10 • September 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.

Believing in Tomorrow!

by Kimberly Childers • D Tere

eep blue wings of cu- rious Stellar jay, thin white marshmallow slivers of icy cloud

pressed against vastness of sky. Deep silky-red Altissmo blos- soms of climbing rose, bloom- ing. . .blooming from spring to autumn. Sweet. Morning sun

slowly slips out into the day.

I’m sip-

ping organic, fair trade, dark roast while gentle morning is still imersed in the chill of marine layer. Nice.


such disturb- ing changes everywhere on the planet. And still this fading season is upon us, lengthing dark nights, later sunsets and soſt promising hints of fall. Not only an adjustment in the ever continuing garden but in our minds and bodies. Time to assess what you grew,

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what really worked and what re- ally didn’t. Gasp! Time to clean up the summer garden and prepare for fall crops. Look for hiding places of hungry snails and slimy slugs. Deadhead if you must, although you can leave a few seed heads standing through winter for dining birds. Plants can then be trimmed and composted in earliest spring so everyone is happy. Plant spring flowering bulbs now like crocus, hyacinth, daffodils and plant seeds of spinach, rocket, and winter lettuces, kale,broccoli, beets, brussel sprouts, garlic, onions and other starts avail- able at your favorite local nurs- eries and of course starts you have grown in your greenhouse.

Be sure to attend the Sonoma County Home and Garden Show, September 28-30th at the fair grounds in Santa Rosa. Clean and fill birdfeeders with

fresh seed for migrating birds to get them on their way, bon voy- age! Tere are many birds that stay here year round too. Stop

nitrogen enrichment for your next planting. Time to take an enlightening trip to Harmony Farm Supply to pick up every- thing you’ll need for your gar- dens! Walk their grounds and explore. Teir helpful staff can answer all your questions too. Tey are located at 3244 Graven- stein Highway in Sebasto- pol. Te most complete farm and garden supply I have found! Aren’t we lucky. Sigh. Check out

‘Moving the Giants’ on line, an effort to plant and re- populate Red- wood trees. Gardening

means more than grow- ing vegetables, right?!

by Wild Birds Unlimited, 71 Brookwood Avenue and pick up a list of birds here and birds flying away for the winter. Tey also offer bird houses, feed- ers, fresh seeds of all kinds and more surprizes. Call them if you like at 576-0861. Tink about adding more Cali-

fornia natives to your little piece of paradise.

Visit California

Flora nurseries in Fulton, 2990 Somers Street, calfloranursery. com for an amazing selection of healthy native plants of all kinds. 528-8813. September is the very best

month to feed your lawn. Use an ORGANIC, slow release fertilizer 3-1-2 ratio.

It’s time

to plant cover crops in your empty beds and planting boxes. Choose from clover seeds, cow peas, soybeans, fava beans and vetch to grow during the winter and turn into the soil in earliest spring, chopping and folding in,

Remember what Audrey Hep- burn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

their site Archangels-Saving the Ancient Redwoods.


how devoted people are plant- ing, cloning and archiving these magnificent trees. Fill pots with fragrant, minty

Yerba Buena, Mentha arvensis, or plant a vast colony of West- ern Red Columbine, Aquilegia formosa, a hummingbird favor- ite. Look for new “Summerina Echibeckia” bred by combin- ing Rudbeckia and Echinacea, the best of both! Put in a small pond or a big pond this winter or something else you have been putting off for a l-o-n-g time. Gardening is a never ending passion to say the least!


People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. ~ Stephen Hawking

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