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Winter is just another gardening season - The Whistling Gardener

Here we are deep into the fall season and for many of us it might seem like winter is here. We go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. The summer gardening season is certainly winding down but the winter season is just beginning.

Here we are deep into the fall season and for many of us it might seem like winter is here. We go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. (How depressing is that?) Our typical week is a mix of rain and mist or fog with occasional scattered sun breaks. I mowed my lawn yesterday for what may be the last time this year and I finished raking the leaves under most of my trees.

The summer gardening season is certainly winding down but the winter season is just beginning.

Holiday weight loss is the Mill Creek Food Bank's gain

At 7 am on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013, and then again on at 9 am and 10 am on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, the Inner Athlete Fitness Studio will be offering a great workout in exchange for a $10 cash donation to the Mill Creek Food Bank.

The pursuit of weight loss at Inner Athlete Fitness Studio's Thanksgiving Turkey Burn Workout will not only enhance the fitness of participants, it will also benefit individuals and families in our area who utilize the services of the Mill Creek Food Bank.

Bright and early at 7 am on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013, and then again on at 9 am and 10 am on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, the trainers at Inner Athlete Fitness Studio will be offering a great workout in exchange for a $10 cash donation to the Mill Creek Food Bank.

Penny Creek Elementary students’ artwork honors our veterans

Mr. Kenneth Harvey’s 4th/5th grade students at Penny Creek Elementary School created a poppy themed multi-media artwork display. Inspiration for their artwork came from the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a military physician/surgeon on the battlefield during WWI.

Another generation continues the tradition of honoring the service and sacrifice of our military men and women.

In honor of this celebratory day, Mr. Kenneth Harvey’s 4th/5th grade students at Penny Creek Elementary School created a poppy themed multi-media artwork display.

Inspiration for their artwork came from the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a military physician/surgeon on the battlefield during WWI.

Rain Sweet Rain, from the Whistling Gardener

Who would have thought that I would be glad to see it rain in October?  This has been an incredible month for gardening with so many dry days to get out into the yard and prune and plant and generally enjoy our gardens. But when I woke up Sunday morning to the sound of rain drops on the window sill I couldn't help but feel a sense of relief.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that I would be glad to see it rain in October?

This has been an incredible month for gardening with so many dry days to get out into the yard and prune and plant and generally enjoy our gardens. And how about that fall color? I don't think I have ever seen such splendid fall color on trees and shrubs and even perennials as I have seen this month and all because of the lack of rain which usually ruins our fall color shows.

But when I woke up Sunday morning to the sound of rain drops on the window sill I couldn't help but feel a sense of relief. This has been an unusually dry month with less than half our normal rainfall and our gardens (and containers especially) have shown signs if stress.

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