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AN expert shared his top tips on caring for a plant – from how to tell if your plants need water to an “old age” test to help them during the cold winter months.

Houseplant expert Silver Spence revealed that she learned the old trick from loved ones and was meant to help those who don’t know how to take care of their plants.

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Silver, who is the CEO of independent indoor plant site Friends or Friends, explained the best way to take care of your plants in winter.

She told the Express, “First of all, you need to reduce the watering by about 50%.

“If you watered once a week, you can now water every 14 days – at least.

“But the best way to do that is if you have a plant, it’s really healthy for you to have contact with the plant.

“It’s so that you can check the lower leaves and make sure there aren’t any bugs there.”

“You can make sure that if there’s something the plant is trying to tell you, you can find out.

“The secondary part is when you pick the plant up you can feel how heavy it is when watered.

“Then when it dries, or as it dries, it changes weight. “

Silver added that some people choose to literally weigh their plants using scales and track their weight.

She said, “We give this advice to people who are quite nervous about this situation.

“About overwatering if it’s too heavy or if they don’t know how to weigh the plant, they’ll literally water the plant and then weigh it.

“Then they will write it down in their factory diary.

“It’s something that a lot of plant-loving people use.

“Weighing the plant is the best option because you can see how light the soil will be. “

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Bonnie Beth Williams of Freeburg, formerly of Many https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/bonnie-beth-williams-of-freeburg-formerly-of-many/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:22:56 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/bonnie-beth-williams-of-freeburg-formerly-of-many/

Bonnie Beth Williams, 78, of Freeburg, passed away on Sunday November 14, 2021. She was born on January 6, 1943 in Many, Illinois, to Samuel and Elizabeth (Meyer) Wetzel. Bonnie married Gary Williams on April 25, 1964.

She worked at Siemens Manufacturing for 27 years. Bonnie was a very active person who loved the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities were water sports, fishing, and beach trips. Bonnie also enjoyed the casino. She made many memories with Gary as they toured the country on touring bikes.

Bonnie loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her 57-year-old husband Gary Williams; three children, Pamela J. Turley (Doug) of Red Bud, Illinois, Cindy L. Hurst (LeRoy) of Columbia, Illinois and Kevin L. Williams (Anna) of St. Augustine, Florida; grandchildren, Maranda Lee Williams, Alexander Louis Junge, Jacob Williams Hurst, Kaleb Lee Williams and Isabelle Jordan Williams; nieces and nephews, Dwayne Hettenhausen and Linda Hettenhausen, Brian Meyer and Michelle Valentine; grandnephews, Robbie, Michael, Ray and Daniel; brother, William Jenner (Loretta), of Pocahontas, Illinois; her dear sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and James McCoig of San Antonio, Texas; and her dear friend, Colleen Janssen.

Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents, Samuel Wetzel and Elizabeth Wetzel; one granddaughter, Victoria Elizabeth Williams; and sisters and brothers, Patty Bell Hettenhausen, Beverly Sue Meyer, Vera Peeck, Elda Sturman, Hazel Ceglinski, Betty Hollingsworth, Barbara Jean Teel, Irene Doty, Lawrence Lamar, Arthur J. Lamar, Jim Lamar and Junior Lamar.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, Illinois, with Deacon Corby Valentine as celebrant.

Visits will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in the Lake View Memorial Gardens.

Commemorative contributions are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Melinda Myers: Give away spring flowers for the holidays https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/melinda-myers-give-away-spring-flowers-for-the-holidays/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 21:25:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/melinda-myers-give-away-spring-flowers-for-the-holidays/

Give spring this winter to gardeners and non-gardeners. A pot of spring-flowering tulips, daffodils, or other bulbs is sure to brighten up a dreary winter day and uplift the recipient’s mood.

Spring flowering bulbs need 12 to 15 weeks of temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees to initiate flowering. This happens naturally in areas with cold winters. The bulbs are planted in the fall, get the cold they need, and add welcome color to the spring garden.

