10 • October 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. “The Girl About Town” by Kimberly Childers • M

elting into October with wispy Monet clouds floating against soft blue, noticing the

changing position of the spinning earth, very black night sky and different birds passing through or staying for winter.

Lately I’ve been ‘The Girl about

Town’ asking questions and getting ideas for the fall garden. Hold on to your hat because it’s that time of year once again!! But first, I want to thank Rita, a concerned reader, for turning my head around about Bacillus thurin- gensis since it kills ALL caterpil- lars and as butterfly lovers and pro- tectors we don’t want to be using that a-n-y-m-o-r-e! Save the Mon- archs and other gazillions of butter- flies and pollinators by paying at- tention what you are using in your

organic garden. Plant white and purple garlic chives, onions, garlic and fra- grant herbs everywhere to help with pests, encourage bees and butterflies. You decide!

I’ve been

checking out garden attire for fall and winter. Fun! I’m order- ing my socks, tights and un- derthings from

a company I just discovered called PACT

Change you can wear. No sweat- shops, no child labor, no toxic pes-


year to harvest rose petals and dry them for


sexy sprinkle over a hot drink. She’s drying her raspberry leaves for a tasty tea and a women’s tonic drink as well. Taylor Black,

ticides or toxic dyes, just beautiful organically grown and harvested cotton made into soft friendly clothing,

workers and artisans

treated with the compassion and respect they deserve. Pact is part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made.

There is noth-

ing like ‘politically correct’, fair trade gardening clothes, right?! There are many great sites on line with delicious gardening clothes, gloves and hey, there is always the Salvation Army and second hand shops to create your own unique garden wear!

Chatting with my good friend

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and yoga teacher, Gayatri Shelton- Ostadi, she’s moving toward more sustainable practices in her garden. Gayatri laughed and told me it’s ‘lasagna making time’ in her gar- den! She’s layering and trying to keep her ‘soil abundant with good microbes’ by shredding all her paper ‘laying it on dormant beds, then sheet cardboard, then chop and drop plant material’. She’s using her magnolia leaves, coffee grounds and layering it all on each bed and around more permanent perennials. Gayatri is also ‘har- vesting/drying her sunflowers for chicken feed in the winter.’ She’s using herbs and flowers in waters, oils and making ‘herbal sprinkles’. She tells me it’s a good time of

of Bennett Valley Gardens (569- 8624), reminds me it’s time to plant starts of leafy greens, let- tuce, all brassi- cas, kale, garlic

and root crops. Summer annuals can be chopped, composted and replaced with stunning fall flowers like Rudbeckias, chrysanthemums, Echinacea, frilly violas and bulbs of all sorts but Black adds ‘wait for the weather to cool down before planting your bulbs.’

Black recommends a thorough

fall clean up, cutting back irriga- tion a bit to slow plant growth and preparing for the looming frost, amending soil and getting ready for rains. He also suggests keep- ing your garden tools clean, filling a big bucket with coarse sand and linseed oil to immerse them in oc- casionally which prevents rust and then you have a covered bucket always handy in the garden shed. Wipe them off with a rag or piece of burlap.

Store them out of the

rain and they will last for a long time!!

Co-manager Cindy Stewart at

King’s Nursery (542-4782) is ‘ fo- cusing on replacing summertime veggies with fall and winter veg- gies, like Brussel sprouts, broc- coli, peas, cauliflower, fava beans and cabbage. Also fresh plantings of year-round veggies like carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, onions and gar- lic. You can do this gradually as the summer garden wanes, replac- ing plants as they finish up. Cindy ... continued on page 30

“Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.” ~ Mark Twain JOKES & Humor # 2

Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for Christmas,” Little Johnny said to his Grandfather. “It’s the best Christmas present I ever got.” “That’s great,” said his Grandfather, “do you know how to play it?” “Oh, I don’t play it,” Little Johnny said. “My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night.”

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