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I don’t care who you are, this is funny

By Penny Stine
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Someone from work sent me this photo yesterday in an e-mail. I totally relate to the sentiments.

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Now in bloom

By Carol Clark
Monday, March 26, 2012

One of my all time favorite flowers, daffodils, symbolize friendship, spring and new birth. I do love tulips, but they are sometimes a little late for the Easter scene. Of course, I love the crocus because it is the first, hardy even in the cold freezes, but nothing says it's spring like clusters of daffodils with their yellow bonnets. Every morning I look out the front door and they are facing east like they can't wait to welcome the rising sun.

 

"And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodiles."
                  William Wordsworth

 

 

 

In Elizabethan times they called them daffadowndillys.

DAFFADOWNDILLY
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And cursied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And wispered to her neighbor,
"Winter is dead."
by A.A. Milne.
 

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Compost is this girl’s best friend

By Penny Stine
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Last year, I thought I hated my compost bin, because it was too tall for me to work the compost with a shovel. My husband was gracious enough to build me a lower, open compost bin last spring, which works well in the summer when the weather's hot. I also broke down and bought a pitchfork, which is the real secret to compost success. I emptied this bin at the end of last summer & spread compost all over my garden. Then I promptly filled it with leaves, a little grass and other yard debris. I've been tossing kitchen scraps (especially coffee grounds) in it all winter and trying to go turn it once every week or two. 

 

 

 

 

 

The result of my winter diligence? Compost! Lovely, lovely compost, which I worked into the soil before I planted peas. 

 

OK, so I didn't get much. I'm working on quality, not quantity. 

Adding compost to garden soil is ALWAYS a good idea here in the Grand Valley with our alkaline clay soil. Right now, the Mesa County Landfill is having a March sale. You can get a truckload of Mesa Magic (and pay tax, too) for $25. Such a deal! 

 

 

 

 

 

Even if you put a yard of compost on your garden last year, put another yard on again this year. Your garden will thank you. 

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Cool tools

By Penny Stine
Monday, March 19, 2012

Men know that the secret to success is having the right tools, so anytime they do anything, it's an excuse to go buy a new tool. Preferably one that makes a lot of noise and is capable of destruction. Women (or at least this particular woman) will often make do using whatever tool is on hand, on sale or otherwise convenient. I have learned the error of my ways. Look what I bought this spring, thanks to my master gardening class:

  

These are some seriously awesome tools. The hand shovel is a nice, sturdy little tool. The middle tool (sorry, I don't know the right name. A hacker/chopper/slasher?) is awesome. It slices, it dices and it really cuts stubborn roots from your neighbors' trees that insist on spreading into your garden.  The long-handled hand-shovel is great at digging up grass, which tends to have long, spreading, annoying roots that are trying to stake a claim in your flower beds. 

Last year, I discovered a pitchfork was essential for making compost. More on that tomorrow. 

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Something to while away the time until planting

By Carol Clark
Friday, March 16, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we are waiting for planting season to arrive, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures of vintage seed packets that I found on Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am always disappointed when I receive packets in the mail and they are white envelopes with black lettering and no artwork. I know this saves me money but wouldn't you love to get some of these beautiful works of art in the mail?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would be a treasure to own a collection of these packets from the past.


 

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