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It's Time To Prepare
January 07, 2019

A Belated Happy New Year To All.

I must also Thank You, for all the well wishes and Christmas Blessings I received.

There were too many to answer on an individual basis.

I hope the season was full of blessings for you.

I must say, we did enjoy the season.

Possibly some overspending.

Most definitely a peaceful and joy filled season for the Patterson household.

We even had a dusting of snow on Christmas Day to add to the cheer.

Pictured below is Akita unwrapping her present, and a picture of Snickers keeping a watchful eye on the new toys.

It has been a strange winter so far.

November was below normal temps, and above normal snow.

December was just the opposite, going down as one of the least snowy Decembers in SW. Michigan.

So far, January has been well above normal, and the last three days have been mostly sunny.

That's right, sunshine.

A rare commodity around here this time of year.

There are happy faces everywhere right now.

Here is a picture of a turkey taking a drink from the birdbath, notice no snow.

Below you will see a picture of the same turkey preening.

A snowman line break, I can wish can't I?

If you haven't, the first of the month is always a good time to clean and sanitize feeders.

When and where birds gather, there is a greater chance for sickness and disease to spread.

There ave been years when some states 'Department of Natural Resources', or whatever they are called have issued directives to stop feeding birds for a several week period because of deadly sickness among birds.

I haven't had to worry much this winter, bird visits are way down.

I haven't had to fill feeders in a week, usually feeders get filled everyday during the winter months.

I save money, but miss the activity in my yard.

(Sophie loves her mom, she sleeps on Karen's hand like this almost every evening.)

Seed catalogs continue to pour in.

This is a good time to make lists and get things ordered.

Especially my friends in the south, where growing season starts much earlier.

For us northern folk, we can wait a few weeks if we choose.

Planting season generally starts in late April, and early to mid May for us northern locations.

Still, I will get orders out this week, as certain seeds need a good 10-12 week growing period from seed to transplanting.

It is good to either research or get your seeds early, so you know when to plant.

Not to mention ........

Some plant species require a stratification period for the seeds.

(Miss Penny sleeping on folded cloths.)

Generally, stratification is a 30 day period in the refrigerator or freezer.

This is a false winter period some plant seeds require to germinate.

Then, some seeds require light to germinate.

One that comes to mind is Red Salvia (Salvia splendens).

Cover these seeds and germination is in danger.

(Akita unwrapping present, Snickers is watching and waiting to see what it is. Snick hasn't tackled her gift, yet. Below you will see her on guard and asleep with a new toy. She will sit like that for several minutes guarding/keeping an eye on things.)

Did you keep notes from last year?

Notes are always recommended.

You can adjust planting times (seeds and plants).

You can tweak little things.

Notes provide pluses and minuses from last year's growing season.

What worked, what didn't.

Maybe you want to try something new.

I think this year I will try 'Eucalyptus' from seed.

I've proved I can grow 'Cotton' and 'Artichokes' from seed, and have produce from the plants.

Typically not grown in Michigan.

Get out of comfort zones, try something new.

Push the envelope.

It's fun, and great conversation pieces.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God Bless.

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Thomas Jefferson (Third President of the United States.)

God builds his church on the Christ, the stone the builders rejected.

The cornerstone.

A house of rock stands.

"Jesus is that Rock".

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27

"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock (Jesus Himself), I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it".

Matthew 16:18

"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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