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June 30, 2009

June 29 Meeting Photos

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Great Green Gardeners 4-H JMG

Submitted by Cindy Terwilliger

We started with our cheer and Jared recited the 4-H pledge. Nancy asked each to share what they've done in the garden, what they've added to their journal, and to tell about a plant they researched online.

Maggie encouraged us to use ning.com and the Crow Wing county Extension website to keep us informed about club happenings and share what you've done in your gardens at home. You might see photos of yourself, too! Other Minnesota JMG clubs use ning.com and it's fun to see what they're doing. Having each of our Great Green Gardeners as a member of ning.com is one of our pilot project goals.

Home activity for July 6th is the same as last week. Using the internet, research a plant and bring information found to the next meeting to share with the group.

The JMGs were interested in seeing results of the soil that was left in jars of water at our last meeting. The layers of sand, silt, clay and organic matter were visible and Debbie explained each.

Next, Debbie lead a game that taught how we are interwoven with our environment and plants and animals.

Thanks to Nancy for providing our snack that we enjoyed while Debbie read an excerpt from the book "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky." She'll read more from this book another time.

Cindy showed the JMG Handbook that is available to our members for a $15.00 deposit. Handbooks will be available at the July 6th meeting.

Off to the garden! Donated annuals, ornamental vegetables, and flowers the members brought were planted. Thanks to Pauline, Maggie and others who guided the kids in planting. We were amazed at how well the pumpkins transplanted only two weeks ago are doing and he gourd seeds are up!

Debbie explained the newspaper and leaf mulch put down around the pumpkins to help conserve moisture and prevent weeds.

Sydney and her family will provide care (watering and weeding) from July 5 - 11. Water schedule is "as needed" ....not just once a week. We NEED a family to water the week of June 29 - July 4. Please contact Cindy.

On July 6th 6:00 at the arboretum, members from the Black Bear 4-H Club will be showing exhibit ideas, holding a judging practice, and helping with fair registration process.

June 18, 2009

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Great Green Gardeners JMG 4-H Club Update - June 15

Submitted by Cindy Terwilliger

Our meeting began with gardeners sharing journal entries. Most had done some gardening in the last two weeks. Next, we shared what was learned from the compost activity on jmgkids.us.

4-H leader Cindy explained the 4-H Premium Book and registration process. At the July 6th meeting youth leaders from the Black Bear 4-H club will show examples of exhibits and answer questions about registering for the Crow Wing County Fair.

Cindy and Debbie assisted members in looking through soil samples to see what was found. Sand, leaves, sticks, a worm and spider were found along with clay, silt and sand. Members put a cup of soil in a jar, added water and covered tightly. Then it was "Shake, Rattle and Roll" to mix well. We will discover what happened in the jars at the June 29th meeting.

Master Gardener Debbie explained soil tests and lead us in an activity to learn about water. We learned there is very little potable (drinkable) water on earth. A work sheet helped us figure out that only 1 % of the earth's water is available to use as freshwater. We used math skills to calculate how many pounds of water is found in our bodies.

The snacks provided by the Hinrich family gave us the energy needed to get to the garden and put in pumpkin plants and gourd seeds! The sand challenged us in successful gardening had been moved and soil brought in. We will need compost and mulch! Each pumpkin hill got a sprinkle of fertilizer and water.

The Wenstrand and Fisher families will handle watering for the next two weeks.
Wenstrand June 16-June 20; Fisher June 21 - June 27.

Here are upcoming dates of meetings-all starting at 6:00. Please mark on your calendars. Dates for field trips and other outings might be added later.
June 29th July 6th July 20th August 3rd August 17th

June 11, 2009

Great Green Gardeners June 15th meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Cindy Terwilliger

  • Compost , soil and water will be the focus of our June 15th meeting (6:00). Be sure you’ve checked out the compost activity online at jmgkids.us. You’ll get to share what you’ve learned as Nancy asks questions about composting.
  • We’ll divide into groups to learn more about soil. Cindy will lead this “hands-on” activity done to discover types of things soil is made of.
  • Next, Debbie will explain the importance of water to plants and all living things. Be ready to do some math to figure out how much water is in your body!!
  • After break time with snacks provided by the Hinrich family, we’ll head to the garden. We might have plants to put in! While at the garden you’ll learn about rain gauges and how to make one at home.
  • This will be journal check-up night. Please bring your updated journals. You might journal about the JMG compost activity.
  • The Weekly Weed and Water sign up sheet will be updated. If you’ve found a garden quote to add to it please send it to Cindy. Debbie will announce our next meeting date and home activity.
    Gardening tools, gloves, updated journals and cameras so you get photos of all the fun you have in the GGG’s club!! Bug spray might be a good idea, too!

    June 3, 2009

    JUNE 1st Great Green Gardeners Meeting

    Next meeting is June 15th at the Northland Arboretum, 6 p.m.

    Submitted by Cindy Terwilliger

    A great night for the Great Green Gardeners….we started planting!! Our meeting began with Nancy leading us in our cheer "Great Green Gardeners, Great Green Gardeners ….GO GREEN!!”"

    Guest speaker Mike Borochoff, from Landsburg Landscape and Nursery, explained his job.

    Nancy reminded all to check out the websites and do online activities Debbie suggests. Many of our group have joined the ning.com site. All were reminded to continue journaling and blogging about their garden experiences. Online activity on jmgkids.us is the Compost Activity. Share results in your journal.

    4-H Leader Pauline Tischman was introduced. She loves to garden.

    Before going to the garden we divided into four groups. While we had a snack (watermelon!!! YUM), parents assisted groups in selecting names for each and types of seeds each group would like to plant.

    How exciting to finally get in the garden! Our plot originally had another purpose and sand had been spread on top of the soil. Great Green Gardeners used buckets to move sand and haul in black dirt. Mike Borochoff volunteered to bring donated compost to keep on hand to amend our soil.

    Debbie talked about garden safety. Cindy showed hollyhock seeds collected last fall. Debbie explained planting depth then club members planted hollyhock and sunflower seeds along the garden wall. Marigold seeds saved from Debbie’s garden were planted along the side. A chive plant was donated and put in place.

    A Weekly Weed and Water Schedule was set up.
    Kaytlin and Kirsten have June 2nd-6th.
    Jillian has the week of June 7th - 13.

    Anyone may send Cindy a garden quote to be added on the next schedule form.

    June 1st Great Green Gardeners Meeting