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Create your Own Flock of Chickens!


SPRING GUIDE #1 HOME&GARDEN The Arriving


Golden Sunshine


by Kimberly Childers • Mizzkimberly@outlook.com


Our First Chicks arrive March 16th!


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Pg 10 • March 2019 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


Green is suddenly the color of the day, tiny plants are pok- ing through compost enriched soil, collec- tions of ‘star-perform- ers’ with expectations of


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throughout the garden such as lovely Botan- ical and Wild Crocus chrysanthus Goldi- lox, Crocus flavus Golden Yellow, and crocus Orange Mon- arch. Tiny, five-inch- tall


color scattered


intense yellow Iris Reticulata are planted along slanted antique brick borders to de- light. Intense yel- low, blue and purple bearded iris to follow in weeks to come filling clear glass vases with wonderful- ness!


vivid blue with


oping all of your gar- dens are beginning to sprout, bloom and are absolutely dreamy.


is truly about patience, watch- ing with such hopeful antici- pation . . .forgotten plantings and surprises, mature colonies


Maybe it’s the year you grow mushrooms or plant splendid trees, evergreen or deciduous, fragrant or fruiting? You de- cide. Explore your favorite nurseries which can become a fun outing with gar- den


out Calfloranurser- ies.com, a local na- tive plant nursery in Fulton with hundreds of healthy natives to choose from.


friends. Check


have an enlightening web site to help with your selections. Plant groups of Angelica hendersonii, tower- ing at four to six feet tall with their lovely white


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Cutting gardens can become little masterpieces. Gardening


of natives are beginning to emerge, such a thrill! Time to plant organic seeds and starts of your favorite vegetables, herbs and flowers.


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shine is finally starting to make its appearance through the parting of thick, morning grey fog, cotton-candy after- noon cumulus floating in an almost sea of blue, sunsets with wispy ribbons of soft pink. Herb gardens are calling to be planted. Local nurseries should have a decent selection by now. Plant healthy starts in well drained, lightly com- posted soil. For help look on line for older books like Ro- dale Presse’s the Herb Book and another old favorite, The Macmillan Treasury of Herbs by Ann Bonar. These old clas- sics are filled with stunning photos of every herb plant, how to make decoctions, dye, cooking, drying, planting and other techniques to name a


flowers full of nectar for the bees, butter- flies and other impor- tant pollinators. The golden sun-


umbels of ...continued on page 26 “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” ~ Robert Frost


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