Those who live in warmer climates, typically zones 8, 9, and 10, need a different approach. In these regions, low-cooling bulbs that do not need such a long cold period or pre-cooled bulbs are grown. The pre-chilled bulbs also sold as pre-chilled, have been given the necessary cold period and can be grown as annuals.



No matter where you garden, spring flowering bulbs can be refrigerated in a spare refrigerator. Keep bulbs away from apples and pears. These fruits give off ethylene gas, a natural hormone that is not harmful to humans, but can speed up ripening and interfere with flowering when the bulbs are kept in the same refrigerator compartment. Check the pots every now and then and water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist, but not soggy.

Some friends and family may appreciate a DIY Bulb Forcing Kit as a gift. Spring flowering bulbs, potting soil, and a container with drainage holes are all you need. Provide instructions for assembly, suggestions for providing cold treatment if necessary, and proper care.



Others may prefer a gift that requires minimal care, like Months of Bloom from Gardener’s Supply Company. Order just once and these pre-planted bulb gardens are delivered to the recipient every month for 3, 6, or 12 months. Simply water when the potting mix begins to dry out and watch the spring flowering bulbs sprout, grow and flower.

Keep spring-flowering bulb gardens in a cool, bright place to extend their flowering time. Once the plants have finished flowering, you can add them to the compost pile.

For those who prefer to enjoy a second season and beyond, provide some post-flowering care. Remove the withered flowers and move the container to a sunny window. Continue to water abundantly whenever the first few inches of the soil begin to dry out. Drain off any excess water that collects in the saucer to prevent root rot and apply a dilute solution of any flowering houseplant fertilizer.

Once the leaves turn yellow and die or the soil in the garden warms up and the danger of frost has passed, you can move them around the garden. Tulips and hyacinths work best in sunny areas with well-drained soils. Both of these bulbs tend to flower for a year or two and then produce little to no bloom. Keep this in mind when planning for the future.

Daffodils and grape hyacinths will grow in sun or shade and in a variety of soil types. These tend to have a long lifespan as they grow and spread out over time.

It may take two years before you have flowers, but it’s a great way to extend the fun of a Christmas present.

Melinda Myers is the author of over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses DVD series “How to Grow Anything” and the television and radio show Melinda’s Garden Moment. Myers is a columnist and editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Gardener’s Supply for her expertise to write this article. Its website is http://www.MelindaMyers.com

Give a Months of Bloom gift, pre-planted bulbs to brighten up the recipient’s home during the winter months or year round.
Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company / gardeners.com

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Tepco discovers melting ice wall at Fukushima Daiichi factory in Japan https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/tepco-discovers-melting-ice-wall-at-fukushima-daiichi-factory-in-japan/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 06:45:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/tepco-discovers-melting-ice-wall-at-fukushima-daiichi-factory-in-japan/

An employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) looks at a tank reserved for the storage of treated water in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, paralyzed by the tsunami, in the city of Okuma, in the prefecture of Fukushima, in Japan, March 1, 2021. REUTERS / Sakura Murakami

TOKYO, Nov.26 (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) (9501.T) to launch repair work at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reinforce an ice wall intended to stop the flow of groundwater after tests indicate partial melting.

Work could begin as early as early December, according to a presentation by the plant operator dated Thursday, as part of a costly and difficult effort to secure the site after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The ice wall is intended to limit the infiltration of groundwater into the plant, which created large amounts of toxic water stored by Tepco in reservoirs.

Japan plans to discharge more than a million tonnes of water into the sea after treating it. Water contains the radioactive isotope tritium, which cannot be eliminated.

