No. 1 SFA Defeats No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Four Sets

first_imgThe victory extends the Ladyjack’s winning streak to 27 matches, continuing the longest active streak in NCAA Division I volleyball. SFA prevailed after falling behind 4-1 in the opening three sets. Danae Daron registered a team-high 15 kills on 31 attacks for a .452 hitting percentage. NATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin marched to a 3-1 victory over No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in game one of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Each squad boasted a player with a triple-double performance as SFA’s Ann Hollas (10 kills, 10 digs, 20 assists) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green (10 kills, 14 digs and 44 assists) accomplished the feat. Box Score | Photo Gallery | 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament Homepage The Islander’s Julia Carter tabbed a match-high 20 kills on 33 attacks for a .606 hitting percentage. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was unable to overcome Stephen F. Austin’s presence at the net as SFA held a 10-2 block advantage over the Islanders. Set OneTexas A&M-Corpus Christi jumped to an early 5-1 lead over the Ladyjacks to open up the match. Stephen F. Austin stormed back with a 9-2 run in order to take an 11-8 advantage. SFA extended their lead to 17-14 following a kill from Hollas that forced an Islanders timeout. After returning to action, Stephen F. Austin proved to be too much and eventually closed the opening set 25-21 following an Islander ball handling error. Set TwoThe Islanders began set two with another 5-1 run that once again stunned the Ladyjack squad. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi continued their efforts and managed keep the SFA offense at bay until the middle of the set when Anyia Williams blasted a kill for Stephen F. Austin that leveled the score at 14-14. On the next possession, SFA’s Coleman set a ball for Mckenzie Brewer who placed a shot between Islander defenders that gave Stephen F. Austin their first lead of the set at 15-14. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi held strong and regained their advantage at 23-22 following a kill from Julia Carter. A timeout then led to consecutive points from the Islanders who went ahead 25-24. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi continued their success and closed the set on top with a 29-27 victory following six kills from Carter. Set FourStephen F. Austin learned from the first three sets and wasted no time racing to a 12-4 advantage at the beginning of game four. Danae Daron’s fifth block of the afternoon proved to be the exclamation mark for the Ladyjacks who cruised to a 25-14 fourth set victory. Set ThreeOnce again, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi found an early rhythm and streaked out to a 4-1 advantage. Stephen F. Austin retaliated with a 6-2 scoring run that placed the Ladyjacks ahead 7-6 early on in the set. The teams proceeded to trade leads until an Islander attack error pushed SFA ahead 15-14. SFA’s Hollas then tallied her ninth kill of the match that placed the Ladyjacks on top 18-14. Though the Islanders managed to tie the game at 23-23, Coleman dealt an ace for Stephen F. Austin that finished the set at 25-23. Stephen F. Austin awaits the winner of No. 4 Abilene Christian vs. No. 5 Houston Baptist in the first semifinal Saturday at 12 a.m. on the Southland Digital Network.last_img read more

Fresh Inglis finished as a ‘Mr Fixit’

first_imgAs Souths battled to click the way coach Michael Maguire knew they could in the wake of plenty of form and fitness concerns in 2016, Inglis was shuffled from fullback to five-eighth (for four games) then centre (for two games) with breakout rookie Cody Walker excelling in the unfamiliar fullback role.Souths won Inglis’s first two games when he was not at fullback but lost the next four and his return to the custodian role coincided with a return to form for the club. The 2014 premiers surged home with four straight wins to at least boost the confidence heading into 2017.”Through that time we were looking at a few different opportunities with Greg. But Greg in my eyes is a fullback,” Maguire said at the launch of the 2017 Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.”He’s definitely looking forward to staying at fullback,” Maguire added, while also all but confirming Walker would partner Adam Reynolds in the halves to start the season.For his part, Inglis was in no doubt that fullback is his best spot.”I’m definitely staying there, that’s where I want to play,” Inglis said.”Last year you couldn’t help it with the injuries that we had but in saying that, this year moving forward, clean sheet, everyone pretty much knows where their positions are going to be.”Inglis added that he was feeling physically and mentally refreshed after his later return to pre-season training due to the Four Nations tournament, as he heads into what will be a massive year for all the Test players with a World Cup at the end.”I’ll worry about [my workload] down the track, as for now I just want to hit Round 1 fully fit and ready to go for the season ahead. I really want to play good footy, I think we all do, at the club before this rep season gets around,” he said.”I feel fine. I came back mentally refreshed, the body was refreshed so I think it’s a great time to be coming back and on top of that it’s a great squad to be around.”Inglis won’t go to Auckland for the Nines but will play for the Indigneous All Stars in Newcastle the following weekend. That and the Charity Shield against the Dragons will be his only hit-outs before Round 1.last_img read more

