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  • Sheryl Simons
    The Simple Life By Sheryl Simons The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be happy. Walk around your house, or look at it the way a
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      The Simple Life
      By Sheryl Simons

      "The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
      happy."

      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
      days.

      * * *

      Simple BBQ
      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


      Keeping it Simple,
      Sheryl

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