Niles Garden Club searching for local ‘green thumbs’

Published 5:48 pm Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Niles Garden Club held their August meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex.

After the secretary’s report and the treasurer’s report were read, new business was discussed. Next year the club will have a Green Thumb Award given to local gardens in the area. Recommend local gardens for the Green Thumb Award. Just send the information to the garden club’s new address: P.O. Box 381, Niles, MI 49120.

Plans for next year’s programs were discussed and approved, with tours of Sarett Nature Center and trips to Vite’s Greenhouse and Nelson’s Herbs on the list.

Cathy Mauthe spoke on “Gardening for Seniors” with tips for easier gardening. She suggested when planting bulbs that they be planted with a shovel to plant six bulbs at a time, which makes it easier to plant and makes a better statement. She also suggested for the health of the bulbs to not cut them down till they turn yellow. This makes the bulbs stronger for next year’s bloom. Bulbs should be fertilized in the fall for the best outcome. Cardboard can also be used under mulch instead of black plastic and lasts for quite a while. Raised beds are also easier to plant and take care of.

The next meeting will be Sept. 13 at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex with a talk regarding the Asian carp invasion. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the program at 1 p.m.