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Maine’s new ‘right to food’ could lead to legal challenges https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/maines-new-right-to-food-could-lead-to-legal-challenges/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 23:27:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/maines-new-right-to-food-could-lead-to-legal-challenges/

THEIKE EVERY Farmer Courtney Hammond, who grows blueberries and cranberries in Washington County, Maine, has a lot of worries. He worries about the weather, invasive species, crop failures and global prices. To comply with federal food safety laws, he had to undergo training, keep meticulous records, have insect and rodent control plans, and daily document the sanitation of his processing equipment. It’s a huge amount of work, but it means, he says, “I don’t have to worry about someone getting sick from eating anything that leaves my farm.” Now he fears that a new law will jeopardize his hard work.

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Earlier this month, 61% of voters chose to change the state’s constitution to ensure all Mainers have a “right to food,” the first such law in America. Main supporters of the constitutional amendment included a Tory Lobster, a Liberal organic raw milk farmer, the Sportsman Alliance (a hunting group) and the Cumberland County Food Safety Council. The pandemic has shed light on food insecurity in Maine. The Mainers now have the “inalienable right to food … to grow, raise, harvest, produce and eat the food of their choice.”

The amendment seemed trivial, but skeptics are wary of its impact. Marge Kilkelly, a former state lawmaker who raises turkeys as well as pigs and goats, points out that most people don’t know much about farming: “It doesn’t happen in an instant. You don’t just get the turkey seeds and put water on them. Pouf, there is a turkey.

Opponents of the amendment fear that its vague wording could open cities to legal challenges over local zoning and other ordinances. Rebecca Graham of the Maine Municipal Association expects everything from hunting laws to food programs to be called into question, at great cost to the taxpayer. Rules like that in Portland, the state’s largest city, which allows residents to a maximum of six hens (no roosters) could be ignored or challenged in court, not to mention cows grazing in the gardens of before.

Janelle Tirrell, director of the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, worries about the treatment of farm animals by people ill-equipped to care for them: people “will use this right to food defense to justify keeping animals in a way that violates our current laws ”. Others predict environmental impacts, such as contaminated water supplies. Some farmers fear that hobbyists will introduce invasive species that could damage their crops.

Billy Bob Faulkingham, the Republican state representative who championed the measure, pooped those concerns. He thinks court challenges are unlikely. The frivolous will be fired. The law will give the Mainers greater ownership of the food supply, he says: about 90% of the state’s food is imported. Alluding to the constitutional right to bear arms, he said, “I call this the Second Food Amendment. His partner across the way Craig Hickman, a Democratic state senator and organic farmer, says not everyone is going to start growing or raising animals, but it will “make people buy locally” or even to share their land with their neighbors.

It matches the local culture. Despite its relatively small agricultural industry, Maine supports its producers. The state constitution grants tax breaks to farms. Some communities pay people to cultivate their land. The state has experimented with food sovereignty. More than 100 cities have passed ordinances that allow food “self-government”, leaving cities to set their own rules for food products. Producers in these places can sell directly to customers, offering, for example, unlicensed unpasteurized milk (meat and poultry are excluded).

Farm-to-table restaurants are extremely popular. Maine is a “gourmet” destination. Tourists flock there for its lobsters, blueberries and cranberries. Julie Ann Smith of the Maine Farm Bureau wonders how food safety can be maintained without regulation. This is why Mr Hammond is so worried about the new amendment. It will only take one tourist sickened by the blueberries sold by an amateur to taint every farmer in Maine, not just “the guy with three tomato plants on his porch.”

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Vermiculite vs perlite: which is better for your potted plants? https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/vermiculite-vs-perlite-which-is-better-for-your-potted-plants/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 16:03:11 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/vermiculite-vs-perlite-which-is-better-for-your-potted-plants/

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When it comes to vermiculite versus perlite, the names may hurt you in favor of the second candidate. Perlite, after all, comes from French for “pearl”, while vermiculite comes from Latin for considerably less attractive “breeding worms”.

However, perlite doesn’t really look like pearls, nor does vermiculite look like worms, and both amendments can improve soil porosity and water retention. While neither is perfect, they each have their pros and cons and have proven to be gems for gardeners around the world.

What is vermiculite?

