“Live each day as if it were your last, and garden as though you will live forever.” Anonymous
HOPE ON THE HORIZON
If the COVID case numbers continue to go down, and we all don’t suddenly get stupid and forget the safe-rules we learned in the last year, we may actually be able to meet again as a club in 2021. By now it seems like a distant memory, but do you remember how much fun and how informative our past meetings were? And don’t we have the best eats ever? At this writing, we don’t have speakers lined up for a re-opening which is yet to be determined. Our former Vice-President, Brenda Steele, who was so good at booking great speakers and demonstrations, has left Oakmont. We could sure use the help of the membership in finding someone to replace her. Please consider volunteering – this is your club, too! A club can only function with volunteer help.
IN THE GARDEN
Don’t we all just love the luscious Spring growth? Sadly, it’s likely to be short-lived given the dismal rain amounts of this year. This, coupled with last year’s low numbers, makes a drought period highly likely. We could very well be called on to limit our water use significantly, so our gardens could suffer. For the past many years, garden experts and writers have been touting transforming our gardens to low-water use plantings. I’m sure all of us have made an effort in that direction but it’s doubtful the majority of us have 100% integrated our gardens to that concept. Who doesn’t love beautiful flowers? But even worse than having to look at a garden that appears to be on its last leg, is the continuing and ever-present wildfire threat. We hope everyone is sensitive to that early possibility and are following the fire-safe guidelines we’ve all been given over and over. Garden work continues…
• Re-set your irrigation system to fewer water days and less run time to allow your plants to slowly adapt to a drought mandate. You can always do a little individual hand-watering now and again.
• Roses and flowering perennials and annuals appreciate a once-a-month feeding with a balanced fertilizer.
• Deadhead flowering plants to ensure a lengthy bloom period.
• Set out the remaining vegetable starts and seeds. The warm soil will grow them rapidly. Remember, vegetables need plenty of fertilizer and water, so plant only what you know you will use. Who needs a big bunch of tomato and zucchini plants?
• Weed, make the rounds, and weed again.
• Continue to bait for slugs, snails, earwigs and sow bugs.
• Remove standing water to control mosquitos.
• Set out yellow-jacket traps early.
• Mostly, just enjoy the nice weather days outside – clean up that outdoor dining table and fire up the BBQ!
Listen for the cracking of the tiles and yells of “mahjong!”