Planting board construction is back on April 26, 2009 entry
I finished one cold frame this week that I will use as the demonstration frame and will work on the other one this next week. Having one frame that I can use when I speak to groups will be a good thing even if I don't get to use it in the garden. Plus we got the furnace in the greenhouse started so I can move plants from the basement lights to the greenhouse and start thinking about seedlings.
I spoke at the "Seeds of Hope" Garden Event at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wi this past Saturday. This was a wonderful and well attended gardening event. The mission of the Seeds of Hope is to serve the Fox Valley Technical College student family. This group basically provides immediate financial assistance for students in crisis. Check out the rest of the mission of this worthy group at the schools web site - www.fvtc.edu/seedsofhope - and maybe you could donate to this worthy cause.
I got to attend a presentation on Roses and one on Cooking with Herbs. I enjoyed them both and the herb one had some great food to sample - the fennel sorbet was especially good. Plus there was a keynote presentation by my good friend Jim Beard about composting, worm castings, and making compost tea.
I gave my presentation - Not Your Average Vegetable Garden - Explorations in Backyard Horticulture - twice and really had a wonderful time and great participation. What a fantastic way to get "pumped up' about spring and the coming growing season. I had good questions and I donated two planting boards to the silent auction. The only drawback was that even though the planting boards are part of my PowerPoint I neglected to mention just how valuable a tool they are for me in the garden. Oh well, at least two people have great new planting boards for this years garden.