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A View From the Woods - Easing Up


By Loni Kemp

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Easing Up

In the depths of winter, a gardener may be grateful for the respite from labor, but our thoughts turn toward the coming spring. Seed catalogs beckon and we dream of creating a better garden next year.

We are all growing older, and our bodies may object to the digging, hoeing and compost turning that came naturally in our youth. As both my garden and I evolve over the years, I give serious thought to ways that I can make it easier on myself. Going along with mother nature seems to be the best idea. I want beauty and bounty with less work.

The first thing to do is stop. Stop laboring over plants that are unreliable, produce scanty flowers or food, are over-aggressive, or that just don’t please any more. Don’t replant them, and even pull out unsatisfying perennials. I rarely take this advice, but I do believe I ought to. Hibiscus, lavender and fancy roses have told me loud and clear that they would rather die than come back in spring, so now I try to believe them.

Perennials are wonderful, because once established they keep returning every year. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, fruit trees and asparagus come back again every spring without any fuss. Perennial flowers and bushes are the gifts that keep on giving. I have 30-year old peonies, iris, sundrops and daffodils that keep blooming in the same spots since the day I planted them. Now that is easy.

Then there are the over-achievers, plants which are overly prolific, such that their self-seeding or running around becomes the new problem. What is a weed? A plant out of place. I cover naughty plants up with cardboard or a piece of carpet disguised by mulch, and my problem goes away without digging them up. If iris and coral bells need dividing every few years in order to look good, then they just don’t belong in my senior-friendly flower garden. I gave away a bushel of iris roots last year to a younger gardener who was still full of ambition and strength.

Annual flowers require more work and money than perennials over several years. I am cutting down to almost zero on annual flowers these days, because not only do they require starting, nurturing, transplanting and watering, but the space they occupy this year presents bare ground next year, an open invitation to invading weeds.

Of course most vegetables are annuals, and one simply can’t avoid planting them anew every year. Howe .....
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeks new VISTA partner sites

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Do you need an extra hand in creating capacity and support in your organization? Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is seeking proposals from organizations ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

I make my dog wear a Christmas sweater (and other holiday traditions) The Christmas season is such a crazy-busy time! Shopping, baking, travel plans, holiday parties, sending out cards- I could go on, but we all know what we have on our plates th ..... 
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Festive Christmas events planned at Historic Lenora Church

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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During the Advent and Christmas Season, festive events are planned at the historic (1856) Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. The wood stove with crackle with heat on winter, snowy nights and the oi ..... 
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Happenings in Henrytown

By Winifred Eiken

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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Josh Smith entertained Schultz family Sunday for brunch at Wings in Dorchester, Iowa in honor of his mom, Theresa Newgard’s birthday. Grandpa Gary and Gramma Pat were also guests of the family celebration. Diane Schultz (Mrs. Norman), Pleasant Grov ..... 
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Birth announcement - Maya Marie Olson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Maya Marie Olson was born November 24, 2014 to Matt and Lindsey Olson of Chatfield. Maya weighed 6 lb, 14 oz and was 19.5” long. Grandparents are Bill & Diane Wojtkiewicz of Preston, Glenda Olson of Spring Valley.

Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

It’s time to put out the welcome mat and set the table for the birds. Winter in Minn. can be a difficult time for us and for our feathered friends with windy days and cold nights. Turns out bird feeding can be very enjoyable and therapeutic for us ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Mila Aryn Topness

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Mila Aryn Topness Mila Aryn was born October 24, 2014 to Aaron and Erin Topness of Lanesboro. Mila weighed 8 lb 3 oz and was 21 1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Betty Ehler, Jim Ehler, and Gene & Vicky Topness.

Christmas musical drama presentation

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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“Christmas in Egypt” will be presented by the children of the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) on Sunday morning, December 7 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. About 30 children are participating in this musical drama present ..... 
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