Fairfield Glade Garden Club members and guests are invited to attend the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 16 at Fairfield Glade Community Church, 521 Snead Drive.
It is an opportunity to meet new club officers, hear about planned 2019 programs and speakers, discover many ways the growing membership can help facilitate fundraising projects which make the club’s Scholarship Program possible, and hear about various club activities.
Members and guest are welcome to participate in an informal Q-and-A session for information pertaining to gardening topics related to the Cumberland Plateau. Many of the current members are Master Gardeners, who will share their recommendations and suggestions about gardening and living on the Plateau.
Got the gardening winter blues? Club Secretary Carol Sandberg will share several ways to overcome them, including house plants and garden-related art forms. Sign up to receive a copy the “Resources for Gardening on the Plateau” she compiled, which is especially helpful to those fairly new to the area.
Members and guests should arrive at the church large meeting room at 9 a.m. for pre-meeting refreshments and camaraderie. The short business meeting convenes at 9:30.
Contact Club President Merry McMahon at [email protected] or 931-237-5020 for more details.
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WALTERS, OK (TNN) – A gardening class to help people master the art of gardening started on Wednesday. It’s offered through the local OSU Extension Office at various locations across Comanche, Stephens, and Cotton Counties.
Some of the people in the class said they don’t have green thumbs while others are commercial gardeners. Floyd Carter started his second year of classes.
He said gardening has always been a passion for him, but it became more than a hobby last year after a severe battle with the flu.
“With the illness that I had from the virus, it destroyed the left side of my heart, and I needed very healthy food. So, I started growing my own,” he said.
Carter is now a commercial gardener with greenhouses. He said this is only his second year as a commercial gardener and he would like to see it continue to grow.
“Hopefully by 2020 I’ll be able to produce well for my neighborhood,” he said.
He goes to these classes to learn all he can from the experts that are brought in. Lynn Brandberger, a state horticulture specialist, talked to the class about Vegetable Gardening. One of the topics was warm-season veggie gardens and cool-season gardens. He said people should plan their cool season garden in August.
“The temperature goes from the 100’s down to the 90’s you’ll get about a 10 or so degree drop in temperature,” he said. “If you have your garden ready to go, that’s the time to plant…right then. And then we have the warm season. Usually, those are fruit-bearing things like tomatoes, okra, corn, snap beans, stuff like that.”
Kim Davis with the Cotton County OSU extension office said this two-year course gives the participants a wide variety of topics.
“This allows us to give the opportunity for someone who is interested to go from being a hobbyist to a master gardener,” she said. “So, they get to perfect their skills and learn.”
To be a master gardener, you have to attend all 12 classes over a two-year period. If you missed Wednesday’s class, you can still go through it. The course is $50 a person.
They meet again next Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Comanche county fairgrounds. Throughout the course, they’ll rotate locations.
For more information, call the Cotton County OSU Extension Office at 580-875-3136.
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Stockings are put away, cookie tins hold little more than crumbs, and the Christmas tree has literally been kicked to the curb. Once again, the holidays are past and we look ahead to the broad horizons of a new year. In this season of rest for gardening, now is the time to dream and to plan for a successful year of growing once again.
First, January is a great time of year to begin perusing seed catalogs and planning for what you want to grow in your garden or on your deck this spring and summer. Later this month, local garden centers will begin to stock up on garden seeds as well, and while it’s still too early to plant anything from seed — some of our worst winter weather the last few years has come in February — there’s no harm in beginning to pick out the seeds you’ll need.
Second, take some time this winter to familiarize yourself with some of the common insects and diseases you may have to deal with in the coming year. Powdery mildew, aphids, budworm, sooty black mold, scale, mealybugs, red thread, black spot — all of these and more are common issues I help customers with on a daily basis, and some that you may face in the coming year, especially given the mild conditions we’re experiencing in this El Niño winter.
While an expert at a garden center is more than happy to help you diagnose a problem (remember, please bring in any samples safely sealed up in a container or plastic bag), you may be able to prevent the problem in the first place by learning how the insect or disease becomes an issue and taking steps to prevent it in the first place with proper care. Winter’s short days offer plenty of opportunity for reading, so buy a book or peruse educational websites and get educated.
Third, if you grow fruit trees or bushes, late winter (typically late January to mid-February) is the best time to treat your plants with dormant spray to kill any insects or diseases that may have overwintered on your plants. For insects, I recommend spraying with an organic horticultural oil like Bonide All Seasons Oil, which will smother any insects or insect eggs present on the branches. To treat for diseases, use a copper or sulfur dust or spray to eradicate spores that may pose a problem this summer. As with anything, in growing successful, healthy plants, you’ll find that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Fourth, another way you can ensure success in the garden for the year ahead is to pull weeds as soon as you see them pop up. As long as the weather stays mild, many weeds will continue to grow, so take advantage of the moist, soft soil — after all the rain we’ve had recently, the weeds are practically floating! — and pull any weeds that may be growing, especially those you see starting to go to seed.
Finally, give yourself a chance to dream! The most rewarding part of gardening is seeing plans come to literal fruition, and it all starts with a dream. Get outside during a sunny break this month and walk around your yard, noting where you want to fill a hole in a flowerbed, carve out a new garden space or set some pots of flowers or herbs. Before long, the season for planting will be upon us, and with it all the joys of watching plants grow once again. Enjoy this month of dreaming and planning!
David Vos is manager of Vander Giessen Nursery Inc. of Lynden.
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