Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 13, 2013:
DIG FUNDRAISER - Development in Gardening has a strong connection to the Birmingham area. The organization has an event coming up in Birmingham on November 14th from 7 pm to 10 pm at 2nd Row Studio on 212 24th Street North. The event will feature the powerful photography of two of Alabama's leading photographers, Cary Norton http://carynorton.com/ and Bob Miller http://carynorton.com/, both of whom have spent time photographing DIG's work on the ground in Africa. The event will also debut Bob Miller's beautiful short film on DIG's work and constituents "Reap What You Sow." Sarah Koch is DIG's Executive Director and Founder and a Birmingham native. She reaches out to the Birmingham community regularly to help support DIG's critical mission and work - and Birmingham is always very responsive. At 24 years old, she founded DIG while in the Peace Corps in Senegal seven years ago. The organization started with one project at the infectious disease of the Fann National Hospital in Dakar. DIG developed a garden on what was being used as refuse pile and patient's meals began to include fresh produce and meet some of their nutritional needs. The story was simple, the patients' health improved, they had a sustainable source of fresh nutritious produce and the garden grew. Since then, Sarah has grown the organization and DIG has now worked in 9 different countries and developed hundreds of gardens and trained thousands of people how to produce their own food and meet their own needs. She never tires in the effort to raise awareness around global hunger and plight of at-risk communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. DIG continues its mission to improve the nutrition and health of at-risk populations through sustainable gardening. To learn more about DIG and how DIG trains people in agriculture and nutrition and providing resources to create projects that empower communities to meet their own needs visit: ReapLifeDIG.org
JEH JEH LIVE - Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham hosts public meeting for bikeshare program. The meeting will be tonight at 5:30pm at the AIA Birmingham Design Center (109 South Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35233). The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is conducting a feasibility study to explore the possibility of Bikeshare in Birmingham. This public meeting is a chance for RPCGB to collect feedback from citizens. Also on hand to answer questions will be consultants from Toole Design Group, the nation's leading engineering, planning and landscape architecture firm specializing in multi-modal transportation. Toole Design Group has supported bikeshare efforts in major cities around the country, including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Antonio, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visits with Kelly Wall from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Cane Toad. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Alison Heaton, who practices at St. Vincent's Birmingham, took viewer questions about obstetrics and gynecology.
GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear discusses protecting plants from the cold. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions! As we all know, winter temperatures in our region can vary almost daily. A winter day can start in the low forties but reach very mild temperatures by the afternoon. Conversely, the next day you make wake up to a cold northern wind and freezing rain. For most plants, our winter temperature fluctuations do not cause a problem. Those native to our region respond by going dormant. However, those that are not from around here may easily become confused and suffer damage or even death from extreme winter temperatures. Tropical plants and citrus, naturally, are quite vulnerable.
You cannot control the weather but you can take steps to protect plants from winter temperature extremes:
• Avoid fall pruning which will cause a flush of new growth that will be more susceptible to cold injury.
• Apply mulch to plants after the first hard freeze. Add a 3 to 4 inch layer around the base of the plants. Mulch helps the soil retain moisture and provides a protective layer of insulation to the plant's root zone. This layer can keep the soil from freezing during periods of extreme cold.
• Move container plants inside a protective structure such as a house, garage, greenhouse, or shed. You may need to provide supplemental heat, depending on the plant and/or the temperature. Containers that are too large to move inside should be grouped together and protected by mulch or a frost blanket. This step helps reduce the amount of heat lost through the sides of the container.
• While plant coverings typically provide more protection from frost than from extreme cold, when used properly, they can help to lessen cold injury. Coverings should extend to the ground and should not touch the foliage. Foliage that touches the cover is more easily injured due to the heat transfer from the foliage to the colder cover. Cloth sheets, quilts, or black plastic are all examples of coverings. Please note - you must remove plastic covers on a sunny day or provide necessary ventilation and a means to release trapped heat.
• Watering landscape plants before a freeze can also aid in cold protection. Well-watered soil is capable of absorbing more solar radiation than dry soil. At night, the soil can then release this radiation as heat. Additionally, roots that are surrounded by moist soil are insulated against extreme cold. Dry roots are more likely to suffer from cold damage.
• Healthy, properly fertilized plants are more tolerant of cold temperatures. Also, they tend to recover more rapidly from injury than plants grown with suboptimal nutrition. Start this health tip before fall. Late fall fertilization can actually cause winter injury.
ELLIE KRIEGER COOKING - New York Times bestseller and one of America's leading nutrition experts Ellie Krieger helps us fall in love with fall in love with healthy comfort food. Who doesn't love Fall? The holidays are approaching and comfort food season is upon us, but satisfying meals don't have to be unhealthy ones. Ellie Krieger knows a thing or two about using natural ingredients and simple techniques to transform your favorite Fall comfort foods into guilt-free meals. Former Food Network host Ellie Krieger is best known for her show Healthy Appetite, which also ran in reruns for years on the Cooking Channel, and she makes frequent appearances on national morning shows as one of America's leading nutrition experts. Ellie has long been loved for her no-nonsense approach to healthy eating. Ellie joined us today to suggest techniques to amp up the nutritional value of your favorite fall meals and present a fun and varied way to eat more volume with your fruits & vegetables.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, could you or one of your loved ones being missing out on savings on your property taxes? Join us as we explain! You hear the music in every store you go.... now it's time to officially kick off the holiday season and Jeh Jeh joins us with a special treat for one tree lighting! And get your whole family on board for a healthier Thanksgiving this year! We show you some alternatives to some of those classic dishes to balance out your table. What's new at the Georgia Aquarium? We find out! And we introduce you to our pet of the week! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.