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May 11, 2020

(Last week's Full Moon.)

Moms, I pray you all had a blessed Mothers Day.

So lock down, stay at home orders continue until May 28.

Although Michigan is slowly beginning to open up.

All is well around here., at least physically we are (mentally and emotionally varies from day to day).

How are you managing?

What a cold, windy, rainy, and snowy weekend.

Good thing Moms are resilient and can maneuver around such obstacles.

The first part of last week was so glorious.

Nature Happens.

Rumor has it that hummingbirds have arrived in Southwest Michigan.

I haven't seen one, however.

God's symphony was in all of its grandeur last week.

The cacophony starts as Robins start before dawn.

Orioles, White-crowned sparrows, House finches, Gold finches, Grosbeaks,  Cardinals, and Chickadees. in.

Gray catbirds can be heard, along with Brown thrashers, and Tufted-titmice, and Song sparrows.

Doves cooing and woodpecker drumming.

Robins start before dawn, and stop singing after dusk.

To top it all off, the toads at the ponds and wetlands were in chorus as well.

All day and all night, for several days, the toads were in chorus.

Romance will do such things to male.

Warmer days allowed me to be outside, to capture all of the song and movement around me.

Indeed, May is my favorite month.

I can only imagine what heaven must sound like.

Pictured at the bottom is a Male cardinal before sunset.

Notice how the brilliant red color reflects onto the wire of the bird feeder.

Sophie in the bathroom sink as she watches Karen.

She is quite the character. 



I've been asked about the use of citrus peels in the garden.

All citrus peels can be composted. 

Citrus is an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. 

As an added bonus,  citrus peels also protects compost from scavengers and some pests, as many of them dislike the smell. 

Warning: if you have a worm bin you definitely, do not throw citrus in there as it harms the red wrigglers.

Citrus peels can also be dries, ground and worked into the soil around acid loving plants.

Repelling or removing pests in the garden:  

Orange peels contain a chemical called D-Limonene which is an all-natural insecticide. 

It damages the nervous systems of pests such as aphids and ants, killing them. 

You can place peels around plants that have pest problems or you can make a spray. 

(Northern Flicker)

Make your own spray by boiling a half a cup of peels in water for ten minutes then straining out the peels. 

Add this liquid to a spray bottle and spray your plants once a week.

Maybe pour a bunch down the ant hole.

Eventually ant tunnels will weaken the roots of your plants. 

D-Limonene is used as the active ingredient in many environmentally friendly bug sprays. 

You won’t have to worry about causing any damage to the plants themselves.

Citrus peels are supposed to deter cats from using your gardens as litter boxes as well.

(Female Robin collecting nest materials.)

Spread out your chores; do a little as you go, instead of loading up the weekend.

Garden for all the senses – wind chimes are as important as nice fragrances.

Stop planting like farmers, all at once; plant what you need, when the season and weather are right.

Plant raised beds and containers a little at a time, all year.

Develop a long-term, relaxing garden pursuit such as, garden photography, seasonally-appropriate flower arranging, collecting or hybridizing cultivars of a favorite plant, composting, or maybe bee keeping.

Right plant, right place - choose pest-resistant plants well-adapted to your local climate and soils.

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

Sun plants in sunny locations, shade for shade, etc.

Try untested new plants in a small area.

I like pushing the envelope.

(Tree Swallows)

Have something in bloom every week, if not every day, of the year.

Include plants that bloom in the evening, and notice the moths that visit after dark.

Carefully select and display sculpture or other garden art, for all-year inspiration.

Rocks, stepping stones, decorative signs, various figurines and statues.

What I remind everyone, Is Put Your Personality into your gardens.

You will thank yourself.

Grow your own – propagate enough plants for you and for friends or neighbors.


Lose some of the lawn, making edges and corners easier to mow with less backing up.

Use a garden hose as your guide for this.

Lighten up on the fertilizers and pesticides, enjoy a few wildflowers.

Let some hedges grow informally, instead of keeping everything tightly sheared.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

Another powerful word from God.

God Bless.

"For he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron".  

Psalm 107:16

Here is conformation for you.

God Himself says:

"I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron."

Isaiah 45:2

Can I have an AMEN.

"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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