DECEMBER 2nd Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205, 11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie WA
Feed the Soil to Feed the Plants
with Joan Veach, MG
FREE to the public and members. No registration required.
Feed the soil to feed the plants. How many of us have heard that phrase and assumed that it just meant adding fertilizer at the appropriate time? You will find that it means far more than just adding fertilizer. Joan will introduce you to a complex world where bacteria, so small that you need a microscope to see them, form the foundation of an intricate ecosystem that has been termed "The Soil Food Web". It is a fascinating look at an underground world where plants release drops of sugar from their roots, specialized fungi team with plant roots to extract soil minerals, and microbes are miniature manure factories, feeding your plants all season long. After we meet the members of the Soil Food Web, Joan will discuss ways you can strengthen and support them with the correct fertilizers and soil amendments so that they will continue to thrive in your soil and sustain healthy plants.
Joan has a BS in Psychology, and a teaching certificate from the University of Washington, and has been a WSU Master Gardener since 2007, and a Master Composter/Recycler since 2008. She has been offering workshops for both organizations since 2008. This presentation grew out of her interest in vegetable gardening and composting. Over the past several years she has studied the microbes that are responsible for the composting process and found that they are also active in healthy soil. Recently she has also been studying the symbiotic relationship between soil micro-life and plants. Joan is excited to share what she has learned with other gardeners. She shares a quote that sums it up; "Live like you will die tomorrow. Garden like you will live forever!"
There will be a special business meeting for Foundation members only before the presentation, beginning at 5:45 PM to discuss and vote on amendments to the MGF Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.