On Sunday, October 27, we'll be meeting in the Naples garden of member Deana Bess. She'll be explaining the many ways the nutrient-deficient sandy soil of southwest Florida can be improved. It can then provide an ideal growing medium for the sensational semi-tropical plants that will thrive and beautify our gardens.
We'll get a guided tour around Deana's extensive property to see the various stages of developing mulch piles, bedding soils and container soils. We'll examine the workings of various compost piles and compost bins, and learn how to turn the compost over to speed up its conversion into rich loam for the garden. We'll see the worms multiplying in Deana's vermi-composting bin producing castings, a natural fertilizer for plants, and we'll learn how to start our own bins.
We'll be shown which amendments to add to our sandy soils to improve their texture, their ability to retain moisture, and their nutritional qualities. Deana will demonstrate how to mix various ingredients in proper proportions to create the soil required for each kind of plant. We'll see how to collect compost tea to fertilize our plants, and how to grow cover crops that can then be plowed under to enrich the soil.
After the guided tour we'll gather in Deana's home to discuss what we've seen. She'll answer all our questions about improving garden soils. Other gardening topics always come up at these meetings, so feel free to introduce your own. Amateurs and experts alike contribute their experiences and solutions to problems familiar to all gardeners in southwest Florida.
During the discussion period we'll be enjoying refreshments from Deana's garden. These can include whichever tropical fruits or vegetables will be ripe at the time, such as Monstera deliciosa and others we rarely encounter. Members are encouraged to contribute their own favorite snacks and drinks for everyone to share.
You can also contribute any excess plants you may have, placing them on the plant-exchange table set up at each meeting. You can then take home for your own garden any other plants on the table. The gardeners in our group are traditionally very generous, freely sharing our bounty with other gardeners.
To let Deana know whether you can or can't attend this meeting, click either Yes or No at the RSVP link near the upper right corner of the screen. Visitors are always welcome at these free events. If you're inviting any friends or neighbors to attend, please indicate the number when your submit your RSVP.
PLEASE NOTE: As more members attend our meetings, parking can become a problem. If possible, please share rides to each venue. You can post your offers or requests for ride-sharing on the web site's Carpooling page. It's especially important not to park on the streets around Deana's home. Her very long driveway turns at the left side of the house to lead to many parking spaces at the back of the property. Members should drive all the way back to the workshop and park there first, then along the left side of the property, then on one side of the driveway. Thank you.
After indicating if you will or won't be at this meeting, you can get more information about local gardening by visiting Deana's extensive web site at http://DeanasGarden.com. You can also watch her short video about improving garden soils at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEuRD5L15a8&feature=youtu.be. Much better is meeting Deana herself in her beautiful garden. We look forward to seeing you there.