Posts Tagged ‘Gardens’

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Brrr it’s cold

December 12, 2013

The cold, frosty week has chilled me to the bone and got me thinking . . .

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. . . how monochromatic the earth remains beyond naked tree limbs

before the rains come and the field grasses grow;

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. . . how glad I don’t live in snow country

yet yearn to photograph the beauty it holds;

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. . . how shrubs and trees store sugar all winter long

for hues shiny and sweet come springtime;

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. . . how loud are icy grass blades when walked upon

or how musical are the drips of melting frost;

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. . . how quiet and secluded squirrels remain,

and unproductive laying hens reside,

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. . . how the effort to stay warm seems like combat;

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. . . and how all living breeds navigate cycles through

slumber and wake.

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Garden Tips Hints and Cool Things

February 24, 2012

TIP:

To keep insecticides from going into the soil, cut old garden hoses into 24-inch lengths. Close off one end by stuffing paper into the opening. Then slip an old funnel or make one out of paper into the other end and carefully fill leaving room for insects to crawl inside. To prevent pets and children from playing with them, secure with U-shaped landscape anchoring pins. To avoid spillage, remove the stuffed paper after laying the hose in the desired area. Before removing the hoses, keep in a horizontal position and close off each end so the dead bugs and insecticide won’t spill out before properly discarding.

Note:  Always:  1) wear gloves;  2) write ‘poison’ on hose lengths and on the old funnel. When not in use, store out of children’s reach; 3) properly discard paper funnel.

HINT:

To remove garden stains from hands add a teaspoon of sugar to soapy water before washing.

A COOL THING:

The largest rose in the world, planted in 1855 at the Rose Tree Inn, Tombstone, Arizona, covers over 8,000 square feet on a very large trellis.

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