Companion Planting - Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota

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Companion Planting - Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota

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  • 1. TRI-TRI-CITY FLOWER SHOW JULY 17 & 18Its close to summer and time to plan for the Tri-City Flower Show. Each year the Bloomington, Edina and Richfield clubs produce a mostspectacular flower show at the Southtown Mall in Bloomington. Thepurpose of the show is to allow floral designers and horticultural specialists(gardeners) to show off their talent; educate the public; and raise awarenessand interest in garden clubs. Last year over 263 horticulture specimens were displayed; which includedcut specimens, miniature gardens, indoor plants, and outdoor hangingbaskets. You can see that you dont need a yard to enter horticulture. The floral design division is always something to see because of the ing-nueity of the planning committee and the response of the designers. Youwill see miniature/petite designs, table settings (very intriguing), and amyriad of designs. Of course, lets not forget, the artistic crafts and educational exhibits. Prov-ing once again, you do not need a yard to enter a flower show. In the pastwe have seen creative offerings such as; decorated packages, decorated hats,painted stones, cement leaf casts, pressed flower designs, etc. The education-al exhibits cover a number subjects including, the importance of birds,butterflies and bees; how garden clubs serve the community, Emerald AshBorer, etc.The most important thing to remember is YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A GARDEN CLUB MEMBERTO ENTER THE TRI-CITY FLOWER SHOW. If you or someone you know is interested in entering the Tri-City FlowerShow but would like more information, contact Phyllis Larsen, Tri-CityFlower Show Chair, [email protected] or 952.888.3723. Or, attendthe Tri-City Flower Show Symposium which is held at the Wood LakeNature Center, Richfield MN, on July 8th at 6:30 pm and covers all of theabove topics, in addition to Rules, Registration and Helpful Hints.I sincerely hope that this will be the year that YOU enter the Tri-CityFlower Show! Who knows, there may be a blue ribbon in your future!Kat Hanson STATE FAIR SHOWS AND DISPLAYSEvery fall the Minnesota State Fair has an excellent place to see whatgrows well in our area and in our homes. Come to the fair as avisitor or as a participant, especially in our Federated Show. Thefair may seem overwhelming, but I will be glad to walk you throughhow to enter. The State Fair Show entries need to be pre registeredby mid August, the rest have entry dates closer to the shows or theday of the show. If you pre register for the Monday show, you get a

