Do they have gardening clubs just about everywhere to join?

and what exactly does one do once joined? does everyone go as a group to one anothers house for fun and work of helping each other w/their gardening or what?

Garden clubs vary greatly. You need to ask what YOU want from a club and find one that fits. Many are geared towards the social aspect with education such as flower arrangement, gardening and some social project. Many help with a garden in a school, nursing home and the like. Many also hold flower shows.

Garden clubs may run from mostly social to those really dedicated to public service. I’ve never heard of one going to each others’ home and helping with the garden, LOL! cool idea.

Plant societies gear their activity towards a certain plant, say rose society or daylily society. Their’s is education based, they may have a public garden and usually have a flower competition.

Then there is the Master Gardener programs. These are for experienced gardeners who receive around 40 classroom hours in education and return those hours in public service thru the Extension Service.

If you are in or near a big town, look in the phone book. Sometimes a group of garden clubs may purchase a building to hold their meetings. Ask at local nurseries and garden centers. Call the Extension Service, they often keep track of local garden clubs or have a name of someone to contact.

If the garden club is having a flower show, they will list it under the happenings section of the paper. Also the State Fair may have state wide flower competition. That would be a good way to learn about clubs throught out the state.

Also check out this site: http://www.gardenclub.org/links/links.aspx?path=Root/HelpfulLinks/StateGardenClubSites

No Till Gardening

Director of the Home and Garden Information Center (UMD), Jon Traunfeld, demonstrates how easy it is to start a no-till garden.

Shot and edited by: Alix Watson and Emily Heimsoth

For more information or resources check out the Home and Garden Information Center site: http://www.hgic.umd.edu

Or the Grow It Eat It site: http://growit.umd.edu

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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden : Ideas for Designing Your Vegetable Garden

Learn ideas for designing your vegetable garden in this free online video guide to vegetable gardening.

Expert: Scott Reil
Contact: www.safelawns.org
Bio: Scott Reil is an accredited nurseryman and longtime horticulturalist with over two decades of experience in the field. Scott is now working for www.safelawns.org.
Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

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CBI Magnum Force Grinder Making Mulch

Shows CBI Grinder making mulch from stumps and wood debris. Processing material such as stumps to make mulch requires an aggressive and rugged grinder with the precision to deliver the desired size end product. For that reason, CBI equipment has been the undisputed leader in this industry for the past decade and the industrys top mulch manufactures turn to CBI again and again.

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What is meant by "weeding over" a garden?

I recently overheard someone say that they were "weeding over" their garden right now. We’re in Cleveland, Ohio in mid-spring, here. What is "weeding over a garden"?

Not sure if it’s the same thing, but every fall I plant annual rye after my garden is done. The grasses grow, and I turn them over into my garden to increase the nitrogen in my spring garden.

Letting your garden go back to nature is called "laying fallow". It’s when you let your garden grow whatever comes up, instead of "weeding over", which is a fertilizing strategy.

How organic is this black mulch you can usually find at nurseries and would it be good to work into clay?

I am wondering if I tilled this black mulch that you usually find at nurseries into clay dirt, if it would make it like a nice topsoil quality type of dirt or not.

and how organic is the stuff used to make black mulch usually?
what is usually in it ?

and would this make the clay dirt drain a lot better by tilling it with this mulch?

thanks for your answers!

I may not be able to give you ‘exact’ answers to each of your questions – but I may be able to help you help yourself.

"Organic" has turned into one of those words that is very overused and abused. For it to have meaning – you’ll need to narrow down a definition for it. A better question perhaps when looking for mulches or soil additives would be, "What’s in it?"

If the mulch comes in bags, then you should be able to either read the label for contents, or if you’re more ambitious, contact the manufacture and have them send you a list (via snail mail or e-mail) of what goes into that specific product.
If the mulch is being sold in loose bulk – the place that sells it should be able to tell you what went into it, or what company provided them with it. Then, again, you can contact that company for details. Anything that has been made with say – shredded treated lumber from building sites – should be avoided if your using it in a food producing garden because the chemicals will leach and could be absorbed into your food.

The purpose of adding a mulch into a clay soil is to improve drainage, loosen the soil for root penetration, and slow compaction. Clay soil is a good soil in-so-far-as it doesn’t loose moisture or nutrients quickly. You do fight with compaction and water logging though. By tilling in enough mulch you’ll be able to ‘fluff’ (seriously non-scientific word) the clay and improve growing conditions. What exactly you use or what combination you use can get a little tricky if your going for "great soil". AND – what you want to live in that soil also drives that train for what you add to it. Veggies, grass, ornamental plants ….. all have different needs.

Since I don’t know where you live, or what you want to grow in your soil – here’s what I suggest:

Contact your nearest Cooperative Extension Service (web site listed in sources) and pick their brains. Most of what they offer is free. They can give you information that is for your location – soil information, plant growing requirements – pest information – and so on.

Ann