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  • Is environmentalism good for American business?
    Joe Veilleux doesn’t view himself as an environmentalist, but he understands how his actions might paint him with that brush. “I’m not an environmentalist,” said Veilleux, general manager of the U.S. operations of natural health ingredient manufacturer Euromed. “I’m a pragmatist. There’s a difference. A lot of environmentalists have characterized their cause as one that pits them directly against corporate America. I’m part of corporate America, but I also recognize the debt I owe to the environment and want to do my fair share to protect it. In the long run, it’s just good for business a....
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  • Why Bad Pruning Is Like Giving Your Garden a Bad Haircut
    There is nothing worse than a bad haircut. The one thing you can’t do with a bad haircut is uncut it, so you just have to wait for it to grow out before you can fix it. That’s how expert gardener Carol Chernega views the art and science of pruning a shrub. If you trim it the wrong way, you’re only compounding your problems, but learning the right way is not nearly as difficult as going to cosmetology school. “Instead of giving your shrubs a bad haircut, it’s actually very simple to give them a day at the spa, instead,” said Chernega, producer and star of the DVD Pruning Shrubs with You....
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  • Dept. of Interior, DNREC initiate process for first lease of commercial wind power for offshore Delaware
    Lewes, DE – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Michael R. Bromwich today announced that the Department is initiating the process to offer the first commercial wind lease under the “Smart from the Start” Atlantic Offshore Wind program, off the coast of Delaware. The decision follows a determination that there is no competitive interest for commercial wind energy development in this area of the Outer Continental Shelf, precluding the need for competitive bidding. “This is a significant milesto....
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  • Dept. of Interior, DNREC initiate process for first lease of commercial wind power for offshore Delaware
    Lewes, DE – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Michael R. Bromwich today announced that the Department is initiating the process to offer the first commercial wind lease under the “Smart from the Start” Atlantic Offshore Wind program, off the coast of Delaware. The decision follows a determination that there is no competitive interest for commercial wind energy development in this area of the Outer Continental Shelf, precluding the need for competitive bidding. “This is a significant milesto....
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  • Obama's Recycled Energy Misdirection
    President Obama has been touring the country to talk about "Winning the Future." And at each event, he's promised to take "clean energy from imagination to reality." Conspicuously absent from all his recent speeches, though, has been any mention of climate change, global warming or carbon-dioxide (CO2) rationing. No doubt this is the result of the political fiasco surrounding his favored cap-and-trade legislation. By way of background, shortly after then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi jammed it through the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009, cap-and-trade lost favor with the American people. ....
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  • Where are the green jobs?
    Green jobs will make the economy grow, or so the often repeated mantra goes. Actually there are fewer green jobs in Delaware now than in 2003 (750 in 2003, 650 in 20111) and significant job growth appears to be unlikely. Furthermore, green jobs incentives will cost as much as $500 a year in higher electricity bills diverting money from other uses! So someone else loses a job because you don’t go out as often or don’t buy a new piece of furniture. Eight independent studies2 relating experiences from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and California indicate each g....
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  • Gardening calendar for March
    Here’s your gardening calendar for March. For the first half of March: Finish pruning shrubs and ornamental trees, except spring flowering shrubs, before growth starts. Prune spring flowering shrubs (lilac, forsythia, etc.) as soon as they finish flowering. Finish pruning home fruit trees. Do not leave stubs; they usually die and become great entryways for fungus. To prevent infection from fungal spores and bacteria, do not prune plants in damp or wet weather. Plan your vegetable garden on paper. Use spaces efficiently and rotate vegetables from last years plan to reduce insect and d....
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  • Sussex Gardener: "FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week"
    This week, February 19 through 26, 2011, FFA members in Delaware and across the nation will celebrate National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week. FFA is a national organization of 523,309 members and 7,487 chapters from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA makes agriculture real for all students enrolled in related programs of study. It is a diverse organization that draws its members from rural, urban and suburban schools. This year, the theme for National FFA Week is “Infinite Potential” and it embodies all the best about FFA members, from the mo....
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  • Free community forum series focuses on consumers and energy
    Georgetown, DE – The first in a series of free community forums entitled “Energy & You: Achievable, Affordable and Sustainable” will be held on Tuesday, January 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the theater of the Arts & Science Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. The featured presenter will be Bill Andrew, president and CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Greenwood, Delaware. Today’s energy strategy must be affordable, achievable and sustainable. How we get there is the key! Using existing technology and common sense is an impor....
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  • Deicing roads, driveways & walkways
    Last year at this time we were snowed in with the second snow storm of winter and most of us were sick of shoveling snow and the cold weather. In December we had several snow falls, so I thought I should recycle this article on de-icers just in case we have a repeat of last winter. When winter storms result in icy conditions, de-icers are sometimes used to help relieve some of the dangerous effects. However, precautions must be noted prior to their use. De-icing salt, rock salt or sodium chloride is very effective in making our ice-covered roads and sidewalks safer on which to travel....
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  • January Gardening Calendar
    For the First Half of the Month: On warm days, go outside and check your perennials and bulbs to see if they have been heaved out of the ground by freezing and thawing of the soil. If so, press down firmly and cover with at least two inches of organic mulch. Thoroughly check your houseplants for pests. If you find any, treat these immediately before populations get too high. Another common problem of houseplants this time of year is the low humidity that is in most homes during the winter. One way to increase the humidity is to place plants over, but not in, trays which have water in....
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  • Selection of Christmas Trees
    It is hard to believe we just had Thanksgiving holiday and many of us will be celebrating Christmas in a couple of weeks. If you are looking for a fun family activity and you are planning to use a real Christmas tree this year, why not visit one of the many Delaware Christmas Tree Grower’s farms to find that special tree and tag it. Tagging will hold it for you until you return a few days before Christmas to cut it down and take it home to decorate. For those of you who may be interested, here are some common varieties of Christmas trees grown and sold in Delaware and guidelines t....
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  • Sussex gardener in November
    Here it is -- November already. This article will give you the garden calendar update. For the First Week of November: Plant remainder of spring flowering bulbs. Pull up diseased-free annuals and add to compost pile along with leaves and leftover garden material. Cut back and mulch perennials. Mulching will insulate them from the winter cold, and cutting them back will give them a tidy appearance. Dig up dahlias, caladiums, gladiolus, etc. Wash away soil; dry, label and place in a bag or box; and cover with sphagnum, moss, saw dust, or perlite. Store in a cool, dry place. The S....
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  • 2010 Tomatoes - wet, cool conditions result in problems SG
    While at the State Fair, the Master Gardeners had several questions about Blossom End Rot on their tomatoes and bell peppers. I thought many of my readers may also be concerned about that and other common tomato problems. Therefore, I am reprinting the following article in hopes it will answer your concerns too. BACTERIAL SPECK: The fruit and leaves will have many tiny (pinhead size) and slightly raised brown-black specks. If you look closely on the fruit, these specks are bordered in white. On leaves, the border will be yellow colored. This problem is often mis-identified as bacteria....
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  • Tips to conserve water during heat wave
    In the yard: .Water your lawn either in the morning or evening – watering during the day is less efficient because of evaporation. Use straight-edged container, such as a tuna can, to determine how long you need to run the sprinkler. Put the can under your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill that glass an inch. That’s how long you need to water. .Protect your plants with mulch. It helps conserve water by trapping moisture and keeping the soil cool. .If you’re asked to conserve water, don’t panic. Lawns can actually survive a few months without water, and they will recov....
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