Vermiculite is a “flaky” clay mineral – in more ways than one! When heated to around 570 degrees Fahrenheit, it opens up into light, tanned worm-like strands, so the “breeding worms” its name suggests. The size of the flakes makes different grades of vermiculite from micro to coarse. These spongy particles can aerate the soil and help it retain moisture.

Vermiculite lost some popularity when the product from a mine in Montana, which had been in operation since 1919, was found – after a 1999 EPA investigation – to be “contaminated with a toxic form of asbestos. ‘natural origin’. However, this mine had closed in 1990.

In 2000, the EPA reported that it had tested vermiculite products nationwide and concluded that “only 15 percent of these products contained enough asbestos for the EPA to quantify the percentage of asbestos reliably. Further analysis of the likelihood of asbestos dispersing in the air, during routine use of these products, indicated that this potential exposure poses a minimal risk to the health of consumers. The EPA, however, concluded that vermiculite could be dangerous for workers who come into frequent contact with it.

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What is perlite

What is perlite made of? You could say that it is natural “exploded” glass. This glass, which in its natural state can be of any color, is created by the rapid cooling of lava. When crushed and then heated to 1,800 to 3,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the steam trapped inside causes glass to swell into white pieces four to twenty times its original size.

The product obtained is light and porous. This makes it ideal for creating drainage channels in the potting mix without adding excess weight to that soil as sand sometimes does. Perlite is also available in fine to coarse grades.

The downsides of perlite include its fluorine content, which could be detrimental to plants sensitive to this chemical, including lilies, the prayer plant, and the spider plant. Although tests have shown that the fluorine in perlite seeps out quite quickly, it would probably be best to avoid using it in the soil of species sensitive to fluorine.

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The biggest difference between vermiculite and perlite is moisture retention.

When making the decision between perlite and vermiculite, keep in mind that the differences between the two include the fact that vermiculite contains nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium that perlite does not have. not. Additionally, rounded perlite sometimes floats on the soil surface, making it less likely than flatter vermiculite to stay evenly distributed throughout the pot. However, vermiculite compacts more easily, which can reduce its aeration capacity. So, it would appear that it does not hold up as well as perlite.

The main difference between the two, however, is that while perlite for plants can suck four times its weight in water, vermiculite sponges up to sixteen times its weight in water. Thus, vermiculite is more efficient at collecting and redistributing moisture than perlite. Whether this is a benefit or not depends on the type of plants you are growing.

One thing the amendments have in common is that they generate a lot of dust. Therefore, if you do decide to mix your own potting soil, you will want to wear a dust mask or respirator while doing so.

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When to amend the soil with vermiculite:

What is vermiculite used for? Due to its water-holding abilities, vermiculite is typically used for seed starting, whether on its own or mixed with peat moss. Wet vermiculite can also be used to store seeds which will lose viability if they dry out. Vermiculite is often added to the soil of moisture-loving potted plants, such as ferns, primroses, and calla lilies, which, too, can die if left to dry out.

Gardeners who reside in already excessively humid climates should probably avoid incorporating vermiculite into the soil of outdoor pots, as it can hold too much water and cause their plants to rot. But gardeners in drought-prone areas might find vermiculite very beneficial, as the soil that contains it should hold moisture longer than that containing perlite. Those who often forget to water their houseplants should also opt for vermiculite over perlite.

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When to amend the soil with perlite:

What is perlite used for? Its wet “pearls” are often used to root cuttings, as perlite is less likely to cause rot than vermiculite. Perlite is also a popular addition to potting soil for plants that require excellent drainage and not too much moisture, such as cacti and succulents, because soil containing perlite dries faster than soil containing vermiculite. Gardeners in humid climates may want to add perlite to the soil of their outdoor pots to help these containers flow more freely. And those who tend to overwater their houseplants may also find it beneficial in preventing rot.

