The Presidents Letter

It is not a “shiny” day today, which gives me permission to get out of the garden and into the house to get my share of the newsletter to Bill Blok for printing. First of all, let me repeat what I told you last month about our December meeting. Luncheon is planned for Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 pm at the Grand Villa Restaurant, 3594 Chicago Dr. in Grandville. Our menu will be your choice of Broasted Chicken for $8.99, 8 oz. Prime Rib $10.99 or Scrod $10.99. All are served with potato, vegetable, salad and pop, coffee or tea. Separate checks will be given, and you can order dessert from the regular menu if you wish. There is an 18% gratuity. I would like to have a head count so the restaurant can be ready for us, so please let me know either by email or phone (453-0102) if you plan to attend.
In addition, I will remind you that our November meeting will be presented by Harlan Schumaker, who will show his photos of 2011 rose events. This is always a really good program so you will definitely not want to miss this one! Harlan is an exceptional photographer.
Have you all been busy as bees in your gardens as winter gets set to overtake us. I cut back with help from my son-in-law, and did my last spraying with Pentathlon DF. Along with Mancozeb, it is the only fungicide advertised to kill the blackspot spores. My experience is that the Pentathlon is less expensive than liquid Mancozeb. It takes just 3 teaspoons of this sugar-fine chemical per gallon of water. Having defoliated many of my roses when cutting back, made the spraying go so much faster. Now I’ll just await a bit colder weather before I cover my beauties for the winter. This year I will not cover all the minis – we’ll see how they recover on their own.
Jan Powell sent me an email awhile back from Tree World Plant Care Products. They sell several repellents for deer as well as small critters. Last winter I lost 9 minis in the front bed in a “vole attack.” Judy Farris set 6 mousetraps for me and placed them strategically where the voles have been. Well, they enjoyed the peanut butter, left the traps empty – guess they thought we would just refill their treat! And so I ordered Plantskydd for small critter control. It is organic and safe for use among those of us with dogs/cats. It comes as a granular, which is what I used, but also a ready to use spray. I hope for better control than with the mousetraps.
This is the last newsletter until February 2012 when Bill and I will be back with you. By Joan Stoffer


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