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Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. KYLE wig Kyle WIC program serves 1,300 families per month. - Page 1D March 6, 2013 ,, Page 1C IT'S ABOUT THYME W~hth all the fantastic arly-spring weather, is is the time for gardeners to launch the big gardening and landscape activities for the year. These first few weeks are also a good time to finish up some of last month's chores: 1. Cut back roses and shape your shrub roses. Those tall bushes can be trimmed to 1 1/2 to 2 feet in height with open centers. Use a sharp pair of pmners and a good pair of leather gloves. Climbing roses should be left un-pruned until after their spring bloom. March is also a good time to add roses to the landscape. 2. Care for fruit trees. There is still plenty of time to spray wintering insects with dor- mant oil. Pruning to open up the centers will help to reduce disease problems with better air flow. Added sunlight will help to ripen and color the fruit. A few ideas of additions to your orchard: peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, figs, cherries, apples, pomegran- ates, and persimmons. 3. Tend vegetable gar- den. The first half of the month is the right time to plant potatoes, asparagus crowns, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard and collard greens, carrots, radishes, SwiSS chard, and lettuce. 4. Care for lawn. Before those summer weeds begin to grow, cover the lawn with organic, pre-emergent corn gluten. Early March is a great time to cut the lawn close and aerate if the soil has become compacted. A quarter to half inch top dressing of manure- based compost like Dillo Dirt will go a long way to revital- ize turf grass with nutrients, microbes, and beneficial bacteria. If the soil below the turf grass is poor, aeration and Dillo Dirt will work won- ders. As a top dressing, Dillo Dirt mixed with a little sand can help to level off the low places. For the second half of the month, with the last average frost date is behind us, we can shift to warm season garden- ing. Some gardening activities to concentrate on: 5. Fertilize turf grass. This will begin to grow as the ground warms up. An organic lawn fertilizer with a 3 -1- 2 ra- tio can be applied to the lawn at the rate of 10 to 15 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Be sure to water the lawn fertilizer in thoroughly after applying. 6. Insect control. With new growth from all our trees, flowers, and shrubs.., come the insects. Aphids will show up on just about everything. A safe, organic spray, like All Seasons Oil will keep them at bay without harming the environment or poisoning ourselves. Our oak trees will be shedding their leaves and putting on new growth any week. With this change come the oak leaf rollers and forest tent caterpillars. Sprays with organic B.T. should be an ef- fective and safe way to control these damaging insects. Look for products with names like Thuricide and Dipel to do the trick. 7. Planting vegetables. The vegetable garden for the latter half of the month will see an explosion of activity. It's finally time to plant tomatoes, pep- pers, snap beans, limas, corn, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, and squash. 8. Flower garden. The win- ter flower garden should be in full force. Those snapdragons you planted back in Octo- ber should be starting their second (and best) bloom. Flowering cabbage and kale See ASK CHRIS, pg. 2C PHOTO BY NOEL RODRIGUEZ The roof of Charles Sherwood and Sherry Cryer of Kyle was damaged in a recent windstorm. After seeing the photo on the Hays Free Press Facebook site, the local community rallied to help the couple but little progress was made until Noel Rodriguez of Buda took the reins and made things happen. Individuals help elderly couple after seeing wind damages on Facebook BY KIM HILSENBECK It all started with a photo. On Febru- ary 25, the Hays Free Press posted a photo - the wind-damaged home of an older couple in east Kyle - on its Facebook. Turns out they had no homeowners insurance. And it was cold outside. Comments on Facebook from people like Doug Garner and Katie Moore got the ball rolling. "Let us know if they need anyAC Heat work, maybe we can donate some of our services," Garner wrote. Moore followed up with, "Please let us know how we can help." And so it went, comment after com- ment, pledging help, services, money, labor - whatever the couple needed. Even those going through hard times themselves offered their sweat and labor in lieu of cash donations. But 23 posts later, still nothing was