‘Religious Conversion Just For The Purpose Of Marriage Is Unacceptable’: Allahabad High Court Dismisses Plea Of Married Couple

first_imgNews Updates’Religious Conversion Just For The Purpose Of Marriage Is Unacceptable’: Allahabad High Court Dismisses Plea Of Married Couple LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Oct 2020 2:00 AMShare This – x[Update : A division bench declared this judgment as bad in law on November 11. The division bench judgment may be read here]The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a writ petition seeking police protection filed by a married couple.This is after the Court noted that the girl was a Muslim by birth and she has converted her religion to Hinduism, just a month before the marriage was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login[Update : A division bench declared this judgment as bad in law on November 11. The division bench judgment may be read here]The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a writ petition seeking police protection filed by a married couple.This is after the Court noted that the girl was a Muslim by birth and she has converted her religion to Hinduism, just a month before the marriage was solemnized.This clearly reveals that the conversion has taken place only for the purpose of marriage, said Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi. The judge referred to a 2014 judgment in Noor Jahan Begum @ Anjali Mishra & Anr. v. State of U.P. & Ors., in which it was observed that conversion just for the purpose of marriage is unacceptable.Taking note of this, the Court dismissed the writ petition saying that it is not inclined to interfere in the matter under Article 226 of Constitution of India. In Noor Jahan Begum, the Allahabad High Court had dismissed a batch of Writ Petitions which were filed praying for protection as a married couple as they had tied the knot after the girls got their religion converted from Hindu to Islam and then performed the Nikah. The issue considered in the said case was “Whether conversion of religion of a Hindu girl at the instance of a Muslim boy, without any knowledge of Islam or faith and belief in Islam and merely for the purpose of Marriage (Nikah) is valid?”Answering the question in negative and reiterating the Supreme Court’s stand in the case of Lily Thomas v. Union of India, the Court observed, “A conversion of religion by an individual to Islam can be said to be bonafide if he/she is major and of sound mind and embraces Islam by his/her own freewill and because of his/her faith and belief in the oneness of God (Allah) and prophetic character of Mohamed. If a conversion is not inspired by religion feeling and under gone for its own sake, but is resorted merely with object of creating a ground for some claim of right or as a device adopted for the purpose to avoid marriage or to achieve an object without faith and belief in the unity of God (Allah) and Mohamed to be his prophet, the conversion shall not be bonafide. In case of a religion conversion there should be a change of heart and honest conviction in the tenets of new religion in lieu of tenets of the original religion.”However, some single benches have granted police protection to the couples (even if it was a conversion case) observing that they were otherwise prima-facie of marriageable age who are entitle to live at the place and with the person of their choice. In such orders, a condition is also seen imposed to apply for registration of their marriage in accordance with the provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Hindu Marriage Registration Rules,1973/The Special Marriage Act,1954.Also Read the division bench judgment overruling this order : “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law Click here to Read/Download Order  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

335 more cases of Covid-19, 20 of them in Donegal

first_imgLimerick23188.3367 As of 2pm today 246 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.ENDS// Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Offaly<597.576 WhatsApp Galway854.6141 Carlow<577.344 Longford<5100.341 Facebook Laois654.346 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Kildare676.9171 Dublin119115.21552 Donegal20218347 Louth17201.7260 WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland - November 26, 2020 Waterford11149.8174 Westmeath<591.281 Google+ Twitter Twitter Wexford<536.755 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Kilkenny29131130 Leitrim040.613 Cavan<585.365 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th 335 more cases of Covid-19, 20 of them in Donegal Pinterest Roscommon<5122.479 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Sligo<559.539 Google+ Meath<5105.6206 Mayo1191.9120 An additional 335 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed this evening, with three new deaths.It brings the total number of cases to 71,494, and the total number of Covid related deaths to 2,036.20 of the new cases were in Donegal,where the 14 day incidence rate is now 218 cases per 100,000 people, compared to a national rate of 103.9Eight more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in the North today, with 442 new cases.The total number of Covid related deaths now stands as 962, while there have been more than 51,000 cases since the start of the pandemic.Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThe Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.There has been a total of 2,036 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Wednesday 25th November, the HPSC has been notified of 335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,494* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;162 are men / 171 are women64% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 35 years old119 in Dublin, 29 in Kilkenny, 23 in Limerick, 20 in Donegal, 19 in Tipperary, 19 in Cork, with the remaining 106 spread across 19 other counties. CountyToday's cases (to midnight 25NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (12NOV2020 to 25NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(12NOV2020 to 25NOV2020) Wicklow1078.6112 Kerry553.579 Previous articleDerry PSNI seize firearm on foot of information from gardaiNext articleFoster “astounded” by Varadkar’s border comments News Highland *Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 28 confirmed cases. The figure of 71,494 confirmed cases reflects this. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Tipperary1994.6151 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Cork1982.2446 Ireland335103.94949 Monaghan<5104.364 Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 25 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) Clare<575.790last_img read more

