Read this collection now to get enjoyable and funny gardening stories! [GreenPrints]( March 30, 2023 Ă [YOU DESERVE TO HAVE HOPE, ESPECIALLY IN THESE CRAZY TIMES!]( When you read this special GreenPrints Collection Gardening Humor: Funny stories to keep you smiling & laughing all day long, you get a good dose of humor that will lift your spirits, keep you smiling, and boost your physical and mental health. Start readingĂ˘ÂÂand laughingĂ˘ÂÂright now! Dear Gardener, When times get tough and the world around you seems sad and dreary, the best thing for your mental and your physical health is a good dose of hopeĂ˘ÂÂto lift your spirits, give you motivation, and carry you through the challenges. Turns out, studies show that regular laughter is good for your healthĂ˘ÂÂboth your physical and your mental health: [Autumn 2022 Issue]( - Laughing puts your body at ease. When you laugh, your body relaxes its muscles and releases stress.
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By Dave Bachmann I am 68 years old. You could say that IĂ˘ÂÂve been around. Yet not too long ago, I did something IĂ˘ÂÂve never done before. I raked the street. Mind you, I did not get up that morning, saying to myself, Ă˘ÂÂGosh, wouldnĂ˘ÂÂt it be fun to rake the street?Ă˘ÂÂ but after looking out my kitchen window at the conglomeration of leaves, branches, and assorted foliage from our last storm, I decided something had to be done. The primary culprit of the mess out front was a chinaberry tree which, as I soon learned from an internet search, should never be planted near a house, sidewalk, or drivewayĂ˘ÂÂprecisely where someone had decided to plant it when my house was built in 1921. Guess the internet wasnĂ˘ÂÂt around back then. Further research revealed that the chinaberry tree is of the mahogany family and is known as Ă˘ÂÂthe pride of India,Ă˘ÂÂ where, presumably, folks have learned not to plant it next to their homes. When mature, they can grow to 50 feet in height. Mine is easily 70 feet and probably more. They produce a drupe as opposed to a berry which, as the internet informed me, has something to do with having a boney endocarp. As I write this, it makes absolutely no sense to me, as I am clearly not a botanist and wouldnĂ˘ÂÂt know an endocarp from my elbow. I only know that the tree had littered the byways around my house with yellow, marble-sized seed pods, berries or drupes (take your pick) that were hard, so incredibly hard that they would, given enough of them, provide a very credible heat shield on space capsules. Undaunted, I donned my favorite pair of gardening jeans, the holey ones my wife has been trying to discard for the last two years, and assembled the accoutrements for addressing the tree-borne catastrophe out front: rake, garbage can, broom, work gloves. I was all set. [Neighbors raking street] It was a toss-up as to which tool to use for the street, but I quickly settled on the rake, rationalizing my choice as being the more manly way to address the unruly mess. I had worked but a few minutes when a gentleman passed by, carrying a large plastic bag of aluminum cans. I had seen him before but had never spoken to him, assuming he was one of the homeless people that frequented the alleys in our neighborhood, collecting cans, bottles, and such. Ă˘ÂÂYo, quite a mess youĂ˘ÂÂve got there,Ă˘ÂÂ he acknowledged, stating the obvious. Ă˘ÂÂIf youĂ˘ÂÂd like some help, I could grab my rake. I live just around the corner.Ă˘ÂÂ He told me his name was Dimitri. He had lived in the neighborhood most of his life and the money he collected from aluminum cans went to a no-kill animal shelter. And just like that, there were two of us raking the street. We made quick work of the street and moved on to the sidewalk and driveway. The chinaberry tree reclamation project was proceeding nicely. And then Dale, my 83-year-old neighbor from across the street, a guy I had spoken to only once or twice before, shuffled over, carefully circumnavigating the piles of sticks and leaves. Ă˘ÂÂMorning, gents. Quite a project you got going there. Could you use another hand?Ă˘ÂÂ Dimitri and I stopped, looked at one another, then looked at Dale. He was hunched over. Clearly fragile. And feeble. Ă˘ÂÂIĂ˘ÂÂm pretty handy with a broom,Ă˘ÂÂ he announced, smiling broadly. Ă˘ÂÂGlad to have you along for the ride, Dale,Ă˘ÂÂ I remarked cheerfully. And just like that, there were three of us. The morning spent, we worked into the afternoon. Like ancient ruins emerging from the shifting sands, the street, sidewalk, and driveway slowly reappeared. We laughed, joked, and ribbed each other. (Ă˘ÂÂSay, Dale, think you could shimmy your 83-year-old scrawny tush up the chinaberry tree and cut off that dead branch?Ă˘ÂÂ) We told stories about the neighborhood, some true, some fabrications. We bonded together as folks do when work is shared, bringing lightness and levity to the task at hand. I loved every minute of it. The completion of our enterprise came as a surprise. One moment we were laboring together, side by side and then suddenly, we werenĂ˘ÂÂt. Lopsided black, bulging garbage bags dotted the horizon of our efforts like Easter Island statues. We surveyed our handiwork, and I felt a kind of sadness that our time together had come to an end. There were high fives with promises to stay in touch and, perhaps, recapture some of the camaraderie we had just shared. But, of course, promises of that kind are often sentimental expressions of the moment. And in subsequent weeks, while I often saw Dimitri and Dale, our paths intersected only for the occasional smile or friendly wave. And then, a few months later Ă˘ÂÂŚ I felt it before I saw it. A drupe or berry (your choice) struck me on the noggin. A quick surveillance of the chinaberry tree confirmed my worst suspicions. With the next surge of California Santa Ana winds, the street, sidewalk, and driveway would be blanketed with chinaberry droppings. But then I fondly recalled what had happened the last time and knew that once I took a rake in hand, my neighbors, now my friends, Dimitri and Dale, would show up and offer their able assistance. We would face the onslaught together. And who knows? Maybe others would join us as well. As a breeze began to stir, I gazed upwards and smiled. Ă˘ÂÂOK, chinaberry tree,Ă˘ÂÂ I whispered. Ă˘ÂÂBring it on.Ă˘ÂÂ Ă˘ÂÂ [Bags of Yard Debris] Illustrations by Russell Thornton What a fun and heartwarming story! 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