Minority affairs workplace kicks off listening tour on COVID reduction cash

WELLSBURG, W. Va. – The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) starts in Brooke County on Wednesday evening 16-month nationwide audio tour to hear what communities need and how the state’s $ 1.6 billion pandemic aid can help.

HHOMA officials will be at the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department in Wellsburg at 6:30 p.m. to check the American Rescue Plan Act of Assignments 2021.

Jill Upson, the executive director of HHOMA, told MetroNews that this will be a real listening tour with no management speeches planned. She said she would then take everything she heard to Governor Jim Justice’s office.

Jill Upson

She said she had already met with Wellsburg Mayor Dan Duley on topics that have come up during the pandemic.

“They will tell me which areas are hardest hit by the pandemic, they will tell me what are the greatest needs in their community,” said Upson.

The tour will visit all 55 counties from this week through December 2022. HHOMA stated that the HHOMA team will meet with local community leaders at each stop, followed by public forums where all community members will be invited to receive information and share their ideas.

Topics for discussion include: pandemic challenges, targeting the greatest need, making impact, sustainability and pooling resources.

“Everyone is invited to groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the general public by the elected local leaders. Just so we could give as much information back to the governor as possible for his final recommendations, ”Upson said.

Upson said the state had until December 2024 to spend the incoming funds. Therefore, the schedule is stretched to get the assignments right and to be transparent.

On Thursday, the tour ends at 6:00 p.m. at the Weirton Millsop Community Center in Hancock County. Next week, the tour will take place on Wednesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling and on Thursday, August 19 at the VFW Mound Post in Moundsville at 6:30 p.m. Upson plans on every stop to be.

The rest of the 2021 schedule includes Wetzel 6-10 September, Monongalia 20.-24. September, Marion 27.-Oct. 1. Taylor and Preston 4-8 October, Barbour and Tucker 18-22 October, Jefferson and Berkeley 1-5 November, Morgan 9-12 November, mineral 1.-3. December 13-17, Hampshire December.

Specific dates and locations will be published on the HHOMA website.

“This is a one-time funding that will not be continued. We want to make sure we are doing things carefully and gathering as much information as possible from the public, ”said Upson.

How Russian cash retains Belarus afloat | Europe| Information and present affairs from across the continent | DW

Russia supported its western neighbor Belarus for decades – long before the European Union and the US Sanctions imposed on Minsk and President Alexander Lukashenko. At the beginning of the summer, Moscow lent its ally $ 500 million (€ 423 million) – six months earlier it had spent a similar sum on Lukashenko’s regime.

Seen from the outside, such numbers appear like a large-volume, everyday loan that one country grants another and on which interest is collected. But the situation with Belarus and Russia is different. Observers say: interest rates are rising and debts are growing year by year, but Minsk continues to receive new loans from Moscow.

Russia has been subsidizing its neighbors for years. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Moscow pumped $ 106 billion into the Belarusian economy between 2005 and 2015.

Discounted oil and gas

Experts divide Russia’s monetary contributions to Minsk into two categories: legal and covert. Both are not driven by the economy and both have put a strain on Russia’s state budget.

The most obvious subsidy, analysts say, occurs in the Belarusian energy sector, which receives cheap Russian gas and has imposed tariffs on oil destined for Belarusian refineries.

Russia subsidized the energy sector by selling cheap gas

“In the past 20 years, gas prices in Belarus have risen to European levels only twice; every time Belarus stopped payments [to Russia], and calls for a discount, “said Sergey Kondratiev of the Moscow Institute of Energy and Finance Foundation. The research institute estimates that between 2011 and 2020, Russia will produce oil worth $ 35 billion and gas worth $ 19 billion Belarus subsidized.

Cheap loans, preferential market access

Cheap – and legal – credit is another means Russia has used to prop up Belarus. Moscow continues to extend the payment deadlines and is constantly revising the terms of the loans. Russia, for example, loaned Belarus $ 10 billion in 2011 to build a nuclear power plant.

“Belarus was given both a very long grace period to repay the money and the ability to repay the loan at a discounted rate,” Kondratiev said. “Belarus would not have had such favorable conditions on the free market.”

It remains unclear how Minsk is spending untied loans on certain projects. Bogdan Bespalko, a member of Russia’s Interethnic Relations Council – a body affiliated with President Vladimir Putin’s office – suspects they are being used to pay off old debts. “Much of the last $ 500 million loan was used to repay money owed to Russian companies,” said Bespalko.

