Spring Is Coming

Happy Saturday!

Some of you are aware that Tracy and I, for health concerns, shifted to eating a whole-food, plant-based diet in August 2021. If you’re aware of that, chances are you’re aware of just how good the results have been. In the seven months since we started, we’ve both removed all of the negative health markers the doctor was finding — high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol — and we’re both down thirty-five pounds or more.

Early August — before we started.

We eat lots of grains — rice, oatmeal, barley, millet. We eat lots of beans, chick peas, and lentils. Most of all, we eat LOTS of fruits and vegetables.

Also, over the last seven months, we have been redoing the outside of our house. We’ve lived here twenty or so years, and it was time. Late this summer and into late fall, we replaced the shingles and the soffit, fascia, and gutters. We also bought new windows — the double-pane, gas-filled, new-fangled kind — and we bought new siding. However, the material shortages

After clearing out the yard. Note the new shingles, soffit, and fascia.

that many manufacturers were experiencing impacted those to the point that by the time we received them, it was far too cold and snowy outside to install them. Also, very late in the fall, we had the garage door replaced.

Part of redoing the outside of the house, of course, is redoing the yard, as well. We have what I would call a “big” yard. It’s at least twice the size of the yards that new home builders are currently selling. So, we’ve decided at least fifty percent of the

New garage door. New gutters have also been installed.

back yard will be converted into a vegetable garden. The growing season is, for the most part, too short and the weather too cold to grow most fruits, although we are going to take a stab at strawberries and a couple others and see what happens.

So, I’m looking for your best gardening tips. Fire away!

Have a great weekend!

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