Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PCGG meeting summary from Lloyd

Summary of PCGG meeting, Saturday, August 27, 2011, 3 pm

We had a productive meeting this past Saturday. Here's a summary of what we discussed:

1 LATE SUMMER PLANTING - Still time for late summer planting, similar to spring: Alice and Brandy recommended: beans, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and spinach… Alice also mentioned adding eggshells to the plots to help add calcium and deter loss of soil. Susan is experimenting with community bed B by adding peat moss, vermiculite and compost as Alice had originally suggested. There are already new sprouts growing.

2 COMPOST PILE - Please cut all your contributions to the compost pile to 3 inches or so. When you pull your plants this fall, please cut them up before adding them to the compost. They will decompose much faster that way.

3 GARDEN PATHS - We want to improve the paths between plots. We're looking into alternatives. Suggestions and any volunteered materials are welcome. Alice said that, if we put straw down thick enough in the walkways, it will kill the weeds and we won't have to mow.

4 COMMUNICATIONS - We also are asking you what you prefer in the way of maintaining and improving communications among our garden group members: email, phone calls, blogs, Facebook, other… we are similarly looking to improve how we can communicate best to share in the maintenance of the community plots. Someone suggested signing up for particular weeks or "teams" taking responsibility for one particular community bed.

5 MASTER GARDNER CLASS - Brandy Stockton notified us of a Master Gardener class:

2011 Master Gardener Course

The training will begin with an orientation session on August 29. The class will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 P.M. for thirteen weeks at the Memorial Auditorium in Union except for the session on native plants September 19, which will be at the Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit. The cost is $175 and covers the meeting room, core manual, Grounds for Gardening and name tag. Call to register 636-583-5141.

http://extension.missouri.edu/franklin/documents/MGBrochure2011.pdf

Brandy has also begun a blog for our group: http://pacificcgg.blogspot.com/

Visit and contribute….

5 NEXT MEETING - Mid-October we will have another meeting, possibly in conjunction with an environmental film, at city hall. Our meeting focus will be on transitioning our gardens for winter. Alice suggested we pull out old plants, cover the bed with straw and then plastic for the winter.

6 CONTINUING NEXT YEAR: Will each of you please email me to let us know your intentions to continue with your plot(s) next year. If you want different plots or more or fewer plots, also let me know. Otherwise we'll just figure you want to stay with the plot(s) you had this year.

It's been a remarkably successful first year, though not without its hard weather and "interesting" side effects. But this is how we learn, and it's certainly been rewarding meeting and working with you all.

Please feel free to offer suggestions about the walkways, how to better manage the compost pile, etc.

Bobbie, Susan, and Lloyd

Lloyd Klinedinst - lloydk@klinedinst.com

http://www.klinedinst.com

10 Dover Lane - Villa Ridge, MO 63089-2001

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