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Irrigation math

When you are instructed to apply 1 inch of water to your grass or plants, have you ever wondered how many gallons that would be? It takes 27,000 gallons of water to apply 1 inch over an acre. Breaking that down, it comes out to approximately 630 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet, or about 5 pints of water per square foot.

Source: Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service

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Occasional excerpts from fertile sources.

Joy of birding

From Birds of North America, by Kenn Kaufman. (Houghton Mifflin Co., $22.)

"Birding sharpens our awareness of the seasons. . . . By late fall, most birds have settled in where they will spend the winter. Watching this ageless cycle can give us a reassuring sense of being connected with the natural world."

Note: Kenn Kaufmann will appear at the Times Festival of Reading at 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Sheen Auditorium at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. He will conduct two bird walks with the St. Petersburg Audubon Society from 7 to 9 a.m. and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday from the park ranger station at Fort DeSoto Park.

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A light for your path

Illuminated Steppingstones are made of lightweight poly-resin composite and are durable in all kinds of weather. Each requires one halogen light bulb that is housed inside the stone. They are 13 inches in diameter and are offered in sets of three, wired 6 feet apart. Each set comes with a 44-watt outdoor transformer with a 24-hour timer and 50 feet of low-voltage cable. Illuminated Steppingstones, $225 for each set of three; individual stones, $62.50 each, from Frontgate, toll-free 1-800-626-6488; www.frontgate.com.

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