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Steve Mills

Garden club looking for presentation topics for upcoming meetings.

Posted Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 9:41 PM
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  • Oh, oh, I thought of some more! How about....nah, I won't bring it up, yet.

    Can anyone guess what one of my favorite topics would be?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 9:43 PM
  • What about plants that KEEP certain insects and animals away? My dad always planted geraniums around the dog pen to keep the flies away.

    -- Posted by MotherMayhem on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 11:25 AM
  • Companion planting? Great! Some may know I have a ....oops, I almost gave it away.

    Companions plants sometimes keep bugs away, sometimes attract beneficial insects, others add nutrients to the soil that their companions need, etc.

    Great topic!!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 1:22 PM
  • Companion planting sounds interesting.

    I also vote for identifying soil needs and amending.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 9:16 PM
  • Good, good. Keep it coming. We have a get together coming up a week from Saturday.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 10:11 PM
  • How about showing how to take a soil sample, where to take it (or send it), then we can go back to our own gardens, gather the sample, have it tested and then discuss the results in a following meeting?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 8:29 AM
  • By the way, your soil strategy will probably be different if you are doing a lawn, vegetable garden, fruit, ornamental, annual or perennial garden. If you are going to do a lot of testing, maybe it would be valuable to discuss how to do it yourself and what supplies you will need,

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 8:36 AM
  • Where are the meetings located? What about community gardens to introduce children to the atr and joy of gardens?

    -- Posted by KaiteJones on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 5:36 PM
  • oops art

    -- Posted by KaiteJones on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 5:51 PM
  • I was scrambling to look up the acronym atr. Thanks for saving me.

    Creating a child's garden is a great topic! Besides helping them understand that carrots do not grow at the grocery store, it can teach so much about nature, healthy foods and an appreciation of beauty all around them.

    There is so much potential here that it probably needs to be several meetings.

    We used to meet at local restaurants but when we got the invitation to meet at Celebration Assisted Living at 895 Union Street in Shelbyville, we found an excellent venue for presentations in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, like having it in someone's large living room.

    You don't have to be retired to be in the group though. In fact, we are not getting the residents involved as we had hoped but they seem to enjoy us being there anyway.

    They put no requirements on us and are extremely hospitable and cordial.

    I usually announce the meetings here and send a note to the T-G every other week so they include it in their calendar of events.

    Most arrive between 6:00 to 6:30 and we usually wind down by 8:00. Folks come and go as they need to so arriving late is no problem and if you have to leave early, no worries.

    Do it both on the same day might make for a short meeting, but.... if that is the way it has to be, we appreciate your visit anyway. One member was at last week's meeting probably less than 10 minutes, but he had plants he wanted to share and he was bushed fro a full day of work.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 8:43 PM
  • See Katie, it is getting contagious, fro should be from and I often leave the m off.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 8:49 PM
  • Steve,

    If we have some new members show up- I'll pot up some Pyrethrums and bring them to the meeting.

    Not only are they a great companion plant and perrenial, you can make 'bug dope' out of them--an all natural bug spray.

    The ones I MIGHT bring are the 'James Kelway' variety--red petals and yellow stamen. I haven't checked around, but I'm pretty sure they're hard to find.

    They'll be small, but should bloom this year with proper care.

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Jun 12, 2010, at 7:31 AM
  • That sounds pretty good espoontoon. Have you ever made any spray? If not, I have to read up on the method.

    How about it newbies? If you come, espoontoon will reserve the pyrethrums just for you. That's enough for me to turn in my membership card and start again. Oh, we don't have any cards. Oh well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 12, 2010, at 3:39 PM
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