10.27.2014

Meeting Notes
Hello fellow bloomers
We had a great turnout for our trip to the Isles of Shoals on August 8th.There were 29 bloomers and friends who attended. Mark Wiley from the UNH Docent Marine Lab was our guide with about 6 other docent volunteers. We had excellent weather, which made it even more enjoyable. On the trip out we were shown specimans from the ocean and did a collection of "sea life" in the water. We were transported to Appledore by the "Gulf Challenger". We split up onto two groups and went to tour the Island, the Shoals Marine Lab and Celia Thaxters garden. We stopped for lunch and then switched  so we all got to see everything. When we departed the Island we went around the back of the Shoal's to observe the seals with rest on Duck Island. We then proceeded to head around White Island which has the lighthouse that Celia Thaxter grew up on with her family. It was time to head back but we spotted the whale watchers boat between the Shoals and the Plum Island area, and as we approached there was a Minke Whale being followed. We got back to New Castle a little later than planned, but everyone was excited for the extra sighting of the whale.
Have received many  positive comments about the trip. The Bloomers garden club did a donation of $50 to the UNH Marine Docents program.

Sept 17th      8 members in attendance
Adam Pearson presented a proposal for UNH Art students to construct a sculpture for our town garden in the spring. They have toured the garden and two other sights and will begin the sculptures. It was decided to place a cement slab at the sight to secure next years and future sculptures. $100 was given to Adam to pour the cement foundation. We will be doing a donation to the Art Dept in the spring. Adam will also be coming back as a speaker about Garden Sculptures. Thank you Adam for all you've done for us.

October 15th    12 in attendance
"Dr Tomato" aka David O'Conner came to talk about "Hydroponics Gardening"
basics; non living medium vs living medium
retain water aeration/ pros bigger yield/ shorter time/ target feeding
talked about container gardening with constant delivery of food. He said not to use garden soil as it turns to brick, compacting with no aeration/fluff. Feeding with hydroponics solution such as Floranova gives a more constant feed than say an every two weeks with a Miracle grow too up and down for plant root growth. most criticle is the PH level which should be 6.5 in a ground garden, 6 in a pro-mix container, and 5.5 in water
Recommended reading " Gardening Indoors with Soil & Hydroponics"
As always we ran out of time with many questions for "Dr Tomato". Guess we'll just have to have him back again soon!!

Oct 18th      7 members in attendance
We cleaned up the dead flowers and raked leaves at the town Garden , then went to the Library to help clean-up there. Big thank you to Kim and Jeff for bringing their truck to put all the debris from the gardens, and thanks to all for helping to maintain the garden. Our next meeting will be at Coleens for wreath making. Come join the fun. let Coleen or JoAnn know if you plan to attend as she will get supplies accordingly. I will be sending out a thank you to Fred Knight for mowing the area around the town garden which helps to make it look great.
coming soon:
December  Xmas Gathering
January  Clay Pots with mosaics or decorated wooden birdhouses (ornamental Only). Ruth Caron from Pottery Paddock will be giving classes for $25 more info to follow
If you have any suggestions or ideas for future field trips or speakers for our meeting let us know, always looking for new things to do or see.
Happy Fall to all
Cindi

6.13.2014

Hi Bloomers
Can you believe it's already mid June?  After the long winter we had I'm glad it's finally warming up.
April 16th            14 members in attendance
Sandy O'Neil did a power point presentation on Perennial Garden Design . We learned about site selection, bed preparation, how to select the right plants, garden style and maintenance. Sandy handed out a print out of books to look into, and websites for garden planning. It also included a list of perennials, annuals and shrubs that attract native pollinators.  Very informative meeting. Thank you Sandy
April 26th was our spring cleanup at the town garden at the intersection of Rte9 and Rte125. Did a great job, it looks wonderful. thanks to all that attended. the garden maintenance schedule has been posted
May 10               8 members in attendance
We had a perennial swap at JoAnn Pearson's. We had a nice mix to select from. Coleen brought a mixture to make Moss covered pots. Everyone that brought a porous pot painted the mixture and wrapped the pots in plastic to grow for a week to 10 days. Thank you to Joann and Coleen for doing this. Beautiful tour of JoAnn's gardens after the class.
We did not receive any nominations for a sculpture this year so last year's winner's sculpture will remain in the garden for this summer. talk to your creative friends and family to get something to enter for next years sculpture contest . If they win the selection they could get $200 and have their art displayed for the season in the town garden.
June 2nd
Met at Coleens to make Hypertufa's pots. Had 8 people mixing up the solution and creating hypertufa pots into various containers. Lots of fun and get a great natural looking pot for plants. Thanks Coleen for having us!
June 7th
Set up a table at the Friends of the Library plant sale at the Rec center. Was a very busy day and a very successful day. Thanks to JoAnn, Lynn, Coleen, Heather, Maureen & Cindi for setting up, clean up and selling raffle tickets. We had 3 items up for raffle. 1st pick was a beautiful hanging floral plant/stand donated from WentworthGreenhouse, 2nd was a natural wreath of Impatients made by Coleen, and 3rd was a Garden theme basket of goodies. The winners were #1Laura Palmer, #2 Mary Michalchuk, and 3rd was Fran Ditursi. The garden club made $113 from the sale of raffle tickets.
Our next meeting will be a class for making Twig Arbors with Kathleen Kimball, date and place to be determined.
Our trip to the Isles of Shoals August 8th has only 9 spaces left.  only have 14 that paid and sent their waiver, so as it gets closer to July It is those that have paid that will be confirmed, so if you want to be sure to get in on it send your check to Cindi Harrington along with the signed waiver.
Happy Gardening Everyone
Cindi

4.08.2014

meeting notes

Happy Spring Bloomers               Meeting Notes
January,15,2014
8 members attended                                

                                                    Demo for growing sprouts
led by kik
Kik brought in an assortment of seeds such as Fernugreek (her personal favorite)
                                                                      Alfalpha
                                                                      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!!!
Cindi