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.
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.
(look at that great rainbow!!)
The Hjelm's garden
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.
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.