meeting notes

Happy Spring Bloomers               Meeting Notes
8 members attended                                

                                                    Demo for growing sprouts
led by kik
Kik brought in an assortment of seeds such as Fernugreek (her personal favorite)
                                                                      Broccoli                           Source for seeds:
                                                                      Radish                                    Johnnys Seeds
                                                                      Mung Beans                               Whole Foods
                                                                      adzuky Beans
                                                                      Winter wheat grass
She also brought in jars/covers, screening, trays .Start by covering bottom of jar with seeds, soak seeds (called Imbibing) for six hours with cold water. Drain; pour water on/pour off once a day for about one week or until seeds sprout. leave upside down to drain. After sprouts can put into frig and enjoy! Recommended reading : "Seeds and Sprouts for Life" by Bernard Jensen- Nutritionist

Seeds such as Winter wheat grass grow in soil. Use a styrofoam meat tray, washed. fill with soil, cover with seeds very thick over soil, spray water over seeds, cover with plastic wrap for two days or till sprouts. Healthy eating.
Seed catalogs:  Pinetree Garden seeds & Accessories
                        Millican- Wholesale Trade
                        Horizon Herbs
Garden Tools:  Life Valley
Thanks Kik for sharing your expertise

Ruth Caron attended the meeting and handed out her business card for Pottery Paddock. A few of us have attended her classes and are having a wonderful time learning to make pottery by different methods. It's $25 a session and we have been grouping up about every two weeks to attend: next one will be this Sat the 12th of April from 1 to 3pm. Contact Ruth at 603-332-9209 or carons@metrocast.net.

March 19,2014
8 members attended                            Organic Gardening/Natural products

We had to cancel our February meeting because of bad weather, so rescheduled Janel Martin,Joan Jackson and Freya Bell to talk about Organic Gardening/ Natural products for our March meeting.Janel had a power point presentation of natural products and how they aid eco systems and soil. Need 5% organic matter in soil and a PH of 6.0 - 6.8. Should always have soil tested to see what type of soil and Ph level you are dealing with. amend to correct with as little disturbance as possible(use a colter hoe instead of a reg hoe), let the natural organisms do their thing. Learn about biodiversity and crop rotation and sustainable system. Recommended reading: Organic Gardening Book by Elliot Coleman.
thank you Janel, Joan and Freya!

4 J's Earthworks                                                                    Leapfrog Farms
Joan Jackson                                                                         Freya Bell
603-332-5201                                                                       Rochester NH
4 Old Wakefield Rd
Rochester, NH 03868

Upcoming Events

April 16th
      Coleen has set up for a presentation from Sandy O'Neil , Wentworth Greenhouse for Perennial Garden Design.Come prepared with your questions, Join us at the Barrington Library. We will also be voting for the sculpture for our garden.

May, date to be determined
     Spring garden cleanup/ we will be removing many plants that have spread, so come and get some for your own garden. More help the better, then we can go to Millo's for lunch after.
June/ TBD
July/ TBD

August 8th
Field trip to the Isles of Shoals with the UNH Marine Docents on Appledore Island to tour Celia Thaxters garden and other natural habitat of the island. Cost is $50/ bring a lunch. We will need 31 commitments for this cruise as this one will not go out to the public. I will be sending out waiver forms/commitment forms and the payment will be due before July 8th so I can get the full paymant to Dari Ward who has put this together for us. When I send out the separate forms I will add all the info for the trip.

Hope to see lots of faces April 16th for the Perennial Garden Design. Till then THINK SPRING!!!


