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DECEMBER 15, 2011 O Cape Gazette Planting evergreens to north provideadditionalin , your building, evergr ide of p ty should be planted sli S roper is common from the foundati, enough space in the Everyone knows that summer temperatures are cooler in the shade, but trees can help cut win- ter energy costs, too. Themost common approach is to plant evergreen trees and shrubs on the north and northwest sides of the property. "Wind barriers can channel winds away from your house and cu.t down on cold drafts getting into your house," says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA and staff ar- borist with the Tree Care Indus- try Association. "In addition, shrubs, bushes and vines planted next to a house can help insulate the home in winter andsum- mer." The ultimate goal of planting a windbreak or living snow fence zone for roots to gr is weather control. By creating a physical root barriers design that takes into account about the foundation'. wind speed and direction, snow The density of the accumulation patterns and areas key. Higher-density of high and low usage, spring and are better at slowing summer plantings can offer enough to cause sno a homeowners benefits ranging the ground and acc from reduced energy costs to on the windward ar more efficient water manage- side of the row. ment. These types of li' "To reduce winter heating fences are extremely costs, plant evergreen trees and keeping roads, driv, shrubs as windbreaks," Ander- other high-use are sen recommends. "Generally, drifts, which means le most cold winds come from the less shoveling and le north or west, so on those sides tion. of the building plant a dense row On the other hl of evergreens that maintain should not be plaw branches low to the ground. To Continued 7' - . SUBMITTEDPHOTO GENE BAUR, left, president and cofounc~er of Farm Sanctuary, is shown with Patti- cia Haddock, president of Delaware Voters for Animals. Farm Sanctuary presented the National Conference to End Factory F~rming. ring snow useful for .'ways and s clear of ss plowing, ;s aggrava- nd, trees ed on the on page 23 SUBMITTED PHOTO TREES can help cut winter energy costs. The most common approach is to plant evergreen trees and shrubs on the north and northwest sides of the property. Residents attend conference to End Factory Farmin Citizens from across the coun- ble, and much of it is standard try gathered recently at the practice now." The term "factory farming" groundbreaking Na{ional Con- ference to End Facto Farming, outside which took place just the nation's capital. In ttendance were Sussex County residents Patricia Haddock Of George- town, and Leslie La0tz and her husband Mel Dole, both of Clarksville. " [ "It was really eyetopening to see so many people from differ- ent backgrounds all concerned about this same issud." said Had- dock. Factory farmlng is tern- refers to large-scale industrial- ized operations where massive numbers of animals raised for food are confined intensively for life, usually in large, windowless sheds. The animals are crammed so tightly most cannot even turn around or spread their limbs. These operations pose serious threats to public health, worker safety and the nation's water supply. Water pollution has been a particular concern in the Chesapeake Bay region. These Confined Animal Feeding Oper- ations damage rural communi- ties by replacing many tradition- al small to mid-size family farms. At the conference, speakers of- fered a variety of suggestions f6r dealing with these issues, revers- ing the policies that have given all of the advantages to intensive farming operations while push- ing out the small and mid-sized farms, eliminating government subsidies, incentives, and tax breaks for CAFOs and making the system transparent and ac- countable. Reflecting on the conference, Haddock said, "I brought home a lot of interesting information, but I think the Farm Sanctuary T- shirt I bought sums it up best. Factory farming hurts everyone.", : ur sense of smell is strongly linked to our memory. A whiff of a fir tree will remind us of Christmas, or the smell of popcorn can flood us with mem- ories of watching movies with friends. So it's no wonder that we often choose our house pAants for their smell as much as rholr honutv A trnr'o c~fhnnnnn~ in the air may remind us of cozy breakfasts or the tropics, regard- less of the weather. A rare but worthy houseplant called the ba- nana shrub (Michelia figo) has flowers with a distinct, delight- fully sweet banana aroma. Orig- inally from China, this member of the magnolia family blooms all year. Banana shrub flowers grow out of a cigar-shaped, fuzzy brown bud. The waxy flowers are like tiny magnolias, just under two inches across, with fuzzy purple sta- mens. Usually the blooms are a creamy off-white with a thin edge of dark burgundyred, though some varieties have solid purple flowers. The evergreen leaves are glossy deep green, making it attractive e' not in bloom. This shrub was inn America in the 1700s became a classic ever the South, where it doors up to 15 feet tal houseplant it usually tween two and four fl grows well in a brighl This is one houseplal doesn't mind it being cool, though avoid dr This is a slow-gro plant with a rounded ren when oduced to md soon green in ows out- . Asa tays be- '.et tall. It window. Lt that a little fits. ing house- open habit. It prefers a slightly acidic, sandy potting soil that drains well. You may want to add Per- lite or peat moss to the soil. This plant may be hard to find in some areas, so yoti may need Continued on naee 23 BANANA SH RUB flowers grow SUBMITTED PHOTO out of a cigar-shaped, fuzzy, brown bud.