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Next to the last garden meeting for this year on Friday the 5th. Some re-evaluation needed

Posted Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 7:54 PM

Better get here soon to get your garden ready for winter! We start around 6:00 p.m. at Celebration Assisted Living in Shelbyville.

Hold on folks. This post will be more about our garden club than gardening.

Any club or organization usually finds that they need to re-evaluate what they are doing and determine if it is the direction they want to go or do they want to make changes. I'm thinking some changes.

While I love our group, we seem to have become more a social gathering of friends and strayed off the reason for getting together in the first place, gardening. It probably happened for the reason I used to promote, that we have no officers and no basic structure, just friends talking about their gardens. Sounds nice, warm and fuzzy, but I don't think it is working.

I still see no need for a President, VP, Secretary, and especially no Treasurer since we do not have dues, but we do need someone who will help keep the subject for that meeting in focus for about 45 minutes of meeting. That could and probably should be a rotating position so no one gets 'burned out'.

If we have a subject, that means that we planned ahead, and found a volunteer to present that subject to the group. That is a little more structure than we have had in the past and it does not need to fall on one person so..... we need members to step up and take a subject or... we need to beat someone up. (Just kidding of course. I can't be serious too long).

We have knocked around many good subjects and these last two meetings we have to nail down at least the first half of our next year. In fact, there is no time like the present so I will volunteer to lead a discussion about preparing our gardens for the winter, so they are better than last year to start the season. I will do that in our last meeting November 19th.

Now that the rains have come back and the overbearing heat has gone away, I am ready to garden again, but Mother Nature won't cooperate too much so I guess I must give in. THIS YEAR! Next year we will have a program for late fall, winter and early spring gardening. I know (and have seen) a fellow reaping his crops during January in Maine, so we can SURELY do that well here! There would be several programs in this subject, but you get the idea.

I love the idea of a 'covered dish' meeting. We thought it would relieve the need to get something to eat before the meeting or let us hear your growling stomach at the meeting, but I think we need to re-evaluate that since some of us felt the pressure of not being able to prepare something and stayed away. I am probably going to catch heat on this last thought, but that is all it is folks, a thought, so let's discuss it tomorrow night.

Speaking of discussion, how about letting us read your thoughts here?

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I just planted some garlic. How long does it take to mature?

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 1:39 PM

You have chosen a good time. Depending on the variety, I would guess sometime in July or August. Watch for the neck to start yellowing or falling over. Of course, I grab some before then, but if you are going to store them, you want them mature.

Don't leave them in the ground too long after they fall over or they will start to divide for the next growing season. Still edible but not the same quality.

Are they in your special beds or....?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 2:29 PM

Mentioning garlic reminded me to divide mine and get them back in the ground. To do that I need to prepare the beds so I have something to do besides cutting wood.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 5:18 PM

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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.