While you can also add perlite or vermiculite to flower beds or raised gardens, you will likely find it more convenient and economical to use compost instead to improve soil aeration and water retention. in a large-scale cultivation area. This especially applies to non-raised beds since perlite can be sprayed by foot traffic, while vermiculite is likely to be compressed by it.

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Spring Flower Gifts for the Holidays | News, Sports, Jobs https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/spring-flower-gifts-for-the-holidays-news-sports-jobs/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 07:31:48 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/spring-flower-gifts-for-the-holidays-news-sports-jobs/

Submitted Photo Give pre-planted bulbs as gifts to brighten up the recipient’s home during the winter months or year round. Photo by Gardener’s Supply Company.

Give spring this winter to gardeners and non-gardeners. A pot of spring-flowering tulips, daffodils, or other bulbs is sure to brighten up a dreary winter day and uplift the recipient’s mood.

Spring flowering bulbs need 12 to 15 weeks of temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees to initiate flowering. This happens naturally in areas with cold winters. The bulbs are planted in the fall, get the cold they need, and add welcome color to the spring garden.

Those who live in warmer climates, typically zones 8, 9, and 10, need a different approach. In these regions, low-cooling bulbs that do not need such a long cold period or pre-cooled bulbs are grown. The pre-chilled bulbs also sold as pre-chilled, have been given the necessary cold period and can be grown as annuals.

No matter where you garden, spring flowering bulbs can be refrigerated in a spare refrigerator. Keep bulbs away from apples and pears. These fruits give off ethylene gas, a natural hormone that is not harmful to humans, but can speed up ripening and interfere with flowering when the bulbs are kept in the same refrigerator compartment. Check the pots every now and then and water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist, but not soggy.

Some friends and family may appreciate a DIY Bulb Forcing Kit as a gift. Spring flowering bulbs, potting soil, and a container with drainage holes are all you need. Provide instructions for assembly, suggestions for providing cold treatment if necessary, and proper care.

Others may prefer a gift that requires minimal care, like Months of Bloom from Gardener’s Supply Company. Order just once and these pre-planted bulb gardens are delivered to the recipient every month for 3, 6, or 12 months. Simply water when the potting mix begins to dry out and watch the spring flowering bulbs sprout, grow and flower.

Keep spring flowering bulb gardens in a cool, bright place to extend their flowering time. Once the plants have finished flowering, you can add them to the compost pile.

For those who prefer to enjoy it a second season and beyond, provide some post-flowering care. Remove the withered flowers and move the container to a sunny window. Continue to water abundantly whenever the first few inches of the soil start to dry out. Drain off any excess water that collects in the saucer to prevent root rot and apply a dilute solution of any flowering houseplant fertilizer.

Once the leaves turn yellow and die or the soil in the garden warms up and the danger of frost has passed, you can move them around the garden. Tulips and hyacinths work best in sunny areas with well-drained soils. Both of these bulbs tend to flower for a year or two and then produce little to no bloom. Keep this in mind when planning for the future.

Daffodils and grape hyacinths will grow in sun or shade and in a variety of soil types. These tend to have a long lifespan as they grow and spread out over time.

It may take two years before you have flowers, but it’s a great way to extend the fun of a Christmas present.

Melinda Myers is the author of over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts Les Grands Cours “How to grow anything” Melinda’s Garden Moment DVD and TV and Radio Series. Myers is a columnist and editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Her website is www.MelindaMyers.com.

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Lucent BioSciences Receives $ 4.2 Million Investment to Commercialize Carbon Neutral Fertilizers https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/lucent-biosciences-receives-4-2-million-investment-to-commercialize-carbon-neutral-fertilizers/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 13:44:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/lucent-biosciences-receives-4-2-million-investment-to-commercialize-carbon-neutral-fertilizers/

VANCOUVER, BC, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Closure of Lucent BioSciences, Inc. (Lucent) $ 4.2 million in the investments of Emmertech, Amathaon, SVG Ventures, WUTIF Capital, Vantec / eFund and Vancouverangel investors based.

