Friday, August 18, 2023

President's Report by Janet Crozier


With over 30 days of 100 degrees, our gardens have taken a hit. It’s not unusual though for August to have extreme heat, but to have it this long and have water restrictions doesn’t encourage our plants to produce much. We remain optimistic because we know this won’t last forever and we must make plans for fall gardening.

We are planning a Square Foot Gardening class on Saturday, August 19, at 10 am at the Lampasas Co. Annex conference room. At this class, we will talk about Square Foot Gardening. Why we use this method, how to structure it, and what goes into the soil mixture, and why we make a grid instead of a row. After the instructions, we will go to the Lampasas Community Garden and create a Square Foot Garden bed and ready it for planting. Meanwhile, we need to decide what fall vegetables we want to grow. Maybe even experiment with a vegetable that we have never tried before. Many herbs do well in the fall and winter too.

We are planning our fall fundraiser to be held at LCG and the pavilion on September 30 from 4-7pm. We are looking forward to having activities for all ages, The Great Zucchini Race, which was such a hit at the “Arts in the Park” event, our bicycle blender, and there will be so many other activities for the kids—AND line dancing for those that want to learn this dance. All this and a silent auction that is turning out to have a fun selection of items that no one will want to miss out on.

Food reminiscent of fall flavors, such as anything pumpkin and zucchini as well as barbeque once again from Dusty Dees BBQ. If you have had it before, I bet your mouth is starting to water at the thought. We believe we will have a family event that will have something for everyone. We will have a photo shoot so you can remember the fun and share it with your extended family. More details will be forthcoming on Facebook.

Our goal is to raise all the funds for our ADA-compliant garden beds. We have come a long way with our earlier fundraisers, we have raised more than half of our projected goal, but there are last-minute additions that were not planned. We have our garden beds already purchased; a shed is being donated by Mike Irvin. Keypunch locks are needed for our gate and shed. Irrigation is another expense that we are looking at that we would like to get set up at the same time as the concrete pad. Please donate or contribute to this fundraiser. We need your help.

We appreciate all the donations received and have a banner with the names and logos of many of you mentioned. If we have missed anyone, I am truly sorry.