Heavy rains likely over South interior Karnataka, Malnad regions

New Delhi [India], October 9 (ANI): Fairly widespread rains with isolated places to very heavy rains likely over the south interior and Malnad regions and scattered to widespread light rains likely over the north interior region, said Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) on Friday.

Scattered to moderate rains over Coastal region, KSNDMC stated.

“South Interior Karnataka (SIK): Fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy to very heavy rains likely over Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Kolar, Mysuru, Mandya and Ramanagara districts. Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains likely over the remaining districts of the region,” said KSNDMC.

“North Interior Karnataka (NIK): Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains likely over Yadgir, Bidar, Kalburgi, Vijayapura, Haveri, Raichur and Koppala districts. Isolated to scattered light to moderate rains likely over the remaining districts of the region,” KSNDMC added.

KSNDMC further stated that fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy to very heavy rains likely over Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts and light to moderate rains likely over Shivamogga and Kodagu districts.

“Scattered to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy rains likely over Dakshina Kannada district and light to moderate rains likely over Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts. Thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places over the State,” KSNDMC stated. (ANI)

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Heavy rains affect peppers and tomatoes

story.lead_photo.captionExcessive rain will cause peppers to split, as it does tomatoes. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

Q Many of my peppers have big splits in them this week. Is there anything I can do to stop this? I have loads of new fruit coming on.

A Your peppers were simply overloaded with water last week and they split. This phenomenon occurs on tomatoes, peppers and even eggplant. We had too much water all at once. Cracking and splitting occur when rapid changes in soil moisture levels cause fruits to expand quicker than the tomato skin can grow. It usually affects the fruits that are nearing maturity. The peppers (and tomatoes and eggplant) are edible, if you harvest them quickly and use them. Otherwise, they begin to deteriorate rapidly and can rot on the vines.

Q Last spring a friend gave me a couple of “Celeste” fig cuttings. I put them in a pot with potting soil in a shady location and now they’ve really taken off. Should I transplant them now, or wait until after the first frost? Do I need to set them at their current depth, or bury them deeper, as you do tomato transplants? Any other advice will be appreciated. We live in Marianna, so they should do well in our yard (if I can keep squirrels, birds and raccoons away!).

A If you plan to plant them this year, and you can keep them watered, the sooner you plant, the better. It will allow the root system to start getting established before cold weather hits. Figs can suffer winter damage in a cold winter, even when they are well-established. Another option would be to keep them in their pots, move them to a protected spot for the winter, then plant them in the ground in the spring. Full morning sun and afternoon shade can help with winter hardiness. Plants in full afternoon sun go through more ups and downs with temperatures than those that are in some shade in the afternoon. When you do plant, you want to plant them at the same depth they are growing in now. Tomatoes are one of the few plants that can be buried deeper without problems.

Q How do I get a bushier “Black and Blue” salvia shrub starting next spring when the salvia comes out of dormancy? I can read a newspaper through them. What fertilizer would ensure a healthy start? Do I pinch back all new growth? The hummingbirds love this plant.

This "Black and Blue" salvia is leggy. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

This “Black and Blue” salvia is leggy. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

A I have to admit that is one of the leggiest, but tallest “Black and Blue” salvia I have seen. It normally will reach a height of 3-4 feet. After a killing frost, cut the plant back to the soil line and add a fresh layer of mulch. When new growth begins next spring, fertilize with a complete fertilizer. Normally they start blooming in early summer and continue until frost. If it starts to get

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Homeowner shocked after heavy rain reveals secret buried under backyard garden

You never know what you’re going to find when you start digging.

A homeowner in Texas reportedly made an amazing discovery in the backyard of a house he originally intended to fix up and flip. After realizing what he owned, however, he’s apparently changed his mind.

John Reynolds reportedly had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought in Texas for just under $20,000.

John Reynolds reportedly had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought in Texas for just under $20,000.
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John Reynolds had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought for just under $20,000, The Sun reports. According to him, the backyard was a mess and the pool had been filled with dirt and other debris.

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The house had reportedly been owned by a hoarder before Reynolds bought it. When he first took ownership of the house, it was full of junk, feral cats and the backyard appeared to contain an overgrown garden.

According to Reynolds, he didn’t know about the in-ground pool until a heavy downpour shifted the dirt and debris. Prior to that, he says the only thing he noticed was that one section of the backyard always seemed to be a bit “boggy.”

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“It feels like I have stumbled across a winning lottery ticket,” he told The Sun. “Never in a million years when I bought the property did I think I would be swimming in my own pool. I bought it as a bit of an investment with the intention to do it up and sell it on, but it has yielded so many surprises I don’t know if I can let it go.”

Reynolds reportedly bought the house two years ago but didn’t discover the pool until a few months later. He spent over a year cleaning out the garbage, fixing leaks, and making other repairs to the pool. While it cost him about $10,000 to fix it up, installing an in-ground pool would have been significantly more expensive.

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“My friends and I are in it every day for hours on end now,” says the now proud homeowner. “You couldn’t wish to find a bigger reward in your back garden.”

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