Certain sectors of the Belarusian economy enjoy preferential treatment in the Russian market

Russia has also granted Belarus special access to its market. Not even other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) enjoy such favorable conditions as companies from Belarus. Observers argue that this preferential treatment guarantees the survival of entire economic sectors in Belarus, especially in the food and mechanical engineering industries.

In addition to low-interest loans, these favorable preferences enabled the Belarusian economy to reach around $ 11 billion between 2011 and 2020, according to the Moscow Institute of Energy and Finance.

Shady sources of income

Cross-border smuggling has also helped support the country’s economy. Without border controls between Belarus and Russia and thanks to preferential market access, illegal trade flourishes. The financial extent of this smuggling pales in comparison to official Russian loans, but it is still considerable. As such, it also damages the Russian coffers.

Illegal trade in Belarus means that certain EU goods are relabeled and forged customs documents are issued. These mislabeled goods are then smuggled into Russia to Avoid EU sanctions. Such business practices also mean that excise duties on products are circumvented.

“Only Belarus earns money with it,” said Kondratiev. “Belarusian cigarettes are a case in point: batches of up to a million packs are smuggled into Russia without paying any excise duties. A popular way to hide cigarettes is by delivering mineral fertilizers.”

From 2011 to 2020, illegal tobacco imports cost Russia around $ 2.6 billion. Russia suffered an estimated US $ 4.2 billion in financial damage between 2014 and 2020 Smuggling EU-sanctioned goods.

Another source of income for Minsk is the property seizure of Russian companies in Belarus. The Belgazprombank 2020 case is a prominent example.

“After a provisional administration was set up, deposits and financial assets were siphoned off, which seriously hurt Russian shareholders,” said Kondratiev. Such behavior is common, he added. “We know of cases in which goods were seized that were sent by Russians in transit through Belarus.”

No country in the world receives as much support from Russia as Belarus, said Kondratiev. However, Moscow’s aid has put a strain on finances. This is all the more problematic as the aid provided neither stimulates economic growth in Belarus nor promotes efficient use of money.

“On the contrary, we are seeing steady stagnation,” said Bogdan Bespalko, a member of the Russian Council for Inter-Ethnic Relations.

This article was taken from the German

The EU declares struggle on cash laundering | Europe| Information and present affairs from across the continent | DW

“The rules we have to prevent Money laundering are among the toughest in the world, “said European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis,” but they must now also be applied systematically. “

There haven’t been enough of these in recent years. In practice, many EU Member States do not implement the rules or are simply too lax in monitoring and auditing suspicious financial transactions. That is why the European Commission has now officially made a proposal that Brussels has been working on for months: It wants to create a new EU supervisory authority that will keep a close eye on financial developments in the member states and monitor and audit large transnational financial institutions, which are a potential risk .

However, this powerful agency is not expected to start operating for another three years, and it will be another five years before it is fully effective. The EU member states have basically agreed on the establishment of this central supervisory authority, similar to the one that already exists for banks, but are arguing about the physical seat.

Dombrovskis: Every money laundering scandal is one too many

Substantial “dirty” sales

EU Finance Commissioner Mairead McGuinness admitted when presenting the new legislative proposals: “Money laundering is a clear and present threat to citizens, democratic institutions and the financial system.” Transactions with “dirty” money account for around 1.5% of the gross domestic product in the EU – that is 133 billion euros. “The scale of the problem cannot be underestimated and the loopholes that criminals can exploit must be closed,” said McGuinness.

In order to achieve this, the Commission wants to standardize the rules for combating money laundering – that is, the transfer of “dirty” money from criminal activities into the normal, “clean” money cycle – across Europe. All member states would have to make it transparent to whom which companies, financial service providers and real estate actually belong. These could no longer be managed in the EU in the name of anonymous companies, trustees and representatives. The registers of bank accounts and their account holders would be merged across the EU.

Directive number six

The Commission notes that the repeated breakdown of assets into smaller units, the nesting of businesses, and electronic transactions across a number of overseas accounts all make it very difficult to keep track of funds generated through drug trafficking, illegal prostitution, and illegal gambling Human trafficking and other crimes of this nature.

A new anti-money laundering directive – version number six – aims to make it harder for organized crime and terrorist financiers to do business. The rules have been tightened further compared to the currently applicable fifth directive. Cryptocurrencies – privately created electronic currencies like Bitcoin, which the EU believes are particularly good for anonymous transactions – are also being targeted. In the future, cryptocurrency providers will have to disclose the identity of the account holder.

