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March 28, 2016

Did You Know, Yolanda came home Thursday evening.

22 days in the hospital caused by a ruptured appendix and other issues that popped up.

We thank you so much for all of your prayers and well wishes.

We give thanks To our Lord.

Snickers experienced her first haircut, or is it a day at the dogie spa or beautician.

Are they called stylists?

Snicker pictures are below.

Here are before and after pictures of Snicker Doodles.

She is seven months old and it is hard to imagine we have had her for five months already.

After missing for several days, the special robin made his appearance once again.

(Picture of partial Albino robin.)

Female robins and female Red-winged blackbirds arrived a good week ago.

Let the courtships begin.

American Goldfinches are changing back to their bright breeding colors (pictured below).

This week are a few tips, and reminders for you.

Did you Know.


Did You Know .......

You feed the soil, not the plant.

Embrace organics, even if you do it a little at a time.

Think compost, and mulches.

Instead of a large lawn, create large mulched beds of mixed plantings made with small to medium sized trees, flowering and evergreen shrubs and perennials.

Think at all levels,

Ground as rural, flowers and shrubs as the suburbs, and trees as high rise condos and apartments. Diversity is healthy.

Avoid using too many fertilizers on your lawn when possible.

It's unhealthy, and sad to see kids and pets playing on a lawn that's regularly treated with toxic chemicals. Avoid harsh chemicals and toxins in your gardens and flowerbeds.

There is no such thing as a perfect plant, a few holes are okay.

Let nature (birds and good bugs), take care of the pests.

Fewer toxins welcome desired wildlife.

Did You Know.......

It is possible to create a yard environment that welcomes bees, birds and butterflies.

Put out a bird bath.

Install a birdhouse (nest box).

Put up some bird feeders.

Let the wonderful wildlife come.

You add song to your heart, and heart to your garden.

Right plant for the right place. You know, plants that need little water, put in the far corner with like need plants.

Plants that require full sun, lots of moisture, shade, etc with like need plants and the right locations.

Choose pest-resistant plants that are well adapted to your local climate and soils.

Plant them well, and let them grow without being pushed.

Try untested new plants in a small area.

If your gardens are big enough, create some pathways that take you through your garden.

You may even give each path or sitting spot a special name, or name of a child or grandchild.

Give yourself the peace and joy of experiencing it in the evening, in the morning, and the afternoon.

A garden is a joy, or it can be work.

But healthy, pleasurable work when you plan, prep and care for it.

It's a place to call your own.

A haven of rest and relaxation when the day is done.

Did you Know ........

Gardening, watching and caring for wildlife lowers blood pressure and tightens the senses?

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought of the day.

God Bless.

"You sort of come face to face with your own values at some point, where you can walk away or do something about it.

Scott Neeson

A side note:

Scott Neeson, left the presidency of Sony Pictures to found a nonprofit helping very poor children in Cambodia.

Where are your values?

" I will make a man more precious than fine gold;
even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.'

Isaiah 13:12

"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

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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