Workdays unless changes are announced will be on the third Friday of the month at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM during the garden club year September to May. Summer workday hours apply June, July and August and are 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Volunteers from the garden club and community are welcomed to help us keep the garden free of grass, weeds and trash.
Join garden club members in this the last of summer workdays at Matzke Park Butterfly Garden where we get an early start. Left to nature, it could become a "vine yard" so let's focus this month on removing as many of the fast growing vines as possible. Damage to flowers can be minimized by snipping segments of vines and their tendrills and lifting upward. Remove down to the last root when possible. Good luck!
Great job of weeding and trimming... What a heap we left by the trash barrel! Thanks to everyone who helped and to Zonnette Yvonne for preparing a report and folder for volunteers on tagging Monarch butterflies. Surprises today - an Easter egg among the overgrown mums, a hummingbird feeding on salvia and a variety of butterflies.
Workday June 20, 2014 at 8:00 am to enjoy The Good, endure The Bad and irradicate The Ugly. All Garden Club members and Friends of the Garden are welcome to help us remove weeds, grass and overgrowth. Hats, gloves, a trowel, snippers and a bottle of water are recommended.
Photos of caterpillar (left) in Carpenter Bed 6/3/14. (Above) kids watching it.
A scheduled workday is planned for Friday February 21. You are wished a wonderful Valentine's Day and invited to work off delictable calories at "Trim and Slim" workout/workday. Goals are to clean beds of winter's deadwood, leaves and weeds. Also it is time to prune crape myrtle.
1. Wear thorn-resistant gloves like "mud gloves" that are washable, and made of cloth covered with textured rubber. Mud gloves should cost around $10; there are many choices of tougher and more thorn resistant (and more expensive) gloves, such as elbow-length "gauntlet gloves", which should be available at good quality garden stores.
2. It's a good idea if you'll be doing a lot of gardening to be sure that tetanus shots are current - you will find yourself (joyously!) playing in dirt and may occasionally suffer a prick. Be aware that there are metal burrs at the bottom edge of fence.
3. Disenfect shears and lopers with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach to avoid spread of disease from plant to plant.