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Lumby, Lavington, Whitevale, Coldstream, Vernon & Cherryville

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Lumby, Lavington, Whitevale, Coldstream, Vernon & Cherryville

Year Of The Dragon

Why Don’t Dragons Play Ice Hockey?… Because If They Breath Fire The Ice Melts!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  This is the first Christmas that I can remember in the 30 plus years l’ve lived here that had no snow.  And although that week of Arctic weather that we had it has been very pleasant weather although I would like to see more moisture be it rain or snow although we certainly need more snow on our higher elevations.  I only made one New Years resolution and that was to become more in harmony with my computer.  I bought a copy of Mac or Dummies but it has been no help at all so if anyone has or knows where I can get a copy of Mac for Morons please let me know!  I have started In the greenhouse with some seeds that need a long time to be ready for spring be it slow growing or slow germinating this includes some herbs like Rosemary that can take several weeks to geminate to flowering plants like Begonia and Petunia.  These should be started now and the soil needs to be kept at 75 degrees to ensure germination.  This can be easily done by placing your seed trays on top of the refrigerator  Keep the soil moist and once they sprout watch for fungal diseases such as Damping Off which can easily be remedied with a sprinkle of Cinnamon.  

The weather is supposed to give us a bit more moisture this week and then by the weekend start drying up and will be colder through the nights but still above zero during the day.  This I am finding a bit problematic as I see buds on a few of my trees and I worry that a cold snap may cause damage.  I’ve been told that there has been a few sightings of Bears and this can’t be good either.

So this coming weekend is the beginning of Chinese New Year and it is the Year of The Dragon,  the Wood Dragon to be exact and if you were born in the years of 1952, 1964, 1976,1998, 2000, 20012 or 2024 you have the fortune of being born under this sign.  The Dragon is supposed to be in control of the wind and rain bringing good weather and bountiful harvests.  People born in these years are blessed with nobility, honour, good luck and success and it is believed to be a good year to have a baby.  There is a celebration being held in Vernon at the Elks Hall on Sunday the 11th and  could be a nice, economical event to attend.  Tickets are being sold and I wouldn’t be surprised if it sells out fast.

There is a wonderful educational series of topics such as canning, small space gardening, seed gathering and sharing plus much more being offered through the Monashee Co-Op.  You can get more information through their Web site as well as Around the Block site and through Jennet Wilding at  250 777 2540 for a complete list of the seminars and dates.  This is sure to be a valuable series that will teach young and not so young basic techniques that we should all know.  I have been asked to conduct one of the seminars and I am very excited!

Its good to be back!

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