Friday, May 10, 2019

Rain gardens with Cynthia Rabinowitz

Cynthia Rabinowitz, Executive Director of the Northwest Conservation District, offered a program on the multiple benefits of a Rain Garden and techniques required to create one in the home yard.
The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) is a local environmental non-profit 501c 3) organization serving 34 municipalities in northwestern Connecticut.  They support the sustainable use of resources and energy; promote ecosystem, watershed and open space planning; and offer advice on the benefits of Low Impact Development techniques.

Cynthia Rabinowitz
Where to place your rain garden

great website to use for rain gardens/gardening
Depth of garden is 6" to 8"

Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 Annual Gardening Gurus Trade and Swap

Dottie potted these wonderful begonias

This is the 9th annual Gardening Gurus plant and swap in conjuction with Newtown Horticulture Club and Trinity Productions.   It is so much fun to  attend and what you can learn about plants and gardening as we expand and recreate our gardens.. We were under the pavilion at Dickenson Park, Newtown so weather is never a problem.

We are all excited to see our new items thrive. See you Spring 2020 at this wonderful swap! 

If anyone would like white pine trees let Cindy know

Mike say's turtles will love this ground cover need they name of it again

Anise hyssop and ferns, plus more

Wonderful gardening books

Holly Hock seeds

Grasses, hydranga even Russian Sage

Friday, April 12, 2019

Fast and easy seed sowing with Kris Atwood

Long time club member Kris Atwood has been studying seed propagation and  shared her knowledge and discussed tips and techniques she learned from a professional Seed Sowing Workshop.  Kris also provided demos, now let's hope  growing our own plants from seeds  is now a breeze.

items to use

diagram of how seeds go into pot

mixing the potting mix

tamping down the material

where Kris orders some of her items, she made her own tamper with styrofoam

heat mats

love this garden shoes

love the  design  used on these plates

Friday, October 12, 2018

Annual meeting Oct. 2018 and pot luck supper - bonus pumpkin decorating

Details of annual meeting:
Election of officers: President: Tammara McMahon-Schriefer will stay for another year, Joan Cominski as Secretary, Cindy Miller as our blogger n website Editor

Everyone brought delicious food and the festive pumpkin craft was fun & easy to make.

Proposal for club donation to Aspetuck is for $50.00 for 2 blueberry plants. Can't wait to prune and pick again next year. All in favor was passed.

Suggested date and location of Holiday party, is Friday Dec 7th, 2018. Two suggestions were made. 1) by Tammara we rent out Alexandria room and cater. 2) by Joann have it at Sal & Pepes again.
We need your votes ASAP!! Please email Tammara which you prefer.
An early winter invite for the annual "A Night of Song" sponsored by Trinity Productions caroling on the green in front of Sabrina's, 4 Washington Ave., Sandy Hook 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm join in sheet music provided.

Flyer for active new members will be coming soon. Please bring a friend or neighbor to come to our next meeting.

Enjoy the Fall season!  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pick and Picnic at the Victory Garden

Our Annual Pick and Picnic was held ,  Friday, July 20 that the Victory Garden, Fairfield Hills.   We spent time in the garden and spend some time weeding and watering our rows and harvested wonderful veggies.  Than on to a potluck supper so many delicious treats!  A few of us hung out till 10:00 pm watching the stars.  What a wonderful night ! Can't wait to go back.

even a visit from Missy

John brought his angel trumpet for all to see

Victory garden potatoe harvest July 2018

Karen Brown and I dug our first harvest if Red and White potatoes this morning from our rows at the Victory garden. 

They are beautiful!! About 20-25 lbs. 

We buried the plants most of the way and there will be another harvest late August. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hydroponic and Vertical Gardening

Daniel Hackworth recently earned a degree in Horticulture Production
and talked about his experience working at Metrocrops, an indoor hydroponic
micro-greens company in the heart of Bridgeport.

This had Dan come up with ideas and a prototype design of a hydroponic system
for anyone to grow hydroponic to easily grow microgreens at home. You don't need land,
space, weeding and this gives you year round gardening. Dan plans on having this product available this year. If you are interested in
learning more about this or would like to order please get in touch with Dan.

Dan provided for this months raffle a bag of microgreens. Tamarra had green beans both items
were raffled of. What a interesting talk.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Blueberry picking at Aspetuck, Easton, CT + tour by Tom Johnson

What a spectacular way to begin a Sat. morning.  This 1,000 acre preserve is beautiful and the blueberries are a bonus.  There is a view where you can see all the way to Long Island Sound. Can't wait to go back to see the hawks in the fall.
 PS   Even though it was early in the season we were able to harvest so who is making blueberry pie with all those delicious blueberries?

Walk and eat blueberries to stay in shape

Let the picking begin

View of private farm that borders preserve

Hiking down to the blueberry patch

In the distance is the Long Island Sound

Can you guess what animal made this? Hoot, hoot.....

Can you guess what made these prints?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Moss Workshop and Demonstration

Moss Workshop and Demonstration by Theresa Hackworth and her
son Dan Hackworth had us all get inspired as we learned about the
many types of moss and what you can create.

They decorated a fish tank stand (see above) into a work of garden art which
even included a volcano. A slide presentation was given showing her many
moss garden projects.

Theresa displays her work in her garden, offers workshops and sells her
one of a kind designs. She is also able to come to your property
and make a very personal design for you.

Tamarra won a raffle prize and a bonus of having Theresa
make a designer moss garden pot.

What a great night.

Fish tank stand being turned into garden scuplture

A tray of muffins anyone?

Tam brought this piece of pottery now look at it

Dan is a great helper as well as having a great mind for design.

The lucky raffle winner

As always great food