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Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

TypePad Makes Blogging Easier and More Connected Than Ever With New Social Features and Free Microblogging

New Media on Ulitzer Six Apart blogging software and services company, today unveiled a free level of the TypePad blogging service, called TypePad Micro, that makes blogging easier than ever for people who want to share their interests with others. The announcement caps more than a year of major developments that have resulted in an easier, more social, and more connected TypePad network of 88 million bloggers and readers. Simple, Social Blogging A new form of blogging is emerging -- somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs -- focused on being easy, fun, and connected. TypePad Micro is built for this growing form of blogging, making it easy for people to curate compelling content from the web -- be it text, photos, or videos -- and share it in real time with people on their blog and by automatically cros... (more)

Korbel Garden Bubbles Over With the Effervescence of Spring

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars' magnificent garden -- a vibrant feast for the eyes -- is set to reopen to the public on April 15, 2007. The garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades, offering free tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through mid-October. (Photo: ) The Korbel Garden's impressive collection of roses -- more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House -- is off to an amazing start this season. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden over the winter and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, and flowering plum trees, and plants n... (more)

RONA Increases its Presence in the ICI Market by Acquiring Plumbing and Heating Specialist Best-MAR

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/09/08 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the leading Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, increases its presence in the specialized plumbing and heating market in Ontario by acquiring the operating assets of Best-MAR Plumbing and Heating Supplies Inc. ("Best-MAR"). This transaction further strengthens RONA's position in the fast growing ICI market ("Institutional, commercial and industrial") and follows the 2007 Noble Trade acquisition. The three Best-MAR locations will be integrated to Noble Trade's existing network of 19 branches. The transaction has been finalized pending certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and will be financed through RONA's existing credit facilities. Best-MAR (please see was founded in July 1994. Toda... (more)

New Products Added to the RONA ECO Line Selected With the Help of Independent Life-Cycle Experts

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/02/09 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is introducing 40 new products to its RONA ECO line today. These products are more respectful of the environment than similar conventional products over their entire life cycle. Selected in partnership with the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, the new RONA ECO items are from a number of different product categories, and include - among others - a manual lawn mower, an algae-based fertilizer, a rainwater collector, reconditioned tool blades and mouldings. The 47 RONA ECO products now available are priced to compete with conventional products that do not feature such eco-responsible attributes. "Building on our success with the first group of RONA ECO products introduced last year, we worked in... (more)

Horticulture Gardening Institute Offers New Online Programs Developed with Allan Armitage and the American Horticultural Society

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While gardeners around the country have hung up their tools for the season, the Horticulture Gardening Institute is launching three new online programs that make it fun to learn new practices and create innovative gardening plans anytime, anywhere and in any season. Two "Herbaceous Perennials: Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" programs are available; one focuses on perennials for sun and the other features perennials for shade. Both programs were developed with Allan Armitage, one of the world's foremost gardening experts on plants for all growing zones - especially perennials. The programs feature in-depth information on more than 100 outstanding herbaceous perennials that can be found in local garden centers and nurseries. The sun program focuses on 24 species that prefer more that six hours of sunlight a... (more)

Spidergram to visualise community orientation, adoption, and requests

Nancy White has been generous to share a section out of a chapter of her co-authored (Etienne Wenger and John. D Smith) forth coming book, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities. Here’s what Nancy says about community orientation: “In our research of CoPs we noticed 9 general patterns of activities that characterized a community’s orientation. Most had a mix, but some were more prominent in every case. By looking at orientations, we posit, you are in a better position to understand how to support them with tools and processes. They give you a lens to reflect on how your community is doing and where you might want it to be headed.“ Nancy’s chart is on “orientation”, assessing exactly what type of community you are by examining your activities and components, and how they are weighted on their own and in comparison to the rest…and specifically in thi... (more)

RONA Unveils New Products in HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT Lines

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 06/03/09 -- RONA inc. (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, today unveiled new products in the HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT lines, the Company's own controlled brand of tools, now available across the network including Totem stores in Alberta and Reno-Depot in Quebec. HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT accessories and products are exclusive to RONA and make use of the latest technology in the professional tool industry. "RONA is constantly innovating to remain at the forefront of trends and to always meet customers' evolving needs. Building on the success of RONA and RONA X-PERT lines, we redefined our strategy in terms of private label tools and are now offering HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT products in stores across our network," said Normand Dumont, RONA Execu... (more)

Fans of VH1's Hit TV Show "Celebrity Fit Club" Weigh in on Celebrity Diets

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/08/07 -- Do you think it is easier for celebrities to lose weight than the average American? Is it ok for a celebrity to gain 10 - 20 pounds? In a recent poll*, "Celebrity Fit Club" fans reveal their thoughts on celebrity weight gain and loss and their expectations of those in the spotlight. For the 69 percent of the respondents who said they are currently taking steps to lose weight, they can find additional inspiration to get fit like the famous by joining, a weight loss program from VH1, Rodale Inc. and St. Martin's Press. For $19.95 per month, provides members access to a wealth of weight loss wisdom and tools such as "boot camp" fitness tips, dream dress size logs, daily and weekly meal planner and tracker, more than 200 recipes and even a "panic button" for help duri... (more)

DuPont Grows its GreenVista(TM) Garden Products Line

WILMINGTON, Del., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DuPont today launched new offerings in its GreenVista(TM) garden products business, showcasing an expanded line of residential and professional landscape products in time for what is considered to be the busiest season for gardening. The line also is branching out with a newly launched website,, where homeowners and professionals can find innovative installation and usage information. The two newest products are the DuPont(TM) GreenVista(TM) seed germination blanket and DuPont(TM) GreenVista(TM) burlap. The seed germination blanket is a wood fiber mat that effectively helps grass seed germinate and thrive -- giving a greener and healthier looking lawn and producing results within weeks. The burlap offers protection for plants and flowers from extreme weather conditions, soil erosio... (more)

Mobile Apps, Blind Spots, Tomatoes and IoT Sensors

Master Tomato GardenerBlind spots are defined as, “Areas where a person's view is obstructed.” Many business decisions today are still made based on conjecture (unsubstantiated assumptions), because the data needed to make a data-driven decision lies in an operational “blind spot.” Smart companies when designing mobile applications consider how they can personalize the user experience.  They ask themselves how they can utilize all the accumulated data they have collected on their customers or prospects, plus third-party data sources, to make the experience as beautiful and pleasurable as possible.  To start, they can often access the following kinds of data from their own and/or purchased databases to personalize the experience: NameAgeGenderAddressDemographic dataIncome estimateCredit historyEducation levelMarital statusChildrenLifestyleSocial media profile and senti... (more)