Lucent is motivated by accelerating the transition from agriculture to sustainability. Lucent Bio has developed a new patent pending fertilizer for agriculture that uses cellulose fiber as a delivery agent. The product improves the yield and health of the soil, is carbon neutral, non-polluting and sustainable.

Lucent works with food processors to recycle their low-value cellulose fibers into high-value fertilizer and seed treatment. In addition, the company is working with several large fertilizer companies to develop customized fertilizer solutions based on its patented cellulose-based nutrient delivery technology.

Lucent’s line of micronutrient fertilizers help growers produce heavier, healthier crops, and contribute to regenerative farming practices by improving soil fertility.

The investment allows Lucent to accelerate its development of sustainable fertilizers and seed treatments, expand manufacturing, strengthen marketing and prepare for a Series A investment cycle in 2022 to fund further expansion.

“We are motivated by developing solutions to mitigate the impact of climate on global food security,” says CEO Michael riedijk, “Over the past 18 months, we have achieved key milestones in R&D, scaling engineering, field testing and commercialization. We are now working to increase manufacturing in collaboration with partners and to put the product in the hands of farmers to better develop crops in a sustainable way “.

“Emmertech is delighted to be part of the Lucent team,” says Emmertech CEO Kyle scott, “We are actively researching new technologies that help our agricultural ecosystem to increase yields and reduce waste. Lucent reaches the intersection of the two. Most importantly, we fell in love with the team’s vision of showing that farmers can increase yields while playing a vital role in tackling climate change. We are delighted to see this team bring exciting and sustainable products to market. ”

“The European Green Deal and the associated farm-to-fork strategy of the European Union are putting unprecedented pressure on the agricultural industry and the food supply chain. We are looking for solutions on a global scale that will enable large-scale implementation, while increasing returns on investment for farmers, ”says Borris foerster, Managing Partner at Amathaon Capital. “So for us it was an easy decision to support the extremely dedicated and knowledgeable team behind Lucent and to support their plan to bring highly effective and organic micronutrient fertilizers to the European market. “

About Lucent BioSciences
Lucent BioSciences is a VancouverAgTech start-up based on accelerating the transition from agriculture to sustainability. Lucent Bio has developed a new patent pending agricultural fertilizer called “Soileos” using cellulose fiber as a delivery agent. The product improves soil performance and health, is carbon neutral, non-polluting and sustainable.
https://www.lucentbiosciences.com

About Emmertech
Emmertech is an Ag-Tech fund built with an industry-leading approach, with investors being among the from Canada the most innovative farmers, agribusiness owners and agriculture-focused financial institutions. With adequate access to early-stage venture capital, the Canadian agricultural ecosystem can become a world leader in agricultural innovation.
https://emmertech.ca/

About Amathaon Capital
Founded in 2020, Amathaon is a MunichVenture capitalist based on the companies AgTech and AgBioTech in the start-up phase. Amathaon focuses on sustainable solutions to enable the implementation of the European Green Deal and to address the growing global labor shortage in agriculture. In this way, Amathaon Capital helps the founders shape the most important part of our food production in a sustainable way.
https://www.amathaon.com

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Opening of several renewable energy plants in Astoria https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/opening-of-several-renewable-energy-plants-in-astoria/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 22:42:28 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/opening-of-several-renewable-energy-plants-in-astoria/

A section of the Astoria energy complex, located at the end of Steinway Street near Luyster Creek, will be transformed into a zero emission converter station (GMaps)

November 22, 2021 Ta’Leah Van Sixtine

Part of the Astoria power complex – which once produced electricity from fossil fuels – will be transformed into an emissions-free converter station thanks to a project announced by Governor Kathy Hochul in September.

The complex, located at the end of Steinway Street near Luyster Creek, will be supplied with renewable energy via the recently announced Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line that stretches 339 miles from the Canada-US border.

The project will provide approximately 1,250 megawatts, enough to power more than one million New York homes. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2025.

