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Oct152014

Two Changes

Hey, our ancestors made two changes when selecting tomatoes over an extended time frame. In doing so, they created those big tasty beasts we have today.

A recent study, which builds on the first tomato genome sequence completed just two years ago, shows in great detail how the processes of early domestication and modern breeding influenced the genetic makeup of cultivated tomatoes.

Analysis of the genome sequences of 360 modern varieties, plus a number of wild strains shows which regions of the genome were under selection during domestication and breeding.

The study identified two independent sets of genes responsible for making the fruit of modern commercial tomatoes 100 times larger,
   ---- than their wild ancestors!

Monday
Oct132014

Sask Has Jobs

According to a press release from the Government of Saskatchewan, Regina has the lowest unemployment rate among major Canadian cities at 2.8 per cent and Saskatoon has the second lowest at 4.2 per cent.

Associate Minister of the Economy Jeremy Harrison, responsible for immigration, job skills and training says,  that Regina’s numbers for this past September represent a new record.

The closest is three per cent unemployment in August of 2013,” said Harrison. “So we’re actually the lowest we’ve ever been in Regina.”

The news release adds that Saskatchewan is leading the country in job creation, as employment was up 3.5 per cent compared to the national increase of .9 per cent.

Youth unemployment in Saskatchewan is also much lower than the overall Canadian number, said Harrison, with the province coming in at 6.5 per cent compared to the national rate of 13.5 per cent.

We know that young people are moving from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario ‘Canada’s areas of high unemployment’  to Saskatchewan to find work.

Most of us encourage the influx, We need more workers coming to Saskatchewan,
    --- to keep our economy growing!

Sunday
Oct122014

All Hallows' Day

Conjoined Twins
Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in many countries on the 31 of October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed believers.

Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using 'humour and ridicule to confront the power of death'.

According to our scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Me, I just think it’s about a late night, pumpkin pies, multi- generation families, with dressed up, noisy kids,
   --- and lots and lots of candy!

Saturday
Oct112014

Red Amur

Amur Maple
(Acer ginnala)
This beast is considered to be a Very Tall Shrub, or a Small Multi-Stemmed Tree, (your choice), it’s originally native to western Asia.

Zone: 2
Height - 6M (20 ft)
Spread - 5M (15 ft)
Habit: Upright and Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun, to Partial Shade
Moisture: Prefers Moist Well Drained Soil, and it appears to have better alkaline tolerance than a Tatarian Maple.

It is slightly larger in stature than a Tatarian Maple, with slightly duller green summer foliage, but shows a extremely bright red fall colour. The largest Amur Maple growing in our yard is about 5M tall with a spread of 4M.

It is useful in home landscapes, boarders, and parks, but tends to be a slow grower.

Red Tatarian Maple (Acer tataricum ‘Rubrum’) is often mixed with (Acer ginnala). Also many Tatarian Maples sold by several big box boys, exhibit intermediate characteristics and appear to be hybrids, between these two species, and I don’t think they would know the difference.

So don’t be surprised when, your newly planted, ‘Amur Maple’ grows up,
    --- and  is not red in fall.

Wednesday
Oct082014

Access Problems

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced Yesterday, that a small business in Saskatchewan was the target of an investigation, after millions of spam messages were sent from its computer server.

Aparently complaints about the messages started in July. The business, a computer reseller, was not sending the messages intentionally, the CRTC found. Rather, its server had become infected with malware (malicious software) that can take over a computer and use it for its own purposes, without the owner’s knowledge.

The CRTC worked with the business, along with Access Communications, the Internet Service provider, to stop the activity.
   ---- The CRTC did not issue a fine!

Monday
Oct062014

KaBloom

Guess what new seed series is going to knock your socks off?

KaBloom! is the first seed produced calibrachoa.  KaBloom brings you all the benefits that seed varieties offer compared to vegetative propagated varieties.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 12-18“
Spread: 10-12“
Habit: Upright, Mounding, and Trailing
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist, never Excessively  Wet

KaBloom has better disease tolerance, better branching, more economical production. Plus, KaBloom generates the same amount of colour as mid-vigour vegetative varieties. Hey, side by side, you can’t tell the difference!

Consider KaBloom as a Premium Product for mono-containers, or as a component in combos. The six core colours available at present are:  Rose, Deep Blue, Deep Red, Deep Pink, Yellow and White.

   ---  Yep, this is a fantastic seed breeding breakthrough!