By K. McDonald on May 18th, 2012
I spoke with Mikl Brawner of Harlequin’s Gardens, my favorite nursery here in Boulder, about a product which he is promoting called a “solar cap.” According to Brawner, a commercial tomato grower in Wyoming developed it to help tomatoes get an early start in Wyoming’s cooler climate. Brawner has been able to start tomatoes in mid-April which produce by July using these caps. The cap is made up of a frame similar to a short tomato cage surrounded by a water filled bag similar to a wall o water complete with a plastic cover. He puts a slit in the cover to plant the tomato and then lets it grow through the slit as it gets taller all season long. Most importantly, the device needs set up a few days prior to planting the tomato to warm the soil first, which makes microorganisms available to the tomato plant.
In April of this year, Melinda Gates gave a TED talk in Germany saying that the issue of contraception “should be a totally uncontroversial topic. But unfortunately, it’s become incredibly controversial.” She makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade.
He listed these changes which he sees ahead:
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