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Because Safety Matters

You know how vital it is to ensure that conditions are safe at gas plants and construction sites. You are dealing with heavy duty chemicals, fuel, and gas that can present major hazards if not properly maintained. Whether you have a scheduled shut down at your plant or there has been a potential problem, ChemRef Services is here for you to provide you with an api 570 inspection. You can expect a thorough evaluation from highly trained inspectors, putting the safety of your workers and worksite at the top of the list.

A Watchful Eye When You Need it Most
With ChemRef Services, you can trust that API instructors will provide you with a quality inspection, reviewing all aspects of safety in order to optimize productivity at your plant or worksite. Expect teamwork as inspectors work efficiently to examine vessels, tanks, and piping. You need to rest assured that all aspects that contain dangerous materials are well-maintained and up to the highest standards.

Make Sure You are in Compliance
When you turn to ChemRef Services, you will enlist the aid of inspectors who are trained specifically to address safety issues connected to your worksite. Inspectors at ChemRef Services are aware that their evaluation and guidance will have a major impact on you. They are protecting you, your employees, the community, and the environment through their tireless efforts. Staff members at ChemRef Services are committed to performing testing that is not destructive in any way, only contributing positive influences that will improve performance at your site.

Take Advantage of Comprehensive Inspections
Whether it’s time for your regular maintenance inspection or you have a turnaround inspection, ChemRef Services stands at the ready for you. If you are involved in the fabrication process or need analysis of pressure vessels and more, the inspectors at ChemRef Services can assist you every step of the way.

Expect the Unexpected
When you work in the gas industry, you need to be prepared for any eventuality. Regular shutdowns and inspections from ChemRef Services can help you to ensure safe conditions. When you least expect it, trouble can arise. Whether you have a faulty part or regular wear and tear, ChemRef Services will send inspectors your way to get to the bottom of the problem. The sooner you have an inspection, the sooner you can get back on track. ChemRef Services is here for you.

Transporting Plants

When you are in the midst of moving, it is important that your house plants are protected.  Plants are very vulnerable to moves are they are often exposed to extreme temperatures and lack of water.

If you are moving during the colder months, be sure that your plants are more on the dry side than moist.  You can achieve this buy watering your plants 2-3 days before the move and then not watering them again until after the move.  If you happen to be moving during the months it is warmer, you want to water your plants the day that you move and allow the extra water to drain.

It is much easier to protect plants from the cold than it is to protect them from the heat.  If you are transporting them in the car, be sure that you transport them on the passenger side of the car.  It is recommended that you not use the trunk but if you find that you absolutely have to, it is important that you cover the boxes with blankets so they are protected from the heat or cold.

Plants may not react well to suddenly being placed in a dark box.  When transporting plants, it is important that you get your plants used to the dark at home.  You can do this by adding a sheer curtain to the window that the plants are on about a week before moving in order to reduce the light.

In order to avoid parasites from getting into your plants, be sure that put your house plants in a plastic bag that is dark.  Add a bug strip inside and allow the bag to set in a shaded area for several hours.  You want to do this about two weeks before moving day.

Other helpful tips for moving plants include securing vines that have weak stems with a stake.  Large plants should be secured using rubber bands that are placed in the same direction as its growth so you won’t experience breakage.

Two weeks before moving, contact your local flower shop to get information on how to properly prune plants.  This makes them easier to manage and easier to pack.  A few days before moving day, you will want to place plastic bags inside the boxes you will be using for your plants.  This will help to ensure that moisture will not seep through the boxes.  To be sure that you plants have the proper ventilation, be sure that you make holes in the boxes as well as the lids.

The day f the move, you will need to wrap newspaper around the plant tops.  Secure the lids of the boxes with tape.  Be sure that they are packed last in order to prevent crushing or tipping over.

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Gardening with your yard’s ecosystem in mind
When you’re working in your gardens this spring, make sure you take into consideration what works naturally with the bugs, birds, animals and native plants in your yard.
Fri, Apr 12 2013 at 4:00 PM

For the longest time, we had talked about planting bamboo along the back fence of our yard to make it look better. Our back fence is two separate back fences from that belong to the homes behind ours. One is a wood fence that’s old and falls down frequently. The other is a rusty metal fence. They aren’t the same height. It just doesn’t make for a pretty site when you look out the kitchen window into the yard. But, we never got around to doing it, and I’m glad we didn’t.

