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Volunteers required for School Garden Build

Green Our Planet, an ecological crowd financing site, is searching for volunteers to build 12 school gardens at the following schools: Dondero, Edwards, Gehring, Scott, Blackhurst, Stevens, Whitney, Keller and Tarr grade schools; Western and Sierra Vista high schools and Schofield Middle School. Volunteers will fill garden beds with soil, spread mulch and plant fruit trees. Closed-toed shoes, sun defense and work clothes are suggested. Green Our World will supply tools, water and gloves, however those who have an extra shovel or rake are encouraged to bring them. No experience is needed, however individuals should be at least 18 years of age. To sign up, go to: greenourplanet.org/events/great-garden-build-may-18-2018.

Garden compost your method to an abundant, growing garden

Friday, March 30, 2018|2 a.m.

Grocery store to fridge or farm to fork– nevertheless you source your meals, it’s most likely food waste accumulate along the way. Composting is a great solution for these scraps and spoils, and for home garden enthusiasts, the process develops a rich fertilizer that can help enhance soil water capability, nutrient levels and malleability when mixed into your garden.

Composting is likewise a wonderful method to decrease family waste. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps and backyard waste make up almost 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away each year– prime possible garden compost tossed aside when it might be nourishing plants in your personal yard.

What Is Composting?

Garden compost is rotted organic matter broken down by microorganisms into an abundant, dark compound that smells like fresh earth. It can be achieved through several techniques:

Slow/Cool/Passive Method

Compostable products positioned in a bin or pile, with little to no upkeep. It can use up to a year for microbes to process the materials and yield garden compost. Great for those who require only occasional garden compost or who generate little waste.

Hot/Active Approach

Compostable products actively layered in a pile, bin or tumbler and consistently mixed to keep a core temp of around 120-160 degrees. Can process within weeks. Great for those who need and develop greater volumes of compost.


Unique kind of composting using Eisenia fetida, the red wiggler earthworm, which consumes its weight in raw material every day. Worms are kept in a covered container in a bed linen of dirt, shredded newspaper or dried leaves. Garden compost products are added for worms to eat and the result is nutrient-rich worm poop called “castings.” This approach does not use as much area as a traditional compost pile and is perfect for houses and metropolitan homes. For worms bred particularly for the desert environment, check out lasvegasworms.com.

The 4 standard components you have to start composting

1. Carbon. From brown materials like shredded paper, leaves, straw and other dry lawn waste

2. Nitrogen. Green materials like garden trimmings, grass, vegetable and fruit scraps

3. Air. Allows bacteria to work.

4. Water. To keep things wet and warm.

The best ways to compost

While there are various techniques for composting, one of the most popular is the three-bin hot garden compost method. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension workplace suggests the following:

1. Site. Choose a bare-soil site that is level, well drained pipes and near a water source. Keep it partially shaded to prevent wetness from evaporating.

2. Stack size. The most efficient piles or bins measure one cubic yard. Maintain a series of 3 bins for various stages of decay.

3. Active ingredients. Preserve a ratio of 1:2 green materials to woody products. Add a bit of soil or finished compost every 9-12 inches as a starter.

4. Particle size. Go for particles that vary anywhere from a half-inch to 1.5 inches. Anything smaller compacts. Anything larger takes longer to break down. Shred or chop woody plant material.

5. Water. Moisture is hard to preserve in the desert, however too much water is also bad. Garden compost should be kept wet, like a damp sponge wrung out. Insufficient water and the garden compost will take longer to decay. Excessive water and nutrients may go out, or unpleasant odors and pathogens might form. Cover stacks during heavy rain.

6. Blending. Turn piles weekly using a pitchfork for aeration. As one stack starts to heat up (temperature naturally increases within the stack as organisms work to break down products), begin a new one. By the time the 3rd bin begins working, the very first bin ought to be functional. Check the temperature using a thermometer or your hand. Aim for 120-160 degrees, or a temperature that is annoyingly hot to the touch.

7. Curing. A working stack should stay hot for numerous weeks, then begins to diminish by half. Let it sit for another 4 to 8 weeks to “cure” or cool off to 80-110 degrees. Once it cools, it’s ready for usage.

Can It Be Performed In the Desert?

According to Angela O’Callaghan, social gardening specialist for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Clark County, there are a lot of typical excuses for not composting in a desert environment, however they’re primarily misunderstandings.

Compost misunderstandings vs. compost reality

– Just yard clippings are compost material. Reality: Any plant product can be composted.

– Materials will never break down in this environment. Truth: Breakdown takes place no matter what, but moisture helps facilitate it.

– It takes too much time. Reality: Average upkeep just takes 30 minutes a week.

– It uses up excessive space. Truth: A three-bin system can need 81 cubic feet, however a single vermicomposting bin might need only two cubic feet.

– It smells nasty. Truth: Effective garden compost smells sweet and woodsy.

What can you compost?

– Yard waste

– Herbivorous animal manure (cow, goat, chicken, etc.)

– Non-animal kitchen waste (vegetables, fruit, coffee grounds and so on)

– Eggshells

– Nutshells

– Non-diseased garden trimmings

– Paper, paper towels, paper (sparingly)

– Unattended woodchips, sawdust

– Fall leaves

– Dry cornstalks

– Hay, straw

– Coffee filters and tea bags if made of natural, uncoated material

– Wood fire ash (sparingly)

What can’t you compost

– Lawn or garden waste treated with pesticides

– Omnivore/carnivore manure (pet, cat, swine, and so on)

– Artificial fertilizer

– Meat or fish bones and scraps

– Dairy products

– Oils, fats, grease

– Unhealthy plants and trimmings

– Harmful or poisonous plants

– Glossy or coated paper, stickers

– Dealt with woodchips, sawdust

– Weeds

– Plants with too many tannins or resins (pine, juniper, cottonwood, etc.)

