June 10, 1987 |
Dear Polly: I'm confused. One expert says to water the garden in the evening so the water doesn't evaporate in the sun. Another expert says never water at night since it can promote disease. What's the best time to water the garden? - Jenny Dear Jenny: It really depends on the climate where you live. If you live in a dry climate, watering in the early evening gives the water many hours to seep into the soil without the heat of the sun causing significant evaporation. In a humid climate, however, watering at night leaves the plant leaves moist for many hours, which can promote fungal diseases.
May 27, 1986 |
"Water. " A comedy starring Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro and Leonard Rossiter. Directed by Dick Clement from a screenplay by Ian La Frenais, Bill Persky and Clement. Photographed by Douglas Slocombe. Edited by John Victor Smith. Music by Mike Moran. Running time: 91 minutes. An Atlantic release. At the Mark I, 19th and Market Sts. The British film industry remains dead and buried, despite a huffing, puffing periodic attempt to revive it. In the past few years, this cause has produced a batch of films that, at best, can be called "curious": The impressive films ("The Long Good Friday," "A Private Function" and "The Missionary")
June 26, 1988 |
As the hot weather settles in, let's talk about watering. The clear liquid that flows so easily from our taps is a precious gift and it's our responsibility to make sure we use it wisely. To ensure that every drop that leaves the tap makes it to the plants, replace broken washers and leaky faucets. When you water, do it thoroughly, soaking the plants so the water goes deep into the soil. If you water superficially, you encourage plants to send out surface roots, making it even harder for them to tolerate a drought.
July 1, 1987 |
If you've managed to squeeze a long weekend out of this holiday, do try to spend some of itdrought-proofing your garden. Spring seemed to bring plenty of rain, but we've had the rain shorts since April. The moisture that was in the soil is beginning to get used up. Unless, of course, you managed to put down 4-6 inches of organic mulch, or black plastic, or an inch or two of newspaper where the soil was still lovely and damp. This year I decided to try one of the new weed-stopping fabrics in my plot at Southwark/Queen Village Garden.
June 6, 1998 |
They call it "Cool Cape May. " And this weekend, it'll live up to its name. The Jersey shore's escape spots - like Philadelphia itself - are having a spell of blanket weather. And we don't mean beach blankets. With daytime temperatures running about 8 degrees cooler than usual for this time of year, it's time to break out the sweatshirts for mornings and evenings. "It's probably not a good weekend for swimming," Accu-Weather meteorologist Mark Tobin said yesterday, with the ocean temperature hovering around 52. The weekend will be ideal for a walk on the beach or boardwalk, though - mostly sunny, with highs around 72. There's a chance of a thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon.
May 9, 1993 |
Millions of gallons of water drawn from the Brandywine Creek are treated each day at the West Chester Area Municipal Authority's Ingrams Mill plant. For the fifth year, the authority opened the doors of the works for public tours in honor of National Drinking Water Week.
October 12, 2014 |
I know I'll be getting this question at least once as cooler weather sets in, so here's an explanation of window condensation, courtesy of Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council. Condensation appears as a light coating of water, frost or ice. Unless the condensation is between the window panes, humidity inside the home is the cause, Herron said. "Humid air holds water vapor until it contacts a surface whose temperature is less than or equal to the dew point," he said.
July 11, 2008 |
Unlike most people, gardeners love rain. It's no spoiler - just the opposite. Rain is life-giving. It's also welcome relief from a chore most of us dislike only slightly less than weeding: Hose-dragging is truly a drag. There are other reasons Jeff Player, Jackie Umphlet and Rachelle Aquilla try to conserve water in their gardens, in such diverse locales as South Jersey, central Montgomery County, and Philadelphia: They want to save money, and the planet. But saving water rarely hits the popular radar without a dry spell or drought.
April 24, 1992 |
One of the world's most unusual theater companies will debut in Philadelphia - in America, for that matter - on May 6, in a production that the whole family can enjoy. The Water Puppets of Vietnam, a folk-theater form dating from the 10th century, features handcrafted puppets that dance in a pool of water on stage, manipulated by rods hidden under the water. Drumbeats and music accompany the puppets as tales from mythology and village life unfold. The puppet show is the final production in Movement Theatre International's 1991-92 season.
September 19, 2005 |
Jon Sim is no stranger to water. He grew up in the industrial town of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Sim loves the water. Fishing, boating and now rowing. Well, maybe not so much rowing. Yesterday, as part of their annual "team building" exercise, the Flyers hit Boathouse Row and cruised the Schuylkill. "I enjoyed being on the water," Sim said. "I live all around water back home. Whenever you get on the water, it's fun. But it was a little more work than I thought. I've done dragon boat races, but not an eight-man boat.