Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Kullberg enjoys gardening.
Gardening is a fun and simple way to create beautiful spaces and put food on the table. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, gardening can be frustrating. The following are mistakes to avoid when gardening.
Mono Cropping. This is when similar plants are placed in a space without diversification or crop rotation, which can decrease the amount of nutrients available in the soil. Instead, rotate crops to enable the soil to replenish nutrients before replanting. A technique called companion planting pairs up specific plants, which also promotes soil diversity.
Lack of Soil Amendment. Unless you have loamy garden soil that consists of various kinds of soil, you should supplement your garden soil. For instance, heavy clay soils need extra sand and organic matter to reduce compaction. Sandy soils can benefit from additional compost or quality manure to improve moisture and nutrient levels.
Insufficient Spacing. Not properly spacing crops can limit your yield or kill the entire crop. Plants require sufficient space above ground to facilitate air and light circulation as well as space underground to ensure proper root growth. Seed packets contain information regarding how much space specific plants need.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Pickleball is a paddle sport with similarities to tennis and badminton. Invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington, the sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a net similar to a tennis net. A pickleball is similar to a whiffle ball but is more durable.
The game is named after the family dog (“Pickles”) of one of the inventors of the sport. Pickles chased the balls hit off the playing field, which made them “Pickle’s balls.” The paddles are similar to ping pong paddles and are made of wood or fiberglass. Part of the appeal of Pickleball is that it is an easily accessible and inclusive game playable by people of all social and economic backgrounds.