Welcome to our newest member Richard. In addition to being one of the few men we have in the group, he also comes with a lot of knowledge about growing green things. (He owns a lawn and landscaping business) We Hope to tap his knowledge extensively this year.
We were also serenaded by a gospel/bluegrass group who showed up a day earlier than planned. This crazy weather had them concerned that Saturday could another slick one, so on they came.
In addition to some house plants and a few herbs, Barbara also shared seeds from three different Rose O Sharon that she has in her yard. While many of us are in a mud-bath, her raided gardens are sitting pretty.
We decided to look for guest speakers over the next year to mix new information and expose us to new ideas. The first one will be soil testing, soil types and preparation including fertilizing, and amendments. Maybe we can get an Extension agent to stop by or if someone wants to volunteer all or part of the presentation, let us know.
Other topics will be insect and pest control, attracting birds & butterflies, composting, growing African Violets, hypertufa recipes and creations, straw bale gardens, small fruits, the best ornamentals for our area (annual & perennial) canning & cooking, creating & maintaining terrariums and garden tools.
Anyone with thoughts or additions, please let us hear them. Even better. Come to our next meeting at Parkway Cafeteria (previously Richard's) on Friday the 19th. By the way, my wife gave her thumbs up on the frog legs. She is like a moth to the flame when they are on the menu.