September 2015


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

While you have been traveling and enjoying your gardens, your Board has been meeting with our new Treasurer Norma and our Board Members. We had to meet three times in order to get a budget ready for approval at the September meeting. Digging in this valley's dirt breeds creative, strong and passionate gardeners - therefore the discussion got quite lively about using our reserves. In the end everyone sacrificed for the common good and we have a good budget for you to approve. New accounting methods show a very different one than what you are used to. We are at a deficit and in the interest of transparency now show a deficit. Not to worry - this has precedent, there is money in reserve, but we have become a lot more aware of financial realities than before. For those who are interested please read my explanation in "Budget 101" in the September newsletter. See the budget in the September newsletter, also. We will be voting on the budget at our September meeting on the 10th.

On a lighter note - Summer is closing and the harvest has begun. There are huge bunches of oregano, basil and tarragon drying in my kitchen. Not enough tomatoes to can this year - just not enough water among other problems - Hope yours did better than mine. Got a bumper crop of butternut squash and haven't seen even one squash bug. They got everything I planted last year but this year should be better. Some good news along with the challenges.

Tia Kay

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September the garden in Colorado all summer I have not had to deal with drought conditions - at all! - but here is some advice from publications that do come from Calif. and the Bay Area that gives advice for dealing with dry gardens.

From Flora Grubb: Lessen your lawn area to about a king size bed's area for each member of family. Use water on food plants because they will require water wherever they are grown. Turn irrigations systems DOWN but not OFF because you don't want to lose all your plants and they are absorbing some carbon from the atmosphere.

From Amy Stewart: 1. Plant Drought Tolerant plants. 2. Wait and See what Dies. 3. Plant more of what didn't die. Plant new plants in the fall (like now!) and just give them long, deep waterings every couple weeks to establish deep root systems. (Might be good to wait until hot, hot weather tapers off before doing this,)

Saxon Holt has a website that gives lots of advice for dry gardens and pictures of mature dry garden plants at Dry Garden.

"I do motel gardening. Every day something checks out and something else checks in. I try to keep a few permanent residents too." Jim Scott, Lake Martin, Alabama