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.