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World Aquarium launches another great groupon deal!

The World Aquarium is offering the following deals on Groupon from Friday, July 27 through Monday, July 30.  http://www.groupon.com/deals/world-aquarium-1


They are offering:
  • $25 for sea camp (half-day) or survival sea camp (a $60 value). Students help out around the aquarium, and ages 12-18 can shadow animal keepers.
  • $25 for a discovery adventure tour for two (a $100 value), which includes two to three hours spent feeding and touching a variety of animals.
  • $50 for an extreme adventure tour for two (a $200 value), which lets individuals view, feed, and interact with creatures such as scorpions, sharks, and tarantulas.
  • $185 for a three-hour school-learning program for up to 10 kids (a $750 value) that includes behind-the-scenes activities, aquarium exploration, and classroom activities, all in line with state curriculum activities
The Survival Sea Camp and school learning program (Adventures in Learning) are both new.  Here is a link for descriptions:  http://www.worldaquarium.org/aquarium-tours/extended-length-educational-tours/

How to plant blueberry bushes

  They always say “third time is a charm” and honestly I think there might be some truth to that.  I have tried to plant blueberry bushes twice over the last two years and with very little success.   However, I must say that with every attempt I have learned something and it did lead me up to the amazing hedge row of bushes I have now.  My first attempt at growing back in 2010 ended in a disaster as I ended up killing all the blueberry bushes.  My main flaws were that I had the bushes spaced too far apart and did not have them elevated.  It took me killing two batches of bushes before I realized the basics of what I was doing wrong.  So this year, I approached it a different way.  I tilled the ground of the area where the bushes were to be planted and added both top soil and peat moss.  This created a raised area for me to plant the bushes in.  I spaced them out about 12-16 inches apart. From left to right I planted a Chippewa, Blue Crop and Duke.  That pattern was repeated twice.  I finished with mulch around the plants which protects the roots by holding in moisture.  Everything is about managing water levels.  Planting them elevated helps for water drainage and putting them close together assures the water gets used up.  Even with the recent weather my bushes have done very well with tons of new growth.  This past week, the first week of July, we have had heat over 100 degrees and on some days as hot as 112!


My poor Asian pear tree has been fried and has lost about 3/4 of her leaves.  My Gala apple tree looks tired but he is really starting to open up finally.    The Owari Satsuma Mandarin Tree is just loving the heat and has recovered very nicely from winter.   I took some new photos  of my trees today and included them in my gallery and on this page.

Property Management in Saint Louis, MO

Back in 2011 Quality Home Locator announced it was going to provide property management services in the Decatur, IL area.  Since then the company has increased its Millikin area housing on the west end of Decatur IL as well as helped many clients find quality tenants in the Greater Decatur area.  Also announced back in May, the company has started providing property management services in the St Louis, Mo area.  With the successful addition of a few properties, Quality Home Locator plans to announce a few more within the coming months.  More information can be found on its website.

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