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Garden Gleanings - Meeting report and next date

Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at 9:37 PM

I hesitated to make a posting on April 1st, since I do not intend to pull a April Fool's prank, but sometimes "ya gotta do what ya gotta do".

We had another great meeting last week sharing both ideas and plants. We generally drift in by 6:30, eat, chat in small groups until 7:00 when we open discussion as a single group.

We had four new faces this week. Three that came as referrals from other members and one that came by from reading the blogs. For a while he was a quiet mystery, but after enough gentle prodding we found out about some exotic plants he was experimenting with and promised to share as they came available. Sure hope he returns with a friend on April 11th when our next meeting is scheduled.

We talked more about composting, varying qualities of different manures and where to source some of these things. It may seem like a simple thing to some, but many of our city gardeners have a challenge finding a good source. Anyone got some 'stuff' they want to share?

Somehow, our report to the editor did not get published last time, so we are putting it all out here and maybe they will publish a printed version for those who do not have access to the internet. After all, half of our founding members came from the printed word, so we can not let that slide. ( hint, hint John?)

Next meeting will have new cuttings/plants to share and an open invitation for anyone who wants to bring digital pictures so we can show them and discuss your success and challenges. We will have a laptop, and projector there, so BRING THEM WITH YOU, or send them to me beforehand and I will get them set up.

If I can get enough time, I will put together a presentation on composting to discuss materials, ratios, moisture, temperatures, aeration, compost bins, compost tea, and more. If you have experience with compost piles, please come and share with us! If you don't have successes, come to hear tips that help.

You don't need to be an expert, don't need to get up in front of us, don't even have to talk if you don't want to, but we are curious folks and want to learn more. It is a laid back atmosphere, so please feel free to come and enjoy.

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.