Saturday, April 10, 2010


"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 A time to be born, and a time to die;
 a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted."
 Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2

Isn't the Lord wonderful? I can't imagine what heaven will be like.. if the flowers and plants here are so beautiful.. "The heavens declare the glory of God.. the firmament showeth His handiwork.. day unto day uttereth speech.. night unto night showeth knowledge... Psalm 19:1, 2

Here's a unique garden that you may be interested in planting!!

Spiritual Garden
Plant 7 rows of Peas (P's):
1.  Prayer
2.  Promptness
3.  Patience
4.  Preparation
5.  Perseverance
6.  Politeness
7.  Purity

Plant 7 rows of Squash:
1.  Squash Gossip
2.  Squash Indifference
3.  Squash Criticism
4.  Squash Negative Thinking
5.  Squash Envy
6.  Squash Jealousy
7.  Squash Hatred

Plant 7 rows of lettuce (Let Us):
1.  Let us be unselfish and loyal.
2.  Let us be faithful to duty.
3.  Let us search the Scriptures.
4.  Let us not be weary in well doing.
5.  Let us be obedient in all things.
6.  Let us be truthful.
7.  Let us love one another.

No garden is complete without turnips (Turn-ups):
1.  Turn up with a Friendly Smile.
2.  Turn up for Church.
3.  Turn up for Bible Study.
4.  Turn up for Prayer Meeting.
5.  Turn up with Determination to Do Your Best in His Service.
6.  Turn up to Praise God and not man.
7.  Turn up to receive the Holy Spirit and not to Quench the Spirit.

"Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior,  Jesus
Christ" (II Peter 3:18)
Cultivate well -Keep Saturated with Love -
Reap a Harvest of Peace,
Joy, & Happiness!

A Flower For Your Thoughts..From the Word!!
Genesis 1:1,11,12,13 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth...And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day."

Across the fence..backyard talk

Have trouble mixing individual gallons of Miracle Gro?   I always lose some granules around the top of my containers and it is such a pain to mix them each time I need another gallon
I just came up with a solution which is great!!!  In the cooler that you take camping with you, you know the big ice chest.. add about 8 tablespoons of Miracle Gro.. Then gallon by gallon measure out 8 gallons of water...

Now here's where the time saving neat trick comes in... You know the plug at the bottom of the chest you use to drain the water???? and melted ice????  Get your gallon container or watering can down by the opening.. and quickly open it and fill it up with the Miracle Gro solution... then plug it back up when it's filled.. Voila!
Isn't that cool?   This saves much time and I think it's a GREAT idea!

Did you know that some insects can be your allies in your garden??  For example, ladybugs control aphids (and if you don't have them.. get Bug B Gone by Ortho.), and praying mantises devour hosts of nasty bugs. Hmmmm...find some and hire them for extra 'nasty bug duty'!

Some watering wisdom.  Give your lawn a thorough watering and then be sure to allow enough time for the roots to dry before another deep soaking.  This produces extended, robust roots because they're forced to grow downward to search for water. Don't go overboard they do need oxygen too...and also don't be too stingy...light, frequent waterings result in shallow roots. The water may even evaporate before it reaches the roots.

A really neat little tip I just found about keeping rabbits out of your garden..If you have a cat,  brush your cat regularly and scatter its fur around your plants.  Replace periodically, especially after a rain.   Cat scent protects your salad and leaves rabbits unharmed.

Always remember when planting flowers, vegetables, seeds...or transplanting seedlings.....DO IT IN THE EVENING...or on a cloudy day...and ALWAYS..water everyday for one week straight.(unless it rains) to insure that the roots take and the plant has a good start.

Try to keep up with the weeds...when the Lord told Adam.."Cursed is the gound for thy sake;...Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee....and in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.." in Genesis 3:17..18..19.He sure wasn't kidding..Don't let them get out of hand.  Everytime you walk out and check the flowers...PULL those weeds.  It's amazing how many more of them grow than flowers, right?

 If you have chrysanthemums, you must pinch them off all through the summer until July 1 (that's the cut off date)....if you don't...they will be very tall and wiry looking...You want them to be full and bushy.  Now here's a tip from my Mom...when you pinch the mums...take a handful of them....dig a hole and put them into the hole and cover them as though they were seedlings....WATER them faithfully for a week....soak them....and they will in turn root...and become another plant for you...I stretch out one plant many times over in a season..

For battling those creepy, crawly critters in your garden..(no...not the grandchildren)..I use Liquid's very good for all sorts of bugs, catepillars, slugs, beetles and the also comes in powder form..It's a war out there.....and I'm out to win!

I haven't had problems so far with tops of beans and tomatoes  being eaten, but if you do, here's a tip from south of the border.  In a spray container, put equal parts of tabasco sauce and water (or Frank’s Hot Sauce)  and spray the plants affected (leaves and all).  There will be some "hot" tamales hopping around your yard after that, But NO MORE missing veggie plants.  Also, put some moth balls all around and in your garden because they don't like the smell...(neither do I!!!)

Here's some more critter tips for deer and other 'nibbling predators' I got from Housenet today..."Deer don?t go for spicy foods, so give them a taste to  remember with a hot pepper spray. Mix 2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce  with 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 gallon  of water. Spray on plants weekly or after it rains. Another homemade spray  recipe: 3 eggs whipped up with 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper and a gallon  of water. Being herbivores, deer will turn their noses up to the eggs. And if they  do take a bite of a treated plant, they’ll regret the taste of the cayenne pepper."

Always remember to keep those petunias and other plants flowering all summer...pick off those dead blooms  (the dead heads) ..REALLY WORKS!!

Do you want to attract more butterflies to your garden?  Here's some ideas....plant a variety of perennials, annuals, and grasses of different height, color and season of bloom to provide nectar for butterflies throughout the growing season.  Small tubular flowers attract a variety of butterflies.  Don't overlook wildflowers and other native plants.   Plant shrubs, vines and trees near the garden area of provide cover for butterflies.
Also..butterflies need moist soil from which to drink.  A pot-saucer filled moist sand will serve a a water source for butterflies.

A Word From THE WORD

The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 was a wise gardener..listen. "She considereth a field, and buyeth it; with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard".. but she always cares for others, too.. She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy..." And time is no factor for her.. "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."..Lord Jesus , restore in our hearts to love and care for our families the best way we can. Help us to be wise women for Your honor and glory!! can even sing in the garden.  Know this one??
I come to the garden alone....While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear..Falling on my ear, The son of God discloses.
AND He walks with me,and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own..
And the joy we share as we tarry there..None other has ever known.   AMEN!

Here's some links you may find interesting.
More tips and helps and links and photos to come!!

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