Please gather at 11:30 at Lake Louise and bring your own picnic. We have a table and covered area (the largest one closest to Merrimon Avenue from Townhall). We have the reservation until 1:30, which should be amply sufficient for our meal together and the business/voting meeting. It comes so quickly, but we are about to elect new officers for 2015 – 2016. Please contact our Co-Presidents, Diane and Janet, if you are interested in running for any of these fun positions! We will celebrate our wonderful year of sharing, gardening, learning, and laughter!
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Ralph Coffey, of the 1889 Whitegate Inn, showed us his orchid greenhouse and talk about his experiences growing these tropical beauties. He also gave us a tour of the inn gardens emphasizing plant form and placement.
If you are not seeing the photographs by Ronnie Watkins, click on the title. .
Our topic for this meeting was “How to Combine Natives into Your Perennial Garden,” a talk by Pat Sommers, who runs her own native nursery in Asheville, Natural Selections Nursery: Plants of the Southern Highlands. She addressed issues such as drought-tolerance and placing the right plant in the right place. Pat is quite passionate about this subject and extremely knowledgeable.
Grow your own the easy way! Raised-bed gardening offers many benefits including easy maintenance, an expanded growing season, higher yields, and good drainage. Different approaches to raised-bed gardening and the various benefits, plus soil mix recipes andother considerations were presented and discussed by Wilma Penland & Ruth Gonzalez of Reems Creek Nursery. Both enthusiastic and knowledgeable vegetable gardeners, Wilma is the founder of Reems Creek Nursery and has been growing vegetables since her childhood, and Ruth has a background in market gardening and is current President of the Board of Directors of the Organic Growers School based in Asheville.
We learned that other reasons to do raised beds are for improved soil quality, use of areas not ideal for traditional gardening, for convenience, flexibility. The only down side is the increased drying out of soil during hot months; so attention must be paid to watering.
Your imagination is the main ingredient for a making raised bed. You should always keep in mind your easy access to the center and all sides of the bed and not make beds too wide or long. You may want to consider somehow discouraging voles coming in from the bottom.Stay away from toxic materials for your bed including creosote, wood preservatives, glues, paint, etc. Otherwise you can make beds from concrete blocks, untreated wood, hay bales, fabric, stones, forest products, etc. You can purchase plastic beds elevated on legs with rollers and have an attached vertical trellis from Reems Creek Nursery.
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High Raised Bed
High Raised Bed
High Raised Bed
Food for the Hungry
At the February meeting, we accepted non-perishable food items to donate to ABCCM. This food will be shared with north Buncombe residents who are without adequate food during these cold months of the year.