Friday, May 21, 2010

Garden Tour #2

Thursday evening 10 sisters braved the cold stormy evening to spend an evening in the gardens of Bro Bryce Meldrum and Pres. Rick Hjelm.

The Meldrum's Garden
Bro. Meldrum's garden was first.  He showed us his rows of lush raspberry bushes and strawberries that have been composted with plenty of Tagro.  He has offered both raspberry and strawberry starts to anyone who is interested. 

Bro Meldrum stressed the importance of digging your soil deep and using lots of amendments (such as Tagro and composted leaf mulch) to keep the soil fertile year after year.

He showed us his rows of vegetables that have been hiding under  a small hoop system greenhouse.  The greenhouse is easy to make using just PVC pipe and clear plastic purchased at any hardware store.  Under the hoop he has grown carrots, lettuce, spinach, broccoli and much more. He feeds his family fresh vegetables through the winter using this hoop system. 

Bryce also stressed the importance of purchasing varieties of plants and seeds that are suitable for our Northwest environment.  He warned that many of the big box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot sell plants that do ok BUT if you want plants that do great get Ed Hume seeds or Territorial Seed company seeds.

These peas were planted in December under plastic milk and juice jugs (with the bottom cut out).  The jugs act like a tiny greenhouse and help the peas get a good early start.

He also suggested that the public library is a great source of information for new gardeners. We enjoyed visiting his garden.  He is a wealth of information and is willing to answer questions anytime.

(look at that great rainbow!!)
These snowball viburnum weren't an official part of the tour but they were so beautiful I couldn't resist taking a snapshot.

The Hjelm's garden
Pres. Hjelm welcomed us into his backyard to show us his garden.  he has been working the same garden for 20 years.  They eat everything they grow and enjoy using what they produce in their kitchen.

Like Bryce, Rick stressed the importance of adding good amendments to  your soil.  He adds sawdust and manure and tills it in really good every year.  He too has devised systems to keep his tomato plants warm during the early spring with mini greenhouses made out of wood frames and clear garbage sacks.

His carefully designed and planted garden looks very simple but yields great results every year.  He has strawberries, thyme, rosemary, onions, garlic, carrots, cucumber, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, and chard.  He always has plenty to share with his children and had garlic in storage from last year's harvest that he shared with all of us.  He also sent each of us home with a tomato plant or two.

Thank you brothers for your kindness and generosity with your time.  We thoroughly enjoyed your gardens.  I know that I came home inspired and will put to use what you taught us.

Monday, May 17, 2010

An Evening with the Elys

Seventeen Lake City sisters toured the home and gardens of our stake patriarch, James Ely and his wife, Rita, on Tuesday, May 11th. They graciously led us through their abode telling us the tales behind the beautiful treasures they brought back from China. The gardens were exquisitely maintained. I asked Brother Ely how much time it took them every day to keep their garden in such beautiful condition. He replied, "All of it." Thank you, Elys, for your willingness to share with us!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Relief Society Board Meeting

For all sisters called to work within the Lake City Relief Society, please add June 13th to your calendar of events to attend. We will be having a board meeting at Jean Andrus's home (9831 121st St SW) at 7 p.m. A light dessert will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m., concluding no later than 8 p.m. We will be meeting together first as an entire board and then separating into departments. Your input/ideas are invaluable to the success of our Relief Society. Please RSVP to either Jean Andrus (588-7213) or Irene Coco (983-8679) no later than May 30th.

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