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Garden's Grapevine 2013.06.05

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Why do the weekends fly and the weeks drag out, other than the obvious five days vs. two? Saturday, as I cleaned up the church yard I noticed that there are about a hundred or more baby maple trees growing in the landscape. They are a major pain in the rear, those little seeds that come down off the maple trees that look like wings and fly all over. Those maple seeds, next to dandelions, are my  second biggest enemy. OK, maybe third. Poison ivy has to take first place—you haven’t lived until you get it between your eyes or internally.

A hoe works nicely to clean up the maple trees. It amazes me how the grass likes to creep over the sidewalk. It doesn’t like to grow in the boulevard, but it will on the sidewalk. Go figure. Art used to trim this back twice a year to keep it tidy.

This week we received a new member of the family. No, not Max, he’s now two weeks old. Her name is Miss Mitzy. She is an Australian miniature labradoodle and is as cute as they come. Today I pulled out some unwanted plants and she suddenly realized she came with the dig option. How is that a natural instinct and takes no effort to master, but telling us she needs to go out is not even in the realm of her brain? She’ll go if we take her out and gladly accept the cookie and good girl praises. Wednesday I was pulling some grass out that was creeping into our front beds and tossing it into the yard for Art to mow up. She was running after it and bringing it back.

My friend Mary Lampe often gives me little snippets of gardening trivia and articles she finds. She recently gave me an article on a berry named the Saskatoon. It looks like a blueberry and tastes similar with a sweet yet nutty flavor. They are native to the western part of Canada and the northwestern part of the United States. It says it is a native plant that can grow 20 feet tall and four feet wide and the berries growing in clumps. They are used in the same manner as blueberries, but are easier to grow. They are full of health benefits—protein, calcium, iron and cancer fighting antioxidants. High in iron and not liver? Sign me on! 

Growing these little fellows is really catching on in Michigan and a survey taken by MSU noted 70 to 100 acres have been planted across the state. Expect to see them popping up in farm markets soon. I love fruit and trying new things. 

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