Submitted by Marilee Quist
Our first meeting of this year was on February 19th. We had a very enjoyable program with Shannon Duncan of Purcell Organics speaking about how she gathers and grows organic plants, which she turns into marvellous organic herbal teas. She came prepared with a very large thermos of hot water, cups and an excellent supply of dried teas that we could sample. The two I tried were really good – tasty and refreshing! Shannon patiently answered our questions before packing up her product and leaving us to our meeting.
What I considered to be an excellent meeting, we managed to get various members involved with the various tasks that are involved in successfully running a club. We now have a host for our annual barbecue in August; a new Program Coordinator who finds interesting, knowledgeable people in the Kimberley-Cranbrook area who can come and talk to us on various gardening practices; someone to look after collecting membership fees (a very reasonable $10/family/year) and giving out membership cards; someone to interact with the Kootenay Country Fair and specify which four categories we sponsor with prize money; someone to coordinate the minutia involved with holding our annual barbecue, and someone to liaise with the Kimberley Public Library and help them choose gardening-related publications for people to check out. As we get further into spring, I am sure there are other related tasks that someone will volunteer for.
Since it isn’t warm enough to garden, and since I don’t have a greenhouse, I planted a lot of tomato seeds on March 1st and put them under my metal halide grow light. I noticed this week that of lot of the seeds have sprouted and are now about an inch tall. They are varieties I have planted before, and I can now dream of eating the smaller tomatoes, warm from the sun and freshly picked off the vines. Yum!
We have a guest speaker coming to our March 19th meeting to speak about drip irrigation. Years ago, we had an in-ground irrigation system with a mixture of soaker hoses, sprinkler heads and drips installed. What a difference that has made – it used to take two days to water our perennials and lawn. Now, with the timer, we can start watering before the sun is up and be finished in less than 3 hours. I know of several people who have installed their own drip systems, and are very pleased with the results.
The Kimberley Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm in the Social Room at Garden View Village. Our annual dues are $10 and cover a family membership. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Marilee at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 250-427-0527 and leave a message with your name and number if there is no answer.