happening. That's when one poster, Noel Ro- driguez, pulled everyone together and created a plan. He met with the couple, Charles ("Chuck") Sherwood and See COME TOGETHER, pg. 2C "i Participate in the All Around Hays Healthy L" it "~ ~ T.e talk about healthy living a lot ~1 ~l in this country. Sometimes we make NewYear's resolutions to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking or make some other healthy habit part of our life. But it's so easy to slip back into those old ways. By March, we're eating potato chips. Come April, we're turning off the alarm clock instead of walking. What we need is a way to make healthy living a habit. If you're ready for a healthy living makeover, keep reading. Send us an essay (150 words max) explaining why we should select you for a makeover. Include your reasons for making the change, your personal goals and why you would be the best partici- pant. Tell us your age, where you live and a little about yourself. Be sure to include your willingness to keep a written journal about your experience. Send it to by March 15, 2013. We will select up to eight participants to undergo a healthy living makeover. It's not a contest in the traditional sense. And it's not just about losing weight! It's a makeover to help you make better choices and find ways to live healthy every day. If you are among the participants we choose*, we will connect you with nutri- tion, fitness and gardening experts here in our community. Participants will re- ceive cooking lessons, gardening advice and fitness information. We will video all sessions with these experts; partici- pants will receive a CD with copies of each session. You'll also receive recipes and exercises to work on at home for the rest of the year. Then each month inAllAround Hays, from April to June, we will report on your progress. The journal you keep will help us share your story. Photos will also be included in the monthly stories. In January 2014, we will check back with the Healthy Living Makeover group to see how things are going. Interested? Send in your essay by March 15! Good luck and remember, it's not a contest. It's a way of life. Makeover I need to sign a release indicating they are voluntarily participating. must also getsign-ogfrom their medical the ,: i!~!ii~iii:!il ii !;: :i: : ili iii i! ;/; i!il BUDA BITS "GOLD, heck yes we won GOLD," so says Coach Scott Cary. The Marbridge Long- horns are the Special Olym- pics, Central Texas Basketball Regional Champions, Division 4, and the highest division. According to Judge Cary, "they beat a very good Austin Parks and Rec team" for the Gold Medal in a two-day, four-game tournaments at Texas State in San Marcos. A program on landscaping with native plants and Master Gardener presentation on using native plants will be held Sat., March 9 in the library meeting room from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Special Teen Tech Week will startWed., March 13 at the Buda Library at 2 p.m. with the subject "20 million hits on Googie...ain't nobody got time for that: Research made fast & easy." Friday, March 15 from 5:30 until 6:15 p.m., the subject will be "Research made fast & easy- part 2" and from 6:30 until 7:15 p.m. "Impressing with Prezi." The final day on Sat., March 16 from 2 until 3:30 p.m., learn the art of bookbind- ing. Teens, please bring your laptop, if available and also please pre-register by calling the library at 295-5899 or email See BUDA BITS, pg. 3C ~: MT. CITY l: MONTAGE thhhhhhhhhhh- garit a. 's that time of year gain, when yellow blos- soms burst forth with honey fragrance. In late January, a few early blossoms appeared this year. The agarita fragrance mingles in our Mountain City air with the grape Kool-Aid flagrance produced by Mountain Laurel. Agatita and Mountain Laurel grew here before development. Once established, these ever- greens withstand drought with little or no watering. Through the years, I've suc- cessfully transplanted agarita from undeveloped land. None of the many Mountain Laurel we've brought in survived. ooo Congratulations to the Medlock girls (and others on the Buda Bandits cheer team). They are bringing home a 2nd Place trophy from ESPN Wide World of Sports competitiOn in Orlando. Destiny; Lily; and Hannah are also bringing home memories of family time at Epcot and Magic Kingdom. And, Happy March 5 Birthday to their dad, David. Mika Facebooked on Mon- day; "Thank you God for giving me the most wonderful and adventurous children.., oh & especially thank you for little girls who love love love roller coasters! Yee Ha~" See MONTAGE, pg. 2C +