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Belated Happy New Year
January 05, 2015

A belated and blessed New Year to you.

Physical therapy and healing still continues for Yolanda, and will for sometime.

After all is said and done, I may need some therapy :-)

No matter, it was a very special and God blessed Holiday season for Karen and me.

Yolanda too.

November went down as the snowiest November recorded in Grand Rapids, MI.

December left as the fourth least snowiest around here.

A grand snowfall total for December was one inch.

The other three were back in the 1940's

We already have more in January.

As things begin to settle down around here, I continue to attempt getting back into the swing of things.

That includes writing a weekly letter.

Again, thank you to all for your prayers and support.

Again, I say ..................

My God is an Awesome God.

For most of us, the next couple of months are considered a down time.

When it comes to gardening and being outside, that is.

Thank goodness for the onslaught of garden supplies, and seed catalogs.

This gives me something to do, as I thumb and re thumb through the catalogs.

Making wish lists, and reality lists.

You too?

Are you are looking to freshen up your gardens?

Maybe expand a project.

Do a total tear down and rebuild.

Are you blessed to have a blank canvas (yard) to work with?

I like creating something new, something from nothing.

Especially when it can attract so much wildlife.

Sadly, I have run out of space and then my body reminds me I'm not 30 years old.

I still tweak, however.

I digress.

When you make those reality lists, you may also consider resigns, or something new

You will also want to draw out your yard, or the section you plan to improve, change, or tweak.

Use pencil, you will do some erasing, and redos.

Graph paper works well for this, as each little square breaks down to a square foot, square yard (meter), etc.

Draw your plan as if the flowers, shrubs, and trees are mature plants.

If a plant has a 20 inch spread, plan accordingly.

Does a desired shrub have a 5 foot (1. 6 m) spread when mature, plan accordingly.

You can always plant annuals to fill the gap for a couple of years.

To plant perennials and shrubs close together when they are young is an all to common gardening mistake.

You will create more work the following year when you are transplanting.

Another blunder is this........

Planting to close to a fence or other structure (house, garage, shed).

Again, when the shrubs and flowers are little, it may look just fine.

By the end of the first growing season, you will notice your plants leaning away from the structure.

Especially if they need more sun.

It's a plant's nature to grow up and fill out.

When it can't grow is nature intended, it will compensate and lean, or fill out more on the open side.

Again, plan your work, and work your plan.

This holds true for no matter where you live.

I want to thank you all for the honor and privilege that is all mine for each and everyone of you that reads this letter.

Even if it is some of the time.

Gardening, wildlife, and nature in general, break down so many barriers.

The different growing zones in North America.

Some readers cancel, as I fail to relate to their needs.

Some cancel because of my beliefs.

but many of you stick around and others are added.

I feel, that no matter where we live, it is a joy to read how others garden and attract wildlife and nature.

Why else would readers from Australia, Nepal, Thailand, India, Great Britain, and other locations continue to subscribe?

We are all brothers and sisters.

I like that.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

A wonderful 2015 to you, and God Bless.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

God, through his Spirit doesn't judge us (once we become his children) at all.

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."

Isaiah 43:25

"You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."

Micah 7:19

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

Ezekiel 36:26

"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.

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