January 17th meeting at 7:30, on Zoom and In-Person

Happy New Year, Dear GG Members!

We had a handful of people attending our planning meeting in December, held via Zoom; with many great suggestions from the participants, we now have a draft outline for this year’s activities.

For our January 17th meeting at 7:30, Susan Stith will lead us in a "winter-sowing" activity. This will be a hybrid meeting - you can choose to attend in person at the Gild Hall or via Zoom.  Soil, jugs, and native perennial seeds will be provided.  Bring your own seeds - annual or perennial- if you wish or want to share. IF you can, bring a utility knife (or a pair of sharp scissors), a pencil, and duct or painter's tape. (We will have some available too).

IF JOINING US VIA ZOOM:  Text or email Susan at 302-287-3545; stithsusan@gmail.com to pick up your jugs, soil, and seeds beforehand so you can winter sow along with us at home while on Zoom.  You will need to have a utility knife (or a pair of sharp scissors), a pencil, and duct or painter's tape.

What is winter sowing? A very carefree way to grow a lot of flowers or veggie plants is by letting Mother Nature do most of the work. 

Seeds are sown in specially prepared plastic jugs which act like little greenhouses and are placed outside unprotected in the winter. Seeds germinate when soil temperature and length of daylight are right for those particular seeds. Cold stratification and hardening off take place automatically in the jug.  Occasional watering is only needed at the very end when these hardy plants are almost ready to be planted in your yard. 

Read more on the "Winter Sowers" FaceBook group.

Here is the  Zoom meeting info/link:
Topic: GG January Winter Sowing
Time: Jan 17, 2022, 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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See the "Winter Sowers" Facebook page if you're too curious to wait to learn more.

During our brainstorming last month, we talked about garden photography; that discussion led to this idea: Let’s embark on “A Year In Our Gardens” journey with our fellow GG members!

Snap a picture of your garden each month of 2022, and put them aside in a folder. At the end of the year, we’ll collect these digital albums with the 12 snapshots of each garden, and find a way to share the pictures. 

It would be lovely to see what we find “camera-worthy”  in our gardens as the months roll by; you could take a picture of the same spot or tree or shrub each month, creating a kind-of time-lapse series, or highlight all your “flavor of the month” favorites, or show what happens to be  blooming in your flower beds. Or you could capture the wildlife visiting your garden throughout the year, or choose a color-theme and follow that… No limitations, just a free-style documentation of the beauty of our gardens, to be shared with each other!

Best regards, 
Hajni Halasz

Winter Sowing Workshop Flower Arrangement Assests

The Gardeners Gild is for those interested in all aspects of gardening. Activities include gardening lectures, field trips to interesting gardens, exchanging plants and gardening information, and tending to the community plantings.

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