Back to Back Issues Page
Bits N Pieces, Gardening Tips
May 14, 2018

Another extremely busy week has past us by.

I stained the deck.

There were a few things that got planted.

Almost an emergency with the refrigerator.

About last week Sunday it started to sound like a rock tumbler (rock polisher).

If you ever heard that sound, you know what i'm referring to.

Maybe ball bearings in a container being churned if that helps.

A new one was delivered before we totally lost all cooling in the old one.

Friday and Saturday were cold and rainy for the most part.

Karen and I did head out to some greenhouses on Friday to pick up some hanging baskets and other stuff.

We had lunch and picked up Yolanda.

It was a nice time, we don't often get alone time like that.

Today it is off to Mary Free Bed and a doctor's appointment for Yolanda, the start of another busy week.

The start of another busy week.

This week I touch a bit to gardening and some tasks at hand.


Gardening should be enjoyable, spread out your chores.

Do a little as you go, instead of loading up the weekend.

Stop planting like farmer, or landscape professional, 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.

If you do container gardening like I do, work on your pots where they will finally set, (if Possible).

Filling a pot can make it too heavy to move, so work on site.

Before you plan a major landscape project, or do an entire yard, walk around your property to determine if out have micro-climate area.

Sun or shade in certain spots.

Wet or dry in certain spots.

Look for spots that are different from the main areas.

You can turn a micro-climate into an advantage.

The corner of a house may shelter a tender plant from frost or winds.

A soggy space can be ideal for bog plants.

A dry, sunny space should be where you plant your herb garden.

Remember, your yard is not the same throughout its space so learn its personality.

(Northern Flicker)

When you use chemicals to kill bad bugs, you also kill good bugs.

Birds eat all bugs, even those doused with toxins.

Instead, opt for organic controls such as soapy water and horticultural oils to smother bad bugs.

Your yard is a living, breathing life cycle so don't overload it with toxic chemicals.

It's easy to focus on flowers to brighten a yard or garden, but shrubs, grasses and leaves add interest too.

Other ways to bring color include bark, berries and fall foliage.

Don't plant heat-sensitive plants against a brick wall or a wall with a southern exposure because the wall will heat up and stress the nearby plants.

If you do, give the plants supplemental moisture to combat the extra heat.

(Female Hairy Woodpecker.)

A specimen plant is a stand-alone beauty that needs nothing around it to be the star of the show.

Think Japanese maple, maybe a dwarf weeping Crab tree, or something along that line.

A native grass beside a statue works too.

Garden for all the senses, remember it is your little piece of paradise.

Wind chimes are as important as nice fragrances, (I love a good wind chime).

Don't forget yard art too.

A whimsical properly placed, a stature, maybe a park bench for you to sit on.

Gardening should be a labor of love, not a task to dread.

(Flicker and Male Red-Belly.)

Remember, a formal design is a high-maintenance design because it usually involved manicured plants that need regular pruning.

An informal design is easier to keep and enjoy, so keep it simple but stunning.

I plant informal, more of a cottage garden look.

This also keeps weeds down, as your plants and flowers choke out the sun and provide shade for you plant roots.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

“Everything can be taken from a man, but one thing, the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude to any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way.”

Viktor Frankl(1905 - 1997)

Nazi concentration camp survivor

The human mind is extraordinary,

"Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24: 15

"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

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