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Create an Inspired Kitchen Garden Program Yesterday

Much to my surprise, as well as the library's, the turn out for the program was far better than expected at the Midtown Library yesterday. There were over 50 who made it despite the slippery, slushy streets. The group was diverse and there were several WFN members in attendance, it was a pleasure to meet you after the program and later at the WFN Restoration Tour.

Everyone seemed to be interested in the topic and there were plenty of great questions. One of them being: "Do white tomatoes have any lycopene?" I've researched the answer:

All tomatoes have lycopene, but certain colors have the highest amounts, those with deep red flesh. This includes pink tomatoes because they really do have red flesh. Pink tomatoes have a red interior but clear skin; therefore, they appear more pink than the reds. The more pale the tomato, the less lycopene is found. So the white tomatoes have the least naturally occurring lycopene amounts.

Another question was "What is Feather Meal [a natural soil amendment]?" It is literally ground up feathers.

For those who could not make it yesterday, the Create an Inspired Kitchen Garden program will be offered again at the Springfield Lawn & Garden Show, Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 pm in the West Hall. There are 15 different educational garden related programs being offered for free throughout the event. I highly recommend the one after mine on Raised Bed Gardening being offered by Greene County's Horticultural Extension Specialist, Patrick Byers. For a complete list with times and room locations, look here.

If you attended either program and would like to comment on them for others who are wondering if they will find them worth their time, feel free to do so here.

If anyone has questions that weren't answered in regards to the program, please post them here.

If you need a copy of the Missouri Vegetable Planting Calendar, you can download it for free. If you're in the Springfield Mo area, be sure to use the "North Missouri" column planting dates.

A copy of one month of the Our Kitchen Garden newsletter was available yesterday at the program. Here is the complete archive if you'd like to browse them. The February 2010 issue will be posted at that page this week.

Also discussed were:

1) Friends of the Garden Calendar (the most comprehensive calendar for the Southwest Missouri Area). View area garden events for the month of February here: www.swmogardens.com/fogcalendar;. If you know of an event that is not on the calendar, just click "Submit Event" at the top and fill in the details. I will receive it and get it posted for you.

2) The current construction progress of the new 4.3 million dollar Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The Center’s construction costs are being met by $3 million from a 2006 voter approved parks sales tax, in addition to the support from the non-profit group Friends of the Garden. You can keep up with the contrution status here.

If you have any garden related questions at any time, you can ask in the Garden Talk area. I and others will be frequenting the forum to answer questions.

3) Some of you expressed interest in the volunteer opportunities. A benefit of Friends of the Garden versus Master Gardeners is that you don't have to take the MG training. Some of us don't have schedules that allow time for the training, so Friends of the Garden is perfect for someone who would like to participate once a year, once a month, or whenever they can. It's a great way to hang out with other gardeners and keep up with what's going on. The next meeting is Thursday, February 11, at 5:00 pm. Look here for details with location, map, and directions. I look forward to seeing you there!

Missouri Vegetable Planting Calendar g06201.pdf

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Comment by Teri Leigh Baird on February 1, 2010 at 12:15am
Thank you for your class yesterday as well as your comprehensive follow up here. We very much enjoyed the class and look forward to implementing several of the concepts in this year's garden.
Teri Leigh

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