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SPRING GUIDE #3 HOME&GARDEN Some of My Favorites by Kimberly Childers • Mizzkimberly@outlook.com


It’s early dawn, dew sparkles on thin blades of green grass. Cooing mourning doves inter- rupt the quiet garden becoming more florif- erous almost by the mo- ment. May is a month of incredibly explosive flowers, wild and tame everywhere you look. Busy pollinators of all kinds seem to dance and hover in divinely cool, spring breezes al- though it’s starting to quickly warm up so it is so important that you stay hydrated! Try red hibiscus tea, lemon balm to sooth your nerves, spearmint for digestion and for a sweeter tea add stevia.


Small slices of lemon can be frozen in ice cubes adding the perfect touch!


It’s time to release lady bugs, lacewings and tiny trichograma wasps in your garden to feast on aphids and other hungry pests.


Mulch everything thickly to retain moisture and encour- age healthy microbial action, keeping 1 inch away from stems and trunks to prevent rot and diseases. Add mycor- rhizal pow- der/granules to the roots when planting. Local nurs- eries, and of course Amazon, offer many choices, sizes and prices. Check out mycorrhizal on Wik- ipedia for further definition and understanding of this amazing


We have Positive Solutions to


Unforeseen Interruptions! From time to time mini fender benders and accidents occur when you least expect them. And they do happen. We are a positive solution to these annoying interruptions. We hope you don’t have to call us. But if you do... We’ll be ready!


Huchera maxima, creating a dizzying fairy-like collection. Cupcake blooms of...


...with native


part of the earth. You decide! New gardens are popping up everywhere and bursting into bloom. Hoping your gardens are deeply satisfying. Time to sow seeds of to- mato, beans, zuc- chini, sweet basil, kale, beets, cabbage, parsley, peppers and eggplant or visit lo- cal nurseries, box stores and get grow- ing plants in your gardens NOW.


Crepe paper-like petals of the many varieties of poppies are wonderful and magical planted in the garden, their frilly petals flitter in the slightest breeze. Yellow columbine, Shasta dai- sies, and deep purple Siberian iris mingle. Plant elegant fox- glove varieties, herbaceous pe- onies, Meadow buttercups, bee balm and borders of purple and bright yellow Johnny-jump-ups are fabulous. Soft lilac Verbena bonariensis, stunning new vari- eties and bold colors of zinnia, orange and pinks of Lantana, coneflower, nectar filled, heir- loom scabious, globe thistle, elegant spires of agastache, purple and reds of salvia in- cluding still much sought after ‘Hot lips’, nicotiana and lobe- lia will cause the bees & butter- flies to ‘smile’! Favorites of mine this year


include Tiarella trifoliata also called three leaved foam flower. Perfect for shade gardens along with native Huchera maxima, creating a dizzying fairy-like


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Pg 10 • MAY 2019 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


On the Cover of Spring Guide #3:


Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery owner Rick


Williams and some of his staff, taking a break with Paul Doyle, owner of Upbeat Times. Owner Rick is in green jacket on very left of group!


~ Thanks Rick!


FEATURE: Harmony Farm Supply


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far away and locally seeking knowledge about how to do what they want to do better re- garding farming & agriculture and a whole lot more.


Just as Rick says on the Harmony Farm website: : Customer Satisfaction Is Our Goal! This means: For over 30 years, Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery employees have been the experts in the organic growing industry. Our sales staff


is top notch! We sell


products that meet the Califor- nia Organic Foods Act or the National


Organic Program.


Selling a quality product that meets our goal of excellence. We help you get the job done organically!”


businesses


Many successful retail have thrived be-


cause of one very key compo- nent: If the people running the business don’t have just what you need, they go out of their way to find the answers you need! See their ad on page 22!


A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.


Liberty Hyde Bailey If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero


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