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I’m getting a little nervous about class on Thursday. I’ve been hearing horror stories about the next snow storm. Please remember that I have an hour long drive to Hanover, and if the roads are not cleared… I’ve then got an issue.
Remember to check the Hanover Schools on the web, and listen to (I believe it was) Channel 9 for an announcement. If there’s no school, there’s no class.
I will get up early, check with the Hanover School website, and the local police to find out about conditions. I will try to have it announced by 7 AM. Why don’t I plan to send an email whether or not we have a “Go”, or “No Go”. So don’t embark until you hear from me.
If we have to cancel, I’m not quite sure what our next step will be. But, I guess I shouldn’t cross that bridge until I’m about to pay the toll, eh?
Hoping to see you on Thursday morning, with Heather Bryant in tow!

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Heather Bryant from the NH Extension Service will come to speak about Vegetable Gardening on February 3rd, not January 27th. That was my “mea culpa”. She had told me the 27th wouldn’t work. So, look for Veggies on February 3rd.
Instead (on the 27th) we’ll talk about winter gardening chores and composting which I had intended to do the following week. We will also get set for those “pests” and “helpers”. And, we can deal with catalogs, books and magazines as well other things you wanted to discuss when we ran out of time last week.

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I just came across this article about poisonous indoor plants… This is another possible idea for one of you looking for a topic! Check this link.
I am in the process of making up the list for distribution on Thursday. Hopefully, you’re ready to sign up with a “pest” or “helper”.
We’ll try to work in “forgotten books, magazines and thoughts” at the end of class, so don’t be afraid to bring them along. No promises here… if we can’t get to them Thursday, I’m sure there will be time for them at some point before the end of the term.

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We decided that in the eventuality of any need to cancel a class due to weather, the first place to check would be the Hanover Schools. If school is cancelled, so are we. You can hear cancellations on the radio and also on Channel 9. I will be sure there is an email sent to you prior to 7 AM of the class day. As far as checking on the internet (in case you missed the broadcast) visit http://www.sau70.org/. This is the website for the schools and they tell you IN RED if school has, in fact, been cancelled. I will call those without email prior to 7 AM.
Since we missed our first scheduled class, we all decided that the best solution would be to extend one additional week. Instead of ending our classes on February 24th, we’ll have an additional class, and finish up on March 3rd.
Next Thursday, Heather Bryant from the NH Extension service will speak to us about Vegetable Gardening. I promise you’ll learn a lot. Try not to miss it!
Next week, I will also ask you to decide what “pest” or “helper” for the garden you’d like to present. We will do these little reports after the break within each class, so plan on using about 15 minutes, but not more than 20 minutes, if possible. We’ll need a little time for discussion and class ends after 45 minutes or so. If you take too long, I’ll probably have to cut you short, so remember the time element. At any rate, I hope you’ll each pick some topic that really troubles, or pleases you, and report on that. The reports are always better if given with a bit of “passion”! 🙂 I’d love to have at least one “pest” and one “helper” presented during the second portion of each class. If you could prioritize which dates you’d like to present your “blurb”, I won’t have to “assign” them.
I really enjoyed class today and am looking forward to our next class. See you then!

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Tomorrow will be our first class, so all the topics I mentioned a few days ago will be covered then. We were supposed to do them on the 13th (which was unfortunately cancelled).
One of the things I said we’d cover was IPM or Integrated Pest Management. I said I would have a handout for you. Well, I’ve decided just to explain it in class, and send you to a website that will give you a ton of extra information. That way, we’ll save a few trees, and it probably isn’t necessary to go into it at such great detail. Here is the link on IPM which is put out by the EPA.
I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow. Remember to bring those catalogs and books!

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It’s too complicated to try to get up at the crack of dawn to make a decision about driving to class tomorrow. It’s an hour drive for me and a few others as well. My feeling is that we’re not 20 any longer, and driving in (possibly) nasty conditions is just not an appealing thought. At any rate, we will NOT have class tomorrow the 13th.
I’ll look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday, the 20th of January.

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF YOUR GARDEN

Winter is NOT forever!

    CATALOGS/BOOKS/IPM

INTRODUCE OUR CLASS REPRESENTATIVE –CAROLE WENZ
• Carole may have a few things to cover about our class “operations”…

INTRODUCTIONS: Let’s tell each other
• Why we’ve elected to take this course & what we hope to accomplish here!
• How much gardening we’ve done
• Who got us started gardening
• How much land, if any, do we have available to garden

ASSIGNMENTS-PESTS AND HELPERS
• Next week (1/20/11) I will send around a list for you to set up your “assignment” and it’s date of presentation, so please be thinking about that.
• During every Second hour (except maybe next week) it would be wonderful to hear about at least one pest and one helper in the garden. This could be an animal, insect, chemical, or anything that impacts our gardens. I hope you will tell us how to encourage helpers, and discourage pests. Pictures, charts and any other techniques that would clarify our understanding would be great!
I would expect that you will pick one or the other and let me know what you have picked to do and when.
Let me give you a couple of examples of pests: bagworms, cabbage loopers, cutworms, Japanese beetles, deer, birds, moles, powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, etc.
Here are a few helpers: compost, soil tests, types of fertilizers, companion planting, Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt), more on IPM, etc.
If you would like to do more than one, that’s fine as long as no one else has chosen it as their first choice. The more the merrier. The office will be glad to copy paperwork as long as it’s no more than a page or two, and as long as you give them ample time. Preferably, the week prior to when you will do it. They can usually manage it since we’re doing it the second hour, if you get it to them prior to the beginning of class.

GARDENING ZONES
• I will hand out a copy of these, and lets talk about what they are and how they are useful. We’ll talk about what OUR zone is, and commit it to memory!

CATALOGS
• It’s sharing time! Let’s be sure each of us has a few in our hands and let’s see what they have to tell us.

BOOKS
• More sharing! If you’re comfortable, let’s each tell a bit about our favorite gardening book. We’ll do one at a time, so everyone who has a book can share it. Then we’ll go for the second “go round” should you bring in more than one.
• These books can be about gardening, places, wildlife gardening, bulbs, ANYTHING having to do with gardening! Let’s be creative!

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
• Let’s just define this and know what IPM means and how it should impact us, and our gardens. I’ll have a handout with the definition, etc. We’ll talk about that too.

Somewhere in there about midway through, we’ll have a little break for a beverage and snack!

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