Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 1/10/2013
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
President Debi Stalvey recognized and presented gifts to Ed Skiba, Jim Mast and Loni Shapiro for their many contributions to the Master Gardener Association.
Debi also reminded everyone that 2013 membership dues are $10. Linda Guarino began accepting dues immediately.
Hattie Braun announced that over 30 new master gardeners earned their certification. She was able to hand out several badges at the meeting.
Paul Gazda, Maintaining Landscapes without Herbicides
Paul Gazda works at Northern Arizona University, is the leader of the Sustainable Landscape Maintenance project at NAU, and is the founder of HOPE (Healthy Outdoor Public Environments). HOPE is an organization that advocates for effective, non-toxic methods for creating and maintaining public spaces. His interest in non-toxic alternatives to herbicides began when his wife became ill after herbicide mist drifted into her workplace. He discovered how toxic many herbicides are and now advocates integrated pest management (IPM).
IPM is based on prevention, natural controls and as a last resort, using the least toxic herbicide available. One way to prevent weeds is to use double layers of weed barrier material. Another method is to use corn gluten to prevent weeds from germinating. To view a similar presentation by Paul Gazda, go to http://www.hopesedona.org and click on the video. You can get to the handouts by clicking on the titles - Clean and Easy Landscapes Maintenance and Maintaining Landscapes Resources.
Thanks to Debi Stalvey and Bea Cooley for the refreshments.
Business Meeting – Debi Stalvey
Debi Stalvey shared highlights of the Coconino Master Gardener Association from 2012. The full report is available at: 2012 MGA Annual Report . She noted that volunteers are still needed for: Community Programs, MG Projects and Historian.
The CMGA ended 2012 with a checking balance of $1,630.70. We raised almost $1,000 from calendar donations and $610 from memberships.
MG Program Happenings (class/home show) – Hattie Braun
Home and Garden Show will take place March 22-24 at the Skydome at NAU. Volunteers are needed to staff the Master Gardener booth and give gardening talks. The first Home Show meeting will be January 18, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The second meeting will be Friday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. Contact Hattie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help.
Continuing Education – Jim Mast
Most of the 2013 talks are confirmed. Freddi Steele will talk about bees in February and Connie Cowan from the Museum of Northern Arizona will talk about their herbarium project in March.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
Please record your 2012 volunteer and education hours by the end of January. The link is on the blog (coconinomgassociation.blogspot.com).
What should we do with the tulips we got tonight?
Put them in pots. Store them in the garage as long as the temperature stays above freezing but below 40 degrees. Tulips need a period of dormancy of 12-14 weeks.
When is a good time to prune aspens?
Now is a good time while they are dormant.
Where can you get your soil tested?
The least expensive options are:
Peaceful Valley Farm (www.GrowOrganic.com)
Colorado State University
University of Massachusetts