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October 21, 2019

All is well around here.

I'm feeling 100% better.

I have no clue what ailed me last weekend.

I was a bit achy, dizzy and flt blah.

No nausea, and no fever.

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

What a glorious weekend it was weather wise.

Our Creator knows how to bless us, doesn't He?

There was a killing frost for most regions of southwest Michigan this past week.

Some of my things were nipped, while many of the flowers are still blooming.

As long as the bees are busy collecting pollen and nectar, I will let them grow.

The honeybees need all the help they can get, and a couple days of extra food can be a game changer for them.

Slowly I have been cutting back certain perennials and yanking old vegetable plant.

If your cuttings and pulling are diseased at all, be sure to trash them.

Viruses and fungi survive compost bins.

Fall colors continue to grow here in my part of the world.

And bountiful harvests abound. 

This week is another edition of 'Snippets'.


Fewer birds are visiting right now.

Some has to do with molt (cardinals, jays, etc.)

Some are on the migration trail.

Others are enjoying nature's bounty.

Then there are the American robins that have almost magically reappeared.

Once nesting season is over, robins head to the woods and fields.

This time of year they reappear, and fatten up.

They are everywhere right now.

Mourning doves are more numerous, and a few Red-winged blackbirds are stopping by.

My beloved Chickadees bless me year round.

White crowned sparrows were here, but only a few and they didn't stay this year.

Step outside on any quiet night, you may hear the peeps of birds as they fly over.

Songbirds migrate at night.

During the day, you may be privileged to witness a flock of Sandhill cranes heading, or possibly a kettle of hawks, migrating south.

Both are well worth it.

Birds are creatures of habit.

They migrate the same flyway.

Very territorial in breeding season.

And pretty much hunt and feed in certain areas.

Food needs to be plentiful.

If you haven't already, it is imperative to get your winter feeding stations set up.

Hungry birds are busy looking for a good location.

An area that has plenty of food, whether it is natural, or from your feeders.

Habits are established.

If you have your feeders out already, and you offer good food, you are good to go.

If you wait too long to place feeders, the results you desire will be minimal.

Birds want to know where the food is, and can rely on it.

Wait too long and they will find other sources.

Feeders and water sources also need to be close to protection.

3-10 feet is always recommended.

A quality food and birdbath heaters are always recommended (where needed).

If you can only offer one food source, go with Black oil sunflower seed.

It attracts the most variety of birds, from Jays to finches and many in between species.

Less expensive feed is loaded with fillers, and ends up on the ground, attracting undesirable four legged beasts.

Here are some organic ways to control white fly infestations.

Use a solution of soapy water and spray it on the leaves of your infested plant (I use 1 tsp of Ivory dish soap, Dawn regular dish soap, or Murphy's oil soap per 1 quart or liter of water).

If the plant is small enough, bring it to the sink or shower and wash the leaves with this soap and water solution.

You can also use rubbing alcohol mixed with water (50/50) to spray on the pests.

Keep in mind that soap or rubbing alcohol can damage the plant, so it's best to spot check it before using these solutions on the entire plant.

Always use regular soaps, anti-bacterial soaps will seriously harm your plants.

The herb Rue is a deterrent to fruit flies.

Flies like many insects hunt by smell, mess with their sniffer by placing Rue with your ripening fruits and veggies.

Right now, fruit flies are a big nuisance in my house. 

A few sprigs placed with your ripening bananas, peaches, apples and other fruits can work wonders.

Although flies hate the strong aroma of Rue, it's smell is pleasant to most humans.

Spice things up a bit........

Sprinkle cinnamon on your garbage bowl, if you have one.

You can use herbs and spices for other duties as well.

God gives us many natural ways to deal with pests.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God Bless.

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Jesus gives us His peace, He says we don't have to be afraid.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubledand do not be afraid."

John 14:27

"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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