Sowing The Seeds
The 4-H Gardening Club held their 2nd meeting of the year at the home of Rob and Katrina Sterling, in Blenheim, on May 16th.
The members were welcomed by leaders. Members discussed possibilities of what to do with the produce. The club is going to donate any extra produce grown to Outreach for Hunger.
There was discussion of Discovery Days and Youth Adventure Camp. Discovery Days is open to anyone from ages 6-12. Registration needs to be completed by June 13th and this can be accessed at http://www.4-HOntario.ca/Discovery-Days. The event will be held on June 25th at the Ridgetown Arena. The Youth Adventure Camp is open to anyone between the ages of 12-15. It will be held from August 15th-18th. Registration is due July 1st. Register at http://www.4-HOntario.ca/YAC
Some characteristics of a garden site that will get you off to a good start are loose, fertile, well drained soil and a level site that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Planting time will vary depending on where you live. Members learned how to complete the soil squeeze test to determine when to plant. This is done by picking up a handful of dirt and dropping it. If it breaks apart when it hits the ground, the conditions are right. If it stays in huge clumps, it is too wet. What is planted in a garden depends on what you like to eat and the space available to plant. Proper ways to prepare your garden for planting were discussed. It is important to have nutrients in the soil for good growth. One way this could be achieved is with compost. Members then all went to plant a club garden.Tomatoes, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and peppers were planted that night.
The clubs next meeting will be held at the farm of Carl and Julie Sterling on May 30th, at 7:00 pm.
Contact: Matthew Sterling