Back to Back Issues Page
August 14, 2017

I can finally see the end of the tunnel.

For all of the appointments we have this month, and much of the summer that is.

We try to minimize as much as possible for July and August.

After all, it's summer and we typically keep free time for little trips or beach time.

This summer, however we've been inundated.

The sad part is for me, August is already half over.

The next few weeks are always a difficult time for me as it is.

Daylight continues to shrink at an accelerated rate :-(

If you pay attention, you have noticed a difference in how the sun beats on you.

The differences in the sights and sounds in your surroundings change as well.

I know this is true for the northern regions, It must play out to some degree in the south and southwest as well.

No matter, I try to keep positive, and hope you do too.

August brings so much change here in southwest Michigan.

Most of the birds are done singing, as they have raised their brood or two.

Now most of the visitors are gleaning seeds from the flowers, as well as hitting the feeders.

Northern cardinals are an exception around here.

I still here singing and can expect a late season batch or two of fledglings later, sometimes even into early October.

Bird songs have been replaced with sounds from the insects.

Crickets, cicadas, katydids, lacewings, and so many others.

Lacewings, fit into the good insect category.

Yes, there are many beneficial bugs out there.

Happy, happy, smile.

I even have a handful of monarchs visiting right now.

I was going to raise a couple of batches this year, but time never allowed it.

August also brings forth the fruits of our labors.


I grow in pots and containers on the most part.

It works for me.

I'm never overwhelmed with produce.

What we can't eat, I give to neighbors.

Tomatoes I will can a few quarts at a time, as with pickling peppers.

Pictured are some of what I grow in containers, not a lot, but it fits our needs.

Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers (sweet and hot), lettuce, onions, potatoes, summers squash, and various herbs

Early season spinach, radishes all season, as with beets for greens.

This year I am trying leeks and onions too.

It is mostly about the challenge for me.

The produce is a tasty bonus.

Remember to keep pesticides and all the herbicides away from your gardens as much as possible.

Just because the Federal Government says it is okay, doesn't mean you want toxins that kill other life forms in your body.

If you don't grow your own produce, I encourage you to visit a farmers market.

At the very least, a road side stand.

Not are you only getting fresh fruits and vegetables, you are helping you local economy.

I salute all farmers and other businesses that rely on nature (weather).

I enjoy eating fresh, and as much natural as I can.

Organic is preferred, but a bit pricey most of the time.

Here is one of my personal issues, you may even understand where I am coming from.

I get a big thrill out of planting seeds and watching things grow.

Nurturing, pampering, transplanting, and so on.

More so than I do picking and eating it.

Maybe I'm a bit strange this way, it is like seeing your child grow up and leave home.

(For some of us, that is).

The growing season is coming to an end.

I am already taking mental notes on what to plant and what not to plant.

Winter squash for example.

Lots of beautiful vines, but little produce.

This takes up too much space and water.

I can utilize my containers for something else.

Leeks, has you priced leeks lately?

Yes I will plant these green stalks of gold again.

For annual flowers, I tried something different this year and didn't like the results.

Not enough color for my liking.

I need lots of bright summer colors.

Gardening is always a learning experience, isn't it?

I know, I've said too much without saying anything.

Friends can do that, can't we?

I do enjoy the changes of the season, I also get a bit depressed each year around this time.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Thank you for letting me ramble on.

Now before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God bless.

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”

A.W. Pinero

Our body grows old and dies, but your spirit remains young.

Love is everything.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31

"God is love"

1 John 4:8

"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.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

PS. If you enjoy these letters, please forward them to friends, family and co-workers.

Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.

Gardening For Wildlife.

Back to Back Issues Page