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Age, fertility are 2 factors in blooming
I have no complaints about plant performance this spring. But, it seems, some gardeners are still stumped by their under-performing plants.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spring means lots of new babies
Petals have fallen from the redbud trees, and flowering dogwood trees and apple trees. Leaves are out on maple and elm, cottonwood and willow. Grass is green and home owners are out mowing lawns, when it isnít raining. Dandelions and many other wildflowers have scattered their seeds.

Monday, May 23, 2016

25 Years Ago & Longer - May 19, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Church in need
A prominent thought held by church members today is, "I don't want to accept help from anyone."
Our American upbringing urges self-sufficiency. Our parents taught us that it was rude to ask others for money. The American work ethic has taught us that if you want something, you have to work hard to earn it.
I have wondered how bad a church member's situation has to get before they are willing to ask for help. It seems that most often this is only the case when the situation is a matter of survival - if there is no food in the house, or gas in the car, or medicine for a very sick child. Only then will a person consider asking for help.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Bethel News May 19, 2016
Pastor Connie Barr's May 15 message title at New Bethel UMC was "Jesus Sends His Holy Spirit to Indwell All Christians" in recognition of Pentecost Sunday (birth of church) and her scripture base was Acts 2:1-4.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Plant propagation
The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.

Monday, May 16, 2016

States are re-introducing prairie plants
From the Appalachian Mountains to the Rocky Mountains many of America's thruways, state highways and county roads are high speed travel lanes for traffic through fields of corn and soybeans and scattered, mostly small, remnants of the Midwest prairie. Lining these travel lanes grow exotic grasses, such as fescue, which have been planted there. These roadsides are mowed frequently during the growing season and sprayed with herbicides regularly to prevent the sprouting of any plants except exotic grasses.

Monday, May 16, 2016

25 years ago & longer - May 12, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Garden Calendar
Home (indoor plants and activities)
Many indoor plants can be moved to shady locations outdoors but only after danger of frost is past. Plants will dry out more often outdoors, so keep a close eye on soil moisture. Sinking the pots in soil will help slow down moisture loss.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Do you believe in God's love?
Knowing is not the same as believing.
I heard it said once that it is easy to know that we are loved by God the Father, and still choose to turn away from Him. But once we come to believe that we are loved by Him, turning away from Him is almost impossible. That is because believing in His love changes everything.
Think about it like this:
We most often choose to sin not because we want to do something that defies God's law, but because we want to fill some void that is in our hearts. Something is missing, and our desires are often bent towards momentary fulfillment, which, as we all know, only leads to a greater sense of emptiness.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


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