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  • THINK IT THROUGH THURSDAY, PROCRASTINATION

    Posted on March 31st, 2011 Pam No comments

    You can never get much of anything done unless you go ahead and do it before you are ready.

    Anybody who brags about what he’s going to do tomorrow probably did the same thing yesterday.

    A procrastinator is one who puts off until tomorrow the things he has already put off until today.

  • DORMANT OIL

    Posted on March 30th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Soon it will be time to apply dormant oil to trees and bushes.  It is best to spray dormant oil when the normal temperture during the day is at least 50 degrees.  It is important to spray in the Spring before the trees and bushes begin to bud out.  

    Dormant oil is great to kill adult bugs and eggs, (like aphid, mites and scales.)  The oil blocks the air holes in pests so they can’t breathe.

    I have used it for several years now and I love the results I have seen from it’s use.  It reduces the amount of aphids I see have had on my plum trees and almost completely eliminates worms in my apples.  Please remember to read the labels carefully!

    I use it on lilacs, snowball bushes, plum trees, apple trees, rose bushes, and in some of my flowers where I have pest trouble. It makes a difference when you apply this oil.  Temperature, time of day, time of year, moisture and other factors will determine the success of this product.

    Some Dormant Oil is petroleum-based oil, though it doesn’t have harsh chemicals, it isn’t considered a truly organic. According to Della Barnett, (Willard Bay Gardens), “My favorite non-petroleum-based dormant oil is Neem oil. It is also good for any control of insects, mites and disease on any type of plants, at any time of year. It has been used for centuries but has only in the last several years become readily available at retail stores instead of just mail ordering.”

    I found on the Internet a neem oil product called Trilogy, that shows good results as a fungicide and insecticide, anytime of the year. I am going to try it through the year, I like the fact that it is organic.

  • TIME TO APPLY CASORON, A WEED PREVENTOR

    Posted on March 29th, 2011 Pam No comments

    It is time now to apply Casoron, it is great for preventing weeds. Casoron is a granual applied directly to the soil to prevent the growth of weeds. It works best if applied before any sign of weeds are present. If there is any sign of green growth, it is too late this year.

    Casoron is a pre-emergent, which means that it will not allow anything to germinate and come up through the soil. That is, except woody plants and trees. Also, be careful not to apply too much, if applied too heavily it will even kill woody plants, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY!!!

    I have used Casoron around my Raspberries, Currants and mature trees with great results for years. I dispense it with a hand spreader that has a gauge from one to four. I put the gauge on the smallest number. Casoron isn’t organic, it is important to wear a protective face mask, and protective clothing. Again, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY!!!

    Casoron can also be used around planter borders and driveways. It is best if it is watered in after application. Remember, don’t put it on too thick, sprinkle it about as thick as salt and pepper.  For best results, rake all weeds and leaves away, so the Casoron comes in contact with bare ground.

  • SHAKER UPDATE

    Posted on March 28th, 2011 Pam 3 comments

    I thought I would give you an update on my cat Shaker.

    He has his own movie on Youtube check it out here.

    He is a nice cat most of the time…..

    This is a picture of Shaker setting up, he isn't too happy about it, but setting up just the same.

    Here is another picture of Shaker, this time being very very nice. He doesn't look like he has a mean bone in his body.

  • MORE INDOOR TULIPS

    Posted on March 26th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Here are a few pictures of flowers I planted indoors. The small blue flowers are grape hyacinths.  The others are tulips ready to bloom.

  • GARDEN THOUGHTS

    Posted on March 25th, 2011 Pam No comments

    A garden is a grand teacher.
    Gertrude Jekyll, November 29, 1843 – December 8, 1932; Gertrude Jekyll was an influential British garden designer, writer, and artist. She created over 400 gardens in the England, Europe and America. She contributed over 1,000 articles to various garden magazines.

    Plant corn when the apple blossoms fall.
    –unknown

    Weed your own garden first.
    –unknown

    What I enjoy is not the fruits alone, but the soil itself, its nature and its power.
    Cicero, born in 106 B.C., six years before the birth of Julius Caesar.

    To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.
    Cicero

    Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day–like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
    Anne Morrow Lindbergh, June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001 was a pioneering American aviator, author, and the wife of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

  • THINK IT THROUGH THURSDAY, MONEY

    Posted on March 24th, 2011 Pam No comments

    A person’s character is put to a severe test when he suddenly acquires or quickly loses a considerable amount of money.

    Many seem more concerned about making money than about earning it.

    The real trouble with money is that we can’t use it more than once.