IT’S A NEW YEAR FROM THE GARDEN CLUB

January 7, 2022 
 
Dear Fellow Club Members, 
 
In-person meetings will be determined on a month-by-month basis, with the eternal hope for a “green-light”! In the meantime, please be thinking of our Garden Sale on May 7th! It may be an abbreviated sale, perhaps all outdoors, but it will not be the online style we used last year. Yes, the Garden Sale is a fundraiser for the club, but it is so much more! It is a time-honored tradition of the Flotsam & Jetsam Garden Club and is a significant reason our club has maintained an outstanding reputation that reaches beyond Kitsap County. It provides our community with healthy, interesting, and affordable plants and gives beginners a boost in becoming life-long gardeners. As much as anything, the Garden Sale is tremendous fun and a chance to get to know fellow members. It’s a “not-to-be-missed” event – for volunteers as well as for the community! 
 
The upcoming months are when a lot of important things happen in the club so we will do our best to keep you informed and involved. If you get a request to serve on a committee, please give it special consideration! A bit of time from many makes a huge difference, and it can be fun – really!! 
 
Thanks to you all, 

Jane Ritley, President

KITSAP CONSERVATION DISTRICT NATIVE PLANT SALE IS ON NOW!

Native Plant Sale is on now! Visit https://kitsapcd.org/plant-sale, place your order, then pick up plants March 11-14 at Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Plants are bareroot, plugs or 4″ pots usually sold in groups of 10. Pollinator and wildflower seeds are also available.


WELCOME/NEW MEMBER COMMITTEE
We have another New Member this year.
Karen Lemagie

Some of you have met her at the November Arts and Craft Show may have met her. Karen looks forward to meeting other members when we convene. 

Co-Chairs–Nancy Peregrine  & Gail Whitehead


HORTICULTURE–JANUARY GARDENING

New Year’s is the time for turning over a new leaf. If the weather permits, why not do that literally this month? Those fall leaves in your compost will decompose faster and more thoroughly if you turn the pile once or twice this winter. Your planting beds will appreciate that compost later.

The more you do now, the less hectic things will be in the spring, when there never seems to be enough time for all the gardening chores. Weeding is a prime example. I am always amazed by how many weeds are choking my plants in early spring. The ground in some places is covered with chickweed. Shot weed is particularly aggravating since it sets seed so quickly – often before I’m have time to weed it out.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. These weeds don’t magically appear overnight; it just seems that way. They are called winter annuals. Most annuals germinate in the spring, flower in the early summer, set seed in the late summer or autumn and then die. Winter annuals germinate in the fall, grow through the winter, bloom, and set seed in the spring and die in the summer. Sneaky!

Look at your garden right now and you will see that they are already there. Because they are tiny, they don’t look too awful, so it’s easy to ignore them. But that small size makes them very vulnerable, so this is the perfect time to go after them. Don’t get on your hands and knees and try to pull them one by one. Unless you have nothing else to do between now and March, that will be far too time-consuming.

Pick a sunny day, preferably when rain is not expected for at least 24 hours. Don’t laugh, often we get high-pressure systems that give us clear weather in winter. Then take your hoe and skim just below the surface of the soil. The roots of the little seedling weeds will be cut or will be exposed, and the plant will dry up.

I wish I could tell you that, by getting your weeds early, you will have fewer weeds next year. Unfortunately, it appears that the old saying “one year seed, seven years weeds” is true. One thing that will help is mulch. Compost is great, especially where you will be cultivating the soil like flower and veggie beds.

For around trees and shrubs, use a woody mulch. Bark is commonly used, but I prefer arborist chips. Keep the mulch back from the trunk or stems of your trees and shrubs as that may encourage rot or harbor pests. Please don’t bury landscape fabric or, worse yet, black plastic under the much and don’t use the “permanent” rubber mulch. You want an organic mulch that will eventually break down, improve your soil, and provide nutrients to your plants.

Holly Kennell

For more of Holly’s articles, click on this link or look at the top menu–>Resources–>Horticulture


GREETING CARDS AVAILABLE

Hopefully by now you are familiar with this lovely image from Maia Eisen’s garden that is on the 2021 directory cover. Cards are being printed with this image. This year the cards are larger and on nicer paper than past years. A set of five costs only $8.00. That will save you money and a trip to the local card shop. You will be ready to send a note for the next special occasion. If interested, contact Lenore Lynch. They will also be available at our next meeting.


COMMITTEE REPORT — PHILANTHROPY

January, 2022
Dear Garden Club Members,
Just as the FJGC Christmas Philanthropy Committee Members were thinking about how to regale all of you face-to-face for once again coming through in grand fashion to support our 3 organizations, COVID has raised its ugly head to keep us apart. That situation in no way detracts from what you all did. Fifty-five of you contributed $6,205.00 to our cause, even more than I reported at last call. The money was divided as follows:

  • YWCA of Kitsap County-$2,950 for their adopt-a -child Christmas program.
  • Foster Kids Association of Kitsap County. Two last minute contributions enabled us to increase their gift amount to $2,405.
  • Helping Hands of Hansville and Cemetery was overjoyed with their check for $850 to be used in their service to the Hansville Community.

Surely in 2022, we will once again be able to meet together in person and celebrate each other and those we are privileged to serve. Thank you so much!!

Please take care of yourselves and stay well. 

The FJCG Philanthropy Committee
Jacquie Pavey, Anne Johnson, Jill Becker, Robin Stempien, Joann Ater and Roz Williams