Cash Transaction Limits

Another proposal presented by Dombrovskis today is controversial among the Member States. He wants to limit cash payments to a maximum of 10,000 euros. He points out that cash is an easy way of getting into money laundering. For example, drug proceeds can be circulated by inflating the sales of a pizzeria owned by the criminals. Properties are bought and paid for with suitcases full of cash.

Some EU member states have already set an upper limit for cash payments. In Greece, for example, it is just 500 euros. In other countries, such as Germany or Austria, there is no limit at all. Around 70% of all payments to end users in the EU are made in cash.

Austrian Finance Minister Gernot Blümel supports the fight against money laundering, but says it is an illusion to believe that criminals only use cash. “We are seeing that white-collar criminals are increasingly switching to digital, and we have to intensify here in the future,” said Blümel in Vienna last week. “I think that is more effective than arbitrary caps that are fueling the current trend towards the elimination of cash.” He explained that cash must be kept as a means of payment that does not require technical assistance.

The money laundering scandal at Danske Bank – the FinCEN files – was exposed after many years

Dombrovskis is particularly concerned about the reputation and stability of the EU as a financial center. “Every money laundering scandal is one too many,” he said.

Last September thanks to the so-called FinCEN files, It became clear that even well-known major European banks have circumvented EU money laundering regulations. In 2018 it was found that a Danish bank had laundered money through a small branch in Estonia for years – up to 200 billion euros. The Danske Bank scandal sparked the Commission’s new anti-money laundering initiatives. These still have to be approved by the European Parliament and the 27 EU member states.

This article has been translated from German.

Veterans Affairs solely spent about half of CARES Act cash to date, GAO says

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Twenty billion dollars is nothing to make fun of, even for a department the size of Veterans Affairs. But that’s how much extra VA got the CARES Pandemic Control Bill, which was passed last March. This year, however, VA did only about half committed the money. Sharon Silas, Director of Health at the Government Accountability Office, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what else the surveillance agency found.

Tom Available: Sharon, good to have you back.

Sharon Silas: Great thanks for having me

Tom Available: So you’ve made up your mind, or I think you’ve been told, GAO was ordered by Congress to take a look at what happened to that 19.6 billion, to be precise, it wasn’t quite 20 billion. And only half committed a year later. Tell us more about what you looked at and what you found.

Sharon Silas: For sure. The CARES Act therefore required GAO to report on the ongoing monitoring and oversight of the federal government’s efforts in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, we try to understand how VA committed and expanded these additional funds, and then also to evaluate how VA monitored COVID-19 funding.

Tom Available: And so it seems like they got more money than they needed at that point in time.

Sharon Silas: Well, for fiscal 2020, VA’s annual budget was more than $ 200 billion. Most of that went into health care support administered by the Veterans Health Administration and then into benefits administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, both passed in March 2020, provided additional funding of $ 19.6 billion. So that goes beyond the annual budget. And these funds should be specifically used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. And to support COVID-19 testing during the pandemic. The bulk of this funding went to the Veterans Health Administration, followed by the VA Office of Information Technology.

Tom Available: Alright. By this point, as of March, when you actually looked, they had committed about $ 9 billion and spent about $ 8 billion. And what does it say about whether they need the other half of that money?

Sharon Silas: For sure. And you’re right, by the end of March 2021, VA had just spent more than half of that funding, about $ 9.9 billion out of $ 19.6 billion. One of the things that we saw while looking at VA’s commitment and spending of these funds is that there was some kind of time when they were ramped up in order to be able to monitor and track those funds. Some of the issues they had to deal with were setting up some new codes for their financial management system specifically aimed at tracking these additional funds. When VA initially attempted to launch and respond to COVID-19, they first coded a portion of the COVID-19-related expenses with obligations from annual funds. And so they later had to go back and re-code these to make sure they were actually headed for the extra funding. There were also some delays in the VA Office of Information Technology, which received the second largest portion of the funding from the adjuncts. However, the Information Technology Office for its delays and their process of recruiting additional staff also contributed to the slow growth in commitments and spending of funds. If you look at all of the year you can see that when they came up and started some of these processes, they were able to commit and spend some of that funds faster.

Tom Available: We speak to Sharon Silas, the director of health in the Government Accountability Office. But given the pace of a pandemic with fewer and fewer new cases emerging, frankly, they need fewer and fewer tests, do they need the other 9 or 10 billion that have not yet been signed?