I learned a few years ago that unless you plant the right kind of bamboo and are extremely careful about maintaining it, bamboo is an invasive plant that can spread easily into other people’s yards. It chokes out native plants. It’s very difficult to get rid of once it’s planted. It’s not good for the ecosystem in my region.

Until I learned that, I never thought about keeping my yard’s ecosystem in mind when planting anything. Now I make sure that any perennials I plant complement the ecosystem in my yard, not fight it.

The next few weekends will be big gardening weekends for most people. If you want to keep your yard’s ecosystem in mind while, gardening, here are a few things you’ll wan to read.

My friend Carole over at Ecosystem Gardening has created the Ultimate Guide to Birdscaping Your Garden. If you want to attract birds to your yard, birds that will benefit your other plants by eating harmful bugs, she’s rounded up 197 tips to do it.
You might want to plant several extra bunches of parsley in your gardens this year. Parsley attracts beneficial, predatory insects. Natural News explains parsley’s many benefits to your garden like attracting wasps that kill tomato hornworm.
I have a love/hate relationship with the rabbits in my backyard. In the early morning when I’m sitting at my picnic table drinking my coffee and writing in my journal, I love to watch them running and playing. Along with all the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks out there are the same table, it’s almost as if I’m sitting in the middle of a Disney cartoon. But, as soon as I see one of them chomping on anything but the clover in my grass, I’m no longer so fond of them. Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens has some good suggestions for beautiful native plants that rabbits stay away from.
It’s not just non-edible plants that are good for your garden. There are many edible plants that attract pollinators. Squash, radishes and more are some of the 10 edible plants that will attract pollinators.

Enjoy your weekend!

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10 Window Gardening Tips from Sprout Home + 10 Great Outdoor …

As a city dweller, I relish the idea of outdoor space. But after ten years in Brooklyn (I’m officially a New Yorker!) I’ve given up on the idea of ever having any of my own. Back yards with sweeping views, trees with tire swings, picket fences? I’m officially trading them in for pigeon battles on my air conditioner and windowsills crammed with a mix of cat toys and plants. Urban annoyances aside, I’m happy about my little windowsills full of plants. From begonias and ferns to herbs and small flowering plants, I’ve been able to keep various plants alive (for varying amounts of time) over the years and it’s made the industrial landscape a little bit more bearable.
So today I thought I’d ask my go-to plant expert, Tassy de Give of Sprout Home, to share her Top 10 Tips for Window Gardening. Whether you’re cultivating a tiny urban garden or just want to grow a more colorful view from a suburban window, she’s got fantastic ideas for containers, plant types, tips for shade vs. light and the major pitfalls to avoid. To go along with her green thumb tips, I’ve rounded up some great outdoor planters that will work for placing in your window or hanging near it. I hope this will help any of you out there looking to start your spring growing season. Happy Planting! xo, grace
Image above: Vintage Wooden Crate Planter $94

