When & Where: Tuesday, September 18 – Berger Center
Time: Tea and Social at 9:30 followed by meeting from 10:00 to 11:15 am
Guest Speaker: Repeated from the September 1st article – because it’s noteworthy… Speaker will be Master Gardener Dave Gould, a graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in Natural Resources Management. He worked as a wild land fire fighter and a ranger/naturalist before spending 32 years as a ranger/superintendent with California State Parks, working all over the state. After he retired, Dave joined the Sonoma County Master Gardeners, graduating with the Class of 2010. As a master gardener he is involved with the Sudden Oak Death educational program, works with school children at the Sonoma Garden Park and gives talks on various gardening subjects. Dave’s talks are always interesting, informative, entertaining and inspiring – he is one of our most popular speakers! This will be an audience participation garden talk.
THIS MONTH IN YOUR GARDEN
By the end of the month and throughout October we will be having to deal again with leaf clean-up and cutting back dead top growth – the grunt work of the garden. But, it must be done so as not to harbor garden-harmful insects and fungus. The organic material can go right into the compost pile and be ready to use next year.
* This is a good time of year to build the health of the garden. “Feed” the soil with decaying compost to encourage soil dwellers (like worms) whose presence supports healthy plants and the beneficial insects that feed on plants and/or its flowers.
* Fire season started early this year across the state and the normal fire season is still upcoming. This is a good time to think seriously about removing those plants and shrubs that are flammable and replacing them with fire-safe shrubs & plants. Master Gardener Kate Frey gave a very informative talk to our garden club back in May. If you still have junipers or cedars planted back in the 70s you may want to consider removing them (particularly if they are close to the house) – by now they are mostly woody and highly flammable.
* Consider also converting your garden to a wildlife sustainable garden. This can be done over a period of seasons but the sooner it’s started the sooner you will enjoy more wildlife in your garden. A sustainable garden for wildlife should include food (leaves, berries, seed), a water source, shelter and a place to raise young, as well as a place to hide from predators, people or weather.
Answer smartly when a person asks what you think of their ugly yard. Try “That’s really something!” or “I’ve never seen that before!” or “Who would have thought of that?” Never say, “Bless your heart.” If you do, they’ll know you think it’s ugly. Steve Bender, “The Grumpy Gardener”
Beauty, however, is in the eye of the beholder!