Sharon Silas: For sure. Some of the funds that the Veterans Health Administration used during the period we studied went primarily towards community care, salaries and expenses, supplies and supplies, and helping homeless veterans. When we looked at what the Veterans Health Administration plans to use for the rest of the funds, they plan to use those funds to distribute vaccines, extra PPE, and keep doing COVID 19 tests. The Information Technology Office again received the second largest share of the funds – during the period we examined, they mainly committed funds for the operations and maintenance activities related to COVID-19 such as expanding telehealth for veterans and then teleworking for VA employees as well. With a view to their spending plans for the remainder of the fiscal year, they plan to use these funds for additional equipment, building network capacity, and purchasing software licenses. According to the spending plans and our discussions with VA officials, they plan to expand the remaining funds by the end of fiscal year 2021.

Tom Available: And of that total of 19.6 billion, how much was for the Information Technology Office?

Sharon Silas: About 11% of this funding went to the Office of Information Technology and 89% to the Veterans Health Administration. So the majority of the funds went into these two components of VA.

Tom Available: So about 2 billion, in other words

Sharon Silas: Yes.

Tom Available: And are you satisfied that the remaining spending you want to make is actually related to the pandemic – especially in the OIT?

Sharon Silas: Yes. As I mentioned earlier, when VA was responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many attempts to predict where they would need these funds. And then, as the pandemic continued, they could make adjustments and better plan how to use those funds. So if you look at the spending plans for the rest of the fiscal year, it looks like the funding is being used appropriately.

Tom Available: And the coding problems and so on to make sure the right funds were booked in the right way. That’s kind of an OIT problem too, right, because they had to build the new codes and procedures into the accounting system – right?

Sharon Silas: Right, yes. Once they have the code in place and are also using the processes they already have, they have initiated or issued new guidelines to track these funds. All of these different elements were introduced during the pandemic and are now in place so they can properly track the funds as needed.

Tom Available: For sure. If it is a general concern of GAO, it may be outside the scope of the report. But I mean, it’s kind of a guise for GAO not to make sure that when agencies get a piece of capital S like this, they find an extra amount of money, no ways to spend it, to spend it, to spend it, but that they do really use what they need for the purpose of the hand for which it was used? And I should probably never say that out loud, but turn back a little.

Sharon Silas: I mean, for this review, at least, we did not assess how closely the VA components match the processes they developed to manage the additional funding. We have reviewed the VA financial management processes in the context of the federal standards for internal controls in terms of monitoring and communication. However, in the course of our review we looked at a non-generalized sample of VISNS, the networks and the financial coding for 10 national contracts and during the course of this review we found no non-compliance with their processes. However, in one report, we find that others have identified issues with VA’s financial management practices in the past.

Tom Available: So see any special recommendations from this look?

Sharon Silas: No, we didn’t have any recommendations for this review.

Tom Available: Alright. Sharon Silas is the director of health at GAO. As always, thank you very much.

Sharon Silas: Many Thanks.

Greater than cash wanted to repair issues at Division of Veterans Affairs

Seven years of exposed problems in Bay Area VAs

Craig Patrick reports

The Biden government wants to increase the funds for Veterans‘Health care. President Biden is proposing an additional $ 8.5 billion for veterans next year, on top of $ 18 billion to improve VA medical centers in his infrastructure plan.

However, the Department of Veterans Affairs has faced a number of challenges that money alone cannot solve.

One of the most common complaints from veterans is that their services are wrongly denied and they have to wait months of years for their appeal.

For example, a month after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the VA denied Keith Brown’s claim and after months of back and forth approved his services six days before his death.

MORE: Agent Orange and Cancer: Veteran dies 1 month after VA reversed refusal to perform

Veteran denied cancer benefits until it was too late

Keith was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in November 2018. A month later, the VA denied compensation for end-stage cancer assistance. Then, in March 2019, the VA denied that his lung cancer was even linked to his ministry after years of exposure to Agent Orange.

“He was annoyed to the extreme,” said Keith’s wife Cindy. “There has to be better, because if you wait long enough and this vet dies, you are under no obligation to make a decision or to repay the payment.”

Last year too Candi Weikert came within six days of losing her home because the VA was delaying the benefits of their survivors until FOX 13 intervened and they immediately approved it with back payment.

MORE: A year and a half later, the widow’s VA benefits finally come through

Widow finally gets VA benefits

When we met Candi Weikert in November, she was a grieving widow who had not been able to receive her VA benefits for more than a year. The bank had already planned to auction their house and they had given up hope of keeping it.

Jon Darling is a former VA insider who said he had insight into why many veteran benefits are delayed or falsely denied.

While Congress passed reforms to alleviate claims backlog, Darling said, based on his experience, policies to improve performance have failed in some cases. He said employees have an allocation of points that they need to achieve and that the points are determined by the number of claims processed statistically. While this seems like a great way to keep the process moving, Darling said in practice, it encouraged some to work too fast and make mistakes and / or increase the number of rejections. He said that a denied claim is considered a completed claim.

