Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Cleaning the Garden

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Spring Cleaning the Garden

A house is not the only thing in need of Spring Cleaning – don’t forget about the Garden!  The difference between an enjoyable time working in the yard and a hated “waste” of time is using the correct tool for the job.  Always use the proper tools! – and don’t rush – Patience is essential when Gardening (click HERE to view "My Favorite Garden Tools"). 

Enjoy your time outdoors in God’s wonderful Creation.

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Pick up all of the leaves, twigs, pine branches, garbage & other debris that Winter left behind.  Clear off areas under fruit trees, berry or flowering bushes (like Lilac or Raspberry bushes and under grape vines).  Uncover your asparagus patch, your herb &/or your tulip bed.  Clear and rake off any area where you are planning to grow something (or where something is already planted).
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Prune your fruit trees and grape vines.  I have always trimmed my fruit trees in early spring (usually March but years when we've had extreme winter mid April will suffice).  Cut the dead raspberry & blackberry canes from last season and prune any other berry bush (like Goji berry bushes).  Prune your rose bushes including rosehip bushes.  Cut the old dried asparagus growth down to the ground – do the same with herbs such as sage and lavender.  Edge the grass or other wild growth around the perimeter of your garden – clean & crisp edges! 

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If you mulched any root crops (carrots/parsnips) to “sweeten” in the ground until Spring – dig them up – What a delicious Springtime treat this will be!!!  If you are planning a new garden area – till the ground.  Or if you planted a cover crop in the fall – till that in for extra soil nutrients.  If you do not have a rototiller you may use a shovel & turn the soil by hand (this will take you quite a bit longer but be positive – turning by hand will be a better workout for you!)
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Spread any compost from last year – Compost is free fertilizer!  You can make your own compost with table scraps (vegetable & fruit peelings & cores, egg shells, coffee grounds, leaves etc).  Separate your tulip bulbs, also - Irises & Lilies of the Valley will need to be separated every two or three years.  Remove any “sucker”growth from flowering shrubs & other bushes.  Separate your Rhubarb plants and perennial herbs.  Remember that this part of Spring cleaning the garden will depend on when these plants have flowered or when they should be split or separated.
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Plan where you want each row  and what you want to plant there.  Use every area possible – I have a large leaf compost pile behind one of my grape arbors & I plant my potatoes there in the compost.  After planning, prepare your soil - If you don’t know what you will need to add to your soil then I suggest buying a “soil testing kit”.  Also, mound the rows for your sweet potoatoes/potatoes.  Plan -  I spend all winter planning my garden & I usually order my seeds (besides those seeds that I’ve saved from last year) in February at the latest.  Each year you might have to change the time that you begin starting your seeds due to variations in winter season severity (sometimes Spring comes later than what is normal for your area).
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Note about Timing!  - Spring Cleaning the garden will take more than one weekend worth of work.  Depending on which job you are working on -  you will need to wait for certain plants to flower before separating bulbs and roots.  Be patient – everything has it’s turn under the sun – ENJOY!
In a few months you will be looking at this:

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #109

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#109 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge 2 years ago, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for a delightful visit with my dear cousin!  I have also been thankful for changing seasons - including both rainy and sunny days.  I am most thankful that my God will never leave me or forsake me.

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In this post we studied the precious verse seen in the collage above:
Read: In Christ We Are a New Creation

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We have begun our yearly garden Spring cleaning!

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About four years ago I shared this unique but scrumptious dessert creation with you - this would be perfect for Easter:
Hazelnut Mocha Brownie Pie Squares RECIPE
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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #256

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #256!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

2. "Mini Easter Egg Topiary" by Intelligent Domestications
3. "Vintage Easter Postcards and Images" by Dragonfly Treasure

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (March 2018)

This Tuesday will be the vernal equinox - enjoy the start of Spring!
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WELCOME to the March "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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FORGIVENESS - Basic Questions & Answers 


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the March "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the February "You're the Star" blog hop)

Makeover From Coastal to Farmhouse Style by Penny's Vintage Home

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.

All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


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"The Parable of the Sower" is about faith & unbelief.  It's about sharing our faith with others and dealing with the trials and tribulations that come along with witnessing.  We are all part of God's Growing Garden and the types of seeds that we are planting in His garden are:  grace, mercy and forgiveness.

In this Parable there are 4 different ways to receive the gospel or 4 different sorts of people who come in contact with the gospel.  Today we will be focusing on the seeds sown on good soil.

The seed is always the same:  the gospel is the seed, which is the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  The soil types are different.  I was going to say that we are the soil but I think that the environment that we live in is the soil.  Once this seed sprouts and a plant appears - this symbolizes our birth as a Christian.  How that plant continues to grow is the type of believer that we become.  Together we are all part of the garden which is the family of God.

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ON GOOD SOILThis seed has fallen on good soil - the perfect spot in the garden with the best sun exposure; the ideal moisture availability and the correct soil type.  This is the type of person that is responsive, hears, understands and is transformed by the Word of God.

I find the numbers that are used in these verses very interesting:  "yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Wow - that is exponential!  Just think about 1 sunflower - one flower head can produce hundreds of seeds.  By the next year, (with perfect soil and weather conditions) you could have 100 sunflowers and then the year after that it could be 100 times 100!!  That's how it is with us - sharing God's love - planting that seed - we could be planting 100 times 100 believers! 

Sunflowers are one of my favorite types of flowers - they literally grow towards the sun......we as Christians are like sunflowers - growing towards the Son.
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You can be the tall, strong & bold sunflower growing among the thorns, stones & pathways - spreading seeds for miles and miles.

Previous PARABLE posts:PARABLE OF THE VINE - "The True Vine & the Father Gardener"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Be a Fruitful Branch Instead of a Withering Branch"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Producing Joyful Fruit - God's Love Remains Forever"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Everlasting Fruit & Everlasting Friends"
The Prodigal Son PARABLE - The Son Who Ran Away
The Prodigal Son PARABLE - The Son Who Stayed Home
PARABLE of The Good Samaritan - Love God First

PARABLE of the Good Samaritan - Love Others
PARABLE of the Sower - Along the Pathway

PARABLE of the Sower - On Rocky Places
PARABLE of the Sower - Seeds Among Thorns

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