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Easy organic gardening, using no chemicals

Like the gardens of other members of this group, our half-acre garden here in Naples continues to flourish with no need for pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, commercial fertilizers or other chemicals. Organic gardening assures that our papayas, pineapples, and other fruits and vegetables will produce food with no residual toxins. Flowers and shrubs will thrive as they have for thousands of years, as nature intended.

The March 10 meeting will discuss all aspects of organic gardening. Members and visitors will learn how to keep destructive insects and other pests in check by using natural controls instead of chemicals that can harm the environment. Simple techniques can keep weeding down to a minimum, with no need for commercial toxins.

Environmentalists encourage gardeners to minimize the size of their lawns, because lawns consume so much water (which is expensive in Florida) and chemicals. We'll explain how we're slowly converting our property's extensive lawn into a tropical jungle of native Florida ground covers, wildflowers, shrubs and fruit trees.

You'll see how to create a simple compost bin and what to place in it, converting waste organic material into rich loam to improve the soil for your garden's plants. You'll learn about feeding kitchen scraps and garden trash to earthworms through vermiculture, and brewing a compost tea to fertilize your plants.

Much more information will be shared by members already experienced with organic gardening, with good advice and answers to all your questions. All other topics under the sun will likely be discussed, with everyone describing their own gardening problems and solutions.

Those attendees who haven't yet received their garden club membership cards will receive them, with their names imprinted on them. The cards are good for discounts of 10% or 20% plus other perks at the garden centers and other organizations listed in the left-hand column.

As usual at these events, members with extra plants, cuttings or seeds will bring and place them on the plant-exchange table, and take home whichever others they like for their own gardens at home.

These free events are for all gardeners, so you can invite interested friends to come as well. To let us know if you can or can't attend the March 10 meeting, just RSVP on the web site by clicking either Yes or No. Please indicate the number of friends who are coming along when you RSVP. Please also note that this is the weekend when clocks are put forward by one hour, so that you'll arrive at the correct 3 PM for this event. We look forward to seeing again the members who attend regularly, and to meeting the many new members who joined the group recently. Everyone's welcome.

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  • Jeanie

    Sorry to of missed this. I was in process of moving out of my gated community. I am looking hard for a home that I can garden. with a variety of trees if anyone knows of anything under 200k. Guess if I had went to this I would see that you can do this anywhere with a bit of effort.

    March 29, 2013

  • Suzanne and P.

    We appreciate everyone's generous appraisals of the latest meeting we hosted in our garden. If you'd like to receive similar compliments, consider hosting a future meeting in your own garden. Attendance never needs to be this impressive. Hosts can always set a limit for the number of members who can register to attend--for instance only the first ten who submit a Yes RSVP. To learn how easy it is to host a meeting, click on our names or photo to send us a message. We'll respond instantly with full details, and will help you before, during and after your meeting. Our thanks go to previous host David Chapman and others who contributed so much information at our March 10 meeting.

    March 16, 2013

  • Mary W.

    It was a lovely meeting....so glad I went. Now to get to the garden & put it to use :)

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Lisa O.

    We had the most enjoyable get together this afternoon. It is great the amount of knowledge shared between members. Joe and I will definitely be at the next meeting. Thank you Susan and Peter for sharing your beautiful property with us and thanks to all the other members for sharing their experiences.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have just been given a large field (Wiggins Pass Road) with a water supply smack dab in the middle. There could be bed after bed after bed of vegetables...... where to begin?

    PS: Does anyone have a small or any size for that matter as long as I can lift it Papaya Plant they don 't want? I would like one in my front yard. If not I will buy one, just thought I would ask. Thanks, Susan

    March 4, 2013

    • Suzanne and P.

      To find lists of plants wanted and plants offered, Susan, members can click on the web site's link titled Discussions, then on Message Board. Congratulations on receiving your new gift of a big potential vegetable garden.

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Susan, if you do plan to go the food forest route, I'm happy to help in any way I can.

      March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for the discussion!

    There was a woman who lives in the estates who said she had over 100 varieties of fruit trees on her property but she snuck off before I could get her contact info. Could you please email me at [masked] ? I'd love to see your place and learn from you! Thank you! :)

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Learned so much! Even if I start with a few of the ideas presented there today, my gardening efforts will be rewarded, I am sure. Lots of knowledgeable people there and all willing to share what they've learned.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Lisa O.

    My husband Joe and I (Lisa) would love to meet all of you and attend. We are busy cleaning up our property and are anxious to find about natural fertilizers. Our soil is very sandy and doesn't have enough nutrients for good citrus production.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plans changed, Will be out of town

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my husband is sick.sorry.

    March 4, 2013

    • Suzanne and P.

      You're one of the group's most active and most helpful members, Etelka. We'll miss your good advice at this meeting. We hope your husband recovers quickly with your loving care.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to this group and new to gardening. I would like to learn how to grow plants from cuttings. I live in Cape Coral. Are there any meetings up near my way during the week days anytime? I am so busy on the weekends with kids stuff I would prefer the weekdays.

    March 4, 2013

    • Suzanne and P.

      We'd be happy to schedule a meeting during the week, Dena, to accommodate members who aren't free on weekends. Members who would like to host a meeting in their garden on a weekday can contact us for details.

      March 5, 2013

  • Deborah S.

    Sorry we will not be able to make it

    March 4, 2013

  • Donna

    I am new to organic gardening and interested in learning from experienced gardners.

    February 22, 2013

  • Bonnie T

    This sounds great and I hope I will get a reminder so I can attend.

    February 8, 2013

    • Suzanne and P.

      All members get a reminder, Bonnie, one week before each meeting takes place. It's a good idea to make a note in your own calendar as well. Oh, and welcome to the club as our newest member.

      February 8, 2013

  • Jeanie

    I won't be able to come due to a yoga vacation in Bahama's with my daughter for her spring break. I really would love to come to this as there will be so much I need to learn. Wish someone could record a bit of it.

    February 4, 2013

  • Suzanne and P.

    Whether your garden is being grown organically or not, you'll get lots of information at this meeting to simplify and improve your gardening techniques. Do your gardening friends a favor by inviting them to attend as well.

    December 27, 2012

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