Ten Beauties of Winter

Winter has its ups and downs, whilst were treated with festive cheer and an excuse to eat all the food we can stomach, we must also suffer cold weather and darkened days. But, while the sun may be dimmed, gardens have never been brighter and here are ten reasons why:

1.Cornus alba Sibirica
Otherwise known as Red-barked Dogwood, no pun intended, this cultivar has been granted the esteemed honour of Award of Garden Merit, based on its beauty and hardiness despite a very low level of maintenance. Grown in full sun it will yield bright red bark and need only be trimmed once every spring to provide best results.

2.Salix alba Vitellina
This large deciduous willow will provide flowers in the form of catkins and and pale green foliage, not to mention an imposing figure in the garden as they can reach heights of up to 30m. But the beauty of this tree becomes apparent in winter when the stems take on a deep golden yellow colour.

A Simple Cross Necklace; A Complex History

Religions around the world use symbols and signs to represent their faith. But perhaps none is so widely recognized or accepted as that of the simple cross. Christians have valued the significance of the cross for centuries. It is a representation of their beliefs that Jesus Christ died on the cross.

Crux immissa, or crux capitata, is the cross that is in the Latin design. This cross depicts the transverse beam set at about 2/3 up the vertical. The Greek cross has the transverse beam set half-way up the vertical. It has been adopted by the East and by Russia.

Crosses have played important roles in the architectural and decorative designs of church buildings since at least the fourth century. However, over the years many forms of the cross design have developed. Some are very simple and others are elaborate.

Easy Steps To Gardening With Confidence

Thank you, good foods from Mother Earth, our life sustainers, for making us happy when we are hungry”. Chief Jake Swamp

Good food from the earth is organic foods. To keep your garden simple and healthy, you must insure that it has a healthy support system. Good soil and plant fertility go hand in hand.

Here are 5 tips to help accomplish your organic gardening goals.

Anthony M. Comorat – Considerations When Choosing What To Grow In A South Florida Vegetable Garden

Anthony M. Comorat began vegetable gardening in order to be able to spend more quality time with his daughter, Madeline, and it has become a part of the fabric of the family. From initial beginnings growing small tomato plants in pots along the back wall of their then new home in 2006, to the current garden including 24 pots, eight 16 foot rows, a large composter, and a new garden house, every new effort has been a joy usually leading to results in excess of expectations.

Just as any reader would expect, Anthony M. Comorat made his share of mistakes developing the vegetable garden over the past seven years. Bugs, disease, frosts, flooding, extreme heat, these are all factors every gardener in Florida, including Anthony M. Comorat needs to learn about in order to protect the garden from failure.

If you are planning to start a garden, whether it is just for fun, as a reflection of your values regarding your desired food quality, or in order to try to manage increasing produce prices, Anthony M. Comorat believes it is important to consider the sun, the soil, and the access to water before picking a spot to start. All of the expertise in the world is not likely to overcome fatal weaknesses in those areas.

Key Features Of Kaizen Techniques

Kaizen is a management philosophy with roots in both US and Japanese management practices. Two renowned American statisticians and quality experts, W. Edwards Deming and Joseph Juran, spent several years helping the Japanese rebuild their manufacturing industry after World War II by educating them in statistical quality control and quality management techniques. The Japanese took this education to heart and went on to develop the concept of total quality management, commonly known as TQM. The philosophy of TQM goes beyond quality on the shop floor to embrace quality throughout the entire enterprise, including manufacturing, engineering, marketing, administration, sales, after-sales support, procurement, and, most importantly, business planning. The foundation for their TQM strategy was a concept called kaizen.
Kaizen comes from two words: kai, which means “to change,” and zen, which means “good or for the better.” Together, the words mean continuous change for the better, which many readers will recognize as continuous improvement.

1. Setup Reduction Kaizen

Setup Reduction Kaizen events concentrate on reducing the overall setup time for a family of parts or work centers. The entire setup to achieve dramatic reductions in overall setup time. Typical follow-on activities include batch size reduction efforts (and the associated WIP inventory and manufacturing cycle time improvements) that are allowed by the capacity freed-up.

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