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Archive date:  January 9, 2012

A Belated New Year’s Greeting

And a break from the chill is welcome in January

The holiday season was wonderful, but if you’re like me, you're grateful to be in the past-tense holiday-wise. Trying to squeeze so much fellowship and food into a few weeks eventually erodes the holiday enthusiasm…now if we can just get those decorations put away. Turning the LIFE selector switch back to the Normal position is indeed welcome (whatever normal is). I hope your New Year’s was enjoyable and fun filled.

Renée and I went to Savannah, Georgia for a couple of days. It was my first trip there, and I must say it is quite the interesting town. If you’re in to history, Savannah is loaded. The oldest structure in town (built in 1596, I think) is a part of the inspiration for the book “Treasure Island”. From films on location, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, a historically based movie to “Forest Gump”… I must say, Savannah IS like a box of chocolates! We got to have lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, and dinner New Year’s Eve at The Olde Pink House. Both were wonderful and of course, very low in calories.

The wonderful weather we are currently having is certainly welcome. I would be remiss not you remind you to water your outdoor container plantings. I’m not overly concerned about things that are established in the ground, but those pots are getting dry; drag out the hose and give them a good soak, and while you’re at it, you might also water any plants recently planted or transplanted.

Many plants look bare and bleak. However, there is still a lot of activity taking place in the soil. It is important to remember that plants are dormant, not dead. Their roots are still absorbing nutrition and water from the soil. Leaf materials are breaking down and working themselves into the soil. Microbes are acting on those materials to make minerals and nutrients available to the root system. That said, it is not too early to start the process towards spring. Perhaps this is the year you will begin composting. It is really easy and a great source of organic material for your gardening needs!

We’re still open all winter, albeit shortened hours, Monday – Friday 8am ‘til 3:30pm.

David Bates