Selecting the best place to grow your garden is essential to producing high-yielding crops.Bob Westerfield, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, believes there are three factors that all home gardeners should consider before planting this year’s spring gardens.First, find the best place to achieve maximum sunlight. Westerfield said that vegetables grow best in as much sun as possible. Most require at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Areas under or near shade trees are not suitable for gardens due to the lack of sunlight.Next, select a spot in close proximity to a water source. Westerfield recommends using drip irrigation, as water is applied at soil level and impacts the roots directly.“There are plenty of agronomic farmers … who grow dryland corn or dryland soybeans, but when it comes to vegetable gardens, you’re producing a crop with very fast turnaround and you need to be able to rely on irrigation,” he said. “You’ve got to have a source of water.”Finally, find an area that drains well and does not have a history of noxious weeds like bermudagrass or nutsedge. Westerfield advises against planting in a weedy area because it can be difficult to eradicate the weeds. While bermudagrass serves as turf on some front yards, when it grows in a vegetable garden, it becomes a weed, and a deeply rooted one.After the proper site has been selected, Westerfield advises preparing it now, starting with soil sampling. It’s important to know the pH of your soil. Vegetables grow better in soil that is slightly acidic. Soil adjustments through lime treatment it take a while to take effect.Contact your local UGA Extension agent to submit a soil sample for analysis.
A CLINICAL display by Teneze Ferme in the final saw them crowned Champions. In observance of International Women’s Day which was commemorated on March 8, the Department of Youth and Culture in Region 2 held its 4th annual female cricket competition at Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance on Saturday.Four teams participated in the 10 overs-a-side fixture. In their first encounter, Teneze Ferme disposed of Queenstown by 8 wickets. After winning the toss and batting, Queenstown mustered 48-7 from their 10 overs to which Teneze Ferme replied with 51-2 from 8 overs. In the other knock-out match, Marlborough had the better of Red Village who reached 41-6 from their 10 overs.Marlborough then made light work with the target reaching 44-3 from just 5 overs. The final was then contested between the two hinterland villages. Batting first, Marlborough managed 40-8 from 10 overs to which the eventual winners Teneze Ferme replied with 42-3 to win by 7 wickets.The third place was won by Queenstown Village. Teneze Ferme received the winners’ trophy and other incentives. Trophies were also presented to the other teams. In the individual performances, Aleia Moses was adjudged the highest run-scorer and Kenesha Walcott the highest wicket-taker. Both received prizes as well.Among the donors were Lake Mainstay, Charlie Clarke Department of Demerara Life Insurance and K&J Persaud Contracting Service. Coordinating the event were Sports Organisor Debra Daniels and Youth Officer Herald Alves from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, Ministry of the Presidency.