|Green Thumbs elect VP, form committees|
|Friday, September 20, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
President Judy Jester thanked all members of the club for helping with the Allen County Fair.
Also on tap for the club is the Fall Region 2 District Meeting which will be held in Wapakoneta from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. The Regional Board has slated a Gourd Fair with judging for the meeting and will accept entries in these categories; Longest Gourd, Best Quality Pumpkin, Artistically Arranged Basket of Gourds, Best Wreath That Includes Gourds, Most Original Gourd Critter, Most Unusual Fresh Gourd Oddity and Best prepared Pumpkin Recipe sponsored by garden clubs located in Region 2.
The Green Thumbs will sponsor the Best Decorated Christmas Ornament. In conjunction with the judging the entries, there will be “Guess the Number of Pumpkin Seeds in a Jar” and “Pumpkin Seed Spitting” contest.
Jester spoke to the club about a memorial for Deb Grothouse, daughter of club member Carol Grothouse who passed away recently.
“Perhaps we can select a book and donate it to the library in her name,” Jester suggested.
Louanna Hanshumaker explained to the group that the library gives people and organizations who want to donate books in memory of a loved one select choices.
Members of the club agreed to contact the library for specifics and then speak with Grothouse about the appropriate donation.
During roll call, Karen Hartman ask members what maintenance they perform in the fall to ready their gardens for winter. Many of the members said cleaning up debris like dead foliage, sticks, weeds and leaves was a main goal, where others thought dead-heading flowers, cutting back perennials, late-season fertilization and mulching were important tasks to be completed. Fall clean-ups encompass all of these garden chores.
Jester discussed the club’s next meeting and announced that the presentation for October’s meeting will be making Christmas ornaments, specifically for the Canal Commission Christmas Tree the Green Thumbs display during the annual show. Members brainstormed a theme for this year’s Christmas tree display and wanted to integrate dried flowers from their gardens into the overall design. Hartman suggested the miniature clay pots and watering cans she found at the Thrift Shop. After showing the decorative items to members of the group, everyone thought they would fit perfectly into the theme. They also decided to use a spray on crystal glitter on the dried flowers they will use on the display.
The presentation during the meeting was run by Hartman who showed the club how to force bulbs by potting them up now, storing them in a cold dark location over the winter and then moving them into a progressively warmer and lighter area of the house through late winter into early spring.
“Use a variety of bulbs that have different depth requirements if doing a layered planting or one type of bulb for a one layer planting,” Hartman said.
Depending on the depth of the pot used, the layering may be done in two- or three-inch-deep soil increments. Bulb selections include, but are not limited to: Daffodils, Early Snow Glories, Tulips and Crocus.
“The first step is to use Styrofoam peanuts or glass marbles in the bottom of a pot for drainage,” Hartman said. “Then add a layer of potting soil and use three or four bulbs that require deeper planting.”
The initial layer of bulbs might need to be planted six to eight inches deep. The balance of the planting entails adding another layer of soil, three or four bulbs at four or five inches deep and then repeat with four to five bulbs one to three inches deep. After planting, mist to moisten the soil and put the pot into the refrigerator, basement or garage and forget about them.
“On New Years Day I moved them into the spare bedroom [unheated] where there was just enough light with the blinds shut,” Hartman explained. “On Groundhog Day, I opened the blinds to give them more light. I had Crocus at Easter time.”
After the demonstration by Hartman, club members got busy potting up their bulbs in pots they brought into the meeting.
The balance of the meeting was a discussion of approval of Minutes from August’s meeting and the Treasurer’s Report.
The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on October 21 in the Library Annex.
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