Cavs sign top pick Collin Sexton to rookie contract

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers first round draft selection, Collin Sexton, answers a question as Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman, left and Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue listen during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton badly wanted to play with LeBron James. His first season will be much different than he hoped.Sexton signed his rookie contract on Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are taking their first steps since James announced he’s leaving to sign a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The team is hoping Sexton can help them recover from losing James, who led the Cavs to four straight NBA Finals and a championship in 2016. Sexton averaged 19.2 points as a freshman and played his best in big games, leading the Crimson Tide to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012.Now that he’s under contract, the 19-year-old can’t be traded for 30 days. However, the Cavs are likely to hang on to Sexton after they spent all last season in need of a point guard after trading All-Star Kyrie Irving last summer to Boston.Sexton will wear No. 2, Irving’s jersey number with Cleveland.Sexton is on Cleveland’s summer league roster and is expected to play in games in Las Vegas later this week.ADVERTISEMENT When the Cavs drafted Sexton with the No. 8 pick last month, the Alabama guard instantly pleaded with James to re-sign with the Cavs.“LeBron, let’s do it,” Sexton said in a TV interview moments after he was picked. “I’ve seen you needed a few extra pieces this past season, and let’s do it. Let’s go back to the Finals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor now, Sexton will have to settle for a four-year contract that could be worth $20.2 million over its length. Per NBA rules, Sexton can make a maximum of $4.1 million next season. The value is based on where he was selected. His contract is guaranteed for two years, with the Cavs holding options for the last two years.Cleveland made the announcement on Wednesday, a holiday treat for the team’s fans still grappling with their emotions after James left for the second time in eight years. On Tuesday, the giant billboard of James that become a downtown landmark, and to some a symbol of the city’s rebirth, was removed. View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA rebukes Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Regional District to take over Charlie Lake Fire Department

first_imgPhoto:  Representatives from Dave Mitchell and Associates Ltd. presented their report to the PRRD – Erica Fisher/Energeticcity.ca – Advertisement -Peace River Regional District is taking steps to improve the Charlie Lake Volunteer Fire Department.These include hiring a new paid Assistant Chief and Training Officer, having the PRRD assume resposibility for the Fire Service as well as establishing an operations committee.An external review of the Fire Department was commissioned after a proposal for a budget increase was rejected in March 2011.The increase was requested after a public meeting in which residents indicated they wanted the Regional District to take more control of the department.Dave Mitchell and Associates Ltd., a consulting firm, was hired to look into various governance models for the department.Advertisement They conducted the review between May and July and presented their recommendations to the Regional District at a meeting Thursday.The review found that there was a need for better officer training and a lack of a strategic plan.To address these concerns, the consultants recommended creating a public-based advisory committee as well as a staff-based operations committee.They also suggested an initiative to recruit volunteer firefighters who work near the industrial area by the Alaska Highway, given that approximately half of fire responses occur there.Advertisementcenter_img Lastly, they advised hiring one additional paid member to help put these changes into effect.The Regional District plans to have the position of Assistant Fire Chief/Training Officer in place for January 2012 with the Operations Committee in action by April.last_img read more

