Heirloom tomatoes

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaMost folks know that a store-bought tomato just doesn’t taste asgood as one you pick from your garden. That’s why tomatoes arethe most widely grown U.S. garden crop. But “new and improved”varieties don’t always impress the tomato connoisseur.The term “heirloom tomatoes” was coined a few years back. It’sused to describe the old-fashioned varieties many gardenersbelieve have the best flavor. So why are the newer varieties”improved.” Well, they resist some diseases that heirlooms don’t.Nevertheless, heirlooms are becoming popular. From red to yellowto chocolate to green, these tomatoes come in a variety ofvarieties. Some date back to the 1800s. Many come from Europe.Nearly all are indeterminate types that will keep growing andproducing all season and require extensive trellising.The basics of growing these varieties doesn’t differ much fromordinary tomatoes. Trellising and varieties are the only realdifferences. Plant spacing, fertility and planting dates will allbe the same as for any tomato.Heirloom samplerHere’s a sampler of some of the more popular heirloom varieties:”Brandywine” dates back to 1885. Itproduces pinkish red tomatoes from 1 to 1.5 pounds and matures in80 days.”Abraham Lincoln” matures in 77days. It’s a red variety dating to 1920, producing fruit from 6to 10 ounces.”Mortgage Lifter” got its namebecause the man who developed it supposedly produced so muchfruit that he paid off his mortgage with the profit. It has pinkfruit that can get up to 2 pounds and matures in 85 days.”German Giant” can also reach 2pounds. It’s a deep pink and matures in 77 days.If you’re looking for a tomato of a different color, you may wantto try “Cherokee Purple,” whichoriginated in Tennessee. It has rose to purple skin, matures in80 days and weighs 10 to 12 ounces.Or how about “Mr. Stripey,” which isred, orange and yellow striped? It matures in only 56 days andhas fruit only 1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter.Other varieties include “GreenZebra,” “Old German,” “Yellow Brandywine,” “Old Brooks,” “Thessaloniki,” “Arkansas Traveler” and “Giant Belgium.” Be careful how many youplant. Many of these varieties can produce as much as 15 poundsof fruit per plant.Planting tipsAs with all tomatoes, don’t plant them until the danger of frosthas passed. Tomatoes are best transplanted into the garden, too,rather than directly seeded. Many garden centers now carry plantsof these old-time varieties.Tomatoes must be grown in full sunlight in a well-drained area.Select a site where water is available for irrigation. The soilpH should be between 6.2 and 6.8.Good transplants are stocky and 8 to 10 inches tall. Cover therootball of the plant completely. Don’t be afraid to plant itdeep enough to cover the bottom leaves.Plant tomatoes 18 to 24 inches apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart.Heirloom tomatoes are best trellised, using an overhead wirestretched between two solid posts no farther than 20 feet apart.Then tie twine from the wire down to the plants to support themand keep them off of the ground. You will likely have to removesuckers and prune these varieties to two main stems.Use about 1.3 pounds of 10-10-10 analysis fertilizer per 100square feet. Work this into the ground before planting.Side-dress the plants with the same fertilizer rate after aboutfour weeks and then again in another four to five weeks.The quest for the most flavorful tomato has begun. Will it comefrom your garden this year?(Terry Kelley is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Chilean Submarine Completes Exercise with US Navy