The full interview and planters continue after the jump…
D*S: What types of plants, flowers and herbs should people look to if they’re planning a window garden?
Tassy: Plants/Flowers – It’s important to think about the shape and color of plants that you would like and also the space that they’ll grow in. Do you want something that will climb window bars or a fire escape? Do you want something that will trail down over an empty wall? Do you want something that will stay green all year or are you looking for seasonal flowering plants? Climbing vines that work well in window boxes are sweet peas, morning glories, jasmine vine, and passion flower. Trailing vines are lysimachia, vinca vine, sweet potato vine, and english ivy. Plants that stick around all year are pachysandra, liriope grasses, ivy, and heather. Keep in mind that if you are looking for flowering plants, you should consider that many plants bloom at different times of the year, so you may need to switch out your flowering plants every 2-3 months. These plants include helleborus, pansies, violas, ranunculus, osteospermum, nemesia, bacopa, begonias, snapdragons, and lantana. The list of flowering plants goes on and on. Flowering plants should be pruned after the blooms die off to encourage new growth and should also be fertilized every 2-3 weeks.
Herbs – Basil, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley, oregano, and sage are all great herbs that work well together in a window box. The main thing is to not overplant. In a window box approximately 24x6x6 I would plant four herbs max. Do not plant mint with other herbs as it will take over the container. The more room you give to each herb the happier it will be and the more you can expect it to grow. Knowing the proper pruning is also important. Most herbs you want to pinch back (prune back to the next leaf set) so that they stay nice and full. Simply pulling off the leaves will leave you with tall sparse plants. Most herbs prefer full sun and moist soil. I recommend checking for watering every morning. If the soil is moist, leave it alone. If it’s dry, then soak it!
Hanging Metal Planter $99
D*S: What are good vessels to use if you’re focusing on window gardening?
Tassy: You want to make sure that any outdoor vessel you use has a drain hole. This is important because when it rains or when you water, you don’t want the planter filling up w/ water. Wood such as cedar or teak are great because they develop a natural patina over time and do not rot when potted directly into with soil. Metal such as aluminum or steel can also be used. Plastic, especially double-lined plastic is generally the most affordable and holds up well outdoors. Ceramic and terracotta should be avoided as they can crack over the winter, especially if they have soil/plants kept in them.
Images above: Herb Planter Stand $34, Wire Pots 19
D*S: What are your must-have tools for window gardening?
Tassy: Everyone should have a basic trowel (plastic is fine) and a good set of pruners. The type of pruners you’ll need is dependent on how thick the stem is that you’re cutting. Scissors are fine for basic flowers, but if you are cutting anything thicker than 1/4″ you will want to invest in a sturdier pruner. I like fiskars because they are cost effective and have a range of pruner types. Nitrile gloves are also great basic they have a protective coating on them, but aren’t too bulky.
D*S: If people are planting in a small space in a single container, how closely should plants be placed together?
Tassy: The amount of space you leave between each plant is really dependent on the type of plant you have. Herbs prefer a lot of room, but succulents like to be crowded. Most people want some instant gratification and are not willing to wait a full season to produce a mature container planting, so I generally look at the recommended spacing on the tag and then cut that in half.
Wooden Herb Planter $43
D*S: What should people consider when combining plants (ie: what types of plants go together well?)
Tassy: You should definitely try to group similar plant needs together in one container. Sedums and succulents prefer full sun and like to dry out between waterings. Herbs also like full sun, but like to be kept moist. Most flowering annuals like full sun and moist soil. That said, I’ve seen some really cool planters that disregard all the rules and plant things like succulents with ferns and sometimes they do okay. Plants generally can adapt to different environments, but I do think it’s important to try and give them their ideal environment whenever possible.D*S: What are some common mistakes people make when window gardening?
Tassy: The biggest mistakes I notice people make when window gardening is they forget to water! Window boxes tend to dry out quickly because of the sun and wind and it is important to check for watering every morning. This does not mean that you have to water every morning necessarily, but you should check the soil and if it’s dry, then soak the planter. It’s better to water deeply and thoroughly less often that a little bit every day. Another common mistake is overcrowding. A general rule of thumb is about 6″ per plant.
Images above: Stone Planter $18 and Recycled Pallet Planters $25 eachD*S: Do you use fertilizers or any enhancers for soils/plants when window gardening? If not, what tips do you have for people looking to keep their plants healthy organically?Tassy: Flowering plants should be fertilized every 2-3 weeks in order to keep the blooms coming. Most other green plants and herbs can be fertilized 1-2x per season. Earth worm castings, compost, and fish emulsion/kelp are all good organic fertilizers. When selecting a fertilizer, make sure to ask your local garden center for an organic one if you are planning to fertilize any edibles.
D*S: How do you protect plants from the high winds and weather that plants will experience in high apartment windows?
Tassy: If high wind is an issue, I would select plants that stay short and compact and do not grow too tall. Wind also tends to dry out the soil very quickly so you will either need to water more often or select more drought tolerant plants such as sedums and succulents. In terms of intense sun, most herbs and annuals can handle the heat, you’ll just need to compensate for the water accordingly.
Rail Planter $22Zinc and Willow Tray $16
D*S: If your windows all fall in the shade, are there any plants that do well in low light?
Tassy: Shade plantings are some of my favorite and generally do not require as much watering as a full sun planter. Helleborus, vinca vine, black mondo grass, pachysandra, english ivy, hakonechloa grass, begonias, and flowering maples all do well in the shade.
D*S: Are there any new or exciting trends in container gardening that you like?
Tassy: Fragrant flowers and plants are becoming more popular, especially as window gardens because people want that amazing scent drifting into their apartments. Things like lavender, sweet pea, jasmine, and other herbs all provide great fragrant smells. Edible plantings are also important, especially in small-scale window gardens. Besides herbs, you can also grow arugula, eggplant, peppers, and strawberries in window boxes.
You can visit Tassy and the Sprout Home Brooklyn team at 44 Grand Street or online right here.
Galvanized Planter $128Wallter Outdoor Wall Planter $72

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