Plant World Nursery, the longest-running establishment for Las Vegas’ gardening and landscaping needs, introduces a free monthly kid’s flower potting session beginning Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Open to all children ages 3 to 12, children will have the opportunity to plant various types of seeds that they will be able to take home and nurture, while their parents have the convenience to shop for gardening needs.
Taking place every third Saturday of the month, the kid’s flower potting session will allow kids to experience the joy of gardening, and offer them a chance to spend time visiting Plant World Nursery’s tropical birds, turtles and desert tortoises. Limit one pot per child.
Join @PlantWorldUSA every 3rd Saturday for a Kids Flower Potting session. While the parent shop, the kids can play!
The Kids Flower Potting schedule for the summer is as follows:
—Saturday, June 21
—Saturday, July 19
—Saturday, August 16
“We pride ourselves in being an establishment that is family friendly,” said Tim Reynolds, General Manager of Plant World. “We also feel it’s important for kids to learn gardening at a young age, so they understand how to properly grow and maintain plants and flowers at home, and can appreciate nature.”
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New EPA rules would reduce air pollution from oil refineries People living in the Southwest and other parts of the nation could breathe a little easier, advocates say, if new Environmental Protection Agency standards are put in place that would require oil companies to clean up the toxic pollution their refineries release into the atmosphere.
Some of the pollutants, particularly benzene, are believed to cause cancer. Attorney Emma Cheuse with Earthjustice said the EPA is taking a step in the right direction.
“The first step to being able to protect our communities’ health,” she said, “is to at least know what’s going into the air from all different kinds of sources that can leak and put pollution out at oil refineries.”
The EPA is asking for public comments this summer, with final rules expected to be in place next spring. The newly proposed standards come after Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project filed a lawsuit on behalf of groups in California, Texas and Louisiana.
Nevada has one oil refinery, in Churchill County.
The proposed rules would require companies to monitor toxic air pollution on-site as it is emitted. Cheuse said she thinks it’s especially important for protecting children’s health.
“As Americans, none of us wants our kids to have to face extra cancer risk just because we happen to live near an industrial plant,” she said, “and EPA is taking a really important, common-sense step.”
The proposal calls for improved monitoring and combustion efficiency requirements when waste gas is burned. It says flaring is a key source of air pollution in the refining process.
The proposal is online at epa.gov.
It’s National Women’s Health Week, which encourages women in Nevada and across the U.S., who may take better care of others than themselves, to take steps to live healthier lives.
Dr. Kellie Donahue, a physician at Nevada Health Centers, says many women neglect their health because they’re constantly caring for their families.
“The very first thing they might want to think about is how they manage their stress,” she says. “Because I think that is what dovetails into some of the health problems we see with hypertension, high cholesterol, elevated weight being hard on joints and knees, back problems from weight and lack of exercise, and lack of flexibility.”
Donahue says it can be a difficult transition but women should take the time to decompress and try to not let the stress of life overwhelm them.
She adds that some women dread exercise because they don’t see themselves as athletic. Donahue says the trick to being active is finding something you really enjoy doing.
“It’s important, and it doesn’t have to be calisthenics or the gym,” she stresses.
“It should be something they find restorative and lovely. So, for some women it may be dance. For some women it may be yoga. For some women
who are very, very overwhelmed it may be getting up an extra half hour and taking a walk.”
Donahue adds that women should be getting regular mammograms, bon
density tests and a colonoscopy.
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Fruitful Container Gardens
Picture yourself harvesting a few fresh strawberries for your cereal in the morning or perhaps picking a few apples from your own backyard tree to cook up into a pie. It is possible, even if you garden on a balcony or small lot. And even if you have plenty of space, you will still appreciate the fun and convenience of reaching out the back door and harvesting some homegrown fruit.
Strawberries are excellent container plants. Grow everbearing or day neutral varieties, so you will be harvesting strawberries throughout the growing season.
Reduce your workload and increase success with a self-watering hanging basket. Or dress things up a bit more with a decorative container. The haystack hanging baskets have the beauty of the coco fiber-lined planters, but require half the watering. The AquaSav liner is a combination of coir and recycled plastic designed to conserve moisture. This means better results with less watering.
But don’t stop there. Add some dwarf fruit trees to your patio plantings. A dwarf apple, peach or pear will provide beautiful spring flowers, nice foliage for the summer and fruit for you to enjoy.
Select self-fertile varieties, those that only require one plant to produce fruit, if space is limited. Grow your dwarf trees in large weather-proof pots with drainage. Those in cold climates will need to provide some winter protection, but the first harvest will make that extra bit of work well worth the effort.
So survey your patio, deck, balcony or garden for space to add a container or two of fruiting plants that are sure to add beauty and flavor to your garden and meals this season.