“If you reject a claim, you received that one number, nothing was achieved, but you received the number,” he said. “The Regional Office can summarize this as one additional point for a processed application.”

And if the veteran prevails on appeal, Darlins has increased the stats.

“We can get two points from this person,” he said.

He said the staff didn’t automatically deny claims, but he said they weren’t selected for things that disabled veterans – many of them seniors – can easily overlook. And while he said they could call the veterans and fix many of the issues, they were under pressure to limit any call, which prevents workers from calling to fix minor issues on the forms.

“I really had a stomach ache,” he said. “It wasn’t uncommon for people to send in forms for a year and a half. When I called these people, I found my car had already been taken, my house was in foreclosure, and I lost my spouse six months ago, and I am how, and we play around with your papers? “

He encouraged veterans to contact a Veterans Service Representative who can help fill out the forms for free.

“The form is extremely difficult for first-time viewers to complete. Unless they have the assistance of a knowledgeable veteran service representative or someone with experience who sees this form, there is little chance they will fill it out properly . “

The US Department of Veterans has one List of Veterans Service Officers. The National Veterans Foundation also provides a list of resources to assist you https://nvf.org/veteran-service-officers/.

Veteran examiners can also be reached through the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs at 727-319-7440 or by email to VSO@fdva.state.fl.us

For more information, visit https://floridavets.org/benefits-services/.

Spring gardening: savvy tricks to prevent money and time | Shopper affairs

GArdening ist immer ein Prozess des Experimentierens: Sie werden einige Pflanzen auf dem Weg töten, während andere auf eine Weise gedeihen, die Sie vielleicht nie erwartet haben. Wenn Sie jedoch einige Nachforschungen anstellen, bevor Sie online oder ins Gartencenter gehen, können Sie viel Zeit und Geld für Projekte verschwenden, die Sie nur enttäuschen werden. Der Schlüssel, um ein versierter Gärtner zu sein, liegt darin, Ihre Zeit, Ihr Budget, Ihr Fachwissen und die Art Ihres Raums abzuwägen, um herauszufinden, was Sie wie wachsen können.

Hier ein Beispiel: Es mag billiger erscheinen, Tomaten aus Samen anzubauen, wenn Sie mit einem Päckchen etwa 2 Pfund zurückbekommen, aber haben Sie Platz, um Dutzende kleiner Pflanzen zu ernähren? Sie müssen einen warmen, hellen Ort finden, an dem Ihre Sämlinge in der Zeit drinnen wachsen können, bevor sie rund um die Uhr sicher leben können (Mitte bis Ende Mai in Großbritannien). Überlegen Sie dann, für wie viele Pflanzen Sie draußen Platz haben und wie viele Tomaten Ihre Familie isst. Anstatt von vorne zu beginnen, sollten Sie zu dem Schluss kommen, dass es klüger ist, ein paar Wochen zu warten und genau die Anzahl junger Pflanzen zu kaufen, die Sie benötigen und die direkt nach draußen gehen können. Wenn Sie auf diese Weise beginnen, können Sie auch einige verschiedene Sorten anbauen, jeweils eine Pflanze. Drei große Steckpflanzen bringen Ihnen per Versandhandel etwa 5 bis 10 Pfund zurück, wenn sie bald in den Handel kommen. Suttons bietet drei Tomatenpfropfenpflanzen an von verschiedenen Sorten für 9,99 £, während der Bio-Gartenkatalog eine Tutti Frutti-Sammlung von drei verschiedenen kleinen Tomaten für 4,99 £ enthält.

Fingerhüte und Cerinthe bieten farbenfrohe Blumen für Bordüren oder zum Schneiden im Sommer. Foto: Anna Stowe Botanica / Alamy

Sie können Plug-Pflanzen von so ziemlich jedem Gemüse kaufen, an das Sie heutzutage denken können. Wenn Sie jedoch viel Zeit, aber nicht viel Geld haben, ist es billiger, Samenpakete mit Gemüse zu kaufen, die direkt im Freien gesät werden können, wie z. B. Salat, Karotten, Rote Beete und Radieschen. Die meisten dieser häufig angebauten Gemüse sind „One-Hit-Wunder“ der Pflanzenwelt. Sie sind definiert als Einjährige, die innerhalb eines Jahres wachsen und geerntet werden, im Gegensatz zu Stauden, die Jahr für Jahr weiter wachsen.

