted along the roadside.The prolific flowers on buckwheat are a good nectar source for honeybees and other pollinators. The resulting honey is dark-colored and distinctly different in taste from clover or wildflower honey. The timing of flowering is also very beneficial to bees because midsummer is usually when there is less native forage available.Remember that those prolific flowers turn into a seed if allowed to develop and dry on the plant. If you do not want buckwheat carrying over into your next planting, cut the plants or till them under two to three weeks after flowering. Some farmers cut it and leave the plant residue on the surface as mulch, which will provide a premulched area for new transplants.last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC LAUNCHES SUMMER CAMP

first_imgTIR CHONAILL ATHLETICS CLUB SUMMER CAMPTír Chonaill Athletics Club grew from three thriving juvenile clubs that existed in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran in the 1970’sTír Chonaill Athletics Club is a club with an open door policy, where you will be greeted with a warm welcome from friendly, courteous and experienced members and qualified coaches. Coaches who believe that everyone is capable of achieving their goals, regardless of age or fitness levels, and who strive towards this end in a friendly, supportive and safe environment. The club caters for athletes from 8 years old upwards, the oldest member being 68 years of age and for Juveniles, Seniors, Masters, Joggers, Walkers, Tri-Athletes and Fit4Life covering such events as Track & Field Athletics, Road Running, Cross-Country Running, Triathlon, Walking and Hiking. Camp Sponsors CARA PHARMACIES Our Partners in successTir Chonaill AC   Summer  Camp 2011Five Days Of Fun   July 4th to July 8th [inclusive]LEARNING THROUGH SPORT Camp Director: Eamon  Harvey  074 97 21578/087 0867948054  Tirchonaillac.comFor Ages 5 – 15                            includes Athletics Specific Camp       for 13 -15 year olds9am – 2pmCAMP APPLICATIONName: ___________________ Age:____ Medical Condition:__________________Name: ___________________ Age:____Medical Condition:__________________Name: ___________________ Age:____ Medical Condition:__________________Name: ___________________ Age:____Medical Condition:__________________Telephone: _______________________Emergency NumberAddress:____________________________________________________________________________________________E:mail:___________________________Signature:_________________________PRINT NAME:______________________ABOUT THE CAMPThe camp is part of the Tír Chonaill AC Summer programme and provides a fun, structured environment in which children aged five through to fifteen can socialise, make friends through the FUNdamentals of Sport. The camp is situated in the grounds of the Abbey vocational school.Supervised Lunch breaks; Qualified personnel including a child protection officer;End of camp tournamentSample  ActivitiesVolleyball, Badminton, Football, Basketball, Sportshall, Tag Rugby, Dodge Ball, Gymnastics, Dancing, Quiz, Art & Crafts, Circle Games, Athletics, Olympic Trampoline, Wet-weather activities (if required).AT FEES YOU CAN AFFORDOne family member                €60Two family members              €110Family Group                                     €150Closing Date for Camp Applications is  Thurs  30th JuneWHAT YOU NEED TO BRINGIf it’s warm -Sun screen, snacks and lots of waterIf it’s Cold and wet -A coat, snacks and lots of waterWHERE DO I SEND MY APPLICATIONJust drop your completed application and cheque, money order or even cash into any Cara Pharmacy outlet in Donegal Town or Bundoran or into All Sports on Quay Street Donegal Town.TERMS AND CONDITIONSPlaces are limited.  While club leaders will take all reasonable action to ensure the safety and well being of the children, we cannot be held responsible for damages, injuries or loss of possessions and parents/guardians are advised to obtain personal insurance for these occurrences. Misbehavior and/or continual breach of camp rules will result in the participant being suspended from the camp and no refund being given.  Children attending camp should not be left unsupervised at camp venue until the official coaches are present.  Children must be collected promptly at 2:00pm.Tir Chonaill Athletics ClubSenior 5 Day Summer 2011 Camp The camp, aimed at 12 to 15 year olds, will introduce and develop a variety of athletic events in a fun environment. The camp will be staffed by qualified athletics teachers/coaches. Disciplines will include – Long Jump; High Jump; Pole Vault; Shot Putt; Middle distance; Javelin plus gymnastics, trampoleening, orienteering and gamesWhen and Where          9am  to 2pm daily            Abbey Voc School, Donegal Town Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri                                   4th – 8th July 2011Cost one family member €60       Two family members – €110        Family group €150To attend – fill out the application – overleaf and return to camp directorEamon Harvey, Drimark, Donegal Town 0872797548/0749721578 or leave in All Sports Donegal Town or Cara Pharmacy Donegal Town or Bundoran Closing date for applications   Thurs 30th June ATHLETICS: TIR CHONAILL AC LAUNCHES SUMMER CAMP was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TIR CHONAILL AC LAUNCHES SUMMER CAMPlast_img read more

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