Shooting reported at California high school, multiple believed to be injured: Police

first_imgChiccoDodiFC/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A shooting was reported Thursday morning at a high school in Santa Clarita, California, where multiple people are believed to be injured, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.Deputies have swarmed the scene at Saugus High School, about 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.Students were led single file through the campus by armed officers. Multiple ambulances were spotted at the scene.Two nearby elementary schools were placed on lockdown, according to sheriff’s officials. Story developing…Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Car firm drives calls for consultation law change

first_img The dramatic sale and break-up of Rover by BMW has sparked calls for more consultation rights for staff in the UK.The Industrial Society last week called for a stronger law, arguing that a loophole must be closed.Unions backed the call, and urged the Government to end its opposition to planned European measures.Industrial Society chief executive Will Hutton complained that under UK law consultation on business transfers do not have to take place when, as in the sale of Rover to Alchemy, it is conducted through a sale of shares.“UK legislation on consultation clearly has to be reviewed,” he said. “It must be regarded as weak, given what has happened and given the comparison with German law.”The society will conduct its own review and consult with relevant parties. Hutton, who is highly influential in the Labour party, will then draw up proposals for change.The MSF union has already lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission, arguing that British law is in breach of the Collective Redundancies directive.Roger Lyons, general secretary of the MSF, slammed Tony Blair and Stephen Byers for caving in to the business lobby by opposing planned European laws.“The Government is obviously naive if it believes businesses act in the interest of the public good. They act in their own interest, and that is why we need to have regulation of multinationals, and we need to have planned regulation across the European Community.“If a disaster like Rover is to be avoided in the future we must have proper partnership consultations to give us an opportunity to seek alternatives to mass redundancy.”In the Rover sale Byers and Blair were in the same position as the employees in knowing nothing about BMW’s plans, despite the pledge of £152m government money to help redevelopment of Longbridge.Labour MPs and trade union leaders have continually expressed surprise that ministers have opposed European consultation rights (see p1).  Union count is 9,500• The MSF union has claimed that up to 9,500 Rover jobs are at risk. It said an internal source revealed that redundancies spread across the company could see 3,500 jobs go at the Longbridge plant, 1,500 at Swindon and 2,000 at the R&D centre at Gaydon in Warwicksire.www.indsoc.co.uk www.msf.org.uk By Philip Whiteley Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Car firm drives calls for consultation law changeOn 28 Mar 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

DNA metabarcoding of fungal diversity in air and snow of Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.

