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Poppies and Potatoes A Garden Friend Series

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To my mother who greeted me each day with, "Good morning, Sunshine!"

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Three windows peek. Spring yawns, stretching its green across the open field.

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Rolling, round and free gazing down, clouds cast shadows, cooling the hot tin roof.

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Spring rains drip and drop,

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mud tracks slip and slop across fresh turned soil.

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Tiny sprout teases. Pushing dirt aside,

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with all its

might.

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Hands wish to dig the dirt, to see beneath, to find what mystery births.

PATIENCE, potatoes,

eight more weeks.

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Golden honey drips from crunchy combs bees swirl and zip, graceful queen rests, perfuming the hive.

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Colorful rows upon the earth,

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swiss chard stalks as playful as striped pajamas.

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Fragrant roses border blooming garlic scapes.

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Good morning, Sunshine! Glorious Spring!

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Paper-thin poppies, in a fashion show. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Poppies and Potatoes acrylic on 48"x48"canvas

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SWISS CHARD SUPER HERO POWER: Iron - so good for your brain and blood! It helps move oxygen throughout your whole body! Vitamin C- helps your body fight infections and keeps your teeth and gums healthy! It makes your bones stronger too! GARLIC SUPER HERB POWER: Vitamin B6 - keeps your brain healthy and happier! Wintertime- eating raw garlic can help fight flu and colds! Summertime - eating raw garlic can keep pesky mosquitoes from biting! If you do get bit, crush and rub a little garlic oil on the itchy spot! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


Garden Companions in this book. Garlic and roses are garden friends! Roses smell even more beautiful when garlic is planted right next to it! The strong smell of garlic also keeps aphids and fungal diseases from hurting roses. Potatoes and poppies like to share secrets! Poppies bloom in early spring. When they start to grow they let us know it's time to plant potatoes. You can be a good friend too! When you are with a friend or an adult think of how many kind things you could say about them- and then tell them or another friend! It's also fun to do something special togethermake a secret fort, learn a game or act out a play.

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Meet the artist: Rachael Van Dyke lives with her husband in a tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her home is very tiny- about the size of most kitchens! It is also off the grid. That means she collects rain water off the roof of her house to wash her dishes and clean her paint brushes. The house has electricity made from the sun using solar panels. Every day in the winter Rachael collects firewood and heats up her little house with a wood stove. Rachael's work is inspired by the many hikes she takes in the mountains. She also enjoys bicycling and photographing all of the beautiful old barns, farmhouses and animals in the fields. She is learning, just like you, about growing her own vegetables and flower gardens! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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