The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
Walk around your house, or look at it the way a visitor would
from the road. Any eyesores that need straightening up, or a little
beautification? Maybe there is a utility pole, or other spot you can
use your imagination to hide, or cover. Any empty spot that would
look great as a patio, or flower bed?
What would you think about all kinds of new flowers for your
garden next year, and practically for free? Okay, here goes. First
find a nice bare spot in the yard or garden, work it up a bit. Now
grab some perennial seeds. That's right next to nothing! Now just
keep them nice and moist until they come up, and then make sure they
don't get dried out until winter. Come late fall, or next spring,
you will have all kinds of new plants to move around! Think
Hollyhock, Delphinium, Foxglove, or your most exotic favorite! The
key here is that if you plant them right about now, they will bloom
next year just as well as those plants you will pay $5. - $10. or
more dollars for next spring! Saving you probably a hundred or more
dollars! Many of your perennials have already gone to seed, so don't
overlook spreading them in a new area. Those seeds, when dry, are
just as good as the ones you buy.
Plants like Shasta daisy, yarrow, hosta, - or plants that
keep spreading, are not divided by seed, but by division. That is
digging part of the plant (don't worry, it will fill back in). Or
you can dig out the whole plant and divide it in fourths, or so.
Plant one part back, and now you have three more to replant
elsewhere. If you have any question, just look the plant up online,
or in a book. It will tell you the best way to propagate. This is a
great way to get new plants from friends. Have a fall garden party
and tell everyone to bring at least one plant to trade! Have hot
cider and cookies, and maybe a bonfire. You will get lots of
gardening ideas if you trade gardens each year for a new location for
your party. Plant the plant as soon as possible when you get home.
Also, for bushes and trees, fall is a great time to plant,
and that's also when the sales are on! 50% or more is usual, but the
selection will be somewhat limited. But don't be afraid to try new
plants. You might be the first one in the neighborhood a few years
from now to have the "new" stylish plants, before everyone else.
What if you don't have a spot ready just yet? Start those
seeds in some potting soil in those empty flats you've been saving.
They are really easy to keep watered. But they will buy you a few
extra weeks before you have to put them in the ground. Now you have
lots of time to get that spot ready.
If you have a favorite annual that you don't need to start
this fall, get your spot ready, and cover with landscape fabric and
mulch (or any weed preventative like old carpet or plastic) so that
you will be easily able to plant it in the spring! Just uncover and
scatter the seeds. This will keep the weed seeds from getting an
early start before you can plant the seeds next fall.
To save some of your fall vegetable crops until winter sets
in, bend some conduit, or other flexible fencing or wire into a half-
circle to cover with clear plastic on frosty nights and chilly fall
* * *
Trim fat from pork chops, steak, or chicken whatever your favorite
cut. Layer in crock-pot with BBQ sauce, brown sugar, onions, and
ketchup no need for extra liquid. Cook on low all day while you
are at work. Serve with a vegetable or salad. By dinnertime it will
be fall-apart yummy!
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes
off your goal." ~Hannah More
Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit. It all depends on
whether we think of it as "What can I spare? " or as "What can I
share? "~Esther Baldwin York
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