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News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher


President's Letter

MAY, 2022
Greetings LAVGC Members

I hope all of you were able to enjoy a great spring break and with a little help from the couple of rainy days got a good start on your garden.  I planted some tomatoes, some garlic chives, and some new perennials.  I also started some succulents that I hope will be ready for the Garden Share.  We shall see.

Attached to the May newsletter (see page 5) you will find your membership application for 2022/2023.  We are only charging $5 to renew your membership this year to cover your membership in State, Regional, and National clubs along with club insurance.  It is VERY important to complete the form, sign it, and return it with your five dollars.  Your signature validates your insurance at all of our events.

    I am looking forward to our meeting in June, our first in person meeting for the club since the start of the pandemic and I hope to see you there.  Remember it will be a potluck and social and we will be honoring the many members who have helped us get through the past couple of years via Zoom.  If you have someone you think should be recognized, please send me a note, or give me a call.

          Happy Gardening Jeri Stark.

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Misc. Items of Interest

...Member Alert: Please contact Molly Fisher if you have changes to your contact information.

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May Meanderings.................in the garden

...the garden is getting into full swing.  Especially with the rains we have gotten in April.  Not exactly inundating, but certainly welcome.  If any more ‘storms’ are forecast, dig wells around shrubs, trees and roses to catch water to soak into roots.  You can fill these up several times if you hand water too.  Every drop is precious and we don’t want to waste a bit.  Another way to get water deeper into the ground is to sink empty pots into the ground near shrubs and trees.  If possible, take the bottom out of the pot or make sure it has generous holes in the bottom.  You can sink it all the way into the ground. Or if there are too many roots or the ground is too hard, just do it part way.   The pot is decorative while it sits there and you can fill it repeatedly and let it drain so the water is going down deep in the soil.

...the ground should be warming up enough to encourage planting vegetables.   For most plants it is not the air temperature that needs to warm up, but the soil.  Cold nights and mornings can keep the ground a bit cool to encourage plant growth and germination.

...be sure to deadhead roses and other flowering plants to encourage re-blooming.  Bulb foliage should technically still be left to absorb nutrients for next year’s bloom but most look so ratty by now,  cut them back to about 6 inches to the green parts.

...if you didn’t apply mulch or compost on your beds before, do it now.  This is another way to conserve the moisture that your plants get.

...if you had a shrub or big plant expire over the winter, think about replacing it with a garden ornament of some kind or a decorative pot.  One less thing to water until we come out of this extreme drought.

...Horticulturally, the month of May is opening night, Homecoming, and Graduation Day all rolled into one.-Tam Mossman

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