If you really care for the soil in your garden, you won’t want toabandon it for the winter. One of the best things you can do forit is to plant a winter cover crop in it.Cover crops conserve nutrients, support a high biologicalactivity and produce a superior soil structure. When you plowthem into the soil, they’re sometimes called “green manures.”Green manures offer succulent growth which decomposes easily inthe soil, releasing nutrients. While they’re smothering weeds,they keep nutrients from leaching, too, and protect the soil overthe winter.Cover Crops Improve SoilCover crops are any plant you sow into the garden that improvesthe soil. The actual benefits depend on the plant type and howmuch you grow.Annual cover crops are usually grown as green manures. That is,they are turned into the soil while still green, normally justbefore they flower. Their greatest value is usually in the topgrowth. But the roots are often beneficial, too.Varieties of green manures are chosen for their fast, vigorousgrowth and high production of green, succulent top growth.The green matter decomposes quickly in the soil. When it does,the result is a flush of biological activity and a quick releaseof nutrients, some of which the roots may have accumulated fromthe subsoil. The succulent residues replace some of the humus,building a dynamic soil system.The downside of growing a green manure is that it requires theland be left idle for a time. That’s unpopular with manygardeners.However, crops other than legumes may be grown as “smother crops”to control weeds. Commonly used as a winter cover and catch crop,they protect the soil from erosion and conserve nutrientsotherwise lost.Good Cover ChoicesTraditional choices for green manures are buckwheat, small grainssuch as rye and oats and annual grasses such as rye grass andwheat.Other crops are possible, however. Rapeseed, for instance, makesa good green manure. But don’t follow it with another planting ofthe cabbage family.Sometimes legumes are grown. Austrian winter peas are commonlyplanted in the fall for overwinter growth where wintertemperatures aren’t severe.The green manure sod not only feeds soil organisms but protectsthe soil from direct sun and rain.Over the years, the combination of the high biological activityand the extensive root system of grass leads to a superior soilstructure and a slow, but steady, increase in soil humus.When a green manure sod is plowed under, a rapid breakdown occurswith a sudden release of nutrients stored over a long time.That’s why a cultivated crop following a green manure sod isusually very successful.To learn more about green manures and other cover crops, contactthe local county Extension Service office.
Dalung ditches GiwaOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Extra Ordinary General Assembly (EOGA) of Nigeria football that sat in Abuja wednesday activated Article 37 (1) of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Statutes by mooting suspension for Ambassador Chris Giwa, and five others for bringing Nigeria football and the country to disrepute in clear contravention of NFF statutes and other extant football laws.This decision was contained in a communiqué issued after the meeting and signed by E.C Chukwuemeka.The other accused persons are Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson. They are to appear before the congress to defend themselves.Rumson Baribote, Shehu Adamu, Ben Agary and Olajide Fashikun were found guilty by the General Assembly of aiding and abetting the gross misconduct and are to appear and defend themselves before the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair-play. Giwa, the founder of Giwa Football Club of Jos, and others were accused of committing infractions such as illegally contracting a law firm based in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services up to a point where judgment was given against the NFF by the South Africa court.The congress determined that their action negates NFF statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the West African Football Union (WAFU).The sanctions on Giwa was the tipping point of the NFF power struggle, that climaxed with last week’s order granted by a Jos High Court, annulling the election of Giwa’s main rival, Amaju Pinnick as the validly elected president of NFF.Giwa had on Tuesday insisted that he was the winner of the disputed election of August 29, 2014 and had sensationally sacked the 36 state FA chairmen and threatened to take over the NFF Glass House yesterday.However, it turned out to be an empty threat as he did not turn up at the heavily fortified football secretariat.But the biggest surprise at yesterday’s event was the most unexpected recognition accorded the General Assembly, and by extension Pinnick, by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.Dalung denied receiving any court order from a Jos High Court in relation to the NFF unrest.The minister, who had a brush with journalists when the latter protested against Dalung’s verbal accusation of corruption against the reporters, claimed that the only court orders concerning the NFF election were issued in 2014.“As the minister of sports and a lawyer, till date, I have not received any court orders this year. The only orders served on me, were all dated 2014. I have not seen any order dated 2016,’’ Dalung insisted.The minister noted that though association football law forbade litigations, Giwa’s decision to pursue his grievances in line with Section 41 of Nigerian law, if not regulated, would open the floodgates of confusion arising from decision of aggrieved parties to approach ordinary courts to resolve football disputes.He scorned Giwa for being in a haste to execute a ‘court order’ without giving the other party the 30-day window permitted to appeal under the Nigerian law.