The tallest summer grasses take over, gentle rains are less frequent, thunder and lightning iconic for summer, triumphant sunshine with all creatures looking for coolness and shade. This is a busy planning time for gardeners shaking dust from clothing. Mowers welcome the time when fields won't need to be so often. Questions or comments are always welcome. We'll try to get right back to you right away.
Thursday, August 20:
2:00 Growing and Using Unusual Vegetables: (Microgreens, Eggplant, Okra, Sweet Potatoes, Kohlrabi,Edamame, Bok Choy, Chard, Kale, Arugula, Leeks and others) Mel and Tammy Glover, Master Gardeners.
3:00 Wildflowers of the Black Hills: Connie Hobbs, Master Gardener highlights and identifies wildflowers that may be seen from hiking trails in the Black Hills.
4:00 Compost: Brenda Pates, Master Gardener explains ingredients and procedures needed for making hot compost in your back yard.
5:00 Growing and Propagating Day Lilies: Suzanne Karl, Rapid City Garden Club, Daylily hybridizer will describe and demonstrate more varieties than the yellow and orange day lilies commonly found!
6:00 Day lily swap: Dig and divide your day lilies, place in a plastic bag, label with variety and/or color and
bring divisions to swap after of Suzanne’s presentation. There may be some left to give away even if you
don’t have some to bring, but people who bring divisions will have first choice. Swap limited to those attending the presentation. Any lilies left will be available on Friday for adoption.
Friday, August 21:
1:30 Ask a Master Gardener Bring your questions for Master Gardeners to answer. Place any samples (plant materials or insects) in a zipper top plastic bag or transparent plastic or glass jar with lid.
2:00 Vermi-composting: Cathie Draine, Master Gardener and Professional Garden Writer explains how to use
red wiggler composting worms to produce premium compost from kitchen waste all seasons of the year.
3:00 Building a Backyard Greenhouse: Brad Morgan, Master Gardener and Jerry Treinen explain the process
of designing and building your own greenhouse.
4:00 Recycling in the Garden/ Using Landfill compost and mulch: BethAnn Ferley will discuss and
demonstrate repurposing materials and using compost and mulch for gardening.
5:00 Growing African Violets: Betty Wagner will describe and demonstrate care and propagation of African
Violets, a blooming house plant.
6:00-6:30 Ask a Master Gardener Bring your questions for Master Gardeners to answer. Place any samples
(plant materials or insects) in a zipper top plastic bag or a clear glass or plastic jar (with lid).
Each presentation will be approximately 45-50 minutes with time for questions.
Horse's legacy can be found in our garden. On July 14 we had our horse, Buckwheat, humanely euthanized. He had outlived his teeth and his vision. We made the call and set the time. more
Killing voles in the garden. What made me think that multiple containers of vole-killing compound would rid us of voles? Despite my praying for the help of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, it is our petulant cat, Hitam (hee-tom) that has saved the family gardens. Each morning, golden eyes glinting, she eases her sleek body through the pasture to the barn or sits stonily on the rock walls waiting…to kill voles. And for weeks she has brought us two to five garden-eating voles daily. more
Great Gardening Truths.Let’s face it: we like our gardens to be pretty, and speaking for myself and probably others, I’m not thrilled to see a carefully grown ‘pretty’ hanging from the mouth of a deer, or gnawed to shreds by grasshoppers or twisted out of shape by aphids or thrips. I take that personally.
Then, rethinking my behavior and restored by a cup of tea, I review what I know to be Great Gardening Truths.
Archeologists and soils. Archeologists have found garden records and structural remnants dating back to the time of the pharaohs. Cultures knew that soil had to be fed and they, almost literally, threw everything but the kitchen sink into the gardens. Excavations have revealed potshards, bones, shells and human and animal manures. There is a record of a lease of land in ancient Greece that required the lessee to buy 150 baskets of manure (presumably from the owner) each year for the orchards. more
August gardening tip. See august gardening tips on green tab above. One is that "Irrigation is the main activity that the gardener has to do frequently in August. The best way to water can vary greatly depending on the garden situation. Hanging baskets and full, healthy container plants can need a thorough watering every day, or occasionally more often." more