first_imgWe assessed fungal diversity present in air and freshly deposited snow samples obtained from Livingston Island, Antarctica, using DNA metabarcoding through high throughput sequencing (HTS). A total of 740 m3 of air were pumped through a 0.22 µm membrane. Snow obtained shortly after deposition was kept at room temperature and yielded 3.760 L of water, which was filtered using Sterivex membranes of 0.22 µm mesh size. The total DNA present was extracted and sequenced. We detected 171 fungal amplicon sequence variants (ASVs), 70 from the air and 142 from the snow. They were dominated by the phyla Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, Mortierellomycota and Mucoromycota. Pseudogymnoascus, Cladosporium, Mortierella and Penicillium sp. were the most dominant ASVs detected in the air in rank order. In snow, Cladosporium, Pseudogymnoascus, Penicillium, Meyerozyma, Lecidea, Malassezia, Hanseniaspora, Austroplaca, Mortierella, Rhodotorula, Penicillium, Thelebolus, Aspergillus, Poaceicola, Glarea and Lecanora were the dominant ASVs present. In general, the two fungal assemblages displayed high diversity, richness, and dominance indices, with the assemblage found in snow having the highest diversity indices. Of the total fungal ASVs detected, 29 were only present in the air sample and 101 in the snow sample, with only 41 present in both samples; however, when only the dominant taxa from both samples were compared none occurred only in the air and, among the rare portion, 26 taxa occurred in both air and snow. Application of HTS revealed the presence of a more diverse fungal community in the air and snow of Livingston Island in comparison with studies using traditional isolation methods. The assemblages were dominated by cold-adapted and cosmopolitan fungal taxa, including members of the genera Pseudogymnoascus, Malassezia and Rhodotorula, which include some taxa reported as opportunistic. Our results support the hypothesis that the presence of microbiota in the airspora indicates the possibility of dispersal around Antarctica in the air column. However, further aeromycology studies are required to understand the dynamics of fungal dispersal within and beyond Antarctica.last_img read more

AARP urges Senators Booker, Menendez to oppose Senate Bill

first_imgDear Editor:AARP New Jersey calls on U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez to maintain their strong and public opposition to the Senate’s health care legislation. It provides tens of billions in tax breaks for drug and insurance companies, while dramatically increasing costs and reducing coverage for Americans age 50+. Specifically, the legislation:Would allow insurance companies to charge older people an age tax or five times – or even more – than everyone else. On top of that, it reduces tax credits. Together, these changes could cost you tens of thousands of dollars more a year.Would strip away Medicaid coverage from more than half a million New Jerseyans and leave our seniors at risk of not getting the care they need.Would let states waive protections for those with a pre-existing condition like cancer, diabetes or asthma.Would cut funding for Medicare – leaving the door open to benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers.AARP will hold all 100 United States Senators accountable to our members. In New Jersey, we urge Senators Menendez and Booker to continue to oppose the Senate bill and stand with Garden State residents.Stephanie HunsingerState DirectorAARP New Jerseylast_img read more

Dundee cake moves closer to protected status

first_imgDundee cake may soon become a geographically protected product, preventing imitations from being made elsewhere. The cake was first developed in the 1800s in Keiller’s bakery shop in its namesake city and is now a step closer to gaining Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status from the European Commission (EC).A consultation has recently been launched on the application, which will run for 12 weeks in line with the rules of the EU Protected Food Names Scheme. The scheme was introduced in 1994 to protect food names on the basis of geographical or traditional recipes.If achieved, PGI status would mean that only cakes baked in the area using the correct recipe and decorated with whole almonds could be officially branded as Dundee cake. The application for protected status was brought by the Baker Trade Of Dundee and is supported by the Scottish Government, which said PGI status guarantees the food’s provenance and supports local producers.PGI statusThe application for Dundee cake PGI status outlines the exact recipe including ingredients and ratios and specifies that the cake must be mixed, baked and decorated with almonds in the Dundee area.The original recipe contains sultanas, Amontillado sherry, candied orange peel, dried vine fruits and a pattern of whole, blanched almonds on top.Products such as Stilton cheese, Stornoway black pudding and Scotch whisky have already been granted protected status under the scheme.Janet Keiller started producing a new Seville orange marmalade that was then added to a cake recipe in the 1800s to make Keiller’s Dundee Cake.last_img read more

