The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central Daylight Time.

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Monday, September 14, 2015

Blueberry Helper - Pine Needles Delivered to Blueberry Patch

I needed some pine needle mulch for the blueberries I obtained from Almost Eden. They are more productive with acid soil, and pine needles help that develop. I wanted to plant them with peat moss, but only had peat compost, which neutral.

I coveted our neighbor's needles, so I asked their teen son to provide some. Our helper got some, but they were not enough.

Our neighbor thinks of the needles as a pain, since they are always falling and never really go away.

On Saturday the teen asked if I still wanted some. I said yes and he brought bags of them with his sister. Pine needle bags are  very light, so they carried groups of bags in each hand. His sister said, "Do you want us to empty them?" All three of us began dumping needles on the blueberries until most of the bags were emptied.

I am keeping the rest as a Strategic Reserve, against the day when I want some in portable packages. I also have pinecones from their yard, which they gave away at their yard sale.

I sent them home with a Double Delight rose stem for their mother, who told me, "Roses are hard to grow." I told her at the yard sale, "Not at all." If Gurney's comes through with $5 roses again next spring, I will have some for our helper and that family, with some instructions on rose care.

Five neighbors on our street have enjoyed roses from the Jackson Rose Farm.

Latest Developments
I cut out all the KnockOut rose blooms, from every single plant, just as we trimmed the Crepe Myrtle plant of all its blooms. Most of the Crepe Myrtle blooms were going to seed.

The Crepe Myrtle sent out a single feathery bloom after the cutting and began producing new buds for an entire second bloom.

The KnockOut roses immediately began to send up new growth branches, which are often red/green, easy to spot. The growth of these bushes continues to astonish me. I expect they will be in full bloom when Team Jackson has another cookout.

Tomatoes will ripen another month before it freezes here. Now we are getting quite a few green ones for the ripening box, which I fill with green tomatoes, changing ones, and apples and bananas to help ripen them with ethelyne gas.

The paper said today that thousands of purple martens roosted in Little Rock for a time and left. That tells me we will have a tough winter. Birds are still almost absent in our yard. The same front page featured a story on the state releasing parisitoid wasps to deal with the Ash Borer, a pest that is eliminating a prized tree in the state.