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April 27, 2020

(White-throated sparrow.)


Governor Whitmer has relaxed a few things.

Garden centers and nurseries are open for business.

Landscapers and lawn mowing companies can get to work.

I guess protests and voices were heard.

Me, I managed to get most of what I needed before the lock down.

We are still hunkered down around here and staying safe, however.

Growing up in rural Michigan, one of my chores and responsibilities was to dig a hole and bury the garbage.

A new hole every week.

For the winter, I would dig a massive hole that was to be used the whole winter.

This went on for years.

These spots became prime areas for growing plants.

If you wanted worms to go fishing with, find an old garbage burial spot.

(We may have qualified to be Michigan Hillbillies for all I know.)

Now days instead of garbage holes, compost bins and piles are used (or it is simply thrown in the trash).

I have one of those bins that spin.

However, not all of the garbage gets composted.

What you can do too.

This is a reminder for some of you, and possibly some useful times for a few more of you.



For me, eggshells are the best.

Crush eggshells into small pieces and sprinkle them on top of the soil.

Slugs, cutworms, and other insects are put off by the crunch (can slice them open), when they crawl over the sharp edges and will leave for softer pastures.

You can also toss the crushed shells into your compost heap.

I grind them up into an almost powder and mix with potting soil when I plant my tomatoes and peppers.

They break down quickly and give your plants a much-needed dose of calcium, which can help with bottom-end rot

A calcium deficiency found in some plants.

Crushed eggshells are an excellent form of grit (needed by your birds).

Calcium rich shells are also eaten by your feathered friends, as the calcium is used to produce stronger shells by your avian friends.

(Mourning doves foraging.)

Banana Peels:

There are different aphids with preferences to different plants.

Aphids treat gardens like all-you-can-eat salad bars.

But they can't stand banana peels.

Chop up a few peels, bury them an inch or two in the soil,
and say goodbye to those pests for good.

Don't use whole banana peels unless you want rodents, such as squirrels and raccoons, digging in the soil.

Banana peels are also a good source of phosphorous and potassium.

(Tree Swallow)

Coffee Grounds:

You can give your garden a wake-up call by using leftover coffee grounds.

We toss our used grounds into a container, allow the filter and grounds to dry out.

I remove the filter and continue to fill up the container.

Dry grounds are easier to work with.

Then you can blend them thoroughly into the soil.

The grounds contents, include phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium.

This not only helps your plants, but will help improve the soil's structure.

You can also add coffee grounds to your compost pile.

Coffee grounds are low in acid, but too much can raise the soil's acidity level, you may want to keep an eye on your soils pH level.

There you have it.

Three basic items that work wonders in your gardens.

Here Is A Pretty Good List Of Hummingbird Flowers.

If you can, plant a few to attract these flying beauties to your yard.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is a positive word for you.

God Bless.

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint".

Isaiah 40:31

I always liked this passage.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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