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The Adams County Record Bear Facts It's beginning to look like spring. Yards being raked. Fences fixed. But still chilly in the mornings. Nan Rankin and Lowell Tietje are home from their winter in the sunny south. They spent three months camping in Arizona and California. Enjoyed the climate and made friends along the way. I asked if they would go south again next year, and they said Wednesday, April 18, 2012 they would. Jeff iardine spent the weekend at his cabin on the hill. His mother, Sandy, and his dad, Tufty, spent the weekend with him. Joe, Sue and Tina Page 9 By Tina Warner- 258-4471 Warner enjoyed the Warner worked on the Fireman's Ball in Council fire truck that was given Saturday evening. Ben to the Bear Fire Station, Warner, Charles and Eva, and made a few trips spent the weekend with trying it out. It was a good Ben's parents, weekend to burn weeds Joe, Sam and Ben along fences and the road. Sauni McGahey continues to recover from her recent surgery. She is up and about, but not doing any heavy lifting. t r= Garden Corner re By Myrna Weikal -- 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.ne Midvale garden report: My apricot trees are in full, glorious bloom, positively purring with pollinators. Barring a late hard frost, I should see megatons of fruit this year. My forsythia bush is also lush with flowers this spring, a result of finally receiving an adequate pruning job. One of the artichokes left in the garden last fall is showing signs of new growth, so I may have found a method that works 50% of the time to winter them over, at least through a mild winter. We have lots of ground squirrels around here, but I had never seen any tree squirrels at home until I spotted one the other day making a mad dash over the bank by the house, right beneath the owl's look-out tree. I don't expect a long residency for that tree squirrel. How's your garden doing? Another first for me, I was able to keep a basil plant alive on the windowsill all winter. I'm not saying it flourished. It didn't die, though. Usually I forget to give them enough water, but this one is doing well enough that I plan to put it in my herb garden as soon as we've seen our last frost. I found another great book for you to look for, "Herb Gardening from the Ground Up" by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan. It explains how to grow herbs indoors and out; companion gardening with herbs; container gardening your plants; harvesting and storing, etc. We love to cook with fresh or fleshly dried herbs, so much more flavorful than the stuff that comes in jars in the grocery store. I'm preparing a new herb garden near the back door, so that I can go out with my kitchen scissors and clip what I want for dinner without a fuss. I already moved in some parsley plants and walking onions. Over the weekend I picked up a sage, thyme and rosemary start. I will plant a bit of dill and coriander from seed, perhaps a little arugula for salads. I'm looking for a bay plant -- gotta have bay leaves in the stew! I will keep the bay and rosemary in pots so that I can move them in for the winter. You know what you need to do? Go for a wildflower walk! The wild currant bushes are blooming. I also spotted, on my walk this morning, some wooly britches, one early arrow-leaf balsamroot, buttercups, something tiny and pink, and something in the wild carrot family, rm learning more and more about Idaho's native plants each year. A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to a lovely specimen, a dainty bouquet of yellow bells that Elsie Coburn brought into the library. I had never heard of yellow bells! They are just precious. Elsie said that they are the first wild flower to show up at her place, followed by blue bells and buttercups. You know what I need to do? Learn to be patient. "Lord, give me patience, we can't have any bare dirt showing! Then, when it all gets going I end up with that messy tangle I told you about last week: sedum overlapping the wooly thyme, crowded with snow-in-summer, competing with mats of oregano, interspersed with bishop's weed, speckled with wild violets, vying for position with spotted dead-nettle. Don't get me wrong, I love my messy tangle. It's like my hair: unruly, but there's a lot and I need it right now!" of it. Well, let's just say is my prayer. I have this that if you need ground tendency (and I doubt I cover, come to the Plant am alone in this) to over- Exchange on May 5 plant ground covers because I will have plenty because for heaven's sake toshare. i i Our newsstand rate has increased to $1.00 per issue. On May 1st the local subscription rates will increase to $40.00 per year, but if you subscribe now you can still buy THEADAMS COUNTY RECORD at the old rate. 1 year $30- save $22 off newstand prices rm m m I I I I Yes! 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