John Valentine Speaks to Dogwood about Hydroponics

Very studious club

Very studious club

On February 23, we met at Lynn Smith’s new home. Her fabulous new place, was one of the highlights of the day.

The other big even though was speaker John Valentine, who spoke to us on the basics hydroponics. He tried to smash into one hour and overview of what takes him a semester to teach. He did a great job though and I think we all left with a firm grasp of what things we need to learn and do (that won’t cost an arm and a leg) to get started.

John Valentine

John Valentine

The piece of his talk that stuck out for me was that hydroponics are on their way. It might now seem that way out here in Eatonville where we have room to garden. But in the cities, there is a lack of space and a lot of mouths to feet. In some areas they are building hydroponic greenhouses right on top of the grocery store. You can just walk upstairs for your lettuce.

We’ll have to see if anyone gives it a try. If you do, please report!

(Thanks for the pictures Anne!)

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John Valentine comes to speak at April Meeting

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

Jan Landry hosted this April’s meeting along with co-hostess Kathleen Owen. Great food and the view of Eatonville, Mountain Rainier and Ohop Valley was breathtaking.

We had our own seed exchange and swapped seeds ranging from black hollyhocks to parsnips. We’ll see how everyone’s gardens look a few months from now.

Lastly,we had Master Gardener John Valentine come speak again, this time on seeds and year-round gardening. It was fascinating and we left with our heads swimming with new ideas and information.

Next up is the club’s annual plant sale. Everyone is busy potting up for the big event! See you at the Eatonville high school gym on May 1.

Diane

Master Gardener John Valentine Talks about Geology

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

On Thursday, January 9, Master Gardener John Valentine, came to speak to the club about drainage issues.

To give us a better understanding of drainage, he talked about the geological conditions of our area. It was fascinating. We left much more knowledgeable about slides, slumping, earthquakes and more.

We can hardly wait to have him back.