Plentiful Gardening in 8 hours per year

  • September 26, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Summer has flown by.  I got a new Web Design contract that is keeping me out of the house like a "real" job, and my son started school last week.  I expect all our northern flock to be flying home to us soon, so it's time to get back to GREEN!

Same as before, the 4th Thursday of the month at 6pm.  We can discuss changing this time at our next meetup if anyone would like, or here on the website chat board.

September's meetup - How to have a plentiful garden and maintain it in only 8 hours a year. 

I am a lover of gardening although, I have spent time in the past gardening that seemed to be more than it was worth.  Now, I will give you all you need, to do it quickly and actually reap much more.  We will have a few different meetups over the next year pertaining to gardening and I am sure we all can say we have time for 8 hours a year for fresh, healthy vegetables.

This first Gardening meet will consist of going over Materials, Checklist, Set Up, and Maintaining.  Then we will watch a couple of videos from my mentor on the subject.  There are 14 short videos in all, so we will break this lesson into 2 meetups.  At our second we should be able to get through the rest of the videos and see if anyone has started with theirs and has any questions.

This is the perfect time to get started on a project like this.  Planting season is fast approaching.  Not that now is not good as well.  Take a look at the beautiful eggplant growing in my Aquaponics bed at this very moment. 

I am adding some of the Materials list below, in case you would like to get started on gathering before the meetup.  We do have a limit on seating as the location is a little small although, for this meet it will be especially relevant as the owner has an amazing garden that produces more than his household needs. 

See you there!

If RSVP fills long before the meet, we will schedule a second showing.

Materials

• 1' thick bundle of newspaper
• Old carpet or cardboard
• Lucerne hay, pea straw or normal hay
• Organic fertilizer
• Compost
• Posts and frames for climbing plants
• Corrogated iron sheets and posts for home-made compost bays

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  • Neil

    The plants I brought were Mother of Thousands - kalanchoe crenatodaigremontiana.

    September 28, 2013

  • Susan

    Jennifer, I brought the pencil cactus cuttings. Feel free to give them away.

    September 27, 2013

  • Arlene G.

    Thank you!! Loved the class!!!

    September 27, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Was it you Arlene that brought the succulents? Neil took a couple and David will be keeping the rest alive until the redo meetup next weekend. Sorry we forgot to pass them out.

      September 27, 2013

  • Krisna

    Very rewarding... great learning experience.... Thanks Jennifer for putting it all together for us.

    September 26, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Thank you for the tip on okra cooking

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the best meet ups I have ever attended.

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Thank you Bobbi. I can't wait to get your Solar guy in here soon.

      September 27, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Thanks David & Jennifer... It was interesting

    September 27, 2013

  • Susan

    Very informative.

    September 26, 2013

  • Susan

    It was nice meeting everyone tonight and learning this new method of gardening. I can't believe I forgot to give everyone the pencil cactus cuttings I brought with me!

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got in from work, sorry I can not make this meeting. Will take me an hour to get there.. Hope to make the next one though.

    September 26, 2013

  • Arlene G.

    Thank you!

    September 26, 2013

  • Neil

    Work is taking longer today and I won't be able to make it on time. I'll still try to make it later as I already have plants for everyone in the car.

    September 26, 2013

  • kimberly c LOCAL FOOD E.

    Unfortunately I cannot attend this evening. And very happy to see that you may schedule a second meet up for this. My cell phone number is[masked] please let me know any other time that I may be able to see this method of growing. Thank you Kimberly

    September 26, 2013

  • kimberly c LOCAL FOOD E.

    .... Unfortunately I cannot make it tonight. I'm happy to see that you may schedule this again. My cell phone number is[masked] if you do reschedule please let me know. Thank you

    September 26, 2013

  • Jennifer F.

    I was going back over what I said we were doing this evening and wanted to let all know that we will be doing a little more interactive stuff rather than sitting and watching video. Not all will be able to get their hands dirty as there will be a full house, although very fun none the less.
    See you all there!

    September 26, 2013

  • Arlene G.

    Hello!! So excited to find a group that can show me how to garden in Florida. When will I know if there is room for tonight's meeting. If there is, do I need to bring anything but a notebook?? Is there a fee?
    Thank you!
    Arlene

    September 26, 2013

  • Jennifer F.