Abgesehen von Rhabarber, Spargel und Artischocken gibt es nicht so viele bekannte mehrjährige Gemüsesorten. Wenn Sie jedoch etwas tiefer graben, finden Sie mehrjährige Ersatzprodukte für unser bekannteres einjähriges Gemüse. Diese nehmen viel Arbeit und Kosten für den Anbau von Gemüse in Anspruch, da Sie Pflanzen einmal säen oder kaufen müssen. Dann werden sie Jahr für Jahr weiter angebaut: Obwohl der anfängliche Aufwand etwas höher sein kann, wird dieser durch die Jahre von aufgewogen Ernte, die Sie genießen werden. Walisische Zwiebeln (Allium fistulosum) können anstelle von Frühlingszwiebeln und Zwiebeln verwendet werden, während mehrjährige Grünkohlsorten wie Daubenton und Taunton Deane genauso schmackhaft sind, aber mehrere Jahreszeiten wachsen, ebenso wie mehrjähriger Brokkoli mit neun Sternen (Brassica oleracea botrytis asparagoides). .

Es gibt auch mehrjährige Ersatzprodukte für Spinat, einschließlich Seerüben (Beta vulgaris subsp maritima) und guten Königshenry (Chenopodium Bonus-Henricus). Die Blätter des letzteren müssen vor dem Spülen und Kochen ein oder zwei Stunden lang in einer Schüssel mit stark gesalzenem Wasser eingeweicht werden sind aber lecker und nahrhaft. Probieren Sie für Salate Sauerampfer (Rumex scutatus), mehrjährige Wandrakete (Diplotaxis tenuifolium), Buckshornbanane (Plantago coronopus) und Salatbret (Sanguisorba minor). Die Webseite unglaublichevegetables.co.uk verkauft eine gute Auswahl an mehrjährigem Gemüse, wenn Sie diese Option erkunden möchten.

Wenn es um Zierpflanzen geht, ist es immer billiger, jüngere, weniger etablierte Pflanzen zu kaufen

Wenn es um Zierpflanzen geht, ist es immer billiger, jüngere, weniger etablierte Pflanzen zu kaufen, aber Sie müssen geduldig sein, wenn Sie darauf warten, dass sie reifen und den Raum füllen: Dies gilt für alles, von Sträuchern bis zu Kräutern. Kleinere Pflanzen sind möglicherweise anfälliger für Angriffe durch Schnecken und andere Schädlinge. Auf der positiven Seite fällt es ihnen möglicherweise leichter, sich an Ihre Bedingungen anzupassen, als eine reife Pflanze, die ein langes Leben in einer Baumschule hatte. Wenn Sie es aushalten können, zu warten, ist November bis März die Zeit, in der wurzelfreie Bäume, Stauden und Sträucher wie Rosen gepflanzt werden. Diese sind in der Regel billiger als in Behältern gezüchtete Exemplare. Zum Beispiel a Der wurzelfreie Strauch Gertrude Jekyll stieg von David Austin auf kostet £ 19,50, während der Topf £ 27 ist.

Eine Warnung vor Sommerbeetpflanzen. Dies sind normalerweise zarte Einjährige, die jedes Jahr einige Monate lang Farbe in Terrassentöpfen, hängenden Körben und Blumenbeeten verleihen: Petunien, Begonien, Fuchsien und ähnliches. Gartencenter sind jetzt voll mit jungen Steckpflanzen, aber genau wie Tomaten können diese zarten Sorten erst dann sicher ausgepflanzt werden, wenn das Frostrisiko vorbei ist, normalerweise irgendwann Mitte bis Ende Mai. Wenn Sie also keinen warmen und leichten Ort haben, an dem Sie sie aufbewahren können, sollten Sie noch nichts kaufen, sonst könnten Sie Ihr Geld verschwenden.

Oder denken Sie daran, winterharte einjährige Blumen zu säen: Diese halten ebenfalls nur ein Jahr, säen sich jedoch selbst im Garten und kehren jedes Frühjahr in Form neuer Setzlinge willkommen zurück. Sie sind von Bienen geliebt und machen auch gute Schnittblumen. Meine Favoriten sind Cerinthe (Cerinthe purpurascens), Nigella (Nigella damascena), Kornblume (Centaurea cyanus), Kalifornischer Mohn (Eschscholzia californica) und blühender Flachs (Linum grandiflorum) Geschäft. Diese sollten jahrelange Freude bereiten, wenn sie an einem sonnigen Ort gesät werden, und wenn nichts auftaucht, ist es ermutigend zu wissen, dass Sie nur ein oder zwei Pfund für ein Päckchen Samen verschwendet haben.

