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8 • March 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


SPRING GUIDE #1 The Nights are Cold But it Feels Like Spring by Kimberly Childers • kimberlychilders@att.net


Santa Rsa, CA. ~ According to the Gregorian calendar it isn’t spring yet but o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o it feels like SPRING! Days are starting to slowly stretch out again. Chilly winds of March swirling and danc- ing about through sparkling sun- light, wind-chimes singing. Enjoy the cool because the very hot days are predicted soon enough. Follow the enlightening minds of science searching for truth and be aware of changes ahead for our planet! Much to be done in gardens now. It is truly never ending wonderful- ness, that is if you love to garden! Spreading your aged compost on raised beds, planting raspber- ries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, perhaps a peach or sweet apricot tree?! March is a fantastic month to plant bare-root roses,


fruit trees, summer bulbs


and natives especially for xeri- scaping and other drought tolerant collections. Remember to stop by


California Flora nursery in Fulton (707-528-8813) and pick up a few native plants, which means they are indigenous to our area. They have a fantastic web site (calflo- ranursery.com) so be sure and ex- plore, finding the right plant for the right place. It’s time to find great garden gloves in nurseries around town. Mudd brand gloves are still my favorite with the flexibility you sometimes need. Have you found the right pitchfork, shovels, trow- els and dibbers (bulb planters)?! I hope you have been consulting techno faeries fondly living in the web, because all of your queries will be solved and answered so you can create a fantabulous gar- den this season. Stop by Western Farm Supply on 7th Street and pick up a bale or two of seedless, fine- stemmed rice straw for mulching, covering and layering compost. Get your delicious varieties of potatoes planted.


Plant them in


the ground or in tall containers. Check out YouTube for amazing planting methods, with details on each idea. After the plants die


back you’ll harvest absolutely amazing perfectly, perfect po- tatoes. One potato, two potato, three po- tato four, plant them whole, hill up soil around rows as they get taller, cut them in half, cut them in quarters, plant them like your grandfather told you to. You de- cide!


Did you know that peas are one of the oldest vegetables cultivated by man? Wild


peas are still


found growing in Turkey and probably originated there as well.


Fresh edible


pod peas are sweet, crunchy and deli- cious. Just give them something to climb on. Erect a wire fence just for your crop, pea sticks stuck in the ground for short- er varieties, bamboo tripods as tall as you need and vintage architec- tural trellis pieces. Explore all the varieties, early, mid, late and many nurseries have 6-packs of premium plants ready to grow in your pre- pared site right now. Wire/cloth netting can protect them from birds and mice. Use one of the many ORGANIC repellants against other pests.


to protect


This is a good time to research and understand the Three Year Crop Rotation. Google the term since you will use it forever and need to familiarize yourself with the concept. Successional sowing and planting makes for a continu-


ous stream of produce although it is better to spread planting out so it ripens at successive times through- out the growing season. Read up on Permaculture and how to begin in your own piece of paradise, one step at a time, right?!


Plant sweet peas for their stun- ning heirloom bouquets, fragrant alyssum, snapdragons and other cool season annuals. Most nurser- ies are stocked now for the spring shopper.


Do you have a plan,


are you a born designer, do you want to create a cottage garden, a scented collection, a blue and gray garden, a magnificent butterfly garden, an Italian garden, a pizza garden which can help you make healthy pizzas by growing red pep- pers, red onions, tomatoes, sweet


... continued on page 9 JOKES & Humor # 3


Once upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his flock on the edge of a deserted road. Suddenly a brand new Jeep Cherokee screeches to halt next to him. The driver, a young man dressed in a Saville Row suit, handmade shoes, Rayban sunglasses, Rolex watch, Jer- myn Street shirt and Gucci tie gets out and asks the shepherd “If I can guess how many sheep you have, can I keep one?”. The shepherd looks at the young man, and then looks at the grazing sheep and replies “Okay”.


The young man parks the car, connects the notebook and the mobile fax, enters a NASA website, scans the ground us- ing his GPS, opens a database and 60 excel tables filled with logarithms, then prints out a 150 page report on his high-tec mini printer. He turns to the shepherd and says “You have exactly 1,586 sheep here”.


The shepherd answers “That’s correct, you can have your sheep”.


The young man takes an animal and puts it in the back of his Jeep. The shepherd looks at him and asks “If I can guess your profession will you give me my animal back?”. The young man amswers “Yes, why not”.


The shepherd says “You’re a consultant”. “How did you know?” asks the astonished young man.


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“Very simple” replies the shep- herd. “First, you came here without being asked. Second you charged me a fee for telling me something I already know. Third, you don’t understand anything about my business. Now can I have my dog back?”.


“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


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