okay - i'm a little behind the times - but yes! please count me in! I have a lot of seeds i have saved from my own garden, as well as a back-log of packet seeds from years past, that never made it into the ground. Thanks, Conor for spear-heading this.
May I suggest the meeting also determine a schedule for future gatherings?
I'll have to miss this meeting, as I will be out of town. If anyone is willing to be my 'garden buddy' for the day, I'd love to send some home-grown food to the meeting via that person, and get a debrief from them afterwards.
If willing, maybe you could call me this weekend to discuss?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Conor Power
The first meeting of Montague Backyard Gardeners will be held on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 PM at the Montague Center Grange Hall.
Are you interested in gardening? Do you want to see what other people are doing? This will be your opportunity to learn how to grow vegetables and plants anywhere, to share seeds with new friends in order to save money and to help new gardeners just starting this year because of the economy. You will meet fellow gardeners, share ideas and learn how easy it is to save seeds from heirloom varieties.
At the first meeting we are going to share and swap seeds. Here is the time to get seeds for free or just a small cost!
Come to our first meeting; it’s all free and it will be fun! Travel aid is available if you need it.
For more information visit www.MontagueMA.net and follow the post: “Garden Interest -- Seed Sharing -- Organic Gardening”
OK we definitely have more than enough people interested. The seed has been planted!! Now it time for it to sprout!!!!
THE FIRST MEETING OF OUR GROUP WILL BE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22, AT 3:00 PM AT THE MONTAGUE CENTER GRANGE HALL.
PLEASE MARK THAT DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR
I will be posting this announcement at the each library and post office at the various villages, but, you can help by spreading the word.
The Grange has graciously allowed the use of its hall and its fitting since the Grange has roots as an agricultural organization. Many thanks to the Grange.
From the comments here and elsewhere, people want a FREE organization open to anyone interested in gardening or anything related to it such as preserving and the like.
This will be a members’ group, not my group. However, to prepare us for the first meeting, here is what I suggest we do:
-- Meet new friends and have a good time. The meeting will last about 1 hr. I will bring some of my own frozen blueberries (They are great when they are frozen!) and maybe some other garden snacks. If you wish, bring something small.
-- Decide what to call ourselves. This will be important because we want to attract new people and we can get press coverage if necessary. My wife say the name "Garden Club" just will not cut it; she's right. Come to the meeting prepared to give a name like Montague Backyard Gardeners or the Montague Green Thumbs. Be creative, because we will vote on a name.
-- Decide what the members want from the club. We already have a lot of fine ideas that followed from the original posting.
-- Decide when we will meet. To start this off, the meeting after this initial introduction will be at my garden. So no heavy thinking about that – yet. But others will have to volunteer. BE BRAVE!
-- After the meeting there will be time for new gardeners to ask questions of any type to help them get started. We will also have a SEED SHARING and SEED SHARING time. If you want seeds, bring small envelops to hold them. If you wish to share or swap seed, think about what charge you will ask for. I hope this will be an opportunity for many to buy seeds for around 50 cents or so. I and Sally will bring seeds that we will give out for free (they are heirlooms). There will not be many since we gave away most of my saved seeds at the recent seed saver event in Greenfield. If you have saved seeds, please bring them to sell, swap or give away.
If there is anything else that you think should be brought up, just post it.
Many thanks to all who are answering this post,
wow, i love the response to this garden thing...great idea. i am interested too. have been stumbling my way thru gardening for several years now. it would be great to share ideas, seeds, plants. and i always love to see other peoples gardens and how they're layed out and all.
Sam and I put together a Montague Grange Carden Club a few years ago. We put in a garden in front of the Grange that last summer got away from us, but , we also held garden classes. I would hire teachers from the area to give classes in things like edible plant walk, seed saving, twig sculpture, growing herbs, cold frame construction, growing greens in the winter ( we had the cold frame in the garden at the Grange) and few seed swaps. Maybe it is time to revive the Montague Grange Garden Club. If you want help organizing or a list of instructors let me know. Sally
I have many seeds that I have gathered from last year and would love to share and trade. Many years ago I tried to get some garden classes going at the Montague Grange but I could not get enough people interested. I would love to see what others are doing in there gardens and be a part of a garden club. I am going to be 52 this July but, I grow more than petunias. Sally Prasch
I'll play. I have been doing my tomatos and peppers in buckets the past few years to avoid weeding and make watering easier. I also saved a lot Morning Glory seeds from last year I would be happy to share. DM.
I can think of nothing more exciting as springtime approaches than to network with fellow Montaguers about how we might turn this frozen muck into a rich flowering edible landscape.
Count me in and I will volunteer my partner Nancy.
I don't think I have enough sun for vegetable gardening, but am devoted to my (part shade) flower garden and would be interested in learning from more experienced gardeners. I only live in Montague in the summer months. Still, count me in as an eager student (once late May arrives). Will you announce a meeting here, or should I send you an email privately? Do let me know. Best, Meredith
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GARDENING! DO YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING.
When ordering seeds this year, I realized just how expensive seeds have become. Also when I get a packet of broccoli or lettuce seeds, there are probably close to 500 in a packet. What a waste since I can't possible use that many even if I can make them last a few seasons.
I talked about this with a few friends and realized what we are missing in Montague is something like a garden club. No I am not talking about a bunch of old people ( I'm 66 but definitely not old...right) sitting around talking about petunias. We need a club of sorts that can do the following:
-Share seeds with new friends TO SAVE MONEY or just to try new varieties
- Help new gardeners just starting this year because of the economy
- Meet fellow gardeners and share ideas
- Visit other peoples gardens to see what they are doing
-Show people how easy it is to save seeds from heirloom varieties
-Share seeds in the springtime
-and more and more
Personally, I am an organic vegetable gardener who practices no-till methods resulting in minimal weeding. I am sure someone out there would like to know how to do this.
Also, I can show you how to make your own organic fertilizer cheaply to supplement your compost.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK. If you have an interest in this, please post a response soon and let me know if you are interested. Even if you have never gardened before and are interested, respond. If more than 10 people are interested, I will organize this so that we can get together somehow to make this happen.