December 2013

News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher and Ann Rivenes, Publishers

Co-President's Letter

As the end of the year approaches, with the weather getting colder I find the outdoors seems quieter and quite peaceful. From finishing up fall's planting that takes advantage of our relatively warm weather and rain (hopefully), to the beginning of our winter rose pruning, the next month is full of gardening activities. We will have to say good-by to our tomato and pepper plants that were planted so carefully months ago. We are so fortunate to be able to work in and enjoy our gardens, year round.

Thanks to Lori Martin, with help from Carrie and Bill McCormack, for organizing and conducting the November 21 New Members meeting.

Of course, everyone looks forward to the December 12 Club meeting that starts at 6:30 (not the usual 7PM) with our annual potluck. Bring a finger food dish to share, enjoy socializing with fellow gardeners, learn from our speaker about growing grapes in the home garden, and celebrate the Holiday Season.

Happy gardening, Tom Jefferson

December the garden I type this the rains have not yet arrived but the ground is definitely cooling and retains moisture longer. Before watering be sure that the soil is dry or nearly there. Soggy soils are not good for most plants and I have personally learned this year that they can attract grubs and such that attract raccoons that make a big mess of your garden. you look at your gift list this year don't forget memberships in local botanical and public gardens. The membership usually comes with some special perks like free garden passes, and invitations to special "members only" events plus early entry to plant sales. Some great ones in the area are Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek, the UC Botanical garden in Berkeley, the SF Botanical Garden (formerly Strybing), Markham Arboretum in Concord, Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto, and Filoli in Woodside.

....Magazine subscriptions are also an excellent gift that keeps on giving all year long. Some of my favorites are Pacific Horticulture, Horticulture, Gardens Illustrated, Organic Gardening (this magazine has changed quite a bit if you haven't seen it lately). The libraries have copies of most of these so you can see what they are like, get other ideas, and find the website or mailing address for subscriptions.

....Hope December winds up a wonderful year for everyone!

Livermore Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) serving the Tri-Valley: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, and San Ramon