There is nothing like hearing Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer played on
Our most recent meeting
Our Most Recent
December meeting was held in Palm Harbor at the home of John and Norm.
As this was our holiday meeting, the settting was perfect with
music filling the air and plenty of hugs to go around! Thanks all
New Year Everyone!Our next Meeting will
be on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at . We will be in Riverview, a new
venue for us, at the Palmscapes Nursery. The nursery is owned
and/or operated by several of our newest members, so since everyone has
been feeling blue about the weather in Winter, they have invited us to
join them in their garden! Because we will be bouncing between
their home and the business on the same grounds, I don't have all of
the logistics except that they are not equipped with chairs, so bring a
chair or sit on the ground.
make plans to join your
fellow Club members for the first Meeting of the new year!
Parking is not an issue, they have a lot! This is our
Election meeting, so come prepared to be voted into office!!!.
January is a great month to begin
planning and planting your spring vegetable and flower gardens. The
dry and daytime temperatures rarely go above 85°F. The nights get
rarely below freezing - although many years ago, January 19, 1977 to be exact, a trace of snow
fell in Miami and cities north.
Freight Trains of cold Polar air will push their way out of Canada and
Florida, sometimes getting only as far as Central Florida, other times
barreling their way down to the Keys.Last
year was memorable for two of these
Siberian Express cold fronts,
which dropped temperatures below freezing in Tampa for five nights!
Because this month tends to be so dry,
your lawn and plants require supplemental applications of water.
January is also an important
gardeners in South Florida to
fertilize tropical fruit trees, lawns, and shrubs.Citrus trees especially, should be
this month. Insect pests, plant diseases, and nutritional deficiencies
become apparent now.Aphids, whitefly,
caterpillars, grasshoppers, and scale insects attack citrus.Citrus trees can also become home to sooty
mold, fungus, foot rot, gummosis, "greasy spot" and a host of other
diseases resulting from poor nutrition.Now
would be an excellent time to
schedule (on your new calendar of
course) regular feedings of 6-6-6 fertilizer around the drip
line of your
trees. The rule of applying fertilizer to fruit trees is one
pound of fertilizer for each year of the tree's age.
Watermelon anyone? Now is a good
watermelon if you are in Central or South Florida
(North Floridians should wait until March).
bets for starting a traditional garden this month are:
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots,
Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Endive,
Escarole, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion Sets, Parsley,
Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Rhubarb, Romaine, Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash,
Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips Watermelons,
and almost any other vegetable or fruit you desire.
Anise, Basil, Borage, Chives, Chervil, Coriander, Fennel, Garlic,
Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Sesame, Sweet
Marjoram, Thyme and most other herbs.
John and Norm hosted an excellent meeting last month at their home in
Palm Harbor. This was our holiday meeting, so everyone was in
great spirits, set for a day of good conversation, great food, and good
We had a solid turnout with nearly 40 members and guests. After
getting the Joe and Bob welcome, everyone settled into the patio to
catch up with old friends. Overhead the Silk Floss tree was
blooming, full of beautiful pink flowers.
Of course being a party month, there was food. Barry and Barry
brought a beautiful cooked turkey, fully sliced and ready to devour!
We had asked everyone to bring traditional side dishes, so
naturally everyone outdid themselves. From the marshmallow and
pecan covered sweet potatoes, to the asparagus stuffed crepes, to the
string bean casserole, there was plenty of goodness to go around!
Even the desserts were devoured, including the most wonderful
red-velvet cake covered with tall snow covered christmas trees!
was no program for the Meeting other than good
cheer and an opportunity to visit with other members at this special
the year. Barry took the floor to point out that
we still had a blank slate for our election next month. He passed
around the description of officer's duties and a sign up sheet for
everyone to volunteer for office. It isn't too late - many slots
are still available! I guess we have no Republicans in our group
since they scramble to lead the pack!
meeting ended with the raffle conducted by our old friend Phil, who
filled in for Jim who was all togaed out.
Reminder: This month marks the
time to renew annual membership dues. It is still only $15.00 per
person, For $15.00 you get 12 dinners, 11 monthly classes on a
vairety of subjects, and an annual party. You also get the
chance to win hundreds of plants, make many new friends, purchase cool
embroidered shirts, Plus you get weekly reminders of what's
going on, AND this cool newsletter full of photos to remind you of what