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Overheard at the Garden Gate

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Overheard at the Garden Gate


SLGC Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 9:00 coffee, 9:30 meeting
at the home of Sandy Holmes
17500 Parkland Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Our Charitable Projects Donations Make a Difference!

Last year’s $5000 Charitable Projects donation went to the Onaway/Lomond Community Garden in Shaker Heights for purchase of plants and signage materials. Sandy Holmes, co-chair of this year’s Charitable Projects fund, sent in an article that appeared in a local e-magazine called FreshWater with photos of this great project. Click here to read all about it.

Links to GCA Information

Don’t forget that there are links to information from GCA at the bottom of every web page on the SLGC website: Publications (latest editions of ConWatch, Focus, The Real Dirt, ByDesign), as well as information about planting vegetable and flower seeds and more.

Tips from the Expert

Nancy Linz, Zone X Hort Chair, shared the following tips with us:

  • The hummingbirds should be arriving any day now!  If you put out food for the little hummers, make sure you use 100% pure cane sugar.  Many less expensive sugar brands are no longer made from cane sugar. (Remember: Use 1 part white cane sugar to 4 parts clean water!)

  • If you are planting seeds and using plastic plant markers to label them, have you ever wondered about the best pen/pencil to use?  Ballpoint pens?  Sharpies? Grease pens?  Permanent markers?  You might be surprised to know that it's a #2 pencil.  It will last years in rain, snow, and sun, and not fade.  When you want to re-use the labels, simply use a pencil eraser to remove the writing.

Seed Starting Workshop

A big thank you to Susan White for providing her ultra-clean garage and yummy treats for the SLGC members who attended the workshop, and to Mary Bruce Rae-Grant for her helpful instructions. The zinnias will abound this summer and there will surely be a prize winner at the flower show in October. Click here to see the photos.