Pochettino leads Spurs to pinnacle after years of pain

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrate after their victory over Ajax took them through to the Champions League final © AFP / Adrian DENNISAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 9 – Seemingly already down and out of the Champions League back in October, and at risk of missing out on next season’s competition during a recent slump in results, now Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur find themselves, improbably, through to the final.“No pain, no gain” was the phrase an emotional Pochettino used after Wednesday’s stirring comeback to beat Ajax 3-2 in the second leg of their semi-final in Amsterdam, a Lucas Moura hat-trick taking Spurs through on away goals. But, he added, reverting to Spanish, “it was all worth it” with an all-English showdown against Liverpool to come in the biggest club game of all in Madrid on June 1, just two months after the opening of a new stadium which Spurs had been hoping would propel them to the next level.When Pochettino spoke of “pain”, he was not simply referring to this season, but to the five years since he arrived in north London from Southampton, a period in which he has fought to establish Spurs as a top-four force in the Premier League and regulars in the Champions League.In England, the phrase “to do a Spurs” was never a good thing, but that has changed.“To have brought the club to the final of the Champions League is very close to a miracle,” Pochettino said at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday.“No-one believed in us at the beginning of the season, we are so close, almost in the top four and the 1st of June in Madrid playing the final against Liverpool.“I think this amazing season in our new home and this chapter that we are going to close now — to close the chapter playing a final, and if we win, it would be an amazing book.”Doubts were raised about Tottenham’s capacity to maintain a challenge at home, never mind abroad, after they failed to make any new signings last summer while so many of their leading players had been involved at the World Cup to the end.Indeed, Lucas remains their last new signing, bought from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.Son Heung-min cannot contain his joy, but it was Lucas Moura who was the hero for Spurs on Wednesday © AFP / Adrian DENNISThey lost their first two Champions League group games and, after a 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven left them with one point from nine, they seemed dead and buried.However, they scraped through, then ousted Borussia Dortmund, edged out Manchester City in an epic quarter-final, and now they have beaten Ajax, coming back from 3-0 down on aggregate and with their talisman, Harry Kane, out injured.“This year has been crazy — and not just for us — but already after three matches in the group stage we were practically eliminated and now we find ourselves in the final,” said goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.– Endless possibilities –Spurs’ achievement has certainly come against the odds, but at the same time it is a confirmation of their new status as one of the game’s leading powers.They climbed into the top 10 of the most recent Deloitte Football Money League, just behind bitter rivals Arsenal, with revenue of 428.3 million euros (£369m, $479m) last year.They recently announced a world-record net profit of £113 million, although the cost of their new, 62,062-seat stadium rose above £1 billion. The possibilities for the future are endless.Tottenham’s recent Premier League form has been poor, but their advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal heading into Sunday’s final round of matches is such that they will surely finish in the top four again.It will be a fourth straight top-four finish after just two in the previous 25 years.This is their third consecutive Champions League campaign. Previously, they had enjoyed just one, reaching the last eight in 2010-11, along with an appearance in the European Cup semi-finals in 1961-62.They are now through to their fifth European final, their first since winning the UEFA Cup in 1984.Since lifting the FA Cup in 1991, the day Paul Gascoigne shattered his knee in a reckless challenge, Spurs’ only success has come in the League Cup.Now Liverpool stand between them and Champions League glory. Tottenham have won just one of their last 14 matches against the Anfield side.“Leave me to relax a little bit. There will be time to talk about Liverpool,” said Pochettino.“They are heroes too, and of course it’s going to be an amazing final between two English teams that for sure we are going to enjoy a lot.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sir Geoff Hurst tells talkSPORT: ‘New England boss MUST be English!’

