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camellia HOLLY as black cow manure, topsoil, fertilizer or lime. You can begin planting in late February and early March vegetables such as onions, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, potatoes and garden peas, then as the days get warmer you can add other vegetables. It is also time to plan and start putting in that outdoor kitchen, patio, deck, or water feature you hope to enjoy this summer. All of these items take planning and preparation in order to enjoy them in the coming warm months. Don’t forget that the inside of our homes need plants during the winter months to help purify the air since we are not bringing in fresh air from outside. Leaf surfaces and roots digest contaminants in the air. Some great plants for

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inside are Peace Lilies, English Ivy, Boston Ferns, Snake Plant and Gerber Daisies. Also cut flowers added inside during the winter months along with fruits such as oranges and lemons in bowls uplift our spirits and make us feel happy. So now that my work is done for the day. Ha! Ha! I’m making it a short day I am planting my chair by the bay window with my book and hot tea so that I can see and enjoy the birds playing on the birdfeeders outside and pretend that I am getting everything done in my own yard that needs doing. Enjoy the garden, your home, your family and friends and know that I will be doing the same because this is a great privilege God has given me and I don’t want to take it for granted. n

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