Friday, January 28, 2011
We all heard the old sayings and rules to live by while growing up. In fact, we heard them over and over again. We heard this stuff from Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncles, the neighbors, maybe even the old family dog back when it was higher on the pecking order than we were. Well, maybe not the dog, but one such old saying was that someone or some thing’s bark was worse than it’s bite. What?
And what about “you can run, but you can’t hide”. Not true. That old legend needs to say “you can run, but you can’t hide for long”. I once ran away from home…. about 20 feet out into the yard and straight up to the very top of the old fir tree. I sat there completely hidden while Dad called for me. I sat there until it was almost dark. I began to get uncomfortable. I eventually came down because the top of a tree isn’t a good place to spend the night. I was young enough to be afraid of the dark anyway. The old rule didn’t cover what to do after dark.
You have all heard that the early bird gets the worm. Make that “the early bird gets the work”. A friend insists she got up early again and again, finding only work…she fed the cows, fed the chickens, fed the pigs, but she never did get that worm. She eventually learned the truth about the worm. Now she gets up early to get destructive worms out of the garden, out of the flower beds and out of the orchard. Whew!
Then, we used to hear, “If you are with someone when they are doing something bad, you are just as guilty as they are”. Now that one was a good one. Children who heard it and parents who said it took responsibility for not only themselves but to separate themselves from others who were making poor choices and exhibiting bad behavior. Generations of children grew up to be more responsible because of that old saying.
But what about “You can’t judge a book by its cover? Is that true? It’s time to do some myth busting on old rules and sayings to see if they are true or false. We challenge you to find a book with an appealing cover, read it, and report on the results. Did an appealing cover result in appealing contents? Did the artwork on the book jacket give an indication of the story line? Did a book with a totally unappealing cover turn out to be the best you have ever read?
We all heard “look me in the eye when I talk to you”. Take a look at John Elder Robinson’s Look Me in The Eye: My Life With Asperger’s to learn why this isn't always possible.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Can you believe it? January is rapidly drawing to a close. It seems early, but now and then in early February an unexpected warm, dry day suddenly appears and the gardener in us begins screaming to get out. What is he or she yelling about? The three P’s…Pruning! Planning! Planting! Now is the time to prune the orchard; it is never too early to start planning the garden; and depending upon the flower or crop, the need for planting starts now and continues until weather puts a stop to it. Grafting can also be done by those interested in adventure.
Your library has a wealth of materials full of ideas and projects for the garden…flowers, vegetables, garden art…you name it, we have it! If you need a computer to access gardening websites, we have it. Use one of our computers or bring your own laptop. You can access WiFi during open hours inside the library or 24 hours a day from our parking lots.
A couple places to start researching orchard management and gardening on the internet are at The West Side Gardener and Grow Organic Apples Holistic Network. Books that can help with pruning, planning and planting are How to Prune: An Illustrated Guide to Easy Pruning For Every Plant and Every Season by John Cushnie; Tips for container gardening: 300 great ideas for growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs by the editors and contributors of Fine Gardening; and The grafter's handbook by R.J. Garner.
Readers are encouraged to contribute gardening tips and ideas to this blog. Does anyone have some effective organic tips or good website links with ideas for controlling pests in the home orchard? We welcome your comments.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont move over. Judith A. Jance's book, Queen of the Night has all the action and suspense of the author's other books but with new characters. Also check out Nelson Demille's The Lion or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for three good suspense filled reads.