first_imgSir Geoff Hurst believes the Football Association should NOT appoint another foreign coach to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager, and insists the next boss MUST be English.A long list of managers have already been linked with the role in the seven days since Hodgson’s resignation following the Three Lions’ embarrassing Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.The likes of Arsene Wenger, Laurent Blanc, Claudio Ranieri, Jurgen Klinsmann and even Wales boss Chris Coleman have been mentioned, while Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate has reportedly turned down the job.Glenn Hoddle has also received heavy backing from pundits, with Harry Redknapp insisting the former England and Tottenham manager is PERFECT for the job.And World Cup-winning legend Hurst has told talkSPORT that, after a change of heart, he believes the FA MUST pick an Englishman.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the 1966 hat-trick hero said: “I’ve actually changed my mind, because I thought a while ago that we should be looking for the best man worldwide to do it.“But we’ve had two foreign managers who didn’t make any particular difference for me, so I think we do need an English manager to run the England team.”Asked if Hoddle be his preferred choice, Hurst replied: “Yes.“With his experience and his knowledge, Glenn would be a very strong candidate.”A number of ex-players have also put their name into the hat, with the likes of Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand just two to have voiced their desire to enter the England set-up.But Hurst insists they lack the coaching experience to be considered for the job.He added: “There are so many names already coming out, even people like Shearer and Ferdinand“But really, it’s very difficult to start putting your name forward to be the boss of England when you’ve had almost no coaching experience at all, even at club level.“So it surprises me when people like that put their name forward.“Glenn Hoddle of course has managed before and he’s a fantastic coach, and there’s an opportunity there, but we want to get it right and we want to have an improvementlast_img read more

Schools getting more dangerous, city attorney concludes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Police, parents, community activists and students said Thursday that more funding and community support are needed to help combat gang activity and drug use in schools. Their complaints were heard by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who hosted the first in a series of public hearings to address the ongoing struggle to keep children safe in schools. Delgadillo said his goal was to create a link between city officials and frustrated administrators, police and community leaders who say they cannot bring about change with increasingly tight budgets and fewer programs. “Our schools today are (more) … dangerous places than they were in the past,” Delgadillo said. “This is the beginning of several hearings, and then we’ll take action. I can’t guarantee our success, but we all need to communicate.” Activist Blinky Rodriguez said the drug and gang problems have overwhelmed available resources. “We’re living in hard times,” he said. “It’s going to take extraordinary people and extraordinary minds to begin (answering) the call of duty.” The city cut 30 percent of its funding for the nonprofit, anti-drug program Positive Alternative for Youth, according to Manny Velazquez, the program’s director. Half the youths in his program are hooked on methamphetamine, a growing problem in Los Angeles and nationwide, he said, adding that schools need to be more open to allow groups like his to help. “It’s very frustrating. It’s the schools that see the problem first, that want to deny it because they want to keep up with an image,” Velazquez said. “You’ve got to open the doors and let us come in and and let us do what we do.” Other problems include lack of health care among parents, cuts to mental health programs and lack of high-paying jobs in densely populated neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley, speakers told Delgadillo. “Parents need access to health clinics,” said Eva Torres, parent director at Pacoima Elementary School. “They need more moral and emotional guidance. A better, emotionally adapted parent will have happier children.” Los Angeles Unified School District police are also struggling to keep campuses safe, because of overcrowding and gangs. There are about 330 sworn police officers for about 720,000 LAUSD students. Art Crescitelli, campus police officer for Canoga Park High School, showed slides of gang graffiti that he said included threats on his life. He was the only officer on campus when a gang fight broke out last year, and he didn’t receive backup for 18 minutes, he said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Believing is seeing Irish beat Trojans

