Final garden chores

Well, our beautiful fall weather has come to an end here in Ottawa, so I am closing out my GARDENS4U season with some final garden chores:

  • cut back any perennials that get mushy or moldy (hostas, peonies, tall phlox)  Leave the rest for the birds, rabbits, squirrels etc.
  • mound clean soil (just plain, new soil,  no fertilizer) around the crowns of roses and any other less hardy plants.
  • mulch leaves and spread them around the plants in my gardens.  I will probably have to borrow some leaves from my neighbours or clients to do this as the trees in my yard are predominantly evergreens.
  • take any frost tender potted plants indoors (there are a few I overwinter)
  • put containers that are not cold hardy into the garage (those without drainage holes are especially susceptible to cracking) Store them on a shelf or other spot off the floor.
  • remove any cold sensitive decorations from the garden and store them (not on the floor) in the garage
  • pick any blooms still thriving; the frosty nights will kill them fast

 

 

 

That will probably end my garden posts for a while, I will have to look elsewhere for inspiration…

 

You know summer is over when…

You know the summer is over when your favourite french fry stop closes down for the season.  Ours is Fitz’s in Lanark, Ontario on the way to our cottage on Palmerston Lake…

 

Fitz’s has an extensive take-out menu, but our order is always the same; sweet potato fries for me, and regular fries for hubby…hot (greasy) and crispy. Yum!

 

 Today was Fitz’s last day of the season, a sign that summer is over and winter is on its way.

Increased taxes for small business owners

Our Canadian Liberal government wants to increase income taxes for small businesses.  As a small business owner of GARDENS4U I cringe at the significance this has for me.

 

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Like myself, many small business owners have risked starting a business based on a particular passion.  We have taken many years to build clientele and show a profit.  Tax breaks are few and far between making it possible to follow a dream and succeed, but rarely get rich.  Some years are good, others great, yet some not so good.  Proceeds from the good and great years must be used to subsidize the not so good years. You know the saying “save for a rainy day.”  Increased taxes mean less savings.

 

Most owners and employees of small businesses are dedicated and passionate individuals that do not get benefits, pensions or severance packages if the business goes under.  The absence of these “perks” creates a great risk for both the owner and the employees.  New taxes will squash the dream of entrepreneurs with a passion whether the business is already up and running or still in the planning stage.

Does the Liberal government really believe increasing the income tax levels of small business owners will significantly build their coffers?  The money gained will be a drop in the bucket compared to the massive national debt owed. They might want to look elsewhere for bigger fish and leave us little guys alone.

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Do you want to be part of something big?

Do you want to be part of something big?  Is anyone out there looking for a way to make some extra money on the side?

My friend is expanding her business and is looking for people who want something more.  People who want change and who want to make a difference. People who want to be a part of something BIG.

Let me know and I’ll connect you both

Laura B

Christine’s Younique Virtual Party

Younique is the first direct-sales company to market and sell high-quality makeup for every skin type through the use of social media.

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Christine is the wonderful woman who was my son’s Brazilian girlfriend’s (Stella Bella) host mom while she attended grades 11 and 12 as an exchange student here in Kanata (Ottawa).

Instead of the traditional in-home party, you can invite virtually anyone anywhere to attend (shop) at your party.   If you can share a link, you can host a party.  The concept is similar to in-home parties in that the more people purchase at your party, the more free stuff (products) you get.

To support Christine’s new venture, follow the link (before July 3) to attend her PARTY

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If you are looking for musical equipment like P.A. systems check out Musician’s Friend.  Whether you are an expert or just a beginner, Musician’s Friend carries pretty much everything the musically inclined person needs.

They are a well-designed, easy to use, online store offering your favorite brands of instruments, accessories, unbiased product reviews, free shipping and more. Their customer service, hot deals and open box specials are second to none.

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