Astoria Energy Complex located at the end of Steinway Street (GMaps)

“The transition from a former fuel oil storage facility to an emissions-free power plant will create well-paying jobs across New York City and Astoria (and generate) income to pay for schools and community services while improving the quality of community air, ”a spokesperson for Transmission Developers, Inc. – the developer of the project – said in a statement.

Hydro-Québec – a public utility that manages the production, transmission and distribution of electricity – is working with TDI on the CHPE project. Hydro-Quebec owns dams in the Quebec City region that will supply the project with renewable hydroelectricity.

The project is one of two selected by Governor Hochul that focuses on energy efficiency. The other is called Clean Path NY, which will provide clean electricity to the Rainey substation in Long Island City, construction of which is expected to begin after 2024.

Details on what the Clean Path NY project entails were not provided by project representatives.

The two projects were selected from a list of seven submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a state utility corporation that focuses on energy efficiency. The proposals involved providing electricity to New York City through wind, solar and hydroelectric power.

One of the proposals that was not approved by NYSERDA was the Catskills Renewable Connector project, which would have turned the Ravenswood plant into a renewable energy hub.

Former New York City Council member Costa Constantinides – while welcoming the selection of the two projects – said it was disappointing that NYSERDA had not accepted additional proposals.

“We are talking about the State’s objective of being 70% renewable [energy generation] by 2030, which is now almost eight years away, frightening, ”Constantinides said. “[The fact] that we refuse projects? I don’t find this to be a great paradigm. I hope the state will reconsider.

Constantinides, however, praised the state for rejecting NRG’s proposal to rebuild its state-of-the-art factory in Astoria, which would still depend on fossil fuels. The existing NRG plant will be forced to close in May 2023 because it will no longer comply with state-level restrictions on nitrogen oxides emissions.

Constantinides noted that the focus should be on renewable energy and that there are other projects underway.

Equinor, a Norwegian energy giant, is developing a wind farm off the south coast of Massachusetts that will run 200 miles under the Long Island Strait to a substation in Astoria. It would also represent approximately 1,250 megawatts.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, who also opposed the NRG project, also said in a statement that Queens cannot continue to depend on fossil fuels given climate change. The way the city is powered must change, he said.

He praised the CHPE project when asked.

“The project represents a significant investment in the long-term sustainability of our borough and the health of our families,” said Richards. “This effort to end our dependence on fossil fuels and power Queens with clean energy… will improve public health and help ensure that the borough we leave for our children is not only livable but prosperous.”

The CHPE project would create 1,400 jobs statewide, officials said. When fully operational, it would meet 20% of New York City’s electricity needs.

The project, however, has yet to go through the review process by the New York Civil Service Commission. If the approval process goes as planned, construction could begin in 2022.

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Best Small Outdoor Patio Ideas – Forbes Advisor https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/best-small-outdoor-patio-ideas-forbes-advisor/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:00:41 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/best-small-outdoor-patio-ideas-forbes-advisor/ Editorial Note: We earn a commission on partner links on Forbes Advisor. Commissions do not affect the opinions or ratings of our editors.

Whether you’re looking to host your friends and family outdoors or want to create a quiet retreat for yourself, with a few smart design tips, you can turn your small patio into an outdoor oasis of your own. From must-have exterior design features, creative ways to install privacy walls, and the choice of furniture that matches your design needs, these little outdoor patio ideas will help you create an outdoor space that will allow you to sneak outside just to enjoy your view.

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1. Make a small space appear bigger

Use the same design tips to decorate small spaces indoors as you decorate outdoors to make your small patio look bigger. Choose space-saving furniture and avoid extra large pieces that will clutter up your space.

When choosing a rug, the bigger the better. A large area rug will fill the space and not make your patio look small and hectic. Instead of a large table, go for smaller tables that can be moved around the patio and can be used as side tables, ottomans, or additional seating. Take advantage of the vertical space for decoration, plants and storage. It will also catch your eyes and make the patio look bigger than it is.

