Don't Fence Me In!
- The Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
Each moment of the year has it's own beauty. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
My profession is to always find God in nature. - Henry David
Not So Simple Fence
It seems our government thinks it is wise to spend 1.2 billion
dollars to build a fence and surveillance system to keep illegal
aliens from crossing the border. For one thing, the fence will look
like an ugly scar across the landscape. For another, there is
already a huge decrease in the numbers of border crossings, because
there are now stiff penalties for companies hiring illegal aliens. No
work, no living, no wanna move! In fact, companies near southern
California and Arizona who are growing food are moving their
operations south of the border to hire Mexicans right in their own
country. Can you imagine food ready for harvest and no workers in a
world where hunger is epidemic? Harvesting vegetables and fruit is
back-breaking work. I know, I've picked strawberries enough to know
I don't really want to do it full-time. I don't mind for a few
hours, but that's enough. And I don't live close enough to go pick
my own veggies every week. But there are willing workers in that
area, if only we can come up with an idea, like more work visas.
Wouldn't it be better to hire more workers to process the visas, than
put up a fence we may one day regret?
Since no jobs means no means of making a living, do we really
want that fence? Since all the jobs are moving south of the border,
I'm thinking the migration is going to reverse. One day we may want
to move there! If only we could use our brains instead of the brawn
it takes to build a fence, we would do what we can to keep the jobs
right here at home. I agree that we cannot allow illegal aliens to
roam freely, or enter to have babies for free, thus acquiring
automatic citizenship but we are only showing our limited thought
process by thinking an ugly fence is the only option.
1 c honey,1/2 c oil, 1/2 c applesauce, 4 large eggs, 2 1/2 c whole
wheat flour, 2 t baking powder,1/2 t salt,1 t allspice,1 t nutmeg,1 t
cinnamon, 1/2 c milk
1 3/4 c. grated apple, including peel,1 t vanilla,1 c raisins,1 c
Beat the honey, oil and eggs using electric mixer. Mix all dry
ingredients in separate bowl. Add to honey mixture and mix well.
Add and mix in the apple, vanilla, raisins and nuts. Fill paper-
lined muffin cups almost full. Bake at 400 for 12-15 min. Remove
from tins to cool. Makes 18 muffins.
Starting a Garden
1. You are going to have your first garden this year. You are
so gung-ho, you can taste it. But you have no experience. Start
small. Maybe a few pots, or a small 8X10 size is good. Pick a few-
tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, onions, just a few favorites that are
easy to grow. Next year you can add more, but start small.
2. If you have an area in the ground, spray with weed spray and
wait a few days, (depending on your type of spray) then work it all
up. To stay organic, remove the sod to a compost area, but then you
will have to add a few bags of soil to fill in, or well composted
3. Use some kind of edging to keep the grass from moving right
4. Mulch. Black plastic works great to heat the soil for heat-
loving plants, like peppers and tomatoes. But not everything! Cool
crops like broccoli, or cabbage crave cool soil.
5. If they are in pots, they will have to be watered daily. Now
there is a fertilizer that is time-release that lasts up to 4
months. These are really nice. Fertilize once and forget it.
6. Keep it near the house and accessible to water. A water
barrel is a good simple project. Locate it under an eave trough to
collect rain water. Keep a lid on it, to keep mosquitoes from taking
over, or cover with a screen. My friend Deanne has one that is up on
a big stump, and has a spigot at the bottom to fill a pail. Nice.
7. Since we have a short growing season, buy your plants in a
flat, or by the plant. Starting seeds indoors can be difficult, but
not impossible. Buying the plants will make up for a late warm up in
our area. Some plants, like peas or beans or onion sets are easy to
plant right in the garden.
8. Keep your garden weeded each week, so the weeds won't take
9. Start planning for next year!
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