Gardeners of Somerset Valley
February 2010					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 PM
North Branch Reformed Church

Oh my- fooled once again by Mother Nature. The relatively mild last two weeks in January had to lull the typical gardener suffering from a dose of cabin fever into thinking winter would soon be over. Then February rolled around bringing frigid temperatures followed by lots and lots of snow, thus basically shelving any notions of an early start to the 2010 season. So sifting through catalogues, ordering favorites seeds, reading magazines and attending the monthly meeting must suffice until the soil finally shows signs of thawing. Last month’s program targeted very specific narrow topics. Next week, speaker J. Michael Pollock of the NJ Audubon Society will take a slightly broader tack and talk about habitat improvement primarily to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Since it’s a serious matter that never seems to go away, he will also offer pointers about working with ‘problem wildlife’ rather than fighting or just surrendering. Please see the enclosed attachment for more information about the NJ Audubon Society, the speaker and the program.

Let’s welcome new GOSV member Barbara Basia Buda, a friend and neighbor of Ralph from E. Amwell.

Don’t be surprised if you receive a call from Pien Nagy, Dorothy Siegelman or Bill Dodge. They make up the 2010 Nomination Committee and are mustering up officers for the next one year term. Normally the slate of candidates is announced in February with a vote taking place in March.

Just a friendly reminder, the NJ Flower and Garden Show where our parent organization sponsors a Standard Flower Show, takes place February 18 thru February 21. For some of the newer members, the GOSV agenda fills up fast from here on out with the planning of the Charter Night Dinner, the Geranium/Flower Sale and the always popular plant exchange.

Glancing out the window where phase two of today’s snowstorm has started up again, take comfort in knowing that after next week’s meeting, Saint Patrick’s Day is only one month away. For many diehard vegetable gardeners, this date has symbolic meaning comparable to opening day of trout fishing, except in this instance, peas get planted one way or another. Yes- spring’s not that far off.

Stay safe and warm and hope to see you next week.