Left Coast / Right Coast: No Inflation?

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Nancy Gold.

According to our Government, there has been almost no inflation during the past eight years while our national debt just about doubled from $10 trillion to near $20 trillion.

This simply cannot be. First, as most of you know, the Federal Reserve “owns” the printing presses that print our paper money. So if there is a “shortfall” of money in the system, the Fed simply “cranks up” these presses and prints the “missing” money.

"February To Do List," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It’s funny how one year can be so different from the next. With last year’s winter being so mild everything in the garden seemed to be three to four weeks ahead of schedule.

My Cornelian Cherry started blooming in early January with a mass of spidery yellow blooms and lasted almost two months. This year it is still completely dormant without a trace of color, all because of those three weeks of freezing weather we just went through.

"The Importance of Plants," by the Whistling Gardener

Winter doesn’t have to be boring! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I realize that for many of you I am probably preaching to the choir but for the rest of the world it never hurts to remind them that plants (next to dogs perhaps) are man’s best friend.

We simply would not exist if it weren’t for plants. Plants provide food for our bodies and materials for our shelters and release oxygen into the atmosphere that we need to breathe but probably even more important is the roll they play with our mental health.