October 16,2013
Winteresting Trees with Edward Roy from Urban Tree Service
Edward is certified arborist   and a member of the International Society of
 Arbor Culture
We had 8 members in attendance at the library. Ed had a slide show of trees that have winter interest because of their bark, fruit , flower or their form.
 Showed different types of bark from flakey, smooth, corky or multi-colored.
Trees with fruit or flower such as crab apples, mountain ash, Chinese witch hazel
For trees with interesting form such as Dawn Redwood, contoured Filbert, weeping hemlock or white oak
Had very interesting discussions from members with Edward, as he is very knowledgeable on the subject of trees, such as diseases and infections, cures for treating organically or chemically,and what to look for when looking at tree barks.
November 20th will be our next meeting at 6:30PM
We will be doing a Kissing Balls workshop with Cyndi Cowland in Rollinsford at Golden Meadows Day Lillie's Farm. We need a commitment by Nov 13th to confirm the number of members wishing to attend. Cost is $40 for one kissing ball. Cyndi will have everything we need, but bring your pruners and gloves. If you have a color preference other than the normal Xmas colors you can bring your own ribbons. 5 Yds each of 3" and 1 1/2".  There may be an option to make a swag if the kissing ball is not what you want. Call Joann (664-9557) to confirm your attendance for this fun workshop. Car pool from the library, leave at 6PM.
We had ten members in attendance for the fall garden clean-up. It went very well and we even had time to give the library for clean-up of their gardens. Had fun with the Halloween season with chocolate donuts with fangs for centers. Took a picture of bloomers wearing fangs in front of the garden. Spooky group!!
thank you to Jeff and Kim for the use of their truck for garden debris.
Thanks to all that showed up.
December meeting will be our annual Xmas Pot Luck/ Yankee swap
The date will be Dec 11th at Lynn's on Penny Lane. Bring a dish or dessert, and a purchased personal item for the Food Pantry in Barrington. For the yankee swap bring a wrapped $10 gift. Please let Lynn know if you will be attending so she can plan for the main course.
Hope to see more faces for our upcoming events! Happy Halloween


Barrington Bloomers September Meeting                 Sept 25. 2013

8 Members in attendance

JoAnn lead the meeting at the library, as Lynn was attending her daughters wedding in California. She asked us all to tell what each of us had success with or problems with in our own gardens this summer. Each time someone said something about their own garden it would set off a discussion from others with the same problem or success. It was very interesting what other gardeners did.

It was mentioned that the library will let us make announcements about our meetings on their board outside a week before we meet. Hope this helps to attract new members that may not know when or where we meet

We had election of officers
JoAnn- President
Lynn-   Vice President
Cindi-   Secretary

Thank you to Lynn for being president for the last two years. Great job!

Dues were collected, now only $10 yearly, from members in attendance. It was brought to our attention that with membership to the garden club you can get discounts from area garden centers, such as Elf's in Rochester gives 10% discount. Coleen will be printing up membership cards for paid members to use at various garden centers.

Coleen gave the treasurers report. It costs $50 a year for us to have a PO Box and it was decided we need to have one place for mail as officers change. We will have a second key made so two officers will be able to retrieve  mail as needed.

Coleen has started her Master Gardener course, good luck to you Coleen

Cindi will write a thank you card to Paula Blanchette at the Federal Savings Bank for the $200 donation for the Art Sculpture in the garden contest. The recipient for this year was Adam Pearson. Congratulations Adam. We will have a picture of Adam with his sculpture in the garden. Have had many compliments on both the garden and the sculpture.

JoAnn is checking into having Edward Roy from Urban Tree Service for our October meeting. He will do a presentation about Winter Interest Trees.
Heather is looking into O'Donnals Nursery for small trees/ shrubs care for Nov
Reminder about the Wolfboro  Garden Club invite to see Matthew Mead that Lynn had sent out earlier. It is for Tuesday, Nov 12th at St Katherine  Drexel Church in Alton
December is our Christmas Potluck, anyone interested in hosting?
January we will do our prep work for advertising for new sculpture for town garden
Any ideas for spring speakers or field trips bring to next meeting. We are looking into a possible
Celia Thaxter Garden tour at the Isles of Shoals for garden club members.

Very Important Date  OCTOBER 19th 9am to 12 noon Garden cleanup. ALL HANDS ON DECK! Really we need members to come help put the garden to bed for the winter. It really goes by quick with lots of help. Kim and Jeff will bring their truck to haul away debris. Bring your rakes, clippers, shovels and hoes for a morning of good "clean" fun! Hope to see a lot of bloomers!!! lunch at Millo's to follow