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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)

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)

Rodale and VH1 to Launch The Celebrity Fit Club Online Weight Loss Service Based on VH1's Hit Series

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Rodale Inc., the authoritative source for trusted content in health and wellness worldwide, VH1 and St. Martin's Press today announced plans to launch, an online fitness and weight loss program featuring the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fat Smash Diet, written by the program's medical/diet expert Dr. Ian Smith. The show's fitness guru Harvey Walden IV and in-house psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser will also contribute to the site by providing expert advice, workout tips and planning tools for subscribers' fitness and wellness plans. Now, fans of VH1's hit TV show Celebrity Fit Club and The Fat Smash Diet, can have access to the one-of-a-kind eating plan, fitness routines and motivational advice that can lead to lifestyle changes and permanent weight loss with the subscription- based interactive celebrityfitclub.... (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)

Cardiac Patient Celebrates 12 Years of Angina-Free Living, Following PLC Systems' TMR Therapy

FRANKLIN, Mass., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PLC Systems Inc. (AMEX: PLC), a company focused on innovative cardiac and vascular medical device-based technologies, today announced that Pat Gibbs, a cardiac patient who had been told "nothing could be done for her," in 1996 has now celebrated her 12th year of angina-free living, following the implementation of PLC's therapy. Ms. Gibbs was treated with PLC's patented CO2 Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR) in August 1996 at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Prior to her treatment, she had received a variety of therapies including numerous medications, several interventions, and two coronary bypass surgeries. Despite this, she continued to suffer with angina, which severely limited her quality of life. "Prior to the TMR procedure, I was living on nitroglycerine tablets," said Ms. Gibbs. "Each m... (more)

RONA is Issuing a Voluntary Recall on UBERHAUS HIBACHI Barbecues

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/13 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. RONA Inc. (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A) is issuing a voluntary recall on UBERHAUS HIBACHI barbecues item number 499#4-10/ALUM and CUP 4-0083605003-1. This product could have been sold and merchandised in Reno-Depot stores in Quebec and RONA stores throughout Canada, including RONA stores that used to be TOTEM banners in Alberta. The design of the barbecue may cause the handles to become very hot or catch fire and fall during use, which can pose a laceration hazard to the users. Customers who have these products in their possession should immediately stop using them and return them to a Reno-Depot or RONA store, or call the customer service centre at 1-866-283-2239 toll free for further information. RONA apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may hav... (more)

Public Health Notice: Lyme Disease

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/30/13 -- Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release. Why you should take note Lyme disease is a serious illness spread by the bite of certain ticks; specifically, blacklegged ticks. Ticks are small, insect-like parasites that feed on the blood of animals, including humans. In regions where blacklegged ticks are found, people can come into contact with ticks by brushing against vegetation while participating in outdoor activities, such as, hiking, camping and gardening. When a tick bites, it attaches to the skin and the bite is usually painless. For most Canadians, the risk of getting Lyme disease is fairly low, but is increasing. Risk to Canadians The Public Health Agency of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial public health authorities, conducts surveillance for Lyme disease in Can... (more)

David Selakovic Announces New Vegalab Distributor in the Dominican Republic

WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/14 -- The formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, Vegalab and its President, David Selakovic, announces the introduction of an exclusive Vegalab distributor in the Dominican Republic, Vegalab Dominicana, which an independent entity and not a branch of Vegalab LLC. As the exclusive distributor, Vegalab Dominicana will introduce Vegalab's natural and sustainable product lines to the country's agriculture market. Vegalab's Boost and Pro lines are all natural fertilizers and soil amendments that will promote the health of the country's most important crops. The Boost is formulated for specific plant needs, while the Pro contains extensive range of macro, secondary, and micronutrients. Both help critical crops like tobacco, coffee, rice, banana, and coconut p... (more)

First Data Releases June 2014 SpendTrend® Analysis

Like a toddler balancing on newly discovered, yet slightly rubbery legs, consumer spending tottered a bit in June, but remained on its feet, poised to tackle its next steps forward. While slower than last month, solid June spending growth in a number of sectors was reported today by First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, in its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for May 31, 2014 through June 30, 2014, compared to June 1, 2013 through July 1, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million merchant locations serviced by First Data. A slowly improving economy and growing job market have helped drive consumer spending. Spending growth in June slowed slightly from May but remained positive on a year-over-year basi... (more)

The Future of Retailing in the US to 2018 - Consumer and retailer trends, issues and market dynamics

LONDON, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- has added a new market research report: The Future of Retailing in the US to 2018 - Consumer and retailer trends, issues and market dynamics Summary "The Future of Retailing in the US to 2018", report, published by Conlumino, provides a detailed analysis of both the historic and forecast market data of retail sales of different product segments across key channels in the US. In addition, it provides an overview of changing consumer and retail trends, the influence of various economic variables on the retail industry, innovations in retail and an analysis of vital developments in major retail channels. It provides detailed quantitative analysis of past and future trends - ... (more)

Gardening Expert Steven Blackburn Reveals Faster Growth With Hydroponic Systems

WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 09/17/14 -- Skarsgard Farms, the largest community-supported agriculture operation in the state of New York, just announced plans to convert a 3,000 square-foot big traditional greenhouse in the South Valley into a hydroponic greenhouse. As most other farmers in the area, Skarsgard relies on greenhouses to extend the growing season despite the rather cool and windy conditions that are common in upstate New York starting in September. With the introduction of a hydroponic system Skarsgard hopes to leverage its greenhouse operations even better, spearheading a trend that started in urban farming and is becoming increasingly compelling for large-scale organic producers. "It is no surprise that hydroponics is so widespread among urban farmers," says Steven Blackburn, Development Manager at Vegalab, an internationally renowned pro... (more)