first_img “Just getting them to believe they had a chance to win the game is easier said than done,” Irish coach Charlie Weis said. Weis has himself partially to blame. When he arrived last winter, one of his first messages to the Irish was that they were a 6-6 team for a reason. He then reminded his players they had lost by 31 to USC. SOUTH BEND, Ind. – To beat USC, Notre Dame’s players first have to believe they can. Notre Dame’s psyche has taken a beating against the Trojans of late, with the Irish losing the last three meetings by 31 points each. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I basically told them you are already down 31, let’s see where we can go from there. Let’s see if we can close the gap a little bit,” Weis said. “You start off embarrassing them. Then for the rest of the time all you do is try to build up their confidence.” Weis said that is what he is focused on as the ninth-ranked Irish (4-1) prepare for Saturday’s game against the top-ranked Trojans (5-0). He showed the team the first half of USC’s game against Arizona State, when the Sun Devils led 21-3 at halftime. He didn’t show the second half, when the Trojans outscored the Sun Devils 35-7. “That’s a typical psychological ploy you use. To try to say, ‘Hey, you play like this and just play it for 60 minutes, you are going to have a chance,”‘ Weis said. Tailback Darius Walker said Weis also compared the two teams. “When you compare apples to apples, it kind of seems like a very similar team in a way,” he said. “We understand if we just go out there and play our part, we can beat this team.” center_img The Irish players also watched USC’s 34-31 triple overtime loss to California two years ago, the Trojans’ only defeat the past two seasons. “It wasn’t that Cal did anything spectacular. They just played their game,” Irish safety Tom Zbikowski said. But the Irish said they didn’t watch the Arizona State or California game tapes to feel better about themselves. They also didn’t need any convincing by Weis. They know beating USC is possible. “All the talk in the off week was that we can play with these guys,” Walker said. “It really didn’t take Coach Weis coming in and comparing apples to apples and telling us we could for us to know that.” The players, however, do credit Weis with changing their attitude. It just isn’t in the past week. It has been the message he has sent to them since he arrived on campus. “He came in here and told us he’s a winner and he expects for us to win,” guard Dan Santucci said. “He told us to win we have to be confident within ourselves and within our team. It’s an attitude you have to have.” Defensive tackle Derek Landri believes the biggest challenge teams face against the Trojans is being intimidated by their two straight national championships and their winning streak, which now stands at 27 games. “The media likes to build them up to this unbeatable force that’s unstoppable,” he said. “Nobody’s unbeatable.” Landri said he saw opponents face the same challenge when he played for De Le Salle High School in Concord. The team won 151 straight games in 13 years before losing last season. “People were beat before we even played them because they were so psyched out about how good we were and how we recruited and different things like that,” he said. USC quarterback Matt Leinart agrees. “I’m sure teams come in knowing they can’t win. Teams try to convince themselves, but inside they know they can’t,” he said. Leinart doesn’t expect that from Notre Dame, though. Neither do the Irish. So how confident is this year’s Notre Dame squad? Walker hopes for a fourth straight blowout in the series – only this time with a twist. “What our goal is to get out there and reverse that 31 points, put us winning by 31,” Walker said. Is that a prediction? “No, I wouldn’t say it’s a prediction,” Walker said, “but it’s definitely something I’d like to see.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TD’S ANGER AFTER HE UNCOVERS CHANGE TO NOWDOC EMERGENCY CALLS

first_imgThe letter announcing the changeSpeaking today after he became aware of a change in the Standard Operating Procedure for NowDoc Services which states that the out of hours doctor will no longer respond to life threatening calls other than where requested to do so by the Ambulance Service , Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty said “I am utterly appalled at the change in the Now Doc Standard Operating Procedure for emergency calls, which came to my attention last night and has come into operation since yesterday,” he told Donegal Daily today.“The procedure states that life threatening calls will no longer be attended by the doctor on call except in cases where an ambulance is on the scene and a doctor has been specifically requested by the ambulance service. “In my view, this change to the procedure will put lives in danger. Often, in remote areas, the doctor on call can be with a patient in a significantly shorter timeframe than the ambulance and can administer life saving treatment.“Having to wait for an ambulance to first travel to the patient and assess whether the attendance of a doctor is required costs valuable time in an emergency situation and could literally be the difference in life or death.“In a county where serious concerns have been raised in relation to ambulance service cutbacks, this decision to change the Standard Operating Procedure is a scandal. It undermines the NowDoc service, which has been the target of cutbacks in recent years. It is difficult to think of a more essential time for the services of the local doctor than in a life threatening emergency.“It is clear that this decision has not been made in the best interests of the patient but is another cutback to our frontline health services, which have been slashed to the bone already. “I am calling on the HSE to suspend the new procedure with immediate effect, to revert back to the original procedures and to issue a statement to this effect without delay.” TD’S ANGER AFTER HE UNCOVERS CHANGE TO NOWDOC EMERGENCY CALLS was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emergency callsNowDoclast_img read more

