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From Lallah’s GardenLet’s enjoy the future

Energy follows thought, with planning, our future starts today. Have you planned your spring and summer gardens?

I put my old Cushaw Squash seeds in to soak over night. I’ll see if they swell up. If they do that means they will sprout. Cushaw is a winter squash. In a cool place it will keep all winter. It has a soft skin. You can use the young ones all summer. They have a mild flavor. Our favorite. I planted Kole, Collard and Petona seeds the end of February. I’ll start a few others here in my kitchen window. I enjoy seeing them sprout and grow. It’s best to wait for the earth to warm and plant directly in your garden.

My sister said, “When those springtime bulbs grow and bloom it’s time for hardy plants in your garden” Plant English peas, potatoes and onions.

Here in Dennard, we had freezing rain Thursday the 21st. It didn’t last long and the ground was warm enough to melt it but it covered everything above ground. Friday came, a cold clear day as the sun shone on the ice it was so beautiful. It brought so much joy all I could bare. Adelaide and I could have talked an hour trying to describe the millions of diamonds God placed before us for viewing that day.

Life offers so many gifts each day. Is there anyone that doesn’t enjoy a gift?

The other day I was driving to town. As I left Dennard traveling south on Highway 65, I climbed the highest hill and started down the other side. I looked to the south. I could see a great distance ahead and the sun lighted the tops of at least five hills with their darkened valleys.

I am shaking with what I’m seeing. I had to stop. It was as if I was peering into the future of my life. There will be dark valleys to cross and hills to climb to get to the light.

I turn around to see the years I’ve lived. The hills look higher, the valleys darker and wider. I will not describe the despair I’ve felt in some of those dark valleys before getting to this place in the road.

I am not familiar with what I see ahead but the valleys don’t look so wide and dark and the hills not as steep and high – with a smile on my face and a song in my heart, I plan for and eagerly go toward the future.

Lallah Lee Ostergren has been an organic gardener for more than 35 years. If you a gardening question, send it in care of the Van Buren County Democrat, P.O. Box 119, Clinton AR 72031.

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