Happy Spring everyone!
The temperatures here are finally reaching into the low 50s. This weekend temps are forecasted to be in the lower 70s.
Our front lawn is covered with Stout Blue-Eyed Grass. What is it like where you are?
In the News
Greenpeace says Chernobyl food radiation persists
Greenpeace said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion a quarter-century after the blast.
In a report, the environmental group said samples of milk, berries, potatoes and root vegetables in two Ukrainian regions show unacceptably high levels of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 from the 1986 blast. The regions are in northwestern Ukraine, outside the so-called "exclusion zone" around the plant, where residency is generally prohibited.
Greenpeace researcher Iryna Labunska criticized the government for halting counter-radiation measures in the regions two years ago. Those measures included supplying uncontaminated hay for dairy cattle.
Ukrainian government officials were not immediately available for comment.
Embracing the Radical: How Uncertainty Breeds Extremism
Feeling uncertain about who you are and what you want to do with your life? Such doubt may lead you to sympathize with a radical or extremist group, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Groups that rally around radical beliefs may provide a searching person with the sense of self and social identity they are lacking.
More heart risk with Restless Leg Syndrome: study
People with Restless Leg Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's legs, appear to have more thickening of the heart muscle, researchers said on Sunday.
If that finding can be confirmed, it could put them at greater risk for a serious heart condition over time, the researchers said.
Restless Leg Syndrome "is the most common disease no one has ever heard of," said Dr. Arshad Jahangir, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, who led a study that examined an associated between the syndrome and heart disease.
The study involved 584 patients who were diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome and referred to an overnight sleep clinic. Those who moved their legs more frequently while asleep were more likely to be older, male and had a higher incidence of coronary artery disease.
Feral Cats, Horses Not Just a U.S. Problem
An Associated Press article notes that over 40 species of unique Australian animals will be extinct within 20 years if immediate actions are not undertaken to control or eliminate populations of several destructive exotic species, including feral cats and horses.
As soil dries, it’s time for cool-season crops
It is almost time to get cool-season crops into the ground. This includes veggies like peas, onions, carrots, parsnips, spinach, Swiss chard, radishes, broccoli, lettuce and leeks.
What we’re waiting for is the soil in our gardens to be dry enough to work with. I’ve mentioned this technique before: Pick up a handful of soil and give it a squeeze. If it’s muddy and wet, it’s too soon. If the ball of soil easily breaks apart when poked with a finger, the time is right.
This is important because working with the soil when it’s too wet can destroy its structure.
On this Day in History
|Wednesday April 6,
1968: United States erupts in race violence
1621 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.
Quote of the Day
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”