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Plant lovers have to stick together
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Sunbury pier: There is a lot of controversy going on about this long-neglected pier at the end of Screven Road. It would seem to me the two property owners on each side of this old pier would want to cut the grass around the remaining pilings and get something going to repair it so everyone in the Sunbury community could enjoy fishing from it.  Let’s have a workday folks.

Finally a politician who cares: It seems Republican Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson wants to help property owners. His top legislative priority for next year is eliminating property taxes. HOOOAAAH! He says he thinks he can put Georgia on the map and make the nation follow. To make up lost revenue, the Hiram resident would increase the reach of the sales tax to include groceries and services. Any such measure would have to be placed on the state ballot. Mr. Richardson, you’ve got my vote.  

Keep it American: I recently saw a political cartoon showing a family dragging themselves into an emergency room. The attending physician wrote down “They ate Chinese shrimp, brushed their teeth with Chinese toothpaste, fed their dog Chinese pet food, while their kid was playing with a Chinese toy train, then on their way to the hospital, their Chinese tires blew out.” Do you get the message?  I have a Dell Computer and am glad to announce Dell is expecting shipments of personal computers, notebooks and servers from countries in Asia, but they have excluded China, Japan and South Korea

What’s going on in the yard: Every day I discover something new in my yard.
I rescued a vine called “cat’s claw” off the roadside on Islands Highway two summers ago. It died down quickly after transplanting it, but several months later, it resurrected. Right now it is blooming beautiful, pink, powderpuff flowers. The vine is very thorny, hence the name cat’s claw. I plan on perfecting some sort of trellis for it.
My gerbera daisies, society garlic, October rose (blooming in July), hibiscus, rose of sharon, trumpet creeper vine, cross vine, yellow rose, lantana, crinum lilies, canna lilies, zinnias, jacobena, gladiolas, red honeysuckle, blue hydrangeas, elderberries, purple ruellias (which just appeared in my yard on their own), loropetalums,  red, pink and white crepe myrtles,  beautyberries, orange butterfly weed (rescued off Belfast Siding Road in Richmond Hill) and old timey re-seeding petunias are all blooming.
Right now, my garden has a castor-bean tree in the corner producing beautiful, red seedpods. I have a volunteer sweet potato vine taking over its space. My five varieties of tomato bushes are producing lots of tasty tomatoes. I picked 18 on Monday. I have four red, bell-pepper plants full of peppers. My carrots are now ready to pull. I pulled a dozen of those on Monday also. I have one row of white corn that is only about 12 inches high. A watermelon vine just appeared on its own and is full of blooms. I have lots of garlic and basil that will need attention soon. I also have two rows of purple top turnips and a row of collards that need thinning out.
I built this garden out of two rows of cinder blocks. I got smart this year and laid rows of newspapers between all the rows, then placed leaves on top of the newspapers and my vegetables are flourishing. I pick about four or five pods of okra a day and put them in the freezer. I recently gave some of the tomatoes and a quart bag of okra to my mom and she told me it was the best okra and tomatoes she’d had in a long time.
I don’t use chemicals on my garden plants, so you can eat them right off the bush. Once again, the rain on Sunday saved me from having to water the garden since it soaked all those newspapers that remain wet for days.
When winter comes, I’ll shut down one side of the garden and put all my newspapers on that side, as well as leaves, so they will compost for next spring. Earthworms love paper and if you’ve checked the catalogs lately, worm castings are not cheap. Worm castings are rich nutrients for any garden. I had enough mosquito netting to cover my tomatoes to keep birds from destroying my crop. I also made scarecrows out of bleach bottles, and painted faces on them and mounted them on sticks.
If any of you have any questions about plants or gardening, email me at and I will try to help you.  After all, we plant lovers have to stick together.
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