rowing Bamboo From Seed: Episode 1

rowing Bamboo From Seed: Episode 1

ITEMS NEEDED: 4-inch (100mm) square or round pots Perlite or Vermiculite Peat Moss Non-chlorinated water Ziplock bags – 1-gallon (4-liter) size Salt Laundry bleach Seed soaking bottle (small plastic drink bottle) Wood pencil Plant mister bottle FIRST STEP: Sterilize pots by soaking in bucket of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse well with clean water. SECOND STEP: Optional – you can leave the ovary of the seed in its hull (palea and lemmon), or you can peal back the hull and remove the ovary for sterilizing. Sterilize the seeds for 5 to 15 minutes in bottle with 1part salt to 9 parts water. Water should be body temperature , but no warmer than 100 degrees F (37 degrees C). Rise seeds well in clean water (also not too warm). Soak seeds in non-chlorinated water that is around 85 to 100 degrees F (29 to 37 degrees C). Soak the seeds for a couple of hours or until ready to plant, but no longer than 48 hours. THIRD STEP: Combine equal parts of peat moss and vermiculite (perlite can be used in lieu of vermiculite). Wet the mixture with non-chlorinated water. Fill pots with the wet soil mixture and press down (compact) the top surface lightly. FORTH STEP: Now we are ready to plant bamboo seeds. Take a sharpened wood pencil and poke a hole in the soil. Stop when the top of the tapered sharpened end of the pencil reaches the surface of the soil. You can plant one or two seeds per pot, your choice, so make one or two holes as needed. Drop-in one seed per hole. The top of the seed points up which is the tapered pointed end of seed with hull or the pointed end of ovary without the hull. If uncertain of which end is up, search for the anatomy of bamboo seed for diagrams. Press the hole shut with pencil or fingers. Mist the top of the pot to wet the soil surface using non-chlorinated water. FIFTH STEP: Place each pot in a ziplock bag and seal. This will serve as your mini greenhouse. Keep the temperature around 75 to 95 degrees F (24 to 35 degrees C), but do not let the temperature rise above 105 degrees F (40 degrees C). Temperatures higher than this can damage or kill the ovary. A heat source such as a heat lamp or heating pad can be used, or you can place your mini greenhouses outside in full shade if warm summer temperatures are present. Do not position the mini-greenhouses in direct sunlight as the temperature inside the bags can get too hot. You may have seedlings appear as early as 10 days under warm conditions. The seedlings are not likely to all emerge at the same time and some could take as long as 30 days. Be patient. SIXTH STEP: The new seedlings will not need fertilizer for the first few weeks. After the seedlings are a few weeks old or several leaves appear it is time to transplant to a soil mixture containing food (compost) or an application of a mild chemical fertilizer such as Miracle Grow for vegetables. See our next video for transplanting your seedlings. CAUTIONS: Be careful with bleach. Undiluted bleach can burn your skin if not rinsed off shortly after contact. Be careful with heat lamps as they can be a source of fires. Secure heat lamps well and keep away from combustibles such as wood, paper, and plastics. Be careful with any electrical devices such as heat lamps and heating pads, especially around water. Use a ground fault interrupt receptacle for safety. Obviously, electricity can kill you.

Ahold Delhaize USA Announces Leadership Changes at Stop & Shop and Giant Food

Ahold Delhaize USA Announces Leadership Changes at Stop & Shop and Giant Food

Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan to Leave at Year-end; Gordon Reid, President, Giant Food to Assume Role as President of Stop & Shop in Late July

QUINCY, MASS. June 17, 2019 – Ahold Delhaize USA today announced leadership changes at two of its U.S. brands.

The changes include:

  • Mark McGowan, President, Stop & Shop has made the decision to leave the organization. McGowan will remain with Stop & Shop through year-end, at the company’s request, to ensure a seamless transition.
  • Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food, will become President, Stop & Shop. Reid will begin transitioning to this new role in the coming weeks, and officially assume the role in late July.
  • Ira Kress, SVP, Operations for Giant Food, has been appointed as interim President, Giant Food.

Kevin Holt, Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize USA, said, “Mark McGowan has had a tremendous impact for the Ahold Delhaize USA brands, as well as the communities they serve, and we thank him for his 30-years of tireless service. Under his leadership, Stop & Shop has built a strong foundation for transformation and expanded success that continues through our ‘Reimagine Stop & Shop’ initiative. As Mark transitions, I have full confidence that Gordon Reid is the right leader to continue this transformation by repositioning the business for future success and rebuilding customer loyalty.”

Mark McGowan said, “It’s been an honor and privilege to lead the Stop & Shop brand. I’m grateful for our associates who are incredibly dedicated to serving our customers every day, and I’m extremely proud of all that we have accomplished together. As Stop & Shop embarks on the next phase of its transformation, now is the right time for me to make this change. I look forward to working closely with Gordon and the entire team to ensure a seamless transition.”

Gordon Reid currently serves as President of Giant Food, which has 165 stores in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Reid joined Giant Food, an Ahold Delhaize USA company, in 2013 and has more than 35 years of international retail experience, having served in a variety of management roles at Tesco, Boots, A.S. Watson Group and The Dairy Farm Group before joining Giant Food. Reid is active in the community and serves as a member of the USO Washington-Baltimore Executive Board, Capital Area Food Bank Board and a member of the Partnership for a Healthier America. He holds a bachelor’s of science in pharmacy from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, U.K. and a master’s degree in business administration from Nottingham University Business School in the U.K.

“We are excited for Gordon to join the Stop & Shop brand,” added Holt. “Gordon is an excellent leader of people, with a strong focus on serving customers, engaging associates and supporting local communities. During his time at Giant Food, the brand has successfully grown sales and market share, and has strong associate engagement results.”

Both Reid and Kress will assume their new roles in late July.