Poison Oak Pleasures

Written by Ed Williams

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“Ed, what’s going on?”

My clever retort, “Not much.”

We chatted for awhile, then Will glanced downwards at my ankles and said, in a voice loud enough for approximately sixty percent ofrepparttar gym to hear him,

“Ed, what are those big red spots onrepparttar 142768 sides of your ankles? It’s like you’re some kind of a red spotted Dalmation or something!”

I heard a few snickers, and when I looked up I felt like every eyeball inrepparttar 142769 building was locked onto my ankles. Without even thinking, I sort of crossed them to hide them, which hadrepparttar 142770 net effect of spreadingrepparttar 142771 spots even more. Forrepparttar 142772 rest of my workout I was avoided likerepparttar 142773 plague, andrepparttar 142774 word going aroundrepparttar 142775 gym was that I had an affliction that ranged anywhere from poison oak to some kind of incurable disease. Needless to say, I leftrepparttar 142776 Wellness Center a little less than pumped up, exuberant, and renewed.

So now I sit here writing this with ankles redder than China, trying to balm my deep inner pain with some Breyer’s Butter Pecan ice cream. I guess some worthless things will always be around, and all any of us can do is to makerepparttar 142777 best of what they bring, which is a good thought to keep in mind as I get ready to entertain a few of my distant relatives this coming weekend…

Ed’s latest book, “Rough As A Cob,“ can be ordered by calling River City Publishing toll-free at: 877-408-7078. He’s also a popular after dinner speaker, and his column runs in a number of Southeastern publications. You can contact him via email at: ed3@ed-williams.com, or through his web site address at: www.ed-williams.com.

Planting Guide For Roses

Written by JT

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The first 3-4 weeks after planting your roses, you should water them often. Usually this is whenrepparttar top 2 inches of soil is dry. Roses need a lot of hydration and food to remain healthy. Four weeks after planting, you should start soakingrepparttar 142285 bed every 2 weeks or so. You should do this inrepparttar 142286 morning forrepparttar 142287 best results.

Begin fertilization approximately 3 months after planting. Use 3-6 inches of mulch to controlrepparttar 142288 moisture, temperature, and to stops weeds from coming up. Mulch also helps to lock inrepparttar 142289 vital nutrients your roses need in order to remain healthy. Planting inrepparttar 142290 Spring isrepparttar 142291 best.

You want to plant your roses in an area that is well circulated with air. Your roses will not grow in an enclosed or tight area. Dig a hole that is two times bigger thanrepparttar 142292 amount of space that your roses take up. It makes it easier to plant them and creates a spaced area for them to grow with freedom. Poor circulation for your roses can cause fungal diseases. Using a larger hole also makes it easier for you to pull them up later and pot them if you’d like.

To find many more articles on roses, and other plants and flowers, head over to http://www.gardenarticles.com where we have all a gardener could want!

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