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Pg 8 • August 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. WHAT’S UP • SONOMA COUNTY JOKES & Humor #3


Our Ever-Changing Garden Environment


by Kimberly Childers • kimberlychilders@att.net


Sonoma County, CA. ~ Welcome August, a bounty of beautiful blessings and blissful never endings. I hope your gardens are buzzing with bees, filled with gorgeous but t erf lies , song-filled birds and essential pollinators. 95 degrees


HOT! Sipping iced organic French roast, organic soy milk and stevia in a tall white glass polka dotted with black circles. Trying to relax on the lattice porch, and be calm, breathe


deeper and drift away with the hush of clouds far, far away in the troposphere.


to lightest salmon. In New Mexico and southern Col- orado, it’s called plumajillo (Spanish for ‘little feather’ because of its leaf shape and texture. ) Bloom- ing Achillea millefolium bordering wild garden in the very back is sim- ply magnifi- cent on this summer day! Tall Pennise-


Antique-white yarrow,


Moonshine yellow, rusty orange Terra Cotta yarrow and soft red paprika fading


tum spathiolatum, slender veldt grass dancing and swaying with each passing warm breeze, an elegant


Open for Beer and Food to Go!


Check our website or call for current hours of operation!


725 4th St., Santa Rosa, CA Santa Rosa Location


700 Mitchell Lane., Windsor, CA Windsor Location


707-545-2337 www.russianriverbrewing.com Pg 8 • August 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


combination of pure magic. Mixed colors of echina-


cea Cheyenne is starting to bloom, each blossom a sur- prise, planted with coreop- sis, Sunny Day, tall single bright yellow flowers min- gling within the palate. One variety of cocktail se-


ries of geum, Tequila Sun- rise been slow to start from the 4 “ pots but is starting to send up buds for flowers of gentle yellow with red edges. Perfect! If the gar- den teaches us one benefi- cial trait, truly, it is patience! August heat has been


calling for thick mulch ev- erywhere in the garden. Remember to avoid mulch- ing too close to stems to discourage rot. Be sure to feed your plants with liq- uid seaweed and/or fish emulsion to encourage healthy growth. Top dress with crushed oyster shells, (from Western Farm Center store on 7th street.) They are not only a deterrent for opossum, raccoons and squirrels they also produce a long-lasting slow release of nutrients such as calcium and trace minerals. Unfortu- nately, more than seven mil- lion tons of ‘nuisance waste’ are disregarded every year by the seafood industry that will end up in landfills, GASP! Reusing shell waste is a great example of a cir- cular economy according to CACHE (Calcium in a Changing Environment). Scientists have been study- ing environmental and eco- nomic options for mollusk shells by creating artificial oyster reefs. “the shells are perfect material for repair- continued on page 22


Sean stopped by a sandwich shop one afternoon and placed his order with the girl at the counter. She rattled off a list of condiments, but he stopped her when she asked if he wanted white or yellow cheese.


“What’s the difference?” Sean asked.


“Hello?” replied the girl, sighing and rolling her eyes. “The COLOR is different!”


4 inch tomato worm visits our garden! ~ PAD


“It is good people who make good places.” ~ Anna Sewell


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