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Local orqanic farmer shares his wisdom _00,eaf 00state Dudley's Garden Tips Times Garden Columnist Past chairmen honored The Annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival - Straw- berry Day in the Park recognized. Past Chairman Rich- ard Stilley and Past Chairman John Vaughan. The board unveiled the two names added to the Henry Penn Fallen Chairmen Memorial which is located at the front of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Board Building (aka The Packing Shed) in Memorial Park. Pictured (left to right) Aron Stilley, Mae Stilley, 2013 Chairman Ronnie Rocquin, Noelle Vaughan, and Scott Vaughan. (Courtesy Photo) K of C presented Genesis Award Hidden behind apartments, businesses and the Early Learning Center of Ponchatoula off of Hwy 51, is the Father Vander Hayden Council of the Knights of Columbus of Ponchatoula. The Knights have been chosen as the recipients of the March -April 2013 Gen- esis Award by the Gardenettes due to the many blooming shrubs and trees that form the entrance to the building. When driving up to the Council's building, one notices the beau- ty of blooming pink azaleas, Bradford pear trees with their white flowers and loropetalum with it's pinkish-purple fringe flowers. The driveway is lined with red Knock-out roses, loripetalum, Eng- lish Hawthorne, crepe myrtles, and narcissus. Near the building's entrance there are roses and Indian iris and older pecan trees that will soon be budding showing us that Spring is really upon us. Members of the council not only maintain the gardens around the building, but, they also raise funds to support St. Joseph's Church and School, the Avenue of Flags in the local cemetery, Spe- cial Olympics, Options and TARC. Treat Yourself to a $25 SUBSCRIPTION Call 985/386-2877 24 Hours | Southern Peas Southern Peas served with corn bread is a must for the home gardener. The crowder pea, blackeye, cowpea, southern pea, purple hull, Mississippi silverqueen, pinkeye, knuckle hulls, are just a few varieties to plant. Crowder gets its name from the crowding of the peas in the pods. Originating from Africa, we know them as "Soul Food" and a very tasty one at that; grown on a bush or climbing vine. Later in the season in very hot weather they have a tendency to climb such things as corn stalks or poles and fence rows. Early in the year it is best to plant them in a row 16 inches apart and three to the hill. The bush will grow a couple feet tall and produce the peas above the bush on bloom shoots. I don't care to bend over much so this is my method: The peas collect nitrogen from the air and produce little pellets of nitrogen on the roots for an excellent cover crop for your garden, restoring many nutrients in the ground. Do not fertilize your ground a lot. I pre- fer to plant peas after my win- ter garden is over and use the leftover fertilizer in the ground from the winter garden. Peas do not require rich soil. They have a tendency to produce more plant growth than peas, a mistake made a lot by novice gardeners. After 62 to 80 days peas will start maturing. At this time A.G. FROM PAGE 4 tate to contact us. Yours very truly, JAMES D. "BUDDY" CALDWELL Attorney General By BENJAMIN A HUXEN II Assistant Attorney General you can harvest the fully ma- ture ones with the young ten- der ones and mix together for a truly Southern treat. Shell the mature and snap the tender young ones, cooking pods and all. Serve with or without rice. Shell and blanch for three minutes and store in freezer bags or process in quart mason jars for long-term storage. Also, let the pods dry on the bush for dry storage. Use the same as dried beans. Soak overnight and cook the next day, just like fresh out of the garden all winter.. You may live in an area where deer, turkey and quail are attracted to the foliage and insects in your patch. A scare- crow with freshly worn cloth- ing will keep the deer out and a couple owl decoys will keep the birds out. My buddy in Alaska has a remedy to keep the bears at bay. He lives around Eschsholtz Bay and orders a gallon of dried THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, MARCH 28, 2013, PAGE 5 peas from me every year. He cuts a large hole in the ice and broadcasts the peas around the edge. BEES FROM PAGE 4 as deadly as do the mosquitoes. Taylor was in bed with a sea- sonal malady when I called, so he couldn't come right over to greet the honeybees in their hive on the Magnolia tree. He called the next day to inquire if they were still there, and I as- sured him they were. It seems that during the swarming sea- son it is quite natural for the bees to set up shop quickly, and then disappeKr just as quickly. But a quick survey of their swarm here revealed they had taken up residence with no ap- parent intention of buzzing off. I expected the beekeeper to get out of his vehicle looking like a moonwalker, all suited up in protective gear, a smoke pot in his hand, screen cowling over his face. He had none of that, just street clothes and a special container for the hive, which he was able to snip' free of the tree by cutting the wee branch that provided its support. Taylor deftly placed the en- tire hive in his special bee box, When the Polar Bear bends over to take a pea, he kicks him in the ice hole. Enjoy. presenting a 24 ounce jar of wonderfully colored Ponchatou- la honey to his old friend the newspaper publisher as a sou- venir, and he was gone to give the downtown bees a new home on Lee's Landing Road. To celebrate, I read A.A. Milne's excellent bee story from Winnie The Pooh to the grand- children. Clipping off the hive (Times Photo) Britt Palmer Owner Cell: (985) 507-4815 Email: Website: We Lease, Rent, or Sell Carts We Carry New & Used Carts We Can Repair and Customize All Brands of Golf Carts Pool Cleaning Service is Available We Sell Above-ground Pools (Special Pricing) We Change Pool Liners We Carry Regal & Pro-Team Chemicals Pro-Team p(]s Chemicals Mention this ad for a Special @Polaris 5% Discount on all Pool Chemicals 7% Discount on Spas Your Dool, O,r reputatio,, 957 East Pine Street Ponchatoula, LA 985/386-5363 Owner Jeff Wiggins