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President's Message | april 2018

getting ready for the sale!

We’re working hard preparing for our DIG Plant Sale on May 12, and hope to see you all there. Here’s some April information for you do-it-yourself gardeners.

Feed citrus trees…everything (shrubs, vines, flowers, etc.) so they receive the nutrients needed to support spring growth.

Pinch back mums, geraniums, and fuchsias for a bushier plant and more flowers. Also, pinch back faded sweet pea blooms.

After your azalea and camellia flowers fade, pinch back the branch tips. This will keep them dense, and promote more flowers next year. Feed through October with an azalea-camellia food, once monthly after the last blossom drops.

Watch for aphids, as they love new growth. There are organic products on the market, or try blasting them off with a strong spray of water.

Prune lavender plants by cutting off 1/3 of the new growth. This will keep the plant from getting too woody.

Spray or hand-pull weeds while the soil is moist, before they get too large and out of control.

Be prepared for our DIG Plant Sale, where you can find almost everything you want. May is a great month to plant just about anything for a summer harvest and colorful blooms. We will also have a huge array of succulent planter creations put together by our talented member, Raquel Orozco, perfect for Mother’s Day gifts.

Looking forward to seeing you at Wolfe Ranch on May 12th.



Important Dates

We meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Methodist Church,
809 Second Street in Brentwood.

Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday, (after the first Monday),
of each month in the Fireside Room.

General Meetings
April 23
May 21
June 25

Board Meetings
May 8
June 5
July 3

Propagation Workshop

Propagation for the 2018 season has resumed. Join us at Wolfe Ranch every Saturday 10–noon, bring gloves, clippers, and a friend.

Click here for directions.

2018 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale
May 12, 2018
Wolfe Ranch

Order dig apparel

Look great and be recognized as a Club Member

Pat will be accepting orders for personalized items at every DIG meeting. Download the order form here.

April 23 Meeting
Toni Gattone, Master Gardener

Our April program is one you don’t want to miss! Toni Gattone will present “You Can Garden Forever.” Toni has worked in the gardening industry since 1990 and gardening has always been her first love. Toni has been a Master Gardner since 2011 and has developed her program over the years. Toni’s program, YOU CAN GARDEN FOR LIFE! has been a labor of love, marrying all the elements of her career path to date. She has presented her programs to many Master Gardener chapters, garden clubs, senior groups, nurseries and national flower & garden shows.

Our aging process does not dictate our gardening potential. Our mobility issues do not diminish our ability to produce the garden of our dreams. We have the power to adapt our gardens to our vision, and adapt our vision by revising how we approach gardening.
Through utilizing adaptive gardening techniques, we honor our capacities by gardening smarter, not harder, while looking for new ways that are kinder to our bodies. Gardeners of all ages and abilities can hold on to their love of gardening when holding the pruners gets tougher.

Come join Toni at our April meeting on the path to Adaptive Gardening so you can garden for life, in comfort, with ease and joy. Visit for more information.

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