2. Be creative with your privacy walls

If your neighbors are feeling a bit too close for comfort, a privacy wall can give you the seclusion you need so you can enjoy your outdoor space without the prying eyes nearby. While a fence will do, a less traditional option gives you the privacy you want while creating an interesting focal point for your small patio.

A hanging wall of greenery looks like a natural piece of art on the outside, but if you need a less permanent option, hanging exterior wall hanging panels or bamboo blinds can create a whimsical wall. Strategically placed climbing plants or flowers can easily keep neighbors across your patio while providing pops of color.

3. Have fun with your furniture

While you will need to choose furniture that can withstand the elements, outdoor furniture doesn’t have to be boring or even traditional. Instead, choose pieces that match your personality and the aesthetic of your design. Whether it’s a great accent chair or an outdoor daybed, or a sofa that doubles as a swing, you’ll need furniture that gives you the space you need. entertain, relax and enjoy the outdoors. So if a matching set of chairs and table isn’t for you, pick pieces that suit.

4. Add style to your flooring

Beautiful floors aren’t just for the interior of your home. There are many exterior flooring options that can instantly enhance your patio. Choose from options like large cobblestones surrounded by river rocks or grass, wood tiles that sit directly on your existing floor, or faux turf that will look pristine all year round. Since you will be covering a smaller space, changing your patio flooring will be more economical and will have a big payoff for your patio design.

5. Incorporate water into your design

While a swimming pool might not be part of your small patio design, you can still incorporate a water feature that adds natural ambiance and relaxing sounds without the need for a lifeguard. Traditional water fountains are perfect for small spaces and are easy to maintain. There are also more permanent solutions like fountains that attach to the walls of your patio or bubbling sources installed in the ground. So, depending on your design and budget, there are plenty of water features to choose from.

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6. Warm up your space with fire

Create a comfortable and warm outdoor space by adding a fire element to your patio. Keep flames small with a tabletop fireplace or set the mood with an outdoor fireplace. Looking for more of your fire? Then, a fireplace is the perfect option to increase the heat on your small patio. Not only will the fire element serve as the centerpiece of your patio, but you can enjoy more nights outdoors, even if the weather turns cold. S’mores, anyone?

7. Bring color to the outdoors

Whether your patio color scheme coordinates with your home’s interior or you’re taking a completely different approach to the outdoors, remember to bring color to the outdoors. Mother Nature gives you a lot of work, but there are plenty of places to add hues and personalize your space. Cushions and pillows on your furniture, rugs that add color, pattern and texture to the painting of exterior elements like fences and privacy walls, add pops of color and bring your living room to life. outdoor space.

8. Create art outdoors

You’ll want to spend more time outdoors if your small patio looks like a well-designed outdoor room. So use the untapped wall space to add character and well-placed art. Whether it’s exterior signs, hanging gardens, or painted murals, there are plenty of ways to make your exterior walls inviting and show off your designer skills. Just be careful that the items you choose can withstand life in the outdoors or you will trade your art every season.

9. Use creative lighting solutions

When the sun goes down, life in the great outdoors has just begun. However, you’ll want to make sure you’ve built in plenty of lighting options so that you and your guests don’t get left in the dark. Usually, outdoor spaces have a ceiling light. While this is great for safety and for illuminating the entire space, these lights are sometimes harsh and the fixtures are outdated.

Fortunately, this is an easy upgrade and one that you can modify yourself. Now is the time to consider more fun lighting options. String lights give off a soft glow and add character to your outdoor space, and electric lanterns and candles are fun design additions that double as lighting options.

10. Share the space

Even if you are working with a small space, creating zones on your patio allows you to further tailor what you want and need in your outdoor oasis. Share the space by designating the area where you will eat outside, if necessary, mark out an area for your garden or where you will have fun. While some areas will need to be multitasking, planning the spaces before you design will help you maximize your patio space.

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