The Wit And Wisdom Of Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman

first_imgFor more than 25 years, Vince Herman, along with Drew Emmitt and some mighty fine pickers and grinners, have been making joyful sounds together as Leftover Salmon. In that time the gregarious and free wheeling nature of Herman’s larger than life personality have made him and his band beloved staples of the music circuit. After losing original banjo player Mark Vann to cancer, Herman and the band took a lengthy hiatus before five string master Andy Thorn reignited the fire still inside them.Riding a spectacular return to form, the finest (and only) Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass band in the land has been making records and fans across the country with their high energy performances. With their annual Thanksgiving concerts in Denver coming up next week, our own Rex Thomson caught up with the Mayor of the High Sierra Music Festival himself, Vince Herman, for a chat bout musical ambitions, his political aspirations and the honor it is to help pass the torch to the next generation of roots players, including his own sons.Live For Live Music: To get some perspective, let us start at the beginning. Did you grow up in a musical household?Vince Herman: Yeah, I was the youngest of seven siblings, so I grew up with varying music influences. All the way from Motown to The Beatles and the British invasion. Pittsburgh was a big polka town so there was lots of that at family weddings and stuff like that. I kinda, on my own, started following that, all the way, all the way down.L4LM: Around what age were you when you found bluegrass?VH: I was in the eight grade and I was at the Smokey City Folk Festival and I saw a bunch of old guys standing around in a circle playing old time-y music. I thought “Wow! That is pretty good stuff!” You get to play tunes and have that kinda fun and you get to meet a whole bunch of people. To have a way of interacting with strangers  that immediately forms a community.That’s what attracted me to it. I’d been playing guitar since I was like two or something like that. But it was when I saw the social context that I got really fired up about playing music.L4LM: As you were exploring the world of bluegrass and music in general, did you have a teacher or mentor who helped you find your way?VH: No, not really. When I first took lessons the guy who taught them was really an accordion player who happened to have a couple of guitar instruction manuals lying around the studio. That was like third through seventh grade. I started teaching at a little studio when I was in ninth grade.That was a good job. I kinda picked up music when I was growing up by tracking down players and musical situations. In my high school years I was pretty much alone. I had a few good folks in the neighborhood like Bob Gavyk who wrote a few tunes that we are playing right now, but not a lot of that in those years.Really, though, it was when I got to college that I got into bluegrass and that old time-y thing. I went to school in Morgantown, West Virginia and there was a guy Ginny Farsetta. He was a mentor on the bluegrass stuff and my introduction to calypso and that sort of thing.Also in college I was a regular attendee at the Augusta Heritage Festival down in Elkins, West Virginia. That is a six week festival and they would feature a different kind of music each week. One week it would be bluegrass music, then Irish, Cajun, blues… all of it.That’s where I was first introduced to calypso music really, with Dewey Balfa, Canray Fontenot and those kinds of cats. I was lucky where I was in the situation where I got to hang with a lot of old masters. West Virginia is full of Smithsonian level old-time fiddlers and guys like that.Getting to hang with them and the calypso folks who came through Augusta who came through was really fundamental in developing my ear for American roots music, I think.Here is Leftover Salmon performing a fun but chilly version of their tune “Western Skies” for a very appreciative crowd at WinterWonderGrass Tahoe earlier this year:L4LM: Your band, Leftover Salmon, is known for the wild mix of styles and genres present in your song book. Is there anything genre you consider off limits, that just doesn’t fit with your sound?VH: There must be something, but not yet. It’s all music. It’s all just aspects of humanity, man. I welcome all forms of expression. Some of it I will spend a little more time with than others, but I enjoy all kinds of tunes.L4LM: It has been over twenty five years since the founding of Leftover Salmon and safe to say you have learned a few things along the way. Do you have any wisdom you want to share with the world?VH: Hang out with old people. Yeah man…try and find old masters of any type and listen to what they have to say. And dig into old records and stuff when you can’t find any of them. For me the best way to learn is to hang out with older people and see what they have to say.I’m really lucky to have this chance to make music. When you do it for a living there is a danger of forgetting what pure joy it is when you get caught up in the travel, the hotels and the shitty road food. You need to be reminded, from time to time, how lucky we are to express our humanity for a living.That is what I advise people to do. Seek and enjoy the beauty of it all.L4LM: You are a bit of a larger-than-life figure on the music scene. Your cries of “Festivaaal!” and the perma-grin on your face make you seem like the happiest guy on Earth. Are you really having that much fun?VH: Yeah man! Like I said…I know we’re damn lucky to do this. Community is what this is all about for me. Especially at festivals. I feel this critical mass of joyful humanity and it just takes over me.L4LM: Thanks to your spirit you have been declared “Mayor For Life” at the High Sierra Music Festival. That is a pretty awesome responsibility. What do you see as you job description?VH: It is kinda like the coming Donald