    Hello all. Wanted to give another taste of what is to come for our meetup this week and why it is such a valuable Green tool for each of us.
    Food production and distribution is a major contributor to climate change. Globally, 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions
    are attributed to the way we grow, process, distribute and consume food. An additional 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions are due to deforestation largely driven by the clearing of forests for agricultural land. And with a growing world population to feed, it is very likely that these emission levels will increase further. It seems that we can’t win. After all, we have to grow food to survive. But if the very act of growing food is harming us, then what else can we do?

    September 22, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Check the message board for the rest of this update. ;)

      September 22, 2013

    • Neil

      What can we do if growing food is harming the environment? Eat less. Greatly reduce the amount of manufactured food consumed.

      September 26, 2013

  • Neil

    I am bringing 20 plants - one for each attendee. Hopefully others will do the same so that we can trade plants.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to learning to gardening abundantly !

    September 23, 2013

  • Sally

    still in NJ.....would like to go to another if it is sched.

    August 14, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      We will have another Gardening plant exchange in a few months after everyone has gotten their gardens going to chat about what worked and what didn't here in our Florida climate.

      September 22, 2013

  • Krisna

    I am visiting my son here and wondering if anyone around fort myers needs help with gardening.
    Leaving in early October so have about a month to contribute.

    1 · August 31, 2013

    • kimberly c LOCAL FOOD E.

      hi again MJ ... nice to see you r pretty face here ... wanna come help in Naples ???? I am working on taking over a friends yard ....Kimberly [masked]

      1 · September 1, 2013

    • Krisna

      Yes Kim, I would love to!! I am dependent on either getting a ride or if a car is available. Do you know if anyone is coming from Ft Myers??

      September 2, 2013

  • kimberly c LOCAL FOOD E.

    this is gona be fun to see !!!!!

    September 1, 2013

  • Neil

    Having gardened for 29 years in Germany, I'm wondering about what kind of garden can be done in 8 hours per year. With an eight-month growing season, that would only be 1 hour per month or 15 minutes per week - 2 minutes per day.

    August 18, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Perhaps, us Floridians will have to spend 16 hours per year, since we have twice as much growing time. The author of this sytem is in a very cold climate so there will be some adjustments for us, some more difficult, some easier.

      August 31, 2013

  • scott h.

    is this what you mean by the chat board. just my two cents, i will give up my volleyball one thursday a month because this is important to me but the best days for me are (in descending order) wednesday, tuesday, saturday (except the last saturday), monday, sunday and preferrably not friday or thursday.

    August 14, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Duly noted. We will talk about it at the meetup. We originally had an idea of alternating between Thursday and Saturday, every other month to be able to have schedules for many. We have over 100 people in this group that I am hoping to get involved. ;)

      August 31, 2013

  • Jennifer F.

    We ate the eggplant last night. It was the sweetest one I have ever had in my life. Anyone itching to get started on something? This heat is still a little harsh for new plants, although it is perfect for getting some great compost bins started.
    I have put the compost section in a document for you all to read so you can get started now. It takes a month to get some good stuff ready, so don't wait!
    For a Word docx go to:
    http://MotherSpider.com/f4w-composting.docx
    For a PDF go to:
    http://MotherSpider.com/f4w-composting.pdf

    If anyone has seedlings or seeds they would like to share, bring them. I am pretty sure we will have plenty of swiss chard to pass out, which is crop #1 to plant in this system we will be learning about.

    If you need to find a horse or cow manure outlet, let me know and I can get you in touch with some. lol

    August 31, 2013

  • Susan

    Are we supposed to bring any of the supplies to the meeting? Per Neil, I can bring a plant to "share" to the meeting. Does it have yo be a veggie (seedling) or can it be a houseplant?

    August 26, 2013

    • Neil

      Any kind of plant.

      August 27, 2013

  • Neil

    Gardening groups are a great place to get new plants when each member brings plants to trade with others. I have plants that I'm willing to trade for others that I'll be bringing with me. Hopefully others will do the same. It's always very helpful if the plants are labeled with both the common name and the botanical name.

    1 · August 23, 2013

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