Lots of new stuff--Please take a read!

1.       All the information about the Home and Garden show this coming weekend is posted on our website and calendar https://www.cowlitzcomg.com/news-updates/2019/3/12/home-and-garden-show-satsun-march-1617  (including what we’re handing out, and the MG Cheat sheet—PLEASE check it out!)

 2.       We need one more Veteran Sunday from 9:30am-12pm. to assist the trainees who have volunteered at the Home and Garden Show booth.  Please volunteer for a fun 2 hours getting to know two of our very active and enthusiastic trainees, Charlene P and Kate M. Doodle: https://doodle.com/poll/tk5u2fvbytkbbphu or LET ME KNOW and I'll sign you up!

 3.       Call for interesting flowers, branches seed pods, foliage from your yard. Our very own Billie Hight will be demonstrating her foraged flower arranging techniques on Saturday from 10:30-2:30 at the H&G show.  She is amazing!  She needs our help, though.  Head out to your yard to see if you can find any daffodils, hellebores, interesting seed pods, colorful branches, pretty foliage.  Jo Beckett has some of those curly contorted filbert branches, and I found some gorgeous long bright red twigs from an overgrown dappled willow. Use your imagination!  Please drop them off at the office by Friday 12:30.  Billie has started her new business venture Lovetree Floral.  She has a great Facebook Page, so if you’re on FB, please go there, sing her praises, follow her and SHARE SHARE SHARE with EVERYONE! https://www.facebook.com/Lovetreefloral/

 4.       Greenhouse Watering Monitor needed FROM ROXANNE and the Greenhouse crew: Would you like to be part of the plant team, greenhouse watering team?  Warm bright surroundings with lots of green things. We need a person to water on Saturdays and another person to monitor watering needs on Sundays. This is a pleasant, rewarding way to be part of our plant sale. Get credit for volunteer hours under Program Support https://doodle.com/poll/yb7d2r28a84m86tc If you live in Longview, this would be so easy.  PLEASE sign up!!  Watch for our next planting party coming up! Date to be announced soon 

 5.       I’m so pleased to announce that one of our 2018 MGs is going to offer a Kokedama workshop for the public!  Trisha Bonapace will teach folks how to create Japanese Kokedama (moss ball string gardens).  Attendees will make their own Kokedama and take them home.  Trisha will show a few interested MGs how to do it so they can facilitate at the workshop on April 11 at 6:30 pm at the Training Center.  Do YOU have an idea that might make a great workshop or presentation?  Let us know, and we’ll help to make it happen!

 6.       Photo Shoot opportunity for MG Directory And finally—do you HATE your photo in the directory?  I’d be happy to snap a new photo for you.  You could choose one of as many pics as it takes to get it right.  I will “photoshop” them to make them look really nice (maybe a few less wrinkles for those few of us who may or may not have wrinkles J ) I’ll be at the Training Center on Friday.  Otherwise, check with me for when I’ll be in the office during the week. 


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Home and Garden Show (Sat/Sun March 16/17)

MG Cheat Sheet (Click link to view and download)—Here’s what you need to know so you can tell people all about us. No more guessing about what we do and why we do what we do!! Check it out!


Saturday March 16      Home & Garden Show

·       9:30 a.m.   Growing Vegetables, where to start! Billie Bevers

·       11:00 a.m. Extending the Gardening Season - Helen Redmond

·       12:00 p.m.   Spice of Life (Growing Herbs) Terrie Phillips

·       1:00 p.m.     How to Grow a Red Tomato Alice Slusher

·       2:00 p.m.  Attracting Beneficial Insects with Plants Alice Slusher

Saturday March 17         Home & Garden Show

·       11:00 a.m.    Tips to control moles Bryan Iverson

·       12:00 p.m.     Do-it-Yourself “Irrigation” Jerry Winchell

·       1:00 p.m.    Basics of Composting   Tom Welch  

MG Booth Exhibition Hall (Doodle: https://doodle.com/poll/tk5u2fvbytkbbphu)

Be sure to wear your BLUE APRONS.  2019 class--pick up your blue aprons at the office.

Attracting Beneficial Insects handout

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The greenhouse behind Three Rivers Christion (TRC) Elementary School is up, running, and ready to go! Here’s an update from Billie:

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  • The greenhouse has electricity, outlets, and wifi.

  • The temperature range is 45-75 and can be adjusted as needed.

  • There is a hydrometer, but no device to control it.

  • We need to make tables, and we can use the existing PVC network and place simple wire closet shelving on top to support the plant trays.

  • We can turn on the water for a short time, but it has a leak that needs to be fixed.

  • Billie recommends we all visit the greenhouse (map). There is a key is in a lockbox on a post. The combination to the lockbox is 2610, the street address of the school.

  • Here’s a map showing how to reach the greenhouse once you are at TRC.

And now to the exciting stuff! We have Tom Karasek, the President of the Hobby Greenhouse Assoc., coming to share his extensive knowledge of practical greenhouse management. This is a 2-part workshop, total of 4 hours, from 6-8 pm on Jan 9 and 11 at the TRC Elementary School. Please read about it on our calendar. You MUST sign up on Doodle or let Alice know if you can attend, as seating is limited—the first 25 MGs to sign up may attend.


Overwintering Geraniums

Here’s a great way to save your geraniums for next year, either for your own use or for our Plant Sale on May 18. It’s easy to do, but you have to get on it before the frost kills them.

There are three methods—saving the bare-roots, cuttings, or repotting the plant and nurturing it indoors. If you choose the last, your plant will be much larger and will be sellable in May. We will very likely have use of the heated greenhouse at Three Rivers Christian school to overwinter them. If you would like to do this for the plant sale, please let the committee chairman for “other plants” Roxanne Nakamura, know. roxbnak@gmail.com (we really need to have a better name for this committee that’s in charge of everything other than veggies!) Take a look at this article about how to do it: https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/2004/9-17-2004/geraniums.html


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