It’s a tradition we began many years ago, at a challenging time that threatened to break our family’s hearts and spirit. Figuring we needed all the help we could get as we faced the challenges of the New Year, we decided to do something symbolic.
We burned our troubles. Literally.
We wrote them down on index cards, and feeling like latter-day druids, circled around an old Weber barbecue grill in the back yard and set our toils and troubles on fire.
There was something viscerally satisfying, in the symbolism of writing down the concerns of the day and watching those facts and fears go up in smoke.
On 1/1/11—capitalizing on a great date and a great set of initials—our own Montecito neighbor and multimedia maven launches her OWN television network. Those who want to keep in touch with the Oprah Winfrey Network can find it locally on the following channels:
Anticipate! Fertilize before a rain so the fertilizer will soak in.
Take the cover off your compost to let it get wet. Tie or stake plants that may topple from wind or weight.
Set up to harvest rainwater for later use!
Make raised beds, mounds, to help with drainage issues. Mulch to keep soil from splashing up on your plants, keeping your harvest clean, holding water in place to soak in, and keep soil from eroding.
Make ‘permanent’ pathways with boards, stepping stones, straw bedding, so you won’t be compacting your planting area soil when it is wet or dry!
Plant for air circulation so foliage dries quickly. Plants too closely spaced, make a warmer micro environment, tend to get mildew easier.
Choose mildew resistant plants!
Drench your young plants with a mix of a heaping tablespoon of baking soda, a 1/4 cup of nonfat (so it won’t rot and stink) powdered milk in a large watering can of water for mildew prevention and abatement. It works for other diseases as well!
Water less frequently and at ground level, not overhead.
Colorful reminders of why we live in Santa Barbara: While Arctic blasts and bitter cold grip the Midwest and the East Coast, blanketing flower beds with snow, our gardens continue to grow.
The two trail gnomes, Craig William Ilenstine and Dana Neil Larsen, who allegedly started the Jesusita Fire which burned 8,700 acres, destroyed 80 homes, and cost $17 million to contain were sentenced to; 250 hours of community service, $600 in fines, three (3) years probation.