WELCOME TO POTTING 2018! BEGINS FEBRUARY 7, 2018!
- Hello Gardeners!
Please come to the first potting session of the spring next Wednesday, February 7th, at noon at Beth Rose’s place. (directions below) Come have fun with other garden club members as we pot and label the plants that we will sell at our April 28th plant sale. We will meet once a week on Wednesday afternoons for about 6 weeks this spring. We need plants from your yard, your neighbor’s yard, anybody you can think of yards. We have a little over 1000 plants already, but we need at least 1000 more for the sale. We can’t wait for the perfect weather or for everything to dry out. Last year we faced snow, a short 4 week spring potting season, and never ending mud. Despite all that we had well over 2000 plants. So let’s do it again!
We will pot the plants we get, but Sandy also has a big list of other Start-Up jobs to do: We need to put down more landscape cloth and move all the Sun/Shade plants (200+) back to their regular spot. We need to put slug bait on selected plants. We need to do selective weeding where necessary, and the list keeps growing. We need your help.
There are many ways that you can contribute to make our plant inventory grow
- donate plants
- dig plants for others
- pot up plants at the barn
- pot up plants at your home, and let us include them in our inventory
- make labels for the plants we pot (labelers arrive at 12:45pm)
- bring a friend!
This year we must still be mindful of the Japanese Beetle problem in the Cedar Mill/Oak Hills area. To prevent the beetle eggs and larvae from being spread through the transfer of plants and soil we must not receive any plants from that area. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has expanded the quarantine area this year. Members who live in that area have been contacted. See the attached document and website address to help determine the area in question. If the plants are from zip code 97229 or 97006 north of Highway 26, you need to check to be sure. If you are not sure, call us before you dig. 503-649-6935.
Before you dig, check the “At or Overstock Items” list for plants with sufficient inventory and also the “Do not dig these plants for sale” list for problem and invasive plants. Those lists are attached.
On the paper label complete as many of the fields as you can, the more information the better. DO NOT use old paper labels. Use the NEW ones attached to this email. This year we will require that all donations have the Donated By field completed. We introduced this so that we know where the plant came from. With the beetle problem, need we say more? Attach a picture if you have one, and place in a plastic baggie with each plant. NO Daylilies without pictures and No Grasses. You can drop plants off outside Beth’s barn any time before Wednesday if you aren't able to stay for potting times. We will divide and pot the plants that you have dug! We accomplish good things for our own gardens, for the gardens of our customers in the spring, and for the recipients of our grants and scholarships.
See these other attachments to this email for additional information:
- 1. Do not dig these plants for sale list
- 2. New Paper Plant Labels (Print your own)
- 3. Website map of the infestation area -- http://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=94f352bc881b410a911c252e69ca48f8
- 4. At or Overstock Items List
Directions to Beth’s House
Beth Rose's address: 8820 SW Grabhorn Road, Aloha
From Farmington Road turn south on SW 209th/Grabhorn Rd and go past the Jenkins Estate and past Gassner Rd. Take the first gravel driveway on the left. (You will see the neighbor's black mailbox #8805. Turn left there.) If you start driving down hill on Grabhorn, you have passed the driveway. Beth's driveway is long; stay to the RIGHT where it branches. There is ample room to park near the house, but go slowly because of the gravel. Park diagonally on the left, and leave the driveway near the house and the area to the right of the house open for turning around. Be careful not to park too close to the fence.
We hope to see you Wednesday! Please email us or call if you are coming. We need to know what job you would like to do.
Harold & Sandy Shannon - potting coordinators
503 649-6935 or 971-563-5966 cell
Beth Rose - labeling coordinator