By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – Though we’ll have chilly temperatures for a while longer, it’s time to begin to make some plans for the warm months. For some folks those plans will include gardening, and beginning preparations are just around the corner.
Millsap’s Waldens Farm and Ranch Supply will have seed potatoes and onion sets arriving mid-January, and the Parker County Master Gardners Association recommends getting the garden areas and beds ready now.
Onions, potatoes, and a few other vegetables can be planted six weeks or earlier before the last killing freeze. According to Old Farmer’s Almanac the last killing frost will be after March 20, and it says that the first crop planted can be peas on Jan. 15. Imagine, that’s in less than two weeks.
This is also an excellent time to transplant mature trees and shrubs, plus it’s planting time for fruit and pecan trees, grapes and berries. Gardeners can contact Parker County Extension Agent Jon Green at 817-598-6168 or Palo Pinto County Extension Agent Scotty Mauney at 940-659-1228 with any questions about gardening. Let’s get out and enjoy the sunny days by preparing to raise some delicious food.
Helping Hands Food Pantry will be busy as ever during 2014 providing the essential necessity of food to those in need. This need is across the nation as at the end of every day 7 million children go to bed hungry. As Millsap is a rural area, it is important that we know that in the U.S. 15.5 percent of rural households are food insecure, equaling 3.1 million households. In rural areas, there are 8.5 million Americans living below the poverty level. These homes include hard workers, children and senior citizens where there is not always enough food.
This is a problem that is a continual battle everywhere, but here’s what we can do locally to help: Take non-perishable foods to the sponsoring Millsap First Baptist Church on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Also, please remember there is a need for laundry detergent, toilet tissue and personal hygiene items. If everyone pitches in we can fill the need, so please help.
Sad news has reached the community of the passing of Millsap resident T.M. Sharp at the age of 84. Mr. Sharp passed away in Fort Worth with his wife, Rose Irene Sharp, preceding him in death. As his livelihood, he had been an air compression operator in the oilfield. Mr. Sharp was an avid softball and baseball fan. Condolences to sons Tim Sharp, Jerry Sharp and Bart Sharp, and daughter Sylvia Cross, and other family members.