first_img Chilean submarine (CS) Simpson (SS-21) departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, to return to homeport in Talcahuano, Chile, on February 7, after taking part in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI), and CHILEMAR IV with the U.S. Navy. DESI is a partnership that allows the United States and other partner navies to work together to train and test underwater warfare capabilities through engagement tactics, weapon system tests and close encounter operations. This particular training evolution helps the U.S. and Chilean navies train their crews and test capabilities while helping foster bilateral cooperation and further improve joint interoperability. CHILEMAR is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Chile, which is designed to demonstrate interoperability between U.S. submarine rescue systems and Chilean submarines. The exercise also promotes greater understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and Chile. During its three-month deployment, Simpson conducted training with both surface ships and air units. Shortly after Simpson arrived in Mayport, the submarine participated in independent deployed certification exercises with various units from the USS KEARSARGE Amphibious Readiness Group. In January the crew took part in CHILEMAR IV, which focused on the notification and localization phases of a bottomed, disabled submarine. Several U.S. Atlantic Fleet air and surface units also participated in the exercise, employing side-scan sonar, an undersea unmanned vehicle, and several P-3 Orion and SH-60 aircraft. Simpson then participated in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, and excelled in its role in the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise. Rear Admiral Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Group 10 was at the closing ceremony for DESI, held aboard Naval Station Mayport, and talked about the importance of such exercises. “I was actually in the audience when former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead rolled out the cooperative strategy for 21st Century Sea Power, and I’ll never forget his words where he stated, ‘you can’t surge trust.’ Rather, it takes long term relationships, built upon interactions like CHILEMAR and DESI, to foster the important bond between our great nations,” he said. Also in attendance at the closing ceremony was Chilean Vice Admiral José Romero, commander of naval operations, who talked about the importance of the U.S. and Chilean Navies continuing to work together. “Exercises such as this will only continue to improve the interoperability of our Navies, which is important for our nations,” Romero said. Commander Eduardo Torres, commanding officer of Simpson, thanked his crew and Naval Station Mayport during his speech. “To the crew of Simpson, thank you for your hard work, I would like to thank Naval Station Mayport for giving us the support we needed when we were in port,” he said. It will take the submarine a month to travel through the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean to reach its homeport on the southern tip of South America. By Dialogo February 13, 2013 The information on the cooperation between the Army of Chile and the U. S. is excellent.last_img read more

New York jury finds man guilty of credit union robbery-murder

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A federal jury found Richard Leon Wilbern guilty Friday for the 2003 murder of a credit union member during a branch robbery in Rochester, N.Y.DNA evidence taken from the robbery scene at the former Xerox Federal Credit Union branch in Webster, N.Y., apparently convinced a jury of Wilbern’s responsibility for the robbery and fatal shooting of Raymond Batzel, who was a member of Xerox Federal Credit Union, which is now the $886 million Xceed Financial Credit Union based in El Segundo, Calif. Another member, Joseph Doud, was shot and injured but survived.The fatal robbery case that shocked the Rochester community went cold for 13 years, but it was never forgotten.Finally, in September 2016, the FBI and federal prosecutors announced they solved the cold case with DNA samples, which matched Wilbern’s DNA. The samples were collected from an umbrella that the suspect left behind in the branch.last_img read more

Port Jefferson Station Man Charged With Fatal Drugged-driving Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was arrested for allegedly driving while high on drugs and causing a crash that killed a 56-year-old motorcyclist in Coram, Suffolk County police said.Sabelo NdalaSabelo Ndala, 22, of Port Jefferson Station, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta southbound on Old Town Road when he struck a northbound Harley Davidson while Ndala was making a left turn onto Hyson Way at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, police said.The motorcyclist, Thomas Heissen Buttel, of South Setauket, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died from his injuries.Ndala, who was not injured, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Both vehicles were for safety checks. Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

Beyond Meat to launch two new versions of its meatless burger

first_imgBeyond Meat’s line-up of meat substitutes will soon include two new versions of its Beyond Burger.The new burgers are meant to offer consumers more choice and will launch nationwide early next year. Beyond said that one of the patties is its juiciest yet but has 35% less saturated fat than a burger made from a blend of beef that is 80% lean meat and 20% fat. The other burger is meant to appeal more to a health-minded consumer, with 55% less saturated fat than a typical beef burger. Beyond said that the two burgers will have B vitamins and minerals, similar to beef.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Beyond Burger launches new meatier burger.Source: Beyond Burger As meat substitutes from Beyond and Impossible Foods have grown more popular in the last few years, their meat-free burgers have also drawn criticism for being marketed as a healthier alternative to red meat. Dietitians have said that it would be better for consumers to view plant-based burgers as an indulgence, as they would a beef burger. Shares of Beyond, which has a market value of $7.88 billion, have risen 66% so far this year. The stock is up less than 1% in premarket trading on Monday. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Return of the natives

