Lise Bois opened the meeting by welcoming the 30 plus members present. She reminded everyone that membership fees are due. It’s still $15.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a family.
Lise also reminded members of the 2018 OHA convention that will occur on July 27, 28, 29th in Kingston. We will need volunteers for the event.
She talked about our successful participation at the Picton Fair in early September. We had lots of people visit our booth. We had beautiful posters from the Canadian Wildlife Federation about bees, pollinators, butterflies and birds to give away.
Lise mentioned the pot luck dinner at her house where members shared some of their ideas for future workshops/meetings.
She concluded her opening remarks by talking about the importance of “bugs” in the garden, and regaled the members with interesting bug facts: there are 300 pounds of bugs for every pound of humans; beetles are the largest group of insects.
Our speakers were master gardeners Sandra Goranson and Maxine Thompson.The presentation was all about fall gardening. This included how best to clean your garden (leave some seed heads for birds and bugs), getting rid of infected plants, mulching tender perennials and tips for planting bulbs. They also talked about planting some perennials at this time of the year.
Members also offered their tips for fall gardening. It was a very good interactive meeting.
Lise asked members to collect seeds for a possible seed library or seed exchange.
Display – Garden pest: Kathy Bondy 1st cucumber beetle, Phyllis Davis 2nd cabbage worm
Design – Pot-et-Fleur: Kathy Bondy (at left below) was voted first, Laura Bryan (centre) was second, and Phyllis Davis (right) was third.
Photographs © by Bert Jenkins