March 2019


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

Rain, rain and more rain, I admit that I am getting a bit tired of so much moisture. I find it interesting that the reservoirs are already releasing water in anticipation of additional runoff. Do we need to create more water storage for the future? I have some bulbs that I would like to plant but the soil is just too wet to be worked. I am thinking that I should purchase more potting soil and put the bulbs in pots for now. 2019 will not be a drought year!

Like many of you I am sure, I still have some pruning to finish. I am berating myself for not sticking to the job when it was drier. Like many gardening jobs it seems like there is always more to be done. I have finally made peace with myself that rose bush that hasn't been pruned can just have a bit more pruned off as Spring goes into Summer.

One of the next important issues for Garden Club is the creation of a Nominating Committee consisting of three or more members to be announced at the March meeting. A chair is to be selected from among the committee members. A committee member will be reaching out to present officers to determine if they are continuing in their office for the next year. Even if you are not one of the committee members but you know of someone you believe would be a good candidate for a particular office do not hesitate to provide the committee with their name and why you believe they should be considered.

Lois Barber, Co-President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...Western Garden Nursery provided a lovely camellia for Plant of the Month for the Feb. meeting - won by Sharon Howard.

...Maudie Kuenning has moved. See the LAVGC Yearbook for her new contact information.

...Western Garden Nursery offers several classes, no fee, but please RSVP to or 925-462-1720.

  • Prepare for the Harvest: Saturday. March 2, 11:00 a.m. Kerri Kemp of Kellogg's Garden Products will talk on soil preparation and nourishment with a focus on organics.
  • Vegetables to plant: Sunday, March 10, 11:00 a.m. Western Garden Nursery's staff member Stephanie will discuss the variety of vegetables to plant as well as companion planting.
  • Bee Keeping Classes: Western Garden Nursery offers two Bee Keeping Classes
    Sunday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ed Zawada from Gerard's Honey Bees will host an introduction to beekeeping.

...Member Alert: please contact Molly Fischer if you have changes to your contact information.

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March the garden

...between rain, wind, and cold I have not been out in my garden much in the last month but the plants have carried on without me - snowdrops and hyacinth are up and some daffodils and narcissus are blooming. The weeds haven't waited for me to appear either so I need to get after them before they bloom and go to seed.

...warmer weather will surely be here soon and then things will really burst forth. Enjoy it while its here and remember "Anybody can do Spring!"

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