Lee brought her beautiful painted pots:

Lee’s painted pots
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We had loads of updates:

  • Next meeting on 9/26/12, the LAST Wednesday of the month at 3 PM. Maybe at our place if it’s not too hot anymore.  Please check the website or call us a few days before the meeting.
  • Lake Mead Community Center – our non profit: Carolyn and I just had a meeting and we decided to rename the non profit because it’s highly unlikely that we’ll actually get a “center” and we really won’t need one after the MCA is dissolved (hopefully soon) and we can finally use the former MCA facilities, big screen TV, etc.   We might change the name from “center” to “organization.”  For those of you out of the loop, I had resigned as director of the organization last November due to irreconcilable differences with Helene.  She never did anything with the non profit and finally handed everything over to me.We’ll be organizing a food co-op and other community activities under the umbrella of the non profit.   We can use the farm stand to distribute orders and our biggest problem is the lack of a fuel efficient vehicle.  With our truck getting only 10 mpg, we can’t afford many trips to bring food to Meadview. Please contact us for more info and if you would like to become involved.
  • Fundraising:  Right now we have $90 cash on hand, but we still have to reimburse Carolyn and Helene for the incorporation expenses.  Once that’s paid off, we plan on raising funds for gardening equipment, brix meter, materials for a state of the art aerated tea brewer, microscope, professional sprayer, etc. for use by the gardening club members.
  • The MeadviewCommunityChurch Thanksgiving crafters market:  That’s where the $90 cash came from.  The crafters voted last year to donate the $5 table fees to the non profit.  This Thanksgiving we’ll probably have two tables there, one for the gardening club with gardening literature and plants etc. for sale and the proceeds going to the non profit and one for our business and YOUR plants or “stuff” for sale for some extra Christmas money.
  • Co-ops and buying club:  We’re getting ready for another order from the Frontier Coop (bulk spices, herbs, tea and natural cleaners, etc.)   There is another group of people in Meadview that orders every month from the Azure Standard Coop.  They deliver organic produce, fruit, flour, etc. to Kingman.  I’ll talk to them about the possibility of ride sharing and helping with loading.  Bountiful Baskets is another coop that now delivers to the Dolan Springs chamber every couple weeks.  I doubt we can get them to deliver to Meadview, but maybe we can arrange to pick up in Dolan.
  • The farm stand:  We still need more pallet boards.  Met a very nice farming couple from near Fresno at the Henderson market and we might be able to get their leftover fruit and veggies cheap on Friday afternoons to sell here on Saturdays.
  • Dolan Orchard update:  Cloyd has LOTS of apples and quince and pears – call Cloyd at 928-767-3582
  • Drip irrigation – automated watering:  We’ll probably order a T-Tape watering kit to replace the soaker hoses.  The more expensive Home Depot soaker hoses with a 7 year warranty are no better than Big Lots.
  • All of a sudden we have purslane and Malabar spinach volunteers after not being able to grow them from seed. The north raised bed practically filled itself with various salad greens.
  • Special projects:  If you need help with building, fencing, etc. please let us know.
  • Garden updates and questions

Handouts:

The dirty dozen and the clean 15 fruits and veggies:

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™  — The small guide to cut out and take to the store

Clean Air with HOUSE PLANTS:

10 Best Clean Air House Plants

Additional resources:  WIKI List of air-filtering plants — nice table with the properties for various plants and even toxicity to pets

PICTURES:  Types of Houseplants That Clean Indoor Air and 15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

Videos:

Peaceful Valley on powdery mildew

Powdery mildew is NOT a big problem in the desert since it’s so dry here.  But it was interesting as Tricia talked about cutting back her beautiful grapes to avoid powdery mildew.  We just had to cut most new growth because of the leafhopper invasion.  Next year we’ll be proactive, spray the grapes with neem oil and do some pruning earlier.

Using Neem Oil To Protect against Garden Pests

“Neem oil is a safe and organic way to control spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, rust, powdery mildew and black spot on your garden plants”

I’ve read about many good experiences with neem oil and we’ll definitely order some.  Several gardeners had problems with whiteflies.

Houseplants: Clean Air Machines

“Get some plants, give them some light, and take in a deep breath of fresh air.”

We were a lively group of 13 gardeners including 3 new members.  It seemed like everybody had some pest problems and we talked quite a bit about gophers, but as always, we win some and we lose some.

There’s always so much to talk about, time just flies.  We took a break to admire the sand storm coming up from Red Lake.

For prizes we had two basil plants, a baby aloe, a huge Armenian cucumber and a couple of green zucchini.

We’re planning a couple of garden tours, one for the Meadview are and one in LMC and our neighborhood.  More on that in a new post.