Monday, October 15, 2012

Another Great Tool - The Popup Yard Bag

     Recently I purchased a popup yard bag from McNider's Ace Hardware in Monroeville and so far have been pleased with this purchase.  I have seen similar bags around for a while and though interested, found them too heavy before you even put anything in them.  These bags were much more heavy duty and more expensive.  This bag is only $4.99 and works great for collecting leaves from the yard to move to the mulch pile, etc.  I would not recommend it for sticks or other heavy materials.  It comes packed flat and when you release the velcro straps, it springs open.  It collapses to 3" when you are ready to store it.
     Read about it here:

Great Tool For Planting Bulbs and Bedding Plants

     Recently I ordered a heavy duty bulb and bedding plant auger by Better Garden Tools from Amazon.  The auger attaches to most any drill.  It was $21.95 plus shipping.  You can read about it here:

     I highly recommend this tool.  If you have a prepared bed, it works like a dream.  If you have a bed with rocks or roots, it still works but is more difficult and you will probably need to have your husband dig the holes.

   The auger will work with a cordless drill but works better with an electric one and it is more powerful.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"The Dirt on Soil"

     The Monroeville Garden Club met at the home of Dotsy Compton on October 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  Carolyn McMillian and Sara Bradley were co-hostesses.  Fifteen members attended and there were three guests.

     During the business session, it was decided to have a garage sale as a fund raiser.  The sale will be on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot of St. John's Episcopal Church in Monroeville.  Any money raised will be used to fund the expenses for the large flower pots and hanging baskets around the square and The Katherine Lee Rose Garden.

     Ellen Huckabay, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Mobile was the guest speaker and presented an informative program entitled "The Dirt On Soil".  She stressed the importance of having a soil test done as the first step in starting a garden and she gave each member a soil sample kit.  Information from a soil test points out what needs to be done to make the soil ideal for the kind of plants to be grown.

     Following the program, guests were served caramel cake, miniature pecan pies, cheese straws, and coffee.

Dotsy Compton, Carolyn McMillian, and Sara Bradley

Ellen Huckabay talks with guest, Judy Burns.