Although, the weather turned cooler for the Plant Sale on Nov 1 and 2nd, it was a spectacular weekend. There was sunshine and not a raincloud to be seen. Our volunteers were ready for the crowd on Saturday morning. It was busy. The Basils and Catnip hanging baskets sold out very quickly. The luncheon for Saturday that everyone looks forward to, was delicious. Donnie brought her fabulous sandwiches. Kathleen, Kitty, Meg, Marci, Pam, Ginny also contributed tasty tidbits. On Sunday, Mary served us coffee in the morning. It kept us charged all day. Brenda’s Lemon Verbena disappeared in no time. I enjoyed two slices. At the end of the two days, we were able to add $984 to our bank account to keep EHS moving forward with great programs in the coming year.
Our Herb Garden (now the Garden of Well Being) is in the process of being rejuvenated. There are lots of young plants replacing the ones that just could not pull through the summer. Some of them were no surprise, such as sweet Basil, Thai Basil, lemon Basil, all the different Sages and then our lavenders and geraniums. Joel Crippen, our horticulturist at the Mounts, who manages our Herb Garden suggested that we plant the Basils in nice pots off the ground to keep them alive longer.
A few years ago, Donnie came with lots of packets of Nasturtiums. She opened them up, dumped the whole package in the palm of her hand and just spread them all over the beds in the Herb Garden. The seeds with the help of Mother Nature opened up and we had Nasturtium mania in every color in every bed there was. It was awesome. Remembering that, I spread seeds in the beds two weeks ago and they are slowly coming up. How exciting. I know that Donnie has seeds and I challenge her throw them into the beds so we can have a double spectacle.
There are lots of visitors that come through the garden and they enjoy the diversity of plants in such a small area. I volunteer in the garden on Thursday mornings, and enjoy talking to visitors, answering questions if I can or guiding them to the answer.
Right now is the best time to go outside and work in your garden. It’s cooler and not so humid. I am working on planting a “tomato patch.” I have lots of Everglades tomato seedlings, that self seeded from my previous two plants, to experiment with.
See you at the November meeting, Tuesday, November 25. The Tasting Table is everything pumpkin and fall spices. Then on December 9th is the Holiday Potluck Dinner not to be missed.
We had a fun and informative meeting on September 30th. Cash Cashion (the Swamp Gardener) went into great detail about how to make DIRT.
Our next meeting (October 28th) will feature Geoffrey Sagans & Rich Hawkins of the Breakers, speaking about Localecopia. The mission of Localecopia is to support the local economy, to capitalize on group synergies, promote environmental awareness, initiate sustainable practices, lessen our carbon
footprint and to create a new business model that will continue to grow into other local communities. If you’re not already getting their emails about activities, check out their website at http://www.localecopia.org.
We had the pleasure of meeting Geoffrey and Rich from Localecopia this past February, during “The Love of Herbs” event here at Mounts. Their demonstration, where they effortlessly whipped up herbal marinades, herbal compound butters, grilling fresh, local veggies and meats, and made salads from fresh locally grown greens and micro herbs was a huge hit! We are so thrilled to have them speak to us this month. They plan on showing us how to easily add herbs in our every day cooking, while weaving in the positive force
July and August were hot and humid. I am so happy that those months are behind us. The weather appears to have changed, I feel it’s a little cooler. Do you feel it too? The gardening at the Wellness/Herb Garden seems to be going better and with less sweating and exhaustion. Joel Crippen, Mounts horticulturist, and I are looking over what has suffered from the heat and wetness. Yes, some of the plants just could not survive. So in the next couple of weeks, we are reshaping and planting new stuff. We are excited about that. A note from Bernard Pages, Asst. Treasurer: “The Herb Garden this September looks spectacular in a season when Herbs usually look pitiful and stressed. This is the best September I’ve ever seen and it’s all due to Ingrid’s green thumb.”
We also learned what to do and what not do.