30 April 2006

Seeding lawn with clover - 30 April 06

For the second week in a row, I cut my lawn. Well, I did the front lawn this time. And when I was done, I seeded a small section with three types of clover Red Clover, Crimson Clover, and White Clover. I'm already thinking about the fall reseeding.

See Establishing White Clover in Lawns which I forgot about until I remembered that one of my old posts was linked to by Caffinara/Melanie Watts: Roll me over in the Clover.
[The post can now be found here: White Clover growing in the city [pics] - Friday, June 3, 2005]

Other acts of madness include:

- throwing down Hollyhock seed on the ground along the west side of the house.

- throwing down Cilantro seed along a small section of the fence between the bathtub holding the Day Lilies and the Oregon Grape

Planting Creeping Thyme as a ground cover.

Also bought an Alaska Nasturtium and Alpine Starwberry for the pots at work

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WP - Probiotic info from Holland


From Holland we have:

Gut Flora: independent, reliable information on probiotics

Their goals: “The foundation ‘Gut flora in health and disease’ strives to be the European knowledge centre in the area of gut flora and probiotics.

Has a some links to articles on the ‘net

WP - Guardian - Tory pisses off....

onto compost.

Oh how I love British wit: We need more brave men like him to speak out...

Go green with urine, says leading Tory
Gaby Hinsliff
Sunday April 30, 2006

The Conservative Party chairman is urging the nation to pee on its compost heaps to help the environment.

Francis Maude, who admitted he and his family were slightly 'psycho' about recycling, delivered the unorthodox gardening advice after being asked what his personal contribution was to the green cause on Radio 4's Any Questions?

Maude also said that he planned to buy a greener car when the time came to replace the family vehicle. He said: 'If I share a tip with the audience it is that if you pee on your compost, it has a double environmental whammy - it speeds up its decomposition so you can get it on the garden more quickly, and it also saves water.'

Bob Flowerdew, of the Gardeners' Question Time panel, argues that urine contains potash and nitrogen which is a rich fertiliser. The urea in urine is said to speed chemical reactions involved in breaking down organic material.

And in my own area:

On an average day in the GVRD, approximately
580 litres of water is used by each person at home and at work (including all residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, and agricultural sectors). Average daily water consumption for the GVRD is about one billion litres.
The one-day record for water use was two billion litres - enough to fill BC Place Stadium.


WP - Probiotic bacteria aids digestion


Probiotic bacteria aids digestion


Posted in Media, Probiotic at 12:56 am by urbanwild

I'm tracking stories about probiotics. Friendly microorganisms can be a benefit to both people and the planet.

A health dividend without side-effects

By Jane Clarke, The Times nutritionist

THE development of a flatulence-free bean should be a comfort to the

tens of thousands of Britons who suffer from digestive problems, but
could also bring health benefits to a wider public.

The Venezuelan research is part of continuing studies into the use

of what are known as probiotic bacteria to aid digestion. The
scientists fermented one such bacterium, Lactobacillus casei, with the
beans to decrease the proportion of soluble fibre, a cause of

Lactobacillus casei’s benefits have been known for some time and it is
a key ingredient in probiotic yoghurt drinks, but the new technique
should deliver the bacterium in exactly the right quantities. Its
presence should counteract all the negative social effects of the beans
while retaining their health benefits.Bean enthusiasts will probably
not be helped much by thisdevelopment as their systems have
become used to eating beans. Butthose who avoid beans because
of worries about flatulence shouldbenefit greatly.Beans are a
cheap source of protein and contain no saturated fat.

The modified beans will also have higher levels of insoluble fibre,
which has been linked to reduced cholesterol and hence could improve
the health of your heart.

If this work is successful then there is no reason why similar
methods cannot be applied to other notoriously windy foods, such as
cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

09 April 2006

Cell phone couplehood

In a local branch of a major coffee haus:

Guy talking on a cell phone, being cuddled from behind by his girlfriend.
Seeking attention?
As I move by the couple I notice that she is talking on cell phone too.
To each other?