Bud 'n Bloom Garden Club
On a rainy, foggy evening in April, the Bud 'n Bloom Garden Club members traveled to the Someday Maybe Farms in Forestville for the April meeting for a container garden workshop by Rebecca Norrgard, an employee of the farm.
Upon approaching the Dennison Road farm, members were impressed by the huge red barn and the tidy greenhouses, store and produce shed. A wide variety of locally grown premium beef and pork products and eggs, all raised with no hormones or antibiotics, were available for purchase in the gift shop.
A detailed introduction to the farm and its natural farming practices was shared with the group.
All natural composting procedures were shown to the members. A huge composting cylinder is fed all of the animal waste and rotated three times a day to produce compost in a few days. This compost material is then used as fertilizer and to amend the soil. This material is available for purchase.
A collection of pots and containers were available for a nominal fee. The gardeners filled the containers of their choice with soil and assorted plants perfect for container gardens. Norrgard suggested a variety of textures, shapes and colors. She will water and care for the miniature gardens until the weather allows them to be displayed outdoors.
After the workshop, the club members traveled to Aunt Millie's Restaurant in Irving for dinner and a meeting. President Sue Drag conducted the meeting. Members were asked to sign up for summer duties of supplying bouquets and tending the flower beds at the Barker Library. May 23 was chosen for preparing and planting the flower beds at the library.
Penny Deakin led the discussion regarding the May 18 and May 19 Plant Sale held annually for the benefit of the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County. Members will be transplanting the plants this week. A sign-up sheet was circulated.
Sallie Muscato shared flyers and raffle tickets for the flowering shrubs donated by local nurseries. Tickets are available from all members and at the Literacy Bookstore in Dunkirk.
Publicity duties were discussed and volunteers appointed.
The next meeting will be held on May 15 at the Deakin barn, the site of the plant sale. Final plans and set-up for the plant sale will take place. Members are reminded to bring a dish to pass for the picnic supper and were reminded to check their email accounts.