Friday, December 2, 2011

Kim Has Organized a Christmas Potluck!

Meet everyone at the Jefferson County Extension Office,
Thursday, December 15, 2011
6:00 P.M.

Christmas Potluck!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Great Opportunity for A Gardening Field Trip!

How about visiting the Iowa Arboretum  this coming Saturday, November 19, 2011?  From 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., they're hosting a Holiday Gift Shop Sale.  This is the first of several Holiday activities in which you might choose to participate.  Click on these words to visit their official site.

What about trekking to Ames' Reiman Gardens Thursday, December 1 or Saturday, December 3 to participate in a Wreath-making workshop with Reiman staff?  You would have to pre-register.  There are also several other December activities in which you may be interested.  Click on these words to visit Reiman Garden's site.

Perhaps you'd like to stay in your home and read some very interesting articles on the ISU Extension site:

Houseplants (click these words)

Using and Composting Fallen Leaves (click on these words)

Mulching Strawberry Beds (click here)

And perhaps you'd like to travel all around the state, viewing twelve of Iowa's lovely public gardens, while still in the comfort of your own home?  A description of the 2012 Calendar can be found here (click these words), and the calendar itself is available at our local Extension Office!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Maasdam Garden Update - Fall 2011

Work has begun.  This previous post (click these words)showed the "untouched" layout of the area.  The photos below show the work that has begun.

 Along the outside edge of the sidewalk is an area that is being planted with tulips
in honor of the Maasdam family's Dutch heritage.

 Hostas have been planted on the inside edge of the sidewalk.

 The area in and around the trees will be planted this Spring (2012).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Final 2011 Update on JCHC Garden

Everything's Coming up "Roses!"
Not, really.  No roses here . . .

The following photos record the last work on the garden for 2011.  Enjoy!

October 7, 2011
(First batch of edgers.  Note the front of the edgers provide a place for mower wheels.)

October 9, 2011
(Second batch of edgers)

November 2, 2011
(Final batches of edgers)

November 11, 2011
(Look for the dark spots in the following photos.
Daffodil, Tulip and Allium bulbs were planted today!)

November - Gardening is Good for You!

According to the Iowa State Extension Service 2011 Calendar:

Gardening is GOOD for you because it's Sustainable!

Gardening offers numerous opportunities to be environmentally friendly.  Start  by cutting back on pesticides and commercial fertilizers in your yard and garden.  Select pest-resistant plants and use cultural practices like mulching, spacing plants appropriately, and removing diseased plants to help control insect and disease pests.  To reduce storm water runoff, collect water in rain barrels or divert water into rain gardens.  To improve your soil, try composting garden debris and kitchen scraps and incorporating the compost into garden areas.

These first few weeks, thoroughly water newly planted evergreens before the ground freezes, and plant a windowsill herb garden.  Take time to winterize your lawn mowers and clean your garden tools.

Indoors, rotate your houseplants to prevent one-sided growth. 

By next week, you might think about purchasing 3-foot-high fencing for rabbit protection, should they be a nuisance, and, if you have strawberries, mulch the bed with three to five inches of straw.

Before Thanksgiving, you might want to cover the bottom portions of hybrid tea roses with soil, and mulch newly planted perennials to prevent frost heaving.

Thanksgiving guests coming to your home?  Create a vegetable centerpiece for your table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gardening is Good for You, October 2011

 Gardening is Good For You!

 There are certain times of the year that may leave us dreaming of different climates.  However, most Midwesterners look forward to the different seasons.  Imagine life without fall foliage, a snow-draped landscape, spring wildflowers, and summer produce.  Life is much more interesting with the changing of the seasons, even when some seem to go by too quickly and others seem to last a bit too long.

A crisp October day is a wonderful time to take a hike in the woods, visit a pumpkin patch or pick apples at a local orchard.  Enjoy the splendors of fall.  It will be another year before they return.


New Master Gardener Project - Starts This Fall!

 The gravel parking lot is on the north edge of the property (and Fairfield Loop Trail) as we look towards the Jefferson County Health Center.   As one walks on the curved sidewalk towards the house, do you notice a shady spot that could possibly be home to ferns, hosta and other shade plants?

 North side of the house - looking towards the paved parking area.
Perhaps there will be ferns and lily of the valley planted here?
Some tulips for the Spring?

Front yard, from the front porch, faces East.
Do you suppose there might be flower garden areas "out there" somewhere?

South side of the house - facing the U.S. Hwy 34 bypass. 
What might we find on the south side of the home?

 Paved Parking Area - will there be plantings near and/or around this area?

All these questions, and more, are being discussed by Master Gardeners right now!

Happy October!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 Update - JCHC Garden

Major efforts have been placed in creating the flower bed at the JCHC!
We will continue to water the plants as necessary, but hopefully it rains before too long.

The efforts of this wonderful group of gardeners have created something lovely (3-season color) for the enjoyment of JCHC patients.  Even more than that, many garden plantings and hardscape items were donated and provided in loving memory of "Doc" Dunn and Cristen Michele Steinbeck.
 Monday, September 19, 2011

This morning, Cindy Dunn brought the wagon wheel!

Until further notice,  Many Thanks to the following Gardeners:

Master Gardeners:  Leland and Shirley Stanley, Jan Birch, Julie Wetrich, Karin Hauring and Kathy Tollenaere

Participating Gabby Garden Gals Members:  Cindy Dunn, Becky Stoner, Joan Salts, Nancy Behner, Sandi Dimmitt, Linda Stein, Connie Estle, Colleen Kimble, Eleanor Stever, (Kathy Tollenaere and Karin Hauring).

Other Helpful People:  Kim Keller, Ginny Hughes, Larry Mitchell (and a variety of his staff), Tony Webb, Jacob Dunn, Jim Stoner and Pete Tollenaere!

And Please Forgive Me if I've left ANYONE out!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Check Out the Progress Today! JCHC Garden

Master Gardener Jan plants her daylilies!  Her Nepata 'Walker's Low' is at the left forefront.  Cindy and Connie - lots of planting going on!

Click on the photos to enlarge

Below, we see Colleen, Linda, Sandi, Jan, and Connie continue...

Dianthus 'Firewitch' going in.

Clematis 'City of Lyon' and 'Ernest Markham'

Do you see 'Eric the Red' Siberian Iris, 'Autumn Joy' Sedum, 'Matrona' Sedum, 
'Wood's Light Blue' Aster, and 'Moonshine' Yarrow?

 Oh, oh!  Caught me!  Iris in a pot, waiting to be divided and planted!  
I'm digging holes for 'Karl Foerster' grass.

Time for Mulch!

Buxus (Boxwood) 'Green Velvet' in foreground

 "Clean Sweep" by Jan!

It's too bad Grant Wood didn't have subjects like this!
 Super Planters!

Continue to watch for future progress.  The plan is that at least three of us will gather Monday afternoon to finish the planting and mulching.  Hopefully the fence panel and birdhouses will soon be added as well.