Tid Bits! On Horticulture and Conservation

Tid Bits! Information About Horticulture and Conservation

Tid Bits! A series of tips on horticulture and conservation.

 

 

Jan 5 21 Issue: 2021 is Here at Last! 

Dec 29 2020 Issue: 2021 Resolutions For Gardeners

Dec 22 2020 Issue: Ahh…Peaceful Pines

Dec 15, 2020 Issue: Making A Simple Bud Vase With Holiday Spirit

Dec 8, 2020 Issue:  Keeping Winter Gardens Interesting

Dec 1, 2020 Issue:  Aromatherapy

Nov 24 2020 Issue; Parsley – Beneficial, Healthful, Medicinal Plant

Nov 17 2020 Issue. Home Sweet Home

Nov 10 2020 Issue: “An Elusive Visitor To Our Woods”

Nov 3 2020 Issue. “Of Two Schools”

Oct 27 Issue.  “Lasagna Gardening with Bulbs”

October 20 Issue. “Autumn Treasurers”

October 6 Issue “Thugs, Squatters, Drifters, and Other Dysfunctionally Functional Relationships in the Garden”

September 29 Issue “It Might be Time to Rethink Our Lawns and Landscapes”

September 22 Issue “Get Hooked on Gardening”

September 15 Issue “Our Featured Friends”

No issue September 8

September 1 Issue “Blackberry Lily”

August 25 Issue “Have a Ball in the Fall”

August 18 Issue “A Rainbow of Iris”

August 11 Issue “The Show Must Go On!”

August 4 Issue “Garden Surprises”

July 28 Issue “Rescuing a Beauty”

July 21 Issue  “All About Clematis”

July 14 Issue “A Variety of Beautiful Lilies From Bobbie’s Garden”

July 7 Issue “A Tribute to Pat Carroll”

June 30 Issue “Learning About Climate Change” 

June 23 Issue “Bleeding Heart, a Garden Favorite”

June 16 Issue “A Good Story – The Return of the Monarch Butterfly”

June 8 Issue “Watching for Tree Diseases”

June 2 Issue “Red Clover, More Than a Weed”

May 26 Issue “Historical Peonies”

May 12 Issue “A Watched Garden”

May 5 Issue “Dilemma”

April 28 Issue “Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day. And while you’re at it, see what you can do about raising the temperature 10 degrees!”

 

Conservation Minute – February 2020

Both the Federated and the Garden Club of America have been focusing more and more on conservation concerns and urging local clubs to be mindful of these concerns as we live our day-to-day lives and grow and maintain our gardens. Their goal is to expand environmental awareness throughout their ranks. Recent issues of GCA’s magazine, The Bulletin, have noted the need to eliminate disposable, plastic bags; reduce phantom power usage by unplugging appliances and devices when not in use; and the importance of trees.

Last September, GCA held a week-long Conservation Study Conference where the focus was on issues that are the same as those we deal with in the Chesapeake Bay region: environmental concerns, sustainability, effects of water quality, and health related issues.

In short, Federated and GCA’s concerns are our concerns. Therefore, we will also be focusing more on the issues of conservation, at each of our General meetings with a ‘Conservation Minute.’

 

Exactly what is conservation?

It is essentially protecting and managing natural resources.

As climate change is becoming more of a global as well as local reality with monthly new high temperature averages, extremes of drought spurring wild fires, record rainfalls inundating and flooding areas, and more frequent rising tides flooding low areas, we cannot ignore its effects.

As we come to terms with the effects of climate change, Conservation is the act of putting the best interests of our environment at the center of our actions: what we purchase (organic, biodegradable), what we throw out vs. recycling and reusing, what cleaning products we use, what we use in our gardens as herbicides and pesticides, and what we plant – native vs non-native.

This first Conservation Minute, defining conservation and giving just this short list of ‘Whats’, is an introduction to future conservation minutes which will hopefully help each of us be mindful of what we do and our impact on our environment.

Until our next Conservation Minute. . .

Lin Moeller, Conservation Committee