Get it Growing: The LSU AgCenter’s 2018 “Get It Growing” calendar is available at lsuagcenter.com/getitgrowingcalendar and at some local nurseries. Featuring monthly gardening tips by Dan Gill, beautiful photographs by Louisiana gardeners, and lots of useful information, it’s a wonderful gift for your gardener friends. The calendar costs $11.95, and proceeds support horticulture scholarships and research. Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter.
A question for Dan Gill: My daughter wishes to purchase some of your books on growing vegetables for me for Christmas. I looked at Amazon, and the description of the books for sale was poor. Please give me some suggestions on what books will be useful for me to grow spring and fall vegetables. Do you have a newsletter? -- Carol SobolewskiAnswer: I've never written a book focusing exclusively on vegetables, but my "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" book has a chapter on vegetables and herbs.
The winter solstice will occur on Dec. 21. On that day, we will experience the shortest period of light and longest period of darkness in a 24-hour period. It's the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice is a good reminder that day and night length vary from season to season through the year. Days have been getting shorter and shorter since the summer solstice back on June 20. After the winter solstice, days will begin to get longer.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".