Kalifornische Mohnblumen bringen Farbe in jeden Garten. Foto: GomezDavid / Getty Images

Eine andere Alternative zum Kauf von Sommer-Beetpflanzen ist die Investition in junge Kräuterpflanzen wie Salbei, Lavendel, Schnittlauch, Petersilie, Estragon, Thymian und Anis-Ysop, die Sie für einen 10-cm-Topf etwa 2 bis 3 Pfund zurückzahlen sollten. Diese Pflanzen sehen in Behältern gut aus, Sie können sie in der Küche verwenden und viele sind mehrjährig, sodass sie jahrelang wachsen. Die Versandhandelsfirma Norfolk Herbs hat eine große Auswahl und wächst mit torffreiem Kompost.

Jenseits des Gartens sind die Zimmerpflanzenpreise gestiegen, seit sie im letzten Jahr immer beliebter wurden

Jenseits des Gartens sind die Zimmerpflanzenpreise gestiegen, seit sie im letzten Jahr immer beliebter wurden. Es gibt jedoch Möglichkeiten, Ihre Sammlung aufzubauen, ohne ein Vermögen auszugeben. Caladiums sind in Indoor-Anbaukreisen der letzte Schrei: Sie können eine ausgewachsene Pflanze für etwa 30 GBP kaufen, während eine Zwiebel Sie nur für etwa 4 bis 5 GBP zurücksetzt. Vorausgesetzt, Sie haben das Fachwissen, um es zum Keimen zu bringen (dieser Tropen braucht viel Wärme, um zu wachsen), können große Einsparungen erzielt werden. Ebenso kostet eine gepunktete Begonie (Begonia maculata) £ 4,10 als Steckpflanze vom Versandhändler Dibleys, kostet aber £ 15 oder mehr, um sie als Pflanze in voller Größe zu kaufen.

Polka Dot BegoniaPolka Dot Begonia kann aus Steckern für den Innenbereich gezüchtet werden. Foto: John Richmond / Alamy

Achten Sie auf lokale Pflanzentausch und Verkäufe, persönlich und online – oft, wenn Menschen Tomaten aus Samen gezüchtet haben, haben sie einen Überschuss an kleinen Pflanzen, die sie gerne an andere Gärtner weitergeben möchten. Social-Media-Gruppen in der Nachbarschaft sind ein guter Ort, um die Ersatzteile anderer Leute zu kaufen oder alles, was Sie haben, gegen etwas anderes einzutauschen, das Sie für Ihr Gemüsebeet wünschen. Haben Sie keine Angst, im Gartencenter Fragen zu stellen: Ein guter Mitarbeiter sollte über kompetente Mitarbeiter verfügen, die Ihnen helfen, die richtigen Entscheidungen für Ihre Situation zu treffen.

Günstig im Garten arbeiten

Ein Metallwerkzeugkasten, der als Pflanzgefäß umfunktioniert wurdeEin Metallwerkzeugkasten, der als Pflanzgefäß umfunktioniert wurde. Foto: Jane Perrone

Nehmen Sie eine “Make Do and Mend” -Haltung ein, und Gartenarbeit muss Sie kein Vermögen kosten. Es kann etwas mehr Aufwand erfordern, egal ob Sie in Junk-Shops stöbern und online Schnäppchen finden oder Dinge, die Sie kostenlos finden, zhooshing, aber das Ergebnis spart Ihr Bankguthaben und gibt Ihnen einen großen Haken in Bezug auf Nachhaltigkeit.

Es gibt viel Inspiration bei Ihrer örtlichen Zuteilung. Grundstücksinhaber sind seit langem die Experten für Sparsamkeit: Jeder Standort ist übersät mit großen blauen Fässern in Lebensmittelqualität, die als Wasserkolben umfunktioniert wurden, Hochbeeten aus alten Holzgerüstbrettern und -dielen, Pflanzen, die durch Schmutznetze geschützt sind (von Bauherren und Gerüsten verwendet) und Kompostbehälter aus Holzpaletten.

Wenn es um größere Gartenartikel geht, sind Websites wie der Facebook-Marktplatz, Freegle und Freecycle ein Segen. Die Verkäufe von Gewächshäusern und Schuppen sind seit der Coronavirus-Pandemie stark gestiegen, aber sie sind immer noch recht einfach, billig oder sogar kostenlos zu erwerben, vorausgesetzt, Sie sind bereit, sie zu zerlegen und zu transportieren. Achten Sie auch auf gebrauchte Gartenmöbel: Manche Leute verschenken oder verkaufen Massivholzmöbel billig, anstatt sie neu zu streichen oder neu zu lackieren. Gleiches gilt für Werkzeuge wie Spaten, Gabeln und Rechen.

