May 8, 2011

May 7, 2011 Meeting

We installed our garden beds and made rain barrels at the CWC fairgrounds on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Thanks Trident Seafoods for the barrels, Simonson Lumber for the extra lumber and Dan's Sod and Moonlight Nursery for donating the delivery fee for our fresh black dirt supply.

A huge "Thank You!" goes out to the parents who pitched in to guide and assist our members as they put together the first phase of the 2011 gardens.

Members received Great Green Gardener caps - although we were short a few and will need to order more.

Our next meeting will be on May 21st at the Arb to install our gourd garden!

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March 16, 2011

March 15 Meeting

We had two guest helpers at our meeting. Thank you to Nancy Schroeder, 4-H volunteer and Shooting Sports/Wildlife Management PDC leader and organic farmer, who demonstrated color and design in the garden. Another thank you goes to Deb Hoffmann, Crow Wing County Master Gardener, who reviewed member garden layouts in preparation for installing our raised beds at the CWC fairgrounds next month.

We had two other activities, making seed pots out of newspaper and making seed tape out of water and flour glue on paper towels.

Next month, it's off to the fairgrounds!

We want to thank all the wonderful parents who are so helpful and learning side by side with our members!






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February 9, 2011

February 8, 2011 - Our first meeting of the season

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We had a wonderful meeting with 15 new members! We decided to rotate our officers each month. Seasoned gardener Ellie Thompson volunteered to be treasurer for the year and to mentor younger member volunteers on our newly formed finance committee. Ideas were shared about fundraising - including creating our own garden vegetable cookbook! For our activity we made glycerin soap with our guest demonstrator Christine Kennedy. Next month we will be planning our garden boxes, learn about essentials of growing plants from seeds and we will make some newspaper seed pots and seed tape.

Our guest demonstrator, Christine Kennedy of All Things Herbal, shows the gardeners how to make glycerin soap with dried herbs from our gardens.

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Pouring glycerin into molds - we added essential oils, herbs and food coloring.


Master Gardener Debbie showed members how to crush the herbs for their soap.

Ellie and David reviewed the club goals with everyone.


Our club members!

January 5, 2011

Visit our NEW blog!

Be sure to stop in at our blog site for the most up-to-date news from the Great Green Gardeners!

Our 2011 season will be starting up in February. Watch for blog updates!

June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010 - Our Gardens

Things are looking good - but we need to get out and weed. See you Tuesday night at our monthly meeting!


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May 12, 2010

Blogging Problems

For those of you who are trying to post a comment on the blog, apparently there are some coding issues with the template I've used. I will try to fix this in the near future. In the meantime, send me an email with your comments and I will post them for you.

See you Saturday! Maggie

May 6, 2010

Planting the Vegetable Garden - Extension article

May 3, 2010

Things to know for our Planting Day, May 15.

from U of M Extension Yard and Garden News, May 2010

Use drip irrigation or a soaker hose to water plants. This puts water in the soil, where roots can take it up, not on the leaves, where fungi and bacteria thrive. If using sprinkler irrigation, water early in the morning so leaves dry quickly in the sun. Avoid watering as the sun goes down. Wet leaves will remain wet for many hours in the night, providing excellent growing conditions for fungal and bacterial plant pathogens.
Water deeply and infrequently. This will encourage growth of deep plant roots and will allow soil to dry slightly between watering. Continuously wet soil favors the growth of some root rotting pathogens and can suffocate roots. Amend heavy soils with organic matter to improve soil drainage.
Mulch the soil with an organic mulch like wood chips or straw. This will keep moisture in the soil and reduce humidity in the plant canopy. Mulch also helps to reduce the spread of plant pathogens that splash from leaf debris in the soil onto the lower leaves of plants.
Space plants to allow good air movement through the garden. This will help leaves dry out quickly after rain and irrigation.

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Great Green Gardeners Built Raised Bed Frames

On May 1st, the GGGs met at the CWC fair grounds to build and fill their raised bed garden box frames. They will begin planting on May 15th.

It was a cold and wet and windy morning but our gardeners are real troopers. Everybody and their parents worked hard and played hard. It was a fun day! We decided to hold regular monthly meetings throughout the summer. We will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the 4-H building, weather permitting. If storms are brewing, we will meet at the Land Services Building. We will charter our club and elect officers.

A huge "thank you" goes out to all parents who supported us with tools and supplies and muscle! Many parents have offered to help with fund raising and club organization. What a fabulous group we have!

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April 27, 2010

Flowering Annuals for Containers

Hi everybody! For those of you who are wanting to plant flowers in your raised beds or containers, attached is a spreadsheet of information for you. PLANTS.xls

Some plants were requested and those are the first part of the spreadsheet. Following are recommendations for container annuals.

Please review the list - do some research and planning then let me or Debbie know - on Saturday if possible - your exact wish list for seeds and/or plants.


April 9, 2010

How to use your gardening experience at the County Fair!

Please review the attached handout. You will receive a copy of this at our meeting next week. HOW YOU MIGHT USE YOUR GARDENING EXPERIENCE IN AN EXHIBIT AT THE COUNTY FAIR.pdf

March 18, 2010

Preparation for our April meeting...

From the Garden Plan document you received at the last meeting, please be prepared to talk about the Plan and the Build for our April meeting.

Have your grid of 12 squares - each square representing 1 square foot for planning a 12 x 12 square foot garden -- planned for discussion. We will have Master Gardeners on hand to help us finalize our plans!

The actual size of our garden or gardens is up to us. We want to include at least one raised bed (size to be determined), one raised garden to accommodate wheelchair gardeners and other container gardens - style of your choice.

The group will decide what our final plans will be.

Please include a materials list and cost.

March 11, 2010

Preparing for our April meeting

Here is a link to "Mel's Mix" - how to build our soil for the raised bed gardens.

Stafford asked about using fertilizers in our raised bed gardens. What do you think about adding specific fertilizers for tomatoes, green bell peppers, squash and melons and other vegetables? Do you think that Mel's Mix will provide enough nutrients?

Here is a link from the Extension office on composting.

March 10, 2010

Our new 4-H gardening project club is born!

We had 11 youth and volunteers attend our very first meeting. It was decided to keep the name "Great Green Gardeners." Everyone is enthusiastic about putting our gardens together. We talked about square foot gardening and received a square foot grid to help us learn how to plan for planting.

We made our own newspaper pots and used then to plant tomato, green pepper, baby watermelon and bush bean seeds. We will document their growth in our notebooks.

Before our next meeting in April, we have plenty of tasks to complete so we are ready to finalize the plans for our square foot, raised bed and container gardens. Members will add to this blog along the way.


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Thanks to everybody for a great success!

October 22, 2009

Our Last Meeting Together

Our pilot project has concluded. For our last meeting we harvested the pumpkins we grew and painted them with funny faces. We delivered them with some Halloween treats to a Brainerd area senior center. We had a great time!

Plans are in the making to keep our 4-H Great Green Gardeners club going for 2010. Share your ideas with us on what you would like in a gardening project club. Thoughts on the table are:

Container gardening for fruits and vegetables
Native plants garden
Growing plants from saved seeds
Making our own compost
Learning new ways to extend the growing season in our cold, cold climate

Please let us know your ideas!

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