Weekend Project

first_imgIf you don’t have a cold frame, making one would be a great weekend project for any gardener. During winter, the cold frame will offer protection to less hardy plants and newly started perennials. It’s also an ideal place to overwinter some plants or grow a small patch of lettuce or other cool-season crop. It simplifies the storage of bulbs and plants, too, for midwinter forcing indoors. COLD FRAMES like this one can be built in a weekend. This bottomless box acts like a miniature greenhouse, protecting young or tender plants from temperature extremes. P. Sumner, UGA CAEScenter_img A cold frame is simply a bottomless box with a clear glazing or covering to let in light. Some gardeners make cold frames lightweight so they can move them from one section of the garden to another. You can build frames from a number of materials. Wood and cinder blocks are the most common. Never use creosote-treated wood or wood treated with pentachlorophenol or any other material that could be harmful to you or to growing plants. Wood frames aren’t hard to build. You can buy an easy-to-assemble kit. Some kits even contain automatic ventilation equipment. Ventilation is most critical in the fall and again in late winter and early spring on clear, sunny days above 45 degrees. Partially raise the sash then to keep it from getting too hot inside the cold frame. As the fall progresses, you may have to add extra insulation to the cold frame to reduce extreme drops in temperature. Straw, bags of leaves or foam insulation boards all help control the temperature in the cold frame. Or just stack bales of straw or hay against the frame. Some people like to experiment by using containers of water to absorb solar heat during the day and release it slowly at night. They make the cold frames larger to include the water containers. While this may be useful in managing temperatures, remember that it won’t help protect tender plants, which will need to be moved indoors if they are not cold-hardy. Sinking the frame into the ground somewhat will provide protection, too. It will use the earth for insulation. To make using the frame simpler, provide a walkway to the front, leave enough space behind the frame to remove the sash, and add weights to make raising and lowering glass sashes easier. Unheated frames are useful for much of the year because they collect heat from the sun through the panes. To make the most of the heat and light, put the cold frame in a southern or southeastern exposure with a slight slope for good drainage. A sheltered spot with a wall or hedge to the north will protect against winter winds.last_img read more

Gear Review: GoMotion LiteBelt 100 for Nighttime Running

first_imgIn the summer and early fall,  heat and humidity can keep even the most dedicated runners inside as temperatures creep toward the triple digits. The roads and streets that used to teem with athletes may empty out during the day, but that doesn’t mean that these folks aren’t getting their exercise: the second the sun goes down, and _MG_4720smin the hours before it rises, people are lacing up their shoes to enjoy the cooler air.Running or walking at night or in the early morning isn’t the safest, however. Cars zoom around corners without expecting you, and tree branches become invisible until they say hello with scrapes as you go by. As much as we hate to admit it, we don’t have superhuman vision and we need a little help to make our workouts less dangerous and more enjoyable. The GoMotion LiteBelt 100 answers that call.OrionBeltThe problem with most headlamps is exactly that: they go on your head. Every time you look down a sidestreet or react to a passing sound, your light moves with you and turns the path back into a shadowy guessing game. The GoMotion LiteBelt instead wraps around your waist so that it stays steady with a body’s center of gravity. The light, which is fixed onto the front of the belt, maintains its focus in front of you rather than wherever you shift your gaze – a big plus for an easily distracted runner like myself. No matter what steals my attention on the sidelines, I can trust the LiteBelt to keep me from tripping on those sneaky curbs and rocks that seem to multiply in the dark.GOMO_LiteBelt_BackThe light itself is quite powerful. It casts a wide beam and shines far enough ahead for you to feel confident in your future steps. The lamp is bright and sharp, and features a replaceable battery in its own pocket around the back of the belt. You can also choose from three intensity settings, or adjust the angle and focus of the light. Plus, red LEDs are installed on the battery pocket and flash behind you so that you’re visible from all sides._MG_4763smI’m personally a very minimalist runner. I prefer to wear the lightest clothes and shoes possible, and carry nothing with me. But that attitude can be pretty unrealistic when I need to run after hours during these next few warm weeks or in the winter when sunset comes earlier, and the LiteBelt is the best option I have found. The extra weight is balanced by the helpfulness of the light and the added pockets on either side of the battery that I need as I ramp up my distances. The mesh belt is also breathable and flexible so that I don’t have to worry about it being uncomfortably hot around my waist or digging into my sides. Because I don’t want to feel at all burdened on my run, these are essential qualities for me in a product like this. Overall, the LiteBelt serves a good purpose and is a good option for any runner in need of a guide through the dusk or dark.The GoMotion LiteBelt 100 sells for $59.95 through GoMotion Gear.–Blue Ridge Outdoors intern Lucie Hanes is a runner, climber, paddler, and is making a very strong addition to the BRO digital editorial team.last_img read more

Drone operators complain of lengthy wait for approval of permits

first_imgA number of persons desirous of operating drones in Guyana’s airspace have expressed concerns over the lengthy processing time for those approvals to be granted.The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has cautioned importers and owners of these aerial devices, and has indicated that a permit is necessary to operate them. The GCAA has said that Guyanese are not permitted to use any such devices once a camera has been thereto attached or provision has been made for a camera to be thereto attached, unless they first obtain a permit is this regard.Applicants for permits to operate drones have indicated that they are willing to adhere to the GCAA’s instructions, but they complain that months have passed and they still have not been able to receive an update on their applications, except that they were told that their applications are at the Police Commissioner’s Office.“I applied, and they said it will take a month maximum; but months (have passed) and I’m still waiting. I trying to follow up, and the GCAA told me it’s at (the Police) commissioner’s office awaiting final approval. I can’t get any updates from there. This is ridiculous. You try to adhere to the law to avoid trouble, but the system is so long and stressful,” an applicant told Guyana Times on Saturday.In response to recent questions from the media on the drone applications, Police Commissioner Leslie James has said he is unaware of any backlog of applications. “I am not aware of any backlogs. We expedite with all matters,” he said.He added that the process starts with an application being submitted to the GCAA, which is forwarded to his office. Those applications, he said, are then sent to other departments for processing, after which they are returned to the GCAA.He noted, however, that the only reason an application may be delayed is due to an applicant having issues with security or related issues.The GCAA has issued a statement which detailed that anyone desirous of using such a device must submit a request in writing to the Authority.Police CommissionerLeslie James“Said request must include the name and address of the applicant and the name of the company for whom he is working, if applicable. The request must also include details of the aircraft to be used, including the make, model, serial number and dimensions of the aircraft, as well as the type of power plant installed on the aircraft, and any other information requested by the Authority” the GCAA said.Moreover, the GCAA has said it is sending out a reminder that the Customs and Trade Administration of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has detained a large number of recreational drones imported into the country without the required permit.Additionally, the GCAA has said that using a drone without the necessary permit is a crime punishable by the laws of Guyana. Application for the drone permit must be made to the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, 73 High Street Kingston, Georgetown.The application, which includes the required security clearance from the Guyana Police Force, can take up to thirty (30) working days to be processed.last_img read more