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My firsts
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:57 PM

MY FIRSTS

All through our lives we have a series of “firsts.” First happenings in our life can make us excited, lonely, sad, joyful, happy or even afraid. Some of them we like to remember, others we want to forget.

I remember the first time I rode a bicycle. I was nervous, scared and excited. I fell off that bike many times and had a lot of scraped knees, but was so happy when I could finally ride that bike up and down our road.

One of my “first” memories was when I was 3 years old and sang a song in church. I was happy and proud, but a little apprehensive. However, I went up to the platform and sang the song, “Hand In Hand With Jesus.” That “first” I will never forget.

 
What does that mean?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:56 PM

There are terms that are unique to every hobby, craft, profession, and interest, and unless you’re a part of that particular group, or you’re new to it, it can be confusing. Gardening is no different. Once you’ve got a little experience under your belt, you’ll know the basics and as time goes on, you’ll continue to learn.

One of the first things a beginning gardener learns is the difference between an annual, biennial, and a perennial. An annual has a life cycle of just one year and a perennial is a plant that lives for two years or more (usually more). Depending on the plant, a perennial has the potential to live for decades, yet some only have a natural life of a few years. So, if you’ve had a perennial that has done well in your garden for a long time and it up and dies for seemingly no reason, it may be that it succumbed to natural causes or old age.

 
Going buggy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:04 PM

By Nancy Whitaker

GOING BUGGY

We all love the sun, warm weather, flowers, swimming pools, barbecues, fishing and the sights and smells of summer.

There are picnics, parades, garage sales, amusement parks and flea markets to attend. There are drive-ins, patio parties, and of course, picnics.

Have you ever noticed any uninvited guests that may fly, crawl, or jump into the midst of your summertime fun? I have observed ants, bees, grasshoppers, wasps and mosquitoes all trying to make themselves at home around my picnic or party.

Needless to say, I am scared to death of anything that flies, crawls or jumps. I really don’t care for any of the “bug” family and if I run into one, I hollar and scream like most gals.

 
To everything there is a season to pinch and prune
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:03 PM

By Kylee Baumle

I love to prune. I enjoy it in all its forms: pinching, pruning, deadheading, and in the most basic way, snapping off. There’s just something satisfying about cleaning up a plant and making it look neater. But in many cases, it’s not just about a plant’s appearance.

All plants are different in their requirements, because of their growth habit or the texture of their stems. Reasons for cutting on a plant can vary, too.

Certain plants have specific times when you should prune them, like spring bloomers. Lilacs and forsythia begin to work on forming the flower buds for the next year, shortly after they’re done blooming. If you wait too long to prune these, you stand a chance of cutting off next year’s bloom. In other words, don’t wait until fall to do it.

 
Another Community garden?
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:02 PM

By Bill Sherry

Another community garden?

Yes, you guessed it right, it’s that time of year again when a lot of people around Paulding County are planting or have already planted a garden. It is also the time when some communities make a push forward and try to get a community garden planted. The Melrose Community Garden has been a successful story over the past few years as the Melrose United Methodist Church has taken the initiative to get the garden worked, planted and weeded it has produced a bumper crop for the last two years.

The attempts for a community garden in Paulding and Grover Hill have not been that successful. The first garden in Grover Hill produced a small crop while the garden in Paulding went to weeds. Last year it was so dry that we totally lost the garden in Grover Hill and there was not one started in Paulding.

 
Not the Bates Motel!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:22 AM

NOT THE BATES MOTEL!

Planning a vacation can take lots of time. There is always the questions, “Shall we board the dog?” “Should we drive or should we fly? What kind of clothes do we need to pack? What is the weather going to be like?”

So many details to think about before we can actually shut the door and say, “Let’s go!”

Oh dear, did we think about the mail? Did we cancel appointments? Did we tell the kids where to reach us? I know what works best for me is to make a list of what to take and what we need to do.

 
When an annual acts like a perennial
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:20 AM

The title is a little misleading, in that a perennial is defined as a plant that dies above the ground during cold weather and grows back from the roots in spring. An annual doesn’t survive winter at all. But what about all those annuals that seem to survive year after year?

You know the ones; poppies, snapdragons, cosmos and even lettuce manages to make an appearance. Even though you didn’t plant them this spring, there they are, sometimes in greater numbers than you planted the year before.

There’s a long list of annuals that are notorious for self-seeding. After they’ve bloomed, if they’ve been pollinated by insects or the wind, and you don’t cut the spent blooms off, they’ll form seed pods and once those have matured, they’ll pop open and disperse their seed to the ground below.

 
Counting blessings
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:19 AM

Counting blessings

There is an old hymn called, “Count Your Blessings and Name Them One By One.” There are so many things in life we take for granted. Stop and think about some of them. There is the water we drink, the food we eat, our homes, schools, hospitals, jobs, churches, cars, and so much more. To me these things are blessings. But, on the other hand, there are so many small blessings we see every day that may not be noticed.

“Just look at that beautiful moon,” I have said many, many times. I have also made the comment, “Just think for billions of years, we have all watched the same moon.” I still am in awe of that moon God created.

 
Boo!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:18 PM

BOO!

Do you remember telling ghost stories when you were young? We used to gather around a fire at night, watching the fire and seeing who could either make up or tell the scariest story.

One of the favorite frightening tales we all loved to tell was that of “Little Johnny.” Of course, even though we knew the ending of the story, the element of surprise at the end never failed to make us scream.

I don’t know if kids even tell this “Little Johnny” story anymore, but it is really a classic. Of course, the story is always told better in the dark shadows with a full moon shining above.

 
Choosing plants for your garden
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:18 PM

By Kylee Baumle

My mom and I had a day of what we call nursery hopping last week. It was really my first time out shopping for plants, although that wasn’t the impetus for the trip to Toledo and back.

I wanted a bent willow chair and one of my Facebook readers told me a certain garden center there had a lot of them. They did and I purchased one.

Well, you can’t go to a garden center and not look at the plants. And few die-hard gardeners have enough will power to walk out of such a place without at least one or ten of them. I may or may not have been on the high end of the plant count.

 
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