Trump presidency. He ain’t gonna do much stuff himself, he is gonna make Mike Pence do all the hard stuff. I just heard he doesn’t even want to live in the White House.I’ve pretty much turned over the administrative stuff to other folks.L4LM: One last question about High Sierra. You played a rollicking Sunday set backing up festival favorite singer-songwriter Steve Poltz. I don’t know if I have ever seen a musician laugh as hard as you were during as show. Is it always like that when you two get together?VH: Most of that set was absolutely improvised and off the cuff. He is one funny guy! That set was one of the most satisfying musical experiences ever for me. I’d never gotten to see Steve do a live show. I’ve heard a bunch of recordings, but that was my first in person experience.That was as entertaining for me as it was for anyone in the audience, I tell you that.L4LM: Sharing the stage and sharing knowledge seems to be a habit for you. I’ve interviewed folks from bands like Elephant Revival, Shook Twins and Fruition, and every time your name is mentioned as someone who taught them about the music that has preceded you all. Is the mentor role something you now seek out?VH: Man, those Elephant Revival cats just lived in my neighborhood. I guess that is just what happens when you are the old man on the block. It is an honor that they say stuff like that but I am probably just as inspired by them as they are of me.That is what a music community is. People inspiring each other back and forth. That is what music and life is, and I am so glad to be a part of it.Vince and Leftover Salmon welcomed Jon Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett to the stage at the Suwannee Roots Revival for a fun take on “Oh Me Oh My”.L4LM: Your son Silas is tearing up the mandolin with the excellent band Gipsy Moon. Do you see this as talent being passed down or were you sneaking tiny instruments into his crib when no one was looking?VH: No, no. He always had access to instruments but I didn’t push it on him. And when he did play with them I didn’t push them to play them right, or to play chords or anything like that.He would pick them up and strum them and screw around on them so when he decided that he wanted to learn to really play them he was already physically comfortable with them. When he applied mind to that physicality he just nailed it. He also had a great teacher, John Rindell, a terrific jazz player and a great educator.Rather than handicap the kid with my perception I turned him over to John and he taught him quite well. Silas has a ton of influences, growing up and going to Rocky Grass Festival. Folks like Sara Jarosz, Dominique Leslie and that whole younger generation of the bluegrass kids. He certainly found his own voice.I am real psyched that over the holidays I am gonna play some gigs with him as The Herman Clan. It is gonna be Silas Herman, Colin Herman and myself of course, Vince Herman. It is really fun. As you can imagine playing music with your kids is about as much fun as you can have.L4LM: How much pride is there in seeing your sons up there wowing the crowds just like their dear old dad?VH: Great. I guess this is how it is supposed to be: the continuity of the generations.L4LM: Even though the next generation is already up and running, you aren’t planning on stopping your own music anytime soon are you? There is still a lot of music to make and folks lined up to learn from you.VH: Well, you know I am willing to play music as long as it takes to wait for my political career to get going.L4LM: Well, the bar for political qualifications has been dramatically lowered recently.VH: Yeah, the need for everyone getting more motivated to take personal responsibility for the direction of the country couldn’t be more clear right now. There are a lot of lives to live. I have spent a lot of time in this one and I am interested in checking out a few more of them before I check out of this one. But I think I will always be making music.L4LM: Since we determined already that you are sort of a guru when it comes to roots music you seem like the perfect person to ask for musical recommendations. Are there any acts you are into right now you’d like to share?VH: Well, definitely Gipsy Moon. Check them out as soon as you can. I was just turned onto a band out of Colorado called Intuit that is really good. I have been digging some new reggae stuff. Lucinda Williams new record, The Ghost Of Highway 20, is awesome. Eric Deutsch‘s new record Outlaw Jazz is pretty good too.I’ve been digging a Roland White reissue called I Wasn’t Born To Rock & Roll sounds great. The Royal Southern Brotherhood is doing some really good stuff. I have been doing some stuff with David Nelson. He hurt his shoulder and I have been helping out so I have learned a LOT of David Nelson’s material the last couple weeks and his stuff is incredible.L4LM: You’re once again hosting a special run of Thanksgiving week shows in Denver. Do you look at these shows as a good deed, a chance to help people work off their turkey gut?VH: You know, Thanksgiving has always been a big community thing for us. There’s that word again, community. Everyone is back home for the holidays…you bring family together. A big music gathering is a good part of that, bring everyone together and make them happy.We’re doing a special one this year. We’ve got Los Lobos playing on the bill on Saturday at The Filmore and on Friday night we are doing a Neil Young set at Ophelia’s with a particular focus on the Harvest record. You know…Harvest, Thanksgiving…makes sense.L4LM: Well, thank you for not only taking time for this chat but also for helping ensure the next generation of roots musicians has a man they can turn to to share the wit and wisdom of your many years.VH: Thank you It was and is my pleasure!Let’s squeeze in one more song from Leftover Salmon’s two nights at the Suwannee Roots Revival with their rootsy take on the T-Rex classic “Bang A Gong” below:last_img read more