“You can’t go to court, get judgment and upon that judgment want to deny the other party the right to appeal. Anybody that is panicky is not a sincere person. If you have subscribed to be a member of the international football family, you have to bind by their rule on football. If you are not interested, then you go out,” Dalung said.He said that the NFF crisis has effectively discouraged corporate bodies from sponsoring football in the country as no company wanted to invest in a business that thrives in confusion.Dalung also appealed to Pinnick to narrow the gap with the opposition by bringing them to a table in the interest of Nigeria football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CLIPPERS at BUCKSTip-off: 5 p.m.TV/Radio: Prime Ticket, The Beast 980AMUpdate: The Clippers are coming off a 110-106 victory Monday at Minnesota. It was their second consecutive victory and fifth in their past six games. But they are still just 12-9 and of those five victories, none came against an elite team — though Saturday’s win over Orlando came against a good team. … The other good news is the Clippers on Monday saw the return of starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Paul had missed the previous two games with inflamed rib cartilage, Redick had missed all but 17 seconds of those game games with a sprained right ankle. Redick shot just 1 of 9 Monday, but made all 11 of his free throws. “My wind was good,” Redick said. “It’s about rhythm. I’ve had two separate weeks out of the last four weeks where I haven’t been able to literally do anything with the basketball.” Redick previously missed three games with back spasms, Paul missed three others with a groin strain. … Sixth-man Jamal Crawford has had two good shooting games in a row, making 10 of 15 from 3-point range. … The Bucks (9-13) have won two consecutive games under coach Jason Kidd. They are led in scoring by 6-foot-11 forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 16.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Center Greg Monroe is averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds. … Milwaukee is shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range, eighth in the league. The Clippers are at 32.6 percent, tied with Dallas for 23rd.
“Of course we have to be worried because in those four games we had planned to get maximum points. We haven’t achieved that and now we have to go back and plan again and see whether we can bounce back in the next game which is an away match,” the tactician stated.He added; “We believe that we can stretch the lead again and of course there is an opportunity for us to compete.”Mathare began the season in emphatic fashion, carrying an enviable unbeaten run which was however broken by Mount Kenya United in Nakuru in the 11th round. However, Tuesday’s loss at the hands of Sofapaka was damaging.Sofapaka’s Ellie Asieche passes the ball under pressure from Mathare United’s Kevin Kimani during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 12, 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I think honestly today we had a poor game. I did not see my team. We really struggled at the beginning and it became difficult after we conceded an early goal and it was hard to get our composure back after being three goals down,” the tactician admitted.A goalkeeping mess in the second minute saw Elli Asieche break the deadlock for Batoto ba Mungu before Titus Achesa and Umaru Kassumba made it 3-0 by half time.Batoto ba Mungu’s pressing and quick transition in attack made it difficult for Mathare whose charge was further weakened with the absence of top scorer Cliff Nyakeya.“Every player who adds more value and lots of influence, you always need him. When you don’t have him, sometimes it becomes difficult for the other players to accept a new link,” the tactician stated.Meanwhile as Kimanzi and his Mathare side rue their recent run that has put their title credentials sharply in focus, Sofapaka are building their own confidence and after a horrendous start to the campaign, they are now considered as possible heirs to Gor Mahia’s throne.Sofapaka’s Titus Achesa (right) leads teammates in celebrating his goal against Mathare United during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 12, 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe victory, Sofapaka’s fifth in six games saw them move to third in the standings with 23 points, just three short of the leaders.“We cannot be satisfied with this result. I still want more from them and the journey still continues. It was important to get this victory especially against a team that’s ahead of us. We have been doing well and the goals have been flying in training so the team is getting that confidence back,” Baraza who took charge after the departure of Melis Medo stated.“It has been about the relationship with the players and the understanding we have with each other. The attitude they have shown has been superb and we are performing on the field,” the tactician further stated.Baraza believes the confidence they have picked up after Tuesday’s performance will spur them on ahead of Saturday afternoon’s duel when they clash against the defending champions in Machakos.A further victory against Gor will instill more confidence on the side that they are an outfit that should be seriously considered for the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi shouting instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – Four games without victory – two losses and two draws – have seen Mathare United’s early lead at the apex of the Kenyan Premier League standings cut down with Bandari tied on points with the Slum Boys only separated by goal difference.Tuesday afternoon’s 4-1 loss at the hands of Sofapaka was crushing for the 2008 league champions and head coach Francis Kimanzi has admitted that his boys are now lowering the guard allowing the chasing pack to catch up with them.