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The Adams County Record Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Page 9 Garden Corner .I By Myrna Weikat -- 355-5829 - Cooler temperatures, cleaner air, fewer bugs. Isn't September wonderful? My garden report: I'm very pleased, proud and amazed to inform you that I have picked two lovely watermelons from my garden, with a third likely, from two plants started in the garden from seed in June. The variety is called Sugar Baby, and it produces baskethall- sized melons in about 80 days that are sweet and very juicy. Following the advice of an organic gar- dener, this spring I planted single acorn squash seeds here and there rather than m a row, and I don't see any squash bugs onany of them (fingers crossed). Each plant has at least 10 squash, so I'll have lots to share, rm also really happy with the tomato produc- tion this year. I'm-get- ting large, .meaty saucing tomatoes which will go into sauce and salsa, and an abundance of the small drying variety; also meaty and packed with flavor. There is just nothing better than tomatoes picked from your own vines. This time of year I like to think about what I will do differently next year. The acorn squash thing worked and was a good idea, but one thing I'll change next year is the placing of toma- to plants. I like to be able to walk all the way around the mature plant when I pick, and I can see now that I put the starts way too close to each other. When the plant is only 10" tall a four- foot space between them looks like plenty, but now that the plants are four to six feet in diameter (the drying tomatoes get really BIG), things are decidedly more crowded. As I pick, I use a pair of clippers to remove unneeded stems and branches, a process that turns my arms green to the elbows and reeking of tomato vines, but even doing that is not going to give me much room. (That deer find tomato plants edible is amazing to me; they have such a strong odor! But obviously they are able to get beyond it, as at least two Midvale gardeners, Bonnie Evans and Doris Jean Dale, lost all tomato production this year to browsing deer. Discouraging. We like to love and embrace all God's creatures, but it's hard to find tolerance for maraud- ing deer, dog-spraying skunks, and garden-raiding raccoons.) The other change I will make in next year's gar- den is to forgo cauliflow- er. Yes, I got three nice heads, but the plants take up an enormous amount of room with so little to show for it. I'm going to plant a different variety of broccoli, too: This year's Belstar has huge plants with small heads that are shot through with leaves, and almost no side-shoot production. However, for some reason the cabbage moths left it alone, maybe because it was new to my garden and they didn't recognize it. It tastes fine and I've managed to freeze enough for winter soups. Every year's garden is dif- ferent and unpredictable, sort of like one of those good news/bad news jokes. Of all the celery seeds I started, only two plants are going to make it to the picking stage this year, so my goal is to try to double that next year. I may net more leaves than stalks, but I'm okay with that. The leaves are great in soup, and I understand that they can be frozen. Of all the seeds I planted last month, only the rad- ishes germinated -- no lettuce, no daikon, no tur- nips. Too hot, I guess. I thought about trying again, but decided to let it go. It's not like I have a shortage of garden chores to keep me busy. Silver & Gold By Shirley Wilson We are back in the swing of things, and it is business as usual. This Thursday our bus 'will be going to Ontario. We leave the center at 8:30 AM, We go the first Thursday of each month. The bus from McCall goes the third Saturday of each month. That bus is free to ride. Our bus costs $7.50. And Don will take you wherever you need to go between here and Ontario. Bring money for your lunch. They always have a good time. We will be starting our Bingo on Sept. 14th at 7:00 PM. Our next foot clinic is October 10. Call Edith at the Center for an appointment. We are Pastor's Corner by Wayne Freedman This last week I had an experience that drove fear. to the very core of my being. It didn't hap- pen out in the wilder- ness or on the highway, but at church, or to be more specific under the church. You see, we are m the process of put- ting a water radiant heat system under the floor of our new church and there is only about a two- foot crawl space in which to move. As I entered the hole to go underneath the floor, my mind went back several years to a situation under another house where I was trying to help a friend with a plumbing problem. Again the space was small and dark and as I was crawl- ing on my back under the floor I almost got stuck. Even writing about it gives rise to the terror I experienced that day. Up until that time I had not had much of a prob- lem with claustrophobia, but from that day on tight places have driven fear deep in my heart. Last week as I entered the crawl space, fear gripped me to my core and I had to get out and face it. As a pastor I have counseled folks who were facing their own fears many times, so I tried to step outside my emotions and self medicate with some words of wisdom. ]-he initial emptiness of my thoughts failed to give me much hope so I prayed [isn't that what pastors say we are sup- posed to do?]. I sat there on the floor next to the access hole, shaking and sharing my fear with my Father in Heaven. As usual He brought a part of a verse I had memorized to my attention. "Trust m the LORD with all your heart" Easy to say tough to do! Then I remembered that the word "trusC there literally means, "To throw oneself on the ground, lying extended on the ground" "God You've got to be kidding" I thought. "You want me to lay down on the floor right here, right now?" "Yup!" When I laid down on my back so I could face Him of course, it was almost as if I heard Him say, "If you can relax and trust Me to care for you on the floor, why not under the floor?" So I determined to try it right next to the opening. I slid down the access hole and laid on my back. Being on my back I was not trying to hold myself up, brat rest- ing on Him. I aiso noted that the area between the floor joists made the crawl space seem bigger and less confining. Then, too, I found myself focus- mg on how I was going to place the hangers and where I needed to drill the holes for the pipe and I forgot my fear. I was able to spend over an hour under the floor by myself, with my God, and get some good work accomplished. "Thanks Lord for "lay on the ground" trust! having a raffle for a lap quilt made by the sewing class at school. We will be drawing the winning tick- et on October 26, which will be our Craft Fair. So be sure you come by and buy some tickets. It is on display at the Center. We are doing the Meals on Wheels again, and I am asking for your help. We would great- ly appreciate it if you receive these meals and you can please give the driver a donation to cover the meals and the containers. These meals are well worth what- ever you can afford to donate. We only get about 57 cents from the gov- ernment, and that doesn't cover much. We get donations from the com- munity garden, and we utilize everything we can. Our cook is very consci- entious in trying to save each and every dollar she can. And she does a great job. I think we get a great bang for our $5. Please help any way you can. We also have some support- ers out in our commu- "nity. I'm sure you would agree with me, Council is a great place to live. Council Valley, Free LibraW Book Shelf New BoOks at the Council Library Adult Fiction Trial by Fire by Harold Coyle Where We Belong by Emily Giffin Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber Moonshell Beach by JoAnn Ross Catching Fireflies by Sherryl Woods Non-fiction Rug Hooking for the First Time by Donna Lovelady luvenile Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs by Debbie Dadey lunei B, First Grader: Tuzkeys We Have Loved and Eaten by Barbara Park Second Grade Ape by Daniel Pinkwater I Spy: A Candy Cane by Jean Marzollo THO k SON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY I-amilv Owned a_nd Operated - Burial Services - Pre-planning Options - Cremation Services - Monuments 221 E. Court ,St Weiser, 113 83672 (2O8) 414-1234 wwve.I.ienkaemperXhoma~n.eom M0nday ] I Cattle Sale] ] Butcher Cattle Sale ] Io. AM. I . [ 2rid & 4th Saturday [ I Vigs, sh ep, andg i - ~m. 1901 E. 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