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So, December 6th seems like an eternity ago. It was a busy day, December 6th. First, there was the Jaycee’s Annual Christmas Parade, and then the Community Gardens Tree Trimming party, and lots of other events in between and afterward that were personal to those who attended. Personally, I had to ask one of my daughters to skip her friends birthday party due to numerous commitments.

But, a great time was had by all, even if we were absolutely freezing! Hot chocolate did it’s part in taking the edge off the cold, and the fire was nice and warm as long as you could take the smell of the smoke … and children and adults alike had a great time making bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed.

The music from the Boys & Girls Club holiday CD and Heather’s iPod kept us all in a festive mood, however the weather got the better of us and the event only ended up lasting half as long as it was supposed to.

Thanks go out to the Masonic Lodge who so kindly donated the tree, and to all the volunteers and donors who provided cocoa, hot water, cups, stirrers, pine cones, peanut butter, bird seed, napkins, Purell, etc! We couldn’t have done it without you!

And to the wonderful neighborhood children from the Bent School YWCA Before and After School program, and Bent School Girls Scout Troop 1051, who spent lots of time making the pretty ornaments for the tree, A VERY BIG THANKS to you and your teachers/troop leaders for being part of the Westside Community Gardens Christmas this year.

I have more photos to post, and I promise I won’t make you wait too long. I also promise that the wait will be worth it!

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Just when you think the temperature has fallen in line with what autumn temperatures should be …. BAM! It’s up to almost 90 degrees again! What’s going on with the weather? I had to admit, I do like these warmer days and cooler nights – it means that I don’t have to have either air conditioning or heat on, we can sleep comfortably with the windows open, and the temperature inside the house is comfortable. But I’m getting a little too comfortable!

With the way the weather has been this year, it could easily be snowing tomorrow. (I hope I haven’t hexed anyone there!)

So, the gardening sites are still putting out information on what can safely be planted. Can you believe that you can still be planting at this time of year? Take a look at Organic Gardening magazine’s article on winter gardening. No, you won’t be harvesting crops in the middle of winter, it’s actually called “over-wintering”. Your seeds start to grow before the frosts hit – they grow into seedlings, then you use row covers – old sheets, burlap sacks, etc – to cover them over the winter. They’ll basically become dormant, and you’ll have a head start on your crops in the spring.

Another alternative is to plant compost crops – mostly grassy-type plants that will fix the nitrogen in the soil, and in spring you can dig them back into the dirt.

Me? I’m opting for the raised bed-style of gardening. That’s if this ailing economy swings upward enough for me to buy the lumber I need to build my beds! I’m thinking of making four 4′ x 4′ beds – that will give me 64 squares. Plenty of room for enough veggies to feed my family of 3!

There is a Westside Bloomington Summit meeting tonight at 6.30pm at Mt Pisgah Church on Market St. Be there, or be nowhere!

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