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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. http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/mels-mix/

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. http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG3296.html

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!