GARDENING WITH GARETH – HANGING AROUND DOESN’T MAKE YOU A BASKET CASE!

first_imgA hanging basket using foliage colourSecrets to success….Hanging BasketsWith Horticulturist Gareth AustinGareth AustinA hanging basket full of colour, in the peak of summer sunshine is a joy to behold.Whether its a set of them either side of the front door, one on the side of the shed or the front of a B&B smothered in them in Westport. Hanging baskets are real eye catchers, but it doesn’t happen overnight!The creation of and maintenance of a great hanging basket takes a bucket load of effort and the majority of it in lifting watering cans!Here’s a few of my tips on creating amazing hanging baskets Step 1Size. Yes it matters. The bigger a basket you put up the less you have to water it, due to the larger volume of compost it holds. This compost works like a sponge, absorbing water and nutrients for the plants to utilise later. Smaller baskets need watering more often and in turn waste more fertiliser as a lot of goodness leaches out the bottom of the basket when you’re doing all this extra watering….try to use at least a 16” basket.Step 2Compost Selection. A vital step in the process. The hanging basket is a completely fixed space for plant roots to grow into, so it’s important the root zone area is filled with the best of compost you can source. A high quality John-Inness enriched multi-purpose compost is ideal for this. Old compost from last year should never be reused in baskets, throw this out onto the flower beds in the garden or add it to the compost heap.Some hanging baskets are ……..unusual!Step 3Fertiliser.When your planting always mix in some controlled release fertiliser into the potting mix. This is wonderful stuff, its wee balls you mix through the compost and over a period of 6 months it slowly releases complex nutrients to the plants as they need them. Then you can ‘boost’ the basket if you need to, say after a batch of wet weather, with a wee dose of tomato food (or better still make up some Comfry feed and use this – we’ll chat more about this next week). Many hanging baskets don’t flower as much, and produce too much foliage due to over feeding….so the controlled release fertiliser is highly recommendedStep 4Watering. Hanging baskets need watering. But yeah, with a bigger basket you’ll water them less, but they’ll still need watering…even when its raining! The lip around house roofs sometimes mean that little rain actually lands in the basket, also the wind is a constant drying effect. Always water in the morning, as early as you can, but certainly before it starts to get warm. Watering in warm weather wastes your time, as a third of the water can simply evaporate. Water baskets every morning, and try to avoid getting the plants unnecessarily wet. We drink next to nothing through our skin, neither do plants, so water soil not leaves! Watering can be reduced by mixing in some water storing granules through the potting mix. Wet foliage and wet flowers spread pests and diseases. Step 5Deadheading. Short lived annuals are designed to reproduce seeds as quickly as possible, and when they’ve done this they die off. So by removing old flowers you not only keep the baskets looking great, but you encourage the plants to produce more flowers for a much longer period. Dead heading should be carried out at least weekly.Step 6Plant Choice. Planting all the same type of flower in a basket is like putting all your eggs in one basket. Its its good its good, but if the weather doesn’t favour that plant then the whole basket looks inferior Commonly the case with basket planted full of just trailing petunias. Instead choose a range of plants, with contrasting flower sizes and foliage colours. Add in some silver Nepeta, some golden Helichrysum, some small flowered Bacopa to go with your large flowering Surfinia. Or….why not try an edible hanging basket??Step 7Pests & Diseases. If you provide the plants with the correct amount of fertiliser, good compost and water them correctly you should not suffer from any particular pests or diseases. However we can also build in a wee bit of insurance into the basket with a few clever plants, try to include some Marigolds or Nasturtium into the baskets, these are great at attracting beneficial predators to the baskets (wee insects such as Hoverfly produce wee baby bugs which eat wee greenflys and the likes). Regular deadheading is a great way of keeping the baskets clean and mould free, watering in the morning reduces mould problems. But if you do get a dose of greenfly in the basket mix up some soapy water and give it a wee spray over the baskets. But prevention is better than a cure!Next Week….Home made hotions and potions…Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – HANGING AROUND DOESN’T MAKE YOU A BASKET CASE! was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more