– Charcoal ash (high pH)

Not all organic matter can be composted

It all breaks down, however there are specific materials you do not desire combined into your soil. Dairy products smell terrible when rancid and are understood to attract animals. The exact same is true with oils, dressings, margarine, grease and other fats. They also form vacuums within the soil, starving handy germs and fungi of oxygen. Avoid unhealthy plants or blooming weeds. Temperatures inside the compost may reach up to 160 degrees, but that’s not hot enough to eliminate most diseases and seeds. Likewise, prevent pet dog and cat feces, as it can include damaging germs and parasites.

Extra suggestions:

– Don’t disrupt currently established plants by aiming to add garden compost to their roots. Instead, brew a garden compost tea for the periodic “green up.” There are several methods for making compost tea, so select the one right for your established.

– If you garden, compost! It’s one of the very best methods to enhance soil health, fertility and workability.

– Prevent citrus peels, onions and garlic if vermicomposting. The high acid material will eliminate the worms and slow down decay.

Sands, joined by Madison Square Garden, to unveil arena plans soon

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018|2 a.m.

. The public can get their very first take a look at the proposed Las Vegas Sands-Madison Square Garden joint venture arena in the coming weeks.

In the company’s fourth-quarter profits conference call Wednesday, Sands Corp. representatives said the job, which will be developed behind its Venetian and Palazzo properties on Sands Opportunity in between Koval Lane and Manhattan Street, is still on track to begin building this summer.

A public event to reveal the center’s plan is slated for either February or March, which is expected to be attended by Irving Azoff, chairman and CEO of Azoff Madison Square Garden Home Entertainment; Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oak Group; and James Dolan, executive chairman of the MSG group.

“You’re visiting something that’s quite magnificent and I understand our next-door neighbors across the street, the Wynn, got to see it and it looks remarkable,” Robert Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands.

Building and construction on the 600,000-square-foot, 18,500-seat arena job has a summertime 2020 completion timeline.

A bunch of significant building jobs have been announced over the past couple of years, including the proposed Raiders arena and the recently announced Wynn West growth, and Goldstein said it’s not a surprise to see an upward trend in building around Las Vegas.

“It’s a great location to live and work. The growth is returning around Las Vegas– it’s more of a lodging-based market than it’s been in the past,” he said. “The Golden Knights have done extremely well and the hockey has actually been excellent, football is coming, why not.”

“Las Vegas has some great days ahead of it.”

The 18th annual Latin Grammys captivate MGM Grand Garden Arena

Nobody at MGM Grand Garden Arena was amazed when “Despacito” took 4 trophies at the Latin Grammy Awards on November 16– the greatest night in Latin music was definitely going to recognize one of the biggest Spanish-language singles ever to strike the worldwide charts. But the rest of the musical event had lots of remarkable performances, astonishing award presentations and memorable moments– including some extremely Vegas team-ups. Henderson resident Steve Aoki and Marquee Club artist French Montana helped amp up an efficiency by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and Wynn Nightlife super star Diplo became part of a show-closing ensemble (along with Bomba Estéreo and Victor Manuelle) that carried out Luis Fonsi’s smash “Despacito.”

Bringing awareness and aid to Puerto Rico was the focal point of the 18th-annual awards event, which opened with a minute of silence followed by Puerto Rican rap phenom Residente– who scored nine nominations and won two awards– performing “Hijos de Cañaveral.” Alejandro Sanz received the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Individual of the Year award, and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda was granted the President’s Benefit Award.

Among the surprises were bachata-pop singer-songwriter Vicente García snagging 3 Latin Grammys and actor-salsa vocalist Ruben Blades winning two times for the album he recorded with Roberto Delgado & & Orquesta– consisting of the coveted Album of the Year award, where the veteran performer won out over stiff competition from Juanes, Shakira, Nicky Jam and Residente.

Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new Madison Square Garden record


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Billy Joel in show for a record 65th time at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015|9:06 p.m.

New York City– Billy Joel set a record for many efficiencies by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th program Wednesday night, besting Elton John.

The Piano Man teemed with energy as he performed for a feverish crowd of all ages in New York City for more than 2 hours. He sang hits like “Uptown Lady,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Only the Excellent Die Young.”

“Welcome to Madison Square Garden– the center of deep space,” he stated as 20,000 fans roared.

“I didn’t know I ‘d be here 65 times, remarkable,” Joel stated. “I wish to thank you very much for making this possible.”

A banner increasinged to the top of the phase in honor of Joel’s 65th show. Actor-comedian Kevin James came onstage to aid the veteran artist celebrate.

“I am so proud and honored to be part of this historical evening,” James stated. “I feel like body surfing, though we ‘d most likely set another record for many injuries at a concert.”

The 66-year-old Joel, who was born in the Bronx, played piano for most of the night, however also rocked on the guitar and harmonica. He has been performing at MSG once a month because in 2014.

“I actually believed a long period of time ago if I didn’t have a record every year on the charts, it would simply disappear. Individuals would stop coming,” he stated. “It’s remarkable– I haven’t had a record on the charts in 22 years.”

Joel was excited throughout his performance, which featured his top notch band. At one point, he was spinning the microphone stand in the air and it arrived at his face. He quickly recuperated, threw the stand in the air and captured it– making yet another standing ovation.

John, 68, formerly had the MSG record with 64 efficiencies. Joel sang John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Roadway” as yellow lights beamed from the phase.

“He’s a good man and a buddy and I want to dedicate this song to him,” Joel said.