AP Exclusive: GOP to stay neutral should Trump run again

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee is declining to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the party would stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary. She also described the pro-Trump conspiracy theory group known as QAnon as “dangerous.” The national GOP, under McDaniel’s leadership, spent the last four years almost singularly focused on Trump’s reelection. But should he run again in 2024 — as he has suggested he wants to — she said the national party infrastructure would not support his ambitions over those of other prospective candidates.last_img

Stress Relief.

first_img Water makes up 98.5 percent of the lettuce plant. The Irish potato has 70 percent water. If water is lacking, all other things tend to back up. All plant processes — use and movement of growth materials, and even structure — fail without water. (Plants wilt because water helps hold them up.) Water is also the plant’s main cooling mechanism on these hot summer days. Pests Low Fertility The garden is a great place to relieve the human stress that comes from work, traffic, bills. But garden plants can succumb to stresses, too. And as with humans, plants’ stress can come from many sources. This may be the No. 1 thing people think about when plant stress is mentioned. Sure, insects eat part of the leaf, and the plant must reroute its functions around that spot. The same is true of diseases. All of these cause the plant stress. But the pests most often overlooked are weeds and grass. They have probably been around longer than we have and are astute at devising ways to get a share of your plants’ nutrients and water. Grass and other weeds’ root systems are more aggressive than your tomato plants’ root systems. They will cause great stress in your garden. How many times have you seen your tomato wilted and the grass and weeds doing fine? Know the signs of plant stress. But better still, use commonsense gardening practices and avoid stressing your plants. Drought Heat Plant nutrients are required to provide the essential 17 elements for plant growth. Without these essential elements, plant-growth compounds can’t form, and the resulting nutrient deficiencies shut down plant-growth functions. The plant doesn’t care whether you give it organic or inorganic nutrients — it will call on either to furnish its requirements for growth and fruiting. Heat causes stress by itself in addition to causing water loss. In high heat, for instance, cucumbers may have a bitter taste. I just saw squash, too, that had spongy areas and wasn’t very tasty. This is caused by extreme water loss due to heat and by the plant’s being under heat stress, which makes it unable to use water properly.last_img read more