Good Day Alabama for January 8, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for January 8, 2014

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 8, 2014:

GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear discusses vegetable gardens and using the farmer's almanac. With all of the cold temperatures that we have had and are still dealing with, gardening is the last thing on most of our minds.  However, now is a great time to plan for this year's garden.  In fact, early spring crops will need to be planted in the next few weeks. When it comes to determining planting times, some folks swear by the farmer's almanac.  The almanac contains a moon phase calendar as well as zodiac chart.  These charts have been used for years to determine ranges of planting dates for specific crops as well as many other on-the-farm activities such as raising animals, cutting timber, etc.  This age-old practice stems from the simple belief that the moon governs moisture. While most of us may be a long way from the farm, it might be a neat idea to put this method of gardening to the test in our own backyards.  After all, what could it hurt? The moon has four monthly phases.  Each phase lasts about 7 days.
· New moon to first quarter - this phase is considered fertile and wet.  So it is a great time to plant above ground crops; those you can see.  A few examples are Cabbage, broccoli, lettuce
· First quarter to full moon - plant aboveground crops that you can see that have seed within a fruit or pod and flowers.  Examples are tomatoes, peppers, beans, melons.
· Full moon to last quarter - this is when you plant root crops, bulbs, perennials and biennials.  Examples are onion, turnip, garlic, carrots, beets, radishes
· Last quarter to new moon - it is best not to plant during this time.  This phase is considered a resting period.  It is a good time to cultivate, prune, or harvest.
If you choose to try gardening by the phases of the moon, keep in mind that not every garden chore can be done at these specific times.  If a frost is predicted, you wouldn't want to plant tomatoes even if the moon is in the correct phase.  And, sometimes you have to complete your garden tasks whenever your schedule allows, which may or may not coincide with the correct lunar period.
While we may not know for sure whether this age-old gardening technique works, it may be fun to give it a go.  So, go get your copy of this year's Farmers' Almanac and get started.

JEH JEH LIVE - The 10th  Annual McDonald's® Red Shoe Run benefiting Birmingham's Ronald McDonald House is set to get underway Saturday, January 11, 2014 beginning at Soho Square in Homewood.  The race provides everyone an opportunity to clown around for a good cause.  Now in its tenth year, the Red Shoe Run has grown to attract a broader running audience and offers fun for everyone.  The Red Shoe Run is the 2014 Alabama RRCA 10 Mile State Championship event.  Presented by McDonald's® and produced by Championship Racing, the race is expected to draw about 1,700 participants, and three race distances are offered: 10 Mile, a 5K and a 1 Mile Fun Run all starting at Soho Square winding through Homewood, AL.  
The event will feature awards to the top three (3) male and female finishers, as well as the top Overall Male and Female Masters and Grand Master finishers (over 40 and 50 years old, respectively).

The event kicks off with race packet pickup Wednesday, January 8 - Friday, January 10 at the Ronald McDonald House.  Saturday morning sees the start of the 10 Mile run at 7:00 a.m., the 5K starts at 7:15 a.m., followed by the One Mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m.  The post-race party and awards will be held inside Rosewood Hall with food and a Kids Zone with moon bounces, clowns, face painters, and music to enjoy.  The 10 Mile event is USA Track and Field certified and sanctioned by the Road Runners Club of America. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, Birmingham's only affordable provider of temporary housing services focused on serving sick or injured children and their families who must travel to Birmingham for medical care.  For more details and to sign up, go to

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Michael Bailey is a cardiologist at St. Vincent's East. He joined us to take questions about heart health and he explained Atrial Fibrillation.

DR. ASA - Janice talked with Dr. Asa Andrew - known as America's Health and Lifestyle Coach®. He is also a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. He has dedicated his life to helping others thrive in their health. Today he discussed how to avoid winter colds with these immune boosting foods:
2.Coconut Oil
3.Organic Green Tea
4.2-3 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily
6.Plain Yogurt and Keifer

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ZOO CREW - Kelly Wall and Candace Broeker joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Wes to Nerf the ball python. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, the Love Doctor joins us with some relationship advice.... This time for those of you looking for "the right one." Is your never-ending search for the PERFECT mate taking its toll on your emotional & physical health? We look at ways to reduce that anxiety and productively find THE ONE. All the new diets out at the beginning of the new year... We check out the 17 Day Diet and how the creator says he's improved on it! Our pet of the week joins us in the studio! And we check out the latest entertainment headlines! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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