Zinnias are another favorite of mine. They are so easy to grow. I recommend getting the treated variety seeds if you plan on sowing them directly into soil, and they come in almost every color in the rainbow! Plant in mid spring when the soil gets above 70 degrees. They get about knee high with long lasting flowers that are great for cut flower arrangements. They also attract birds and butterflies, and will last until the first frost. TIP#3 Planting for bees. This year think to try to save a bee. We’d probably starve if it wasn’t for them pollinating almost everything. Pesticides are killing them and tainting their honey supplies. I looked up some good pictures today for you to think about and lots more information put together by 13 Lucky Bees. TIP #4 Read,” Chicken Soup For The Gardeners Soul.” I thoroughly enjoyed the short stories that taught me a new lesson on every page not just about gardens, but the essence of life. Its full of humor too. My favorite story was the one about a neighbor giving her friend clumpy cat turds instead of flower bulbs by mistake, she planted them all over her yard before the neighbor realized her mistake! Another story that touched my heart was about mending fences(actually a rose bush hedge row) that a kid made a gateway to friendship between neighbors during horseplay. I don’t want to give away the whole book, but a farmer hires a thief that steals his produce to watch his gardens, and plows up a plot of land for him and gives him seeds to grow his own. If you like my page you’ll love this book. Enjoy!!! #5 Branding your future! Be somebody that makes you happy. Apply yourself. My interests happen to be working outside, and getting right with the man. Watch this” Leave A Legacy” video to resolve conflicts in your life. I’ll have it pinned to the top of this page. Make an effort to do as I’m doing in your own format. Life is full of imperfections so use your built in auto correct feature to maximize your hidden potentials. Be creative, be strong, and set goals. Make your dreams come true one step at a time. Plant a seed, and put your roots down before you transform yourself into the unique creation that you will become. TIP# 6 Plan the Springtime that’s in your heart, planting bulbs are an easy way to enhance your surroundings. I cant wait until I see my first crocus bloom this winter, it’s flower is small and insubstantial, but I know that spring will soon be here. A bulb contains a complete plant stored within it’s shell! Most bulbs are planted in the fall, as most of you might know, and bloom in the spring. Some people might “force” them to bloom other times of the year. There are also corms(The Lilly is an example.)that are close cousins to bulbs, and tubers that include a lot of perennials. I planted a lot of bulbs a couple years ago.They are real easy to take care of, in fact they do better under-watered, and left alone for periods up to 5 years or more! I have learned to enjoy the Narcissus, which is similar to a Daffodil. If you plant them in areas that you don’t mow they will do just fine. Their foliage needs to absorb sunlight, even though after blooming start to look unsightly. Plant them in shady areas, or full sun. Only a mild fertilizer is needed since they store nutrients that are readily available in humus soils in our local area. We are so fortunate to have such great soil in the heart of Illinois. Adding amendments like compost and sand will make a big difference in any plants development where there is hard compacted clay or rocks. I’m not trying to write a book tonight, and certainly you have more important things to do than listen to me ramble on about bulbs. So plan to plant lots of bulbs this fall. Like always, do some research on any of my topics that might interest you, and think of me as the spark that starts the fire, the Springtime that’s in your heart! Send me your pictures and Tag me so I can keep you close to my heart even though miles, or kilometers may separate us. #Gratacide please don’t kill me just yet~_~ Maybe there’s still hope for this poor soul… TIP# 7 Today’s tip is a tough one to put together. I haven’t thought much about a tip topic at all to be frankly honest with you. One thing that bothered me was that I lost a couple of fans after I posted a bee pollinating a marijuana plant. I used to smoke it, but I don’t now. I just had to throw it out there. It’s not worth all the negativity that goes along with the whole culture, just to feel numb to everything around you, and all the trouble you can get involved in. What a controversial subject! I realized that posting that while starting a business wasn’t a good idea. So sorry folks, you’re going to have to share your weed to your own timeline! Employers in Colorado still have a zero tolerance policy for drugs, even though it legal there now. A lot of my friends are smokers thats why I posted that picture and bees do the world a lot of good. I can’t pick a side to where I stand.I will just use my better judgment. I looking for a tio topic for tomorrow. So please leave me an idea to elaborate on soon. Have a “green” tomorrow, and a great weekend. By the way like my page, if you haven’t already. I rack my brain to entertain everyone here in cyberville, it’s the least you could do is hit that like button to let me know your not an underwear sniffer going through my dirty laundry. All I’m trying to say is so many people see my posts and read my comments, and only a handful ever share my posts to their timelines; like, comment, or contribute to this page. I like so many related topics facebook warned me not to use it the way I was. I probably made a lot more people happy hitting their like button. I guess they’re telling me to just go through loads and loads of dirty laundry to find that one gem that left a sparkle in my eye. I don’t keep track track of your every little thing you do on facebook, like Mark Zuckerschmutz does, but I do try to keep track of the posts you like, and add related interests to the most popular posts. So, beat up that like button, and make me happy! #Gratacide~one more iron in the fire please… TIP# 8 I was busy messing with the settings just now I added new administrators who I thought might want to post whatever they want. We’ll see how they change this page, hopefully for the better. It took me a couple of months to get this far. I’m going to try to condense a lot of these photos into albums so you wont have to scroll down anymore. I hope I don’t lose much content doing that. Admins can go to the home page and see all the pages I’ve liked. You’ll figure it out. If any friends and clients have any questions PM me. Thanks for your support! This is all part of the Big picture I’m seeing here. The whole going Green thing is approaching quickly so try to do your part in getting others involved in a new booming industry. I follow any related stories related to those fields and I hope you do it for yourselves and for your grandkids kids also. New admins. and others will be able to add their friends by inviting them. Today I got involved with a conversation about a professor who also wants power plants to switch over to green energies and tax them for their emissions they produce. I tried not to jump to any conclusions when commenting and had a valid response when I chimed in. One guy was a little ticked off at this professor involved. Anyway I got a lot of stuff to do, so go do your part in this struggling economy one step at a time. Thanks again!!! Andrew lee Spaulding GtS TIP# 9 Remember to get in touch with Mother Earth soon. I see a whole society enraptured and coaxed into an electronic existence. Yes I have a great time doing what I do. So try to do the best at what you like to do. Nevermind all the critics out there. I got everything I could ever need, thanks to hard work, friends and family. BTW, before you lose interest, I’m looking for old lawn mowers and bicycles to bring back to life. Don’t just scrap them out. I got the skills to deal with your junk locally, if you’re not close to Ottawa,Il I’m sure one of my Greentime Clients will assist you in good time. GtS(Greentime Solutions) is building a proven track record. Failure is not an option! I learned to finish what I start, I’m glad my interests are related to yours,be it small scale or widespread concerns, shoot your shot here. Chances are, it will be heard around the world, or surely from Chicago to Peoria and Dekalb to bloomington, And All Points Inbetween.
— at Smack dab in the middle of The Polar Vortex. GtS TIP# 11 is grow some kale, See the generous link below sent to me by a fan in Washington. So many ideas listed on how to use it. I like to eat it raw. A real good cold weather performer too. I like to put fried foods on them they tend to soak up some of the grease, and are a lot cheaper than paper towels. Very similar to a cabbage in taste with ruffled leaves. Very nice looking, and edible. I’m going to make some kale chips in the deep fryer this year. I read that they taste better than potato chips. give this page a look see. http://sanctuarysoil.com/2014/kale-green-grow/ Greentime Solutions is trending on facebook