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China defends Wuhan pool party after viral video prompts outrage

first_imgA massive pool party attended by thousands of people at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic showed how well China had dealt with disease, authorities insisted Thursday, despite images from the event prompting outrage around the world.Pictures and video of the weekend electronic music party in Wuhan — where COVID-19 first emerged in December 2019 — have gone viral, attracting a huge negative response in places where lockdowns are still in effect.The headline “Life’s a beach in Wuhan as world pays virus price” — splashed across the front page of Australia’s Daily Telegraph — was typical of some mainstream news headlines, while comments on social media sites were more colorfully frank. Topics : Under fire But China said Thursday the pool party showed the city’s “strategic victory” against the outbreak, and said the images were proof the country’s approach to controlling the virus had been successful.”I saw relevant reports by AFP, and it is said that people in Europe and America were very shocked,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press briefing.”This shows that Wuhan has won a strategic victory in its fight against the epidemic,” he said.China has come under fire from around the world since the outbreak of the virus, which has infected over 22 million people and killed nearly 800,000.Beijing has denied US accusations that China covered up the initial outbreak and handled it badly.Zhao called on the media to “report the real situation in China” so people abroad could understand the country’s fight against the epidemic.Wuhan has not reported any new virus cases in months after undergoing a draconian lockdown and strict restrictions earlier this year.center_img China’s nationalist Global Times newspaper hit back against what it called “sour grapes” abroad.AFP’s video of the event has been viewed more than 16 million times since it was posted.One Twitter user called the event “incredibly irresponsible”, while another suggested there was “no way” it would not lead to more cases of coronavirus.last_img read more

EIOPA proposes dual options on creation of EU-wide third-pillar system

first_imgEIOPA, however, identified three major obstacles for the creation of a single market, namely taxation, social law and contract law.Within taxation, the largest barrier to EU-wide savings, its analysis highlighted four areas where member states’ taxation policies affected the single market.The transfer of accumulated capital proved a significant taxation obstacle, with transfers between providers in different member states currently subject to withholding tax, or prohibited entirely.Differences on taxation on contributions paid in, and benefits paid out, regarding non-domestic schemes also caused concern.EIOPA said, currently, no case law created by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) prevented the discriminatory treatment of savings in non-domestic providers.Alongside this, there are also significant differences in taxation policy on investment income, and in tax-relief arrangements on contributions, which vary widely among member states.Social and contract law has also proved problematic, with a lack of harmonisation across member states resulting in large product variety, EIOPA said.To combat this, the regulator provided the directive and regulation options.It said there was a strong case for a directive to establish a single market, given that common regulation already exists for the majority of personal pension providers.With regards to a second regime, EIOPA said there was strong interest to further explore the pros and cons of such an approach, as its own analysis should not been seen as exhaustive.It added that any new regime would also need tackle the de-cumulation stage, and that it would need to focus more on defined contribution products and product standardisation.Gabriel Bernardino, chairman at EIOPA, said its conclusions were consistent with stakeholder contributions, which agree that a single third-pillar market would benefit consumers, providers and the EU economy.“Pensions should be dealt with from a European perspective,” he said. “EIOPA is committed to strongly promote this single market for pensions.“Our report should lay the foundation for future EU initiatives aimed at fostering sustainable, adequate and safe pensions for EU citizens.” The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has written to the European Commission to submit its initial analysis on the creation of a single market for third-pillar pensions.The Frankfurt-based regulator was requested by the Commission to submit a report looking at the required prudential regulations and consumer-protection measures required to form an EU-wide single market for personal pensions.In its initial response, EIOPA has identified two feasible options, a directive to introduce common rules for current and future third-pillar savings, or regulation to create a new regime for common EU savings vehicles.The regulator said its finding supported either option, in its correspondence with the Commission.last_img read more