The Karnes City Home and Garden Club met on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the El Oso Water Supply meeting room at 2 p.m. President Gladys Janysek welcomed everyone and led the members in the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. New member Lillian Lyssy was welcomed to the club by everyone.
Guest speaker Karen Cooper of Cooper’s Garden Place in Floresville was welcomed. Karen gave a very educational, hands on, talk about plant care. She spoke about the Stock plant being very pleasing to plant and encouraged everyone to establish this very fragrant plant close their entrance doors. Fall plant beds need rich compost and mulch right now for food to keep healthy during the winter months. She also cautioned the members not to cut their seasonal plants down so quickly for winter. She encouraged everyone to check the branches by cutting them to see if they are still “green” when cut and if they are, don’t cut the branches down because the plants will freeze all the way down through to the roots and severely damage the plant. She used the Esperanza bush as a good example of this happening. You need to fertilize your lawns right now. Place compost 1/2 inch thick especially on the bad areas of the lawn. Flower beds also need to be composed. Right now is the best time to plant trees. Always fertilize your trees with a granular, slow-release fertilizer. January is the best time to plant fruit trees. Give them a lot of fertilizer. Remember, they are doing extra work to put on their fruit. Give your roses fertilizer now and prune them in February.
Poinsettias can be grown in a hanging basket. It is best to water your Poinsettias with a bunch of ice cubes thrown around the soil by the plants.
The members were encouraged by both Marlane Smith and Johnie Hall to spread Christmas cheer for the residents in the nursing homes by gathering Christmas cards and stickers with envelopes and bring them to the November meeting and together, all can pitch in and prepare each resident their own personal card and give it to them at Christmas time.
Gladys Janysek spoke about the wonderful help she received from Megan Dennison, who works for the Karnes County Agrilife Extension Program. Megan found in her files, very helpful gardening ideas taken from a publication about “Texas Home Vegetable Gardening Guides”. If you are interested in having this publication, you can find it at this web site: http://Agrilifebookstore.org.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at the El Oso Water Supply meeting room. Karnes City Scoutmaster, Kevin Kilcrease, will be the guest speaker.
The meeting ended with Treasurer Johnie Hall assisting with the drawing of 3 very nice Hostess gifts. Everyone enjoyed a large variety of refreshments served and a nice social.