Submitted by Marilee Quist
At our April 16th, we met at the Kimberley Independent School and were introduced to a relatively new mechanical “gardener” called a FarmBot. Jaimee, our hostess for the “event” is a teacher at the Independent School and was pleased to be able to show us a couple of videos of the machine in operation. After the videos and Jaimee’s explanations of how it works and what she and the Independent School hope to demonstrate within our community, we went outside to a secure building where the “real thing” is housed. It operates on rails, and the main “body” is suspended over a raised growing bed. Having seen the demonstration on video and then viewing the actual object gave us all a clear view of how it operates. Although I’m sure it’s beyond the budget of most of us gardeners, it was nice to dream about something that would plant, water, weed, and so on while we gardeners watched. However, since it needs to be hooked up to a water supply and electricity, I’m afraid I will have to continue gardening the “old fashioned” way, as all my growing beds are perimeter beds, away from water taps and electrical outlets. It’s nice to dream, and I can see where a FarmBot would be a welcome addition to say, a greenhouse operation.
After the demonstrations, we held our meeting at the school. A major topic that came up was our annual plant sale. I have been checking my slowly awakening garden beds, and I can see plants that need dividing that I will take to the plant sale, possibly held the end of May. Look for posters around town giving the date and time. I’m sure there will be tomato plants with some heritage varieties.
Our last meeting before summer will be back in the Social Room at Garden View Village on May 21st. We have a speaker or speakers coming from Fort Steele Farms to talk about various ways to enrich the soil in our garden beds. Since Kimberley’s soil is alkaline, it’s nice to know how to improve our soil to encourage healthier growth of both ornamental plants and garden vegetables.
After May, we will start touring member gardens. It’s always interesting to see what our members are growing, and get ideas for our own gardens. In August, we will hold our annual barbecue at a member’s house. It’s a chance to see what the host has been growing in their garden, as we don’t get to see every member’s garden every year. Then, we are back to indoor meetings in September, October and November, with a Christmas social in December.
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 email@example.com or at 250-427-0527 and leave a message with your name and number if there is no answer.
Submitted April 22, 2019