Thursday, May 21, 2009

Plant Sale a Success!

The plant sale was a huge success, raising over $600 for the club. Thanks to everyone that worked that day, donated plants, bought plants or helped in some other way. We would not have been so successful if so many hadn't pitched in to help!

We will be having another plant sale at the start on the Garden Tour on June 16th so we should all be potting up some plants as we work in our gardens.

Here are some pictures from the sale shared by Claire W. Thanks Claire!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that our meeting is this Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Hubble St, Pulaski. Please note the location change (for this meeting only.)

Questions and Answers

A new feature at our meetings is a brief question and answer session. Here are the questions and answers from the April meeting.

Q. Where can you buy horse manure?
A. It might be available at Agway. There are two horse farms in the area. One is outside Mannsville on Rt. 90 East and another one, the Double MM Farm is on Route 69 near Kenyon Road.

Q. Is there a local source for ladybug eggs or larvae?
A. Unfortunately, no.

Q. What should you do before you rota-till your garden this spring?
A. Get a soil test. One place to take your dirt is the Cooperative Ext. on Main St. next to the fire hall in Mexico. It will be around $10 and they are very helpful.

Q. What do you do with the bulbs from Easter plants?
A. You can put them in the ground right now where they will get as much sunshine as possible. Or you can let the foliage die and put them in the ground when it is a little warmer.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Location Change!

There is a conflict with our regular meeting location so the May 20th meeting will now be held at the Methodist Church on Hubble St, Pulaski. This is the location where we met last year. The time remains the same, 7 p.m.

This change is for the May meeting only.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May Newsletter

The April meeting was held at Three Mums and we received a very warm welcome from Carol and Nancy. They are now open for the season so be sure to stop by.

Plant Sale

Our 1st Annual Plant Sale will be held May 16th in the South Park in Pulaski (near the bandstand). The sale will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m - rain or shine. Fliers were handed out at the April meeting. If you didn't get any or need more you can print them off (right click, then save). Nancy Cheaver is our chairperson. Hopefully having it the same time and place every year will make it as profitable as possible.

Please get your plants potted up now so that they will look great on the day of the sale. Plants should be labeled with as much information as possible including name, sun requirements, color, size, etc. Plants should be dropped off at the park about 9 a.m. For those of us that can not drop off our plants at that time, two members have graciously agreed to to take plants ahead of time. Please contact either Claire Whitter, 270 Maltby Rd at 298-3003 or Marlene Connor, 315 Hinman at 298-2189.

Tables and awnings have been volunteered. The sign-up sheet is almost full and we can always use more help. If you are working please bring your own chair. Left over plants will be saved for our plant sale at the June 20th Garden Tour.

Vic Ladd-deGraff has volunteered to make up a Gardening Friends Club information sheet that we can hand out at both the Plant Sale and Garden Tour. It will tell who we are, what we do, when we meet, etc. The bottom will be designed so it can be torn off and used to join the club.

Community Service

One of the things Gardening Friends Club does is help others. Jean McKown and Laura Kehoe are on the committee to help with the landscaping at the Sandy Creek Library. They need 2 or 3 other people to help with this community service outreach project. Call Marci Groman at 387-3329 if you can volunteer. Also Nancy Cheever is doing the plant sale for the Sandy Creek Library May 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. It is part of their Plant, Book, Bake Sale fund raiser. If you can volunteer to help please contact Nancy at 232-2665. If you can't help, you can always go there and spend money!

Garden Tour

This year our Garden Tour and Plant Sale will be on June 20th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will start from the Pulaski Wesleyan Church on Route 11. Advance sale tickets are $5 and will be available at the Plant Dale on May 16th. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $8. Volunteers are still needed. Some of the jobs are advertisement, putting up balloons, host garden helper, greeters, ticket cashiers, welcome signs and refreshment donations from everyone. Barb Smith, Phil Reed and Linda Cough are the Garden Tour Committee.

Oswego County Fair

The County Fair was discussed. Nancy Dailey is very active with the Fair Committee and is encouraging as many people as possible to enter arrangements. We will also be forming a committee to do the club's booth. The theme is Backyard Pleasures and the set up day is June 30th. We have won the last few years and the prize is $75. Nancy Dailey will have raffle tickets for the quilt drawing at the May meeting.

May Meeting

Our next meeting will be May 20th, 7 p.m., at the Pulaski Wesleyan Church on Route 11. Guest speakers, Jan Smith and Donna and Ron James from Enchanted Acres in Fulton, will be talking about irises and hostas.

Dues will be accepted into June, however it would be a great help if anyone who has yet paid would do so at the May meeting.