2. free on site parking sticker for the lot behind the Haunted House-just about half a block from the Agriculture/Horticulture Building where these shows are staged.Most of the shows are open to the public, so if anyone wants to enter, please give me a call for how to get involved. Phyllis Andrews, 651- 455-5077. Hope to see many of the Federated members entering both the Wednesday Federated Show and the Monday State Fair Show.Keep the Plants. Well take the pots.recycleDont forget to recycle your PLASTIC GARDEN POTS, POLYSTYRENE TRAYS &HANGING BASKETS this year. Follow the linkbelow for more information. http://www.gardenminnesota.com/help-for-homeowners/plastics-recycling/Planting for Flower Shows (Worth repeating!) repeating!)eatingQuestionWhat are you planning to exhibit? Floral designs or HorticultureSpecimens.If horticulture-go for top quality proven winners in every class you will enter.Look at last years schedule; its usually similar every year. Or try somethingnew.If floral design-think of the elements of design: space, line, form, pattern,texture & color. If your style is big, bold & abstract-dont plant petunias, impatiens, ordwarf marigolds. If you like mass arrangements you may need filler material like babiesbreath, feverfew, etc. Think colorfind round, spike or textured plants in the same color orcomplimentary colors. Dont plant all round daisy type forms or mixed colors of seeds orplants. One of every color will not help you in arranging or if you need3 of a kind in horticulture.Annuals (they may be interspersed with your perennials)Spike formsRound formsBlue salviaCelosia, crested, Red VelvetCelosia, Flamingo Feather Pink ColeusCelosia, plumed red or yellowDatura, Angels trumpetPurple fountain grassMarigolds, largePurple majesty milletTithonia, Mexican sunflowerSnapdragonsZinnias, large & small * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Bulbs etc.Perennials ShrubsCaladiumAstilbe SuperbaBaptisia, black seed podsCalla LiliesBergenia Cottoneaster, red berries2 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 3. Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota, Inc DahliasEchinacea, Coneflower EvergreensSue Neuhart, President GladiolusHeuchera, Palace Purple Roses6309 Colony Way #1B, Edina, MN 55435-2239 Lilies Hosta Smoke bush, Royal Purple952.924.0669 Email: [email protected] Lycoris or Monarda Snowberry, white berriesNational Garden Clubs, Inc. Resurrection lily Liatris Spirea, Anthony WatererRenee Blaschke, PresidentOrnathologum Sedum Stephandra, cascading307 Garwood, Smithville, TX 78957-1504Solomons SealWeigela512.360.2738 Email: [email protected], Coronation goldNational Garden Clubs Central Region Useful House Plants - Aspidistra, Croton, Papyrus, Sansevieria,Joan Hood, DirectorDont forget Vegetables: Broom Corn; Ruby Red or Bright Lights Chard;Email: [email protected] peppers; Red Burgundy Okra; Garlic Chives; etc.WEBMASTER: These are just a few to think about. Most of all have fun.Deena HelminiakEmail: [email protected] Written by Dolores Schwartz - March 2007CHANGE OF NAME, ADDRESS/EMAIL:Email: [email protected] ORKathy Stattine, 7016 Kerry Rd, Edina MN 55439COMPANION PLANTING952.941.9815 Janet Kilburn Phillips said, There are no gardening mistakes, onlyexperiments. That sums up the scientific aspect to gardening. There is noNEWSLETTEREditor: Kathleen Kat Hanson 612.866.9289end to combinations and procedures. Some work, some dont and often weDesign Information: Dorothy Brindle 952.926.6865do not know what contributed to the success or less than successful result.Horticulture Section:Companion Planting is one aspect to the experiments. Gardeners makeSEND NEWSLETTER MATERIAL TO:good companions and plants have their preferences for who they cozy upEmail: [email protected] OR to in the garden. What will help you is to know who likes whom andKathleen Hanson, 6710 Stevens Av S, Richfield, MN 55423 who helps and protects whom and who hurts whom.612.866.9289 Over the years, gardeners have observed that some plants have a beneficialDEADLINES:effect on each other and other plant combinations are detrimental. CropJanuary/February December1 March/April February1plants, herbs and flowers are companions for a variety of reasons: shelterMay/June March 32July/August June 1 from wind and sun, root and leaf secretions for benefit or not, soil improve-September/OctoberAugust 1November/December October 1ment by incorporating minerals into the soil, the nitrogen fix that peas giveand sunflowers utilize, repel harmful pests or attract beneficial insects orNEWSLETTER ADVERTISING INFORMATION:act as decoys and they can taste and smell better. 1/8 Page Page Page Full Page Marigolds with everything!! They are the universal plant companion.Maximum size: 1 & 2 3 x 2 3 x 4 7 x 4 One Issue: $12.50 $20.00$37.50 $75.00 Nasturtium is a close second. Nasturtium is another good addition to aTwo Issues:$23.50 $37.50$72.00 $146.00diverse garden. It performs as a trap crop, attracting aphids that wouldFour Issues: $45.50 $70.00$137.00 otherwise prey on innocent garden crops. It also provides brightly coloredSix Issues:$65.50 $100.00 $198.00 blossoms, especially in nutrient-poor soil, that attract beneficial insects.The distribution for the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota newsletter is approximately Sweet peas and sunflowers are great companions with the peas contributing1,000 per issue. There are six issues per year. We encourage our members to support and nitrogen and the corn providing shelter and support. Many garden cropsuse the services of our advertisers. You may email your advertisement tolike to grow with beans and peas because of the industrious bacteria air [email protected] or send your print ready copy with your check.colonies living on their roots. These colonies pull nitrogen right out of theMake checks payable to: Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. air and share it with the plants, to the benefit of both.Mail checks to: Kathleen Hanson, 6710 Stevens Av S, Richfield, MN 55423. Dill is a good cucumber companion from seedling to pickle jar because it 14 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 3 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 4. directly repels aphids and spider mites, and attracts beneficial insects like U of Wisconsin-Green Bay Says New Email Font Will Save Money parasitic wasps and lacewings that control cucumber beetles and otherAs part of the schools five-year plan to go green, the University of pests. The herb also appears to stimulate a better flavor in cucumbers asWisconsin-Green Bay has switched the default font on its email the two plants mature.system from Arial to Century Gothic. While the change sounds minor,There are also bad companions that create and problems with pests, stuntedit will save money on ink when students print email in the new font. growth, mineral shortages: Garlic, shallots, onions inhibit beans and peas; and tomatoes and potatoes multiply their disease potential.Diane Blohowiak is the schools director of computing. She says thenew font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one.You can study the pairings on the internet and there are many books avail- able. There are many lists available and, for the most part, they provideThat could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works the same information. Then you can design your gardens to wor