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The Bakersfield Voice Sunday, March 4, 2012

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G A R D E N

Spring’s approaching arrival says farewell to winter weeds, rubbish

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his year has been a little unusual with the warm temperatures — and not much rain. One thing for sure, the weather is making me want to get out there and get my yard all “spruced up.” Here are a few tips to get you started if you have the same “bug:” First of all, get your flower beds cleaned out. Rake and clean out the weeds. Lightly prune out dead wood and tip back wild growth from your shrubs. Don’t, however, prune early spring bloomers because you might eliminate your flowers before they open. I guess, what I’m saying is: just be careful and think about what you are cutting. After all, we don't want to eliminate that spring bloom before it comes. (Note: You can still prune your roses if that task has eluded you until now — they bloom later and can take it). Once the cleanup has been done, the next step is get down some pre emergent in the flower beds so you won't have to spend so much time weeding later. Seed control every three months is the schedule you should try to keep. After taking care of the weeds, you can go ahead and apply a nice layer of mulch. I like forest humus or small bark to top off the flower beds and give a nice uniform look. Keep the mulch away from the trunks of your plants. Mulching too deep, right around the base, can smother them. The mulch will also help with mois-

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ture retention. Speaking of moisture, you need to increase the amount of water to your plants. Without much rain, plants are really thirsty and need good moisture to help them push good strong spring growth and flowers. Many varieties require more water right now than they will after the weather gets hot. After all, plants have a lot of work to do right now! Make sure the ground dries out between waterings — but water long and deep when you water. With the temperature warming up and you are giving the yard more water, you Garden columnist can count on the spring growth popping out all over — this means you need to fertilize. As the garden begins to wake up, a good organic fertilizer with trace minerals will do wonders. After all, you want the new growth to come out nice and healthy with good color. From now through the fall, the routine is once a month feeding and, mix the fertilizers up. A good plan is granular organic fertilizer one month — and a liquid fertilizer, like Grow Vite, the next. Every once in a

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while I will put on a high bloom food in addition to the other fertilizers. Remember, light March 10 applications often are much better than Grand Re-Opening of heavy all at once. Robby's Country Garden As you can see, Live Remote one task leads to 8 to 10 a.m. another. There is a Citrus Care & Fruit real order to successTasting ful gardening — and I think this is why it 1 p.m. is so soothing. A natApril 14 ural progression with some great results! Container Gardening Next, as the garden Make beautiful pots, starts to wake up you moss baskets & Living can start looking for Walls critters — and you 10 a.m need to get to the nursery to add some new and different plants and color. And, and, and ... I could go on but will wait until the next column! After all, SPRING is just around the corner, not already here! I'm so excited — I just simply can't wait! Spring is on its way!

Up coming events at Robby's Nursery & Calico Gardens

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Spring flowers, daffodils and tulips, will brighten any flower bed.

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Ethan Cloyd has been chosen by Travel Ball Select as an “11u player to watch in 2012.” PHOTO PROVIDED

Ethan Cloyd chosen as a ‘player to watch’ COURTESY OF WWW.MYBAKERSFIELDSPORTS.COM ravelBallSelect.com started its annual series that spotlights the top “players to watch” across the country in 2012. The athletes who are chosen are top players who have proven to be elite game changing athletes. This is a great honor for Ethan because Travel Ball Select is a big organization which ranks travel teams in the United States. Ethan currently plays for the Santa Ynez Titans (sytitans.com), a team made up of some of the best baseball ball players in the central coast. The Titans are currently ranked sixth in the coun-

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try. In July, Ethan will be playing in Atlanta where the top 16 ranked travel teams come together and compete in a tournament. This tournament will be televised on Dish Network & Comcast. They will also be playing in Orlando at the Disney Wide World of sports for the Elite 32 tournament in August. Ethan began playing baseball at the age of three and started Travel baseball at the age of seven. Ethan truly loves every minute of it — and trains really hard to be the best he can be. For him to be recognized is truly amazing.

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Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente and others spent a recent Saturday installing wood flooring for a MS patient who uses a wheelchair. The local MS Society is looking for volunteers to help with similar projects during its annual MS Service Day, Saturday, March 17.

Volunteers come together to make a difference in a day for MS patients BY CHRISTINE GRONTKOWSKI Community contributor

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ultiple sclerosis (MS) can stop people from moving.The limitations caused by the disease can even stop people from completing what some may consider common household tasks or home improvement projects. But help is coming to Kern County. Thanks in part to grants from Chevron and Granite Construction, the National MS Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter, is able to offer its third annual MS Service Day on Saturday, March 17. Volunteers will travel to the homes of people living with MS, completing projects indoors and outdoors. Two such projects which were completed on a recent Saturday provide a glimpse at what is coming up the next MS Service Day. Recently, 17 volunteers, mostly from Kaiser Permanente, replaced carpet with wood laminate

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FROM LEFT: Guadalupe Flores, Brittany Robles, Anissa Rodrigues, Angelica Llanes, Kassandra Castruita, and Iris Contreras recently participated in the two-day CIF Girls Southern Regional wrestling tournament.

Four Kern County girls qualify for state wrestling tournament COURTESY OF WWW.MYBAKERSFIELDSPORTS.COM ern County sent seven girls to the CIF girls southern regional tournament recently. It was a grinding two-day wrestling tournament consisting of the best female wrestlers in Southern California. The schools represented were Arvin, Cesar Chavez, and Ridgeview High Schools. Four of the

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seven qualified for the state meet in Lemoore, Calif. The girls that qualified were: Anissa Rodriguez( Cesar Chavez) who took second at the Southern Regional; Angelica Llanes (Arvin) also took second; Kassandra Castruita (Arvin) took fifth place; and, Iris Contreras (Arvin) took 12th place at the tournament.

flooring to make a home more accessible for a woman with MS who uses a wheelchair. They also installed a ceiling lift at another home to help a woman get her husband, who lives with MS, out of his bed. Volunteers also helped paint and complete other general home maintenance that the family cannot do on their own. Right now, the National MS Society is accepting applications from those living with MS who need a helping hand around the house. Volunteers are also needed. Call 321-9512 or email christine.grontkowski@nmss.org for more information or to request an application. “It is difficult to convey how very much this MS Service Day means to both the households dealing with this disease that affects both mobility and cognition, and the volunteers who have an opportunity to meet the person with MS and their families and give back,” explained Kim Kotrla, Director for the San Joaquin Valley region. “It is truly a day that makes a huge difference in the lives of many.”

Cruise on over to car & motorcycle show Saturday BY CATHERINE ANSPACH Community contributor

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he Stockdale Moose Lodge is pleased to bring the Ninth annual "Cruisin' for a Wish" classic Car & Motorcylce show back to Kern County on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Sign-ups for participants and vendors are going on now. Registration is $40. All proceeds from this event go towards helping grant wishes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose mission is to grant the wishes of local children who

are challenged with a life-threatening medical condition. Featured events at the car show this year will include a trophy presentation, a poker walk, 50/50 drawing and a gourmet BBQ steak dinner. Admission is free to all attendees. For more information and to obtain an entry form, please visit: www.stockdalecarshow.org or call Don Perry at: 399-8406 Catherine Anspach is the Kern County Community Director/Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California.


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