Wenn Sie einen Trockner oder eine Waschtrommel aufnehmen können – den Metallzylinder in der Maschine, der beim Verschrotten entfernt wird -, können Sie ihn in eine Feuerstelle oder eine Zuteilungsverbrennungsanlage verwandeln. Meins ist schwarz mit Ofenfarbe gestrichen und dient als Couchtisch auf meiner Terrasse. Manchmal werden Sie diese zum Verkauf bei Ihrem örtlichen Trinkgeld sehen (oder fragen Sie nett und sie können Ihnen eine kostenlos geben). Achten Sie während Ihres Aufenthalts auf Fahrradräder und Matratzenfedern, die für skurrile Stützen für Kletterer wie Bohnen oder Erbsen verwendet werden können.

Eine Trocknertrommel, die als Gartenverbrennungsanlage verwendet wird.Eine Trocknertrommel, die als Gartenverbrennungsanlage verwendet wird. Foto: Jane Perrone

Plastikküchenbehälter, Baukübel und Catering-Dosen können als Behälter für Pflanzen in Betrieb genommen werden, vorausgesetzt, Sie fügen Drainagelöcher in den Boden ein. Wenn Sie Samen säen, sind durchsichtige Lebensmittelbehälter aus Kunststoff aus Fleisch- oder Gemüseverpackungen hervorragende Mini-Samenschalen, und mit einem Deckel kann ein Mini-Vermehrer hergestellt werden.

Wenn Sie nach neuen Behältern für Zimmerpflanzen suchen, in Wohltätigkeitsgeschäften nach gebrauchten Keramikbehältern für Pflanzen, Untertassen, die Sie als Auffangschalen verwenden können, und Weidenkörben oder sogar Abfallbehältern suchen, können Sie einen Kunststoff-Kindergartentopf wiederverwenden (mit auskleiden) eine lochfreie Plastiktüte, um Wasserlecks zu verhindern).

Durchsuchen Sie Ihre Küche nach anderen Behälteroptionen: Alte Auflaufformen, Slow Cooker-Töpfe und Plastikschalen können Pflanzen aufnehmen. Metallsiebe werden durch Hinzufügen von Schnur oder Kette an den Griffen in hängende Körbe umgewandelt: Wenn Sie von Motten gefressene Wollpullover oder -decken haben, schneiden Sie diese auf, um sie als Korbfutter zu verwenden. Vergessen Sie ausgefallene Gießkannen für Ihre Zimmerpflanzen: Ich benutze eine Glasmilchflasche und für Setzlinge füge ich eine hinzu Flaschenverschluss Tränke zu einer normalen Plastikflasche.

Für den Garten neigen billige Plastikgießkannen dazu, nach ein oder zwei Saisons zu zerknittern. Achten Sie daher in Junk-Läden und bei örtlichen Werbegeschenkgruppen auf verzinkte oder Plastikdosen von guter Qualität. Durchsuchen Sie den Papierkorb auch nach nützlichen Plastikstücken: Schneiden Sie einen großen Plastikmilchkrug in zwei Hälften, und das Griffende bildet eine großartige Kompostschaufel, während Plastikbesteck wirksame Pflanzenetiketten bildet (oder in nackten Boden klebt, um sich vor einheimischen Katzen zu schützen, indem Sie das verwenden Bereich als Toilette).

Dieser sparsame Ansatz ist nicht nur zufriedenstellend und macht Spaß, sondern spart auch mehr Geld für den wichtigsten Teil der Gartenarbeit – die Pflanzen.

Provident Leisure Proclaims Megan Joyce As VP Enterprise & Authorized Affairs

Provident Entertainment has announced the hiring of Megan Joyce as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for their team. Joyce is the Senior Vice President of Business and Legal for Roc Nation in New York, NY. She has over 20 years of entertainment industry experience with Provident Entertainment. She held senior positions at Warner Music Nashville and Atlantic Records and began her music career in sales and marketing at EMI Music Distribution.

“We are incredibly honored to have Megan join our team,” said Terry Hemmings, CEO and President of Provident Entertainment. “Your experience and expertise will be a wonderful addition to our talented list of great artists and songwriters who make up the Provident Entertainment family.” ”

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Provident Entertainment family and to have the opportunity to work with an incredibly diverse and inspiring roster of artists, songwriters and filmmakers,” said Megan Joyce. “I am grateful to Terry for the opportunity to become a member, such a talented and passionate team. “