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    "Pond Happenings"

    JANUARY 2005 Newsletter

    The January meeting of the GPPS was held at Gardner’s World. Dan called the meeting to order at 10:05 am. Cynthia was introduced as a new member of the GPPS. Dan and Clyde indicated that it is time to begin thinking about the pond tour. Clyde indicated that he was in the process of getting information out early this year. He has 6 magazines lined up and will target local newspapers as soon as possible. The tour will be the second Saturday in May. He is looking for volunteer ponds and people to staff the tour. Anyone who has ideas about advertising the tour should contact Clyde. The size of the pond doesn’t matter. Normally 400-500 people visit throughout the day. The week before the tour the pond tour hosts will have their own tour of the chosen ponds. Tickets for members will be distributed with the May newsletter.
    The photo contest is scheduled for July and will consist of 4 categories: Flowers, Fish and Wildlife, Landscapes and Humor. The best in show will be chosen by all members attending the meeting.
    The speaker for this meeting was Gary Petterson, the President of Gardener’s World. He discussed measures to take to make a difference in the look of your yard.
    • First Step (his product) contains a soil acidifier. This allows the soil to open up, take up water, and get rid of caliche.
    • Add organic material to add microbes. This enriches the soil.
    • Do soil testing if possible to determine exactly what fertilizer is best for your particular soil situation.
    • Use an ammonia based fertilizer only on appropriate plants as it can kill microbes and sterilize the soil.
    • Feed nutrients such as magnesium and iron after March 1st.
    • Plants that grow well around ponds include low growing gazanias, mycoporum (large leaf for shady areas), pittosporum (variegated and dwarf), ice plant, and foxtail fern. Asparagus works well in wet environments. In addition, verbena and lady slipper can be used.