Montgomery county Master Gardeners met on Monday, June 10th at the county 4-H grounds in the Jr. Leader’s building, commencing at 6:30 p.m.
Treasurer’s report was given by Paula Furr, including the results of our Plant Exhange. The event was a success with community participation and donations. This event always kick starts the planting season with the trading and gathering of plants needed in the garden…flowers, vegetables and herbs.
The May minutes had previously been sent to members for approval via email and no corrections or additions were made.
Anita Arnold (V.P) reported that the Nicholson Grade School garden project is doing very well and while the tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini were looking great, the vegetables at the west end of the garden were coming on much slower. Thought was given to a different garden layout for next season.
The Nicholson Summer Garden Club, with support from the Master Gardeners is meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for harvesting and garden maintenance. Watering the garden will be the biggest issue once our rains subside. Plans are in the works to have a watering system installed for the project’s success. Most of the garden harvest will be going to the Fish Food Pantry program here in Montgomery County.
Another project report was given on the progress at the Crawfordsville High School garden which is being refurbished with help from Master Gardeners Sue Smith and Pam Mahler. It was reported that the surrounding boards have been replaced on the raised beds and the 4x8 spaces are growing carrots, strawberries, peppers and herbs. This project is supported by The Grow Together nutrition education grant received.
At the Community Garden; south of town on St. Hwy 47 on the Smith property; the Food to Table program is flourishing with the arrival of several groups of children getting a hands on with the planting of potatoes and cucumbers and lessons on weeding. The Community Garden will be hosting groups throughout the season with sessions on Monday’s at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information about the Community Garden, contact: Susan Smith at (765) 225-8222.
The Montgomery County fair is scheduled for July 12-18th and the Master Gardeners will have a booth at the event with information, samples and printouts about herbs and their many uses.
Our club will be attending the Indiana State Fair (Aug 2nd- Aug 18th) and will have a “Plant Info to Go” booth in the Ag/Hort Bldg on Friday Aug 9th.
Members reported that garden pests are starting to arrive in the gardens and to pay close attention to any early damage to broